Mike Schmidt’s 1973 Rookie Season

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…

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