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1975 Topps Set Card 110/660 – #597 – Winston Llenas, Angels

1975 Topps Set Card 110/660 – #597 – Winston Llenas, Angels

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Player Name:  Winston Llenas

Team:  California Angels

Position:  2nd Base, 3rd Base

Image Style:  Posed Batting

Years In The Major Leagues:  6 seasons, 1968-69, 1972-75

Notes From His 1975 Season:  In his last season in the major leagues, Winston Llenas played in 56 games for the Angels.  He split time playing left field, center field, right field, first base, third base, and designated hitter.  In 113 at-bats, Llenas connected for just 21 hits en route to a .186 batting average.

Notes From Career:   A career .230 hitter, Llenas played all six of his major leagues seasons with the California Angels.  He was skilled enough to play all defensive positions except for catcher and shortstop, yet not strong enough at any position to land the full-time spot.  He retired with 122 hits in his career consisting of 17 doubles, 3 home runs, and 102 singles.

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Emilio Bonifacio Extends His Consecutive Games Hit Streak To 25 Games!!!

Emilio Bonifacio Extends His Consecutive Games Hit Streak To 25 Games!!!

By connecting for a single in the top of the eighth inning Wednesday night, Marlins’ utility player, and current everyday third baseman, collected a hit, extending his streak to 25 straight games.

Since becoming a more regular player, Bonifacio’s confidence at the plate is apparent in each game that he starts.  His ability to make contact, get on base, and score runs is a huge reason as to why the team has been able to rebound after having a horrible June.

And the best thing about tonight’s hit?  It helped secure another Marlins’ victory!!!

Congratulations Emilio.  And ‘Go FISH’!!!

1976 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #514 – Dan Driessen

1976 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #514 – Dan Driessen

Dan Driessen’s big league career last for 15 seasons.  Not surprisingly, his most successful run came during his years in Cincinnati.  From 1973-84, Driessen called Riverfront Stadium home as he patrolled the corners of the infield and outfield for the Reds.

A utility player, and solid athlete, Driessen used his skills to get himself on the field.  A great reserve, he offered the team a role player that was able to play 4 of 8 defensive positions.

Offensively, Driessen was serviceable. A lifetime .267 hitter, Driessen’s greatest gift was his speed.  In 15 seasons, he stole 154 bases en route to scoring 746 career runs.

Driessen was a part of the 1975 & 1976 World Series championship winning teams in Cincy.  In 6 games, he went 7-for-16 with a home run.

1976 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #259 – Darrel Chaney

1976 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #259 – Darrel Chaney

Chaney played in the big leagues for 11 seasons – 7 of which were with the Reds.

A utility infielder that could play second base ,third base, and shortstop, Chaney was a nice player to have come off of the bench when the starters needed a break.  Used in a lot of late-game situations, Chaney appeared in 536 games as a Red.  During that time he hit .207 and collected 217 hits.  Other offensive stats from his days in Cincy include 131 runs scored, 34 doubles, 7 home runs, 95 RBI, and 10 stolen bases.

Chaney was a member of the 1975 Reds’ World Series championship team.  He was traded in the offseason between the 1975 and 1976 seasons  to the Atlanta Braves.

1976 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #652 – Ed Armbrister

1976 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #652 – Ed Armbrister

A 5-year veteran that spent his full career with the Reds, Armbrister was used as a utility player for the team.  A decent hitter with good speed, Armbrister is a career .245 hitter.  He tallied 65 hits during his career while scoring 46 runs and stealing 15 bases.

Armbrister was part of the Reds’ championship roster for the 1975 World Series.

1975 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #622 – Ed Armbrister

1975 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #622 – Ed Armbrister

More commonly known around the hobby as Fred Lynn’s rookie card, this card from the 1975 Topps set is also the first card featuring Reds’ outfielder Ed Armbrister.

A 5-year veteran that spent his full career with the Reds, Armbrister was used as a utility player for the team.  A decent hitter with good speed, Armbrister is a career .245 hitter.  He tallied 65 hits during his career while scoring 46 runs and stealing 15 bases.

Armbrister was part of the Reds’ championship roster for the 1975 World Series.

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1975 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #581 – Darrel Chaney

1975 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #581 – Darrel Chaney

Chaney played in the big leagues for 11 seasons – 7 of which were with the Reds.

A utility infielder that could play second base ,third base, and shortstop, Chaney was a nice player to have come off of the bench when the starters needed a break.  Used in a lot of late-game situations, Chaney appeared in 536 games as a Red.  During that time he hit .207 and collected 217 hits.  Other offensive stats from his days in Cincy include 131 runs scored, 34 doubles, 7 home runs, 95 RBI, and 10 stolen bases.

Chaney was a member of the 1975 Reds’ World Series championship team.  He was traded in the offseason between the 1975 and 1976 seasons  to the Atlanta Braves.

1985 Topps #1 Draft Pick – Bill Almon

1985 Topps #1 Draft Pick – Bill Almon

 Let’s get right down to it.  Bill Almon spent 15 years in the big leagues, played for 8 teams(7 different), and was hardly worthy of the #1 selection in the baseball draft.

Almon is a career .254 hitter that amassed just 846 hits in 15 seasons.  His highest hit total for 1 year came in 1977 when he reached 160.  His next best year(126) was not even close to that total.  And with just 390 runs scored, 36 home runs, and 296 RBI, Almon would probably be considered a sub-par player by today’s standards.

The most noteworthy stat from Almon’s career are his 126 stolen bases.  A consistent base-stealing threat, Almon enjoyed 7 seasons in which he eclipsed double-digit steals.

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Overall ranking – 3 out of 10.  Points earned for a Top 20 finish for the MVP award and collecting more than 100 career steals.