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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Random Former Met - Bob Bailor

Bob Bailor was a Met from 1981-1983, logging his best season at Shea in 1982, when at the age of 30 played in 110 games and hit .277 with 0 HR and 31 RBI.  He had 376 at bats, scored 44 runs and had 104 hits. The one stat that I found particularly cool that year as a kid was that he stole 20 bases.  I always loved the stolen base (being a big Mookie fan as a kid) and that year Bob was 2nd on the team in steals behind Mookie (and just ahead of John Stearns who had 17 and I also thought was cool because he was a catcher that could steal).   In 1982, Bob was the team's utility infielder who, despite not having a regular position on the team that year, he was 6th on the team in total at-bats.  He was their 2nd most used shortstop (playing in 60 games at short, backing up Ron Gardenhire - now manager of the Twins who played in 135 games at short).  He played 56 games at second (backing up Wally Backman who played 88).  He played 21 games at third (backing up Hubie Brooks who played 126).   Bailor even played 4 games in the outfield that year.

Bailor played 11 seasons in the majors from 1975-1985 with the Orioles, Blue Jays, Mets and Dodgers.   For his career, he played in 955 games with 775 hits in 2937 at bats.  He had a career batting average of .264 with 9 home runs, 222 RBI and scored 339 runs.  He also stole 90 bases. 

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