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Sunday, December 10, 2006

Toby Harrah

Eligible in 1992.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: December 10, 2006 at 11:27 PM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: December 10, 2006 at 11:31 PM (#2257379)
I have no idea if he's a HoMer or not at this point, but I know he's close enough that he shouldn't be ignored by us. The guy could hit for a middle infielder.
   2. Repoz Posted: December 10, 2006 at 11:39 PM (#2257387)
I forget who did the study, but didn't Toby Harrah come out as the greatest "clutch" hitter in the last 35 years...and NOT Bernie Williams!
   3. BDC Posted: December 10, 2006 at 11:53 PM (#2257403)
My first thought about Toby Harrah was how many Godawful teams he played on, though actually looking at the record, aside from the "Seasons in Hell" Rangers, his teams in Texas and Cleveland tended to be mediocre at worst, and some were quite good; he was clearly a major part of that minor success.
   4. Astro-Bonilla Posted: December 11, 2006 at 01:18 AM (#2257471)
I forget who did the study, but didn't Toby Harrah come out as the greatest "clutch" hitter in the last 35 years...and NOT Bernie Williams!
In "Baseball Between the Numbers", Nate Silver has Harrah at #2 behind Mark Grace over that span.
   5. The Robby Hammock District (Dan Lee) Posted: December 11, 2006 at 01:58 AM (#2257493)
Was Harrah the last active ex-Washington Senator?
   6. BDC Posted: December 11, 2006 at 02:09 AM (#2257499)
Was Harrah the last active ex-Washington Senator?

I believe there were stories to that effect in 1986 when Harrah was with the Rangers again (though more of the "last original Ranger" variety). And looking at B-Ref, he seems to have outlasted Jeff Burroughs by one season.
   7. Dr. Chaleeko Posted: December 11, 2006 at 05:01 AM (#2257641)
Must have been among the worst fielding infielders to spend an entire career in the infield since the war. If he had any defensive value at all, he'd be in a strong position to challenge up the ladder at 3B.
   8. Jose Canusee Posted: December 11, 2006 at 07:59 PM (#2258048)
named to 4 AS teams, only batted in '76. I think there was one year where he may have been the only one on his team and only player who didn't get in. Looks like it might have been '82 with Cleveland; he was raking to the tune of .332/.428/.548 with 17 HR at the break before fading.

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