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                       Bob Didier --- 1970

                                                                                 March 5 - 6, 2015   



With a Topps Rookie All-Star trophy on the
front of his cardboard, the back of Bob
Didier’s card touts that the catcher tied for
the National League in fielding in 1969. Yet
despite his catching prowess, Didier led the
Senior Circuit in passed in ’69 with 27,
though we attribute that number to being a
favorite backstop of knuckle-baller Phil
Niekro that season.

Handed 114 games during his rookie
campaign, Didier would find himself
relegated to a backup role for the
remainder of his six-year career. His playing
time dwindled from 114 games to 57 games,
51 games, 13 games, seven games to
finally playing just five games in 1974 as
injuries chipped away at his career.

A .256-hitter in his first season, Didier would
hit only .071 in ’74 to finish with a .229
career average in 247 games. He would
toss out 27% of base stealers during his
career with a solid .994 career fielding
average.

Didier would go on to a long minor league
managing career with stints as a major
league coach spattered about his time.