Mike Schmidt’s 1973 Rookie Season
Mike Schmidt’s entry into the major leagues was far from spectacular. And far from memorable too.
I have to think that after appearing in 13 games in 1972 that Mike Schmidt had his detractors. Was he worthy a second round draft selection? Could he be an everyday player?
Here are his numbers from those 13 games: .206 batting average, 7 hits, 1 home run, 2 runs scored, 3 RBI, 10 total bases, 5 walks and 15 strikeouts in 34 at-bats.
I’m happy to see that the Phillies had faith in their 22-year old rookie. I am not certain that after a debut like that that a club in today’s era would remain on the roster…