Backup Outfielder: Joe Rudi
Outfielder Joe Rudi was a three-time All-Star for the Oakland Athletics, although he made his debut when the team was still in Kansas City. Rudi spent 10 years with the A’s before a four year stint with the Angels and a brief one-year stay in Boston, but he returned to Oakland in 1982 and retired as an Athletic.
The right-handed hitter was primarily an outfielder, but he also spent time at first base. In 1972 and 1974, he was the runner-up MVP, earning nearly 50 percent of the votes. This is in part because in 1972, he ranked second in the AL in runs scored and doubles, first in triples, and ninth in RBIs. In 1974, he was first in extra-base hits, third in RBIs, and fourth in slugging percentage.
In addition to his offense, Rudi was a stellar defender. He was a three-time Gold Glove winner, in addition to his three World Series Championships. Rudi was instrumental in all three victories, both in the field and at the plate.
During a total of 11 seasons with the A’s, Rudi hit .272/.419/.430, with 116 home runs, 540 RBIs, and 487 runs scored. He’s one of the most memorable Athletics stars from his era, and deserves to be on the All-Time roster.
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