Tony-OH Posted December 23, 2015 Share Posted December 23, 2015 I was too young to really remember Bobby Grich with the Orioles. But looking back at his baseball reference page, he really was one of the best players to play for the Orioles. Despite being a very good shortstop in the minor leagues, he moved to second base with the Orioles due to the glove wizardry of Mark Belanger. He was so good at second base defensively that he put up 11.3 dWAR in 786 games. In fact, Grich had a 3.9 dWAR season in 1973. Combined with Belangers' 4.0 dWAR and I can only imagine how good the up the middle defense was that year. No slouch at the plate either, Grich put up a .777 OPS in his Orioles career which becomes even better when you realize that was good for a 127 OPS+. His 36 WAR produced in 786 games makes him one of the most productive Orioles ever at a per game basis (.046 WPG), perhaps the most productive if using WAR as the standard. By comparison Brooks Robinson (.027), Cal Ripken (.032), Eddie Murray (.031), Frank Robinson (.039) and Manny Machado (.039) all put up less WPG in their Orioles careers. It's unfortunate that the Orioles weren't interested in retaining the high priced free agents that year and let Grich, Reggie Jackson, and Wayne Garland all walk after the 1976 season. Imagine how much better the Orioles could have been if they were able to open up the wallet and keep Grich an Oriole. Thankfully, the Southern Californian raised Grich walked away from a lucrative Yankees offer and signed with his hometown Angels. He retired after the 1986 season at age 37. He put up 70.9 WAR over his 17 seasons, never once having a WAR lower than 1.9 in a full season. He put up the 7th most WAR of any second baseman in the history of the game and the only one in the top ten not in the Hall of Fame. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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