Monday, June 30, 2008

Mike Schmidt - 1975

1975 Topps #70.

1975 was another good year for Mike Schmidt and another good year for the Phillies.

Mike lead the National League in home runs for the second straight year with 38. He also led the league in rbis with 95. Unfortunately, he also lead the league in strike outs, with 180, and his batting average dropped almost 40 points, from .282 to .249. It would be his worst year for strike outs and the lowest batting average for the rest of his career except for his last two seasons when he was hobbled by a shoulder injury.

The Phillies finished the 1975 season with a record of 86-76, good enough for second place in the NL East. Danny Ozark was in his third year as manager. It was the first season since 1967 that they'd finished with a better than .500 winning percentage. In 1967 they were 82 and 80.
This was in the days before there was a wild card position in the playoffs, so second place meant sitting at home in October.

Stats (league position):
Games - 158
At Bats - 562
Runs - 93 (7th)
Hits - 140
Doubles - 34 (10th)
Triples - 3
Home Runs - 38 (1st)
Slugging - 0.523 (3rd)
Runs Batted In - 95 (1st)
Stolen Bases - 29 (9th)
Batting Average - 0.249
Fielding percentage: 0.954

1 comment:

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