Curt Blefary did not spend even one whole season with the Oakland Athletics, rather spending half of 1971 and a tiny portion of 1972 with the team. In that time, he hit just .241/.333/.411, which was shockingly one of the best stretches of his career.
By the time the Athletics dealt Blefary to the Padres in 1972, he was on the verge of retirement. At the end of the season, he hung up his cleats for good.
Like Daric Barton, Blefary was a disappointment not because he did not play well, but because he got everyone’s hopes up. In 1965, he took home the American League Rookie of the Year Award, and the following season he was a part of the Baltimore Orioles club that won a World Championship.
Blefary, however, just wasn’t a good defender. He played at outfield, first base and catcher for the Orioles, but he just couldn’t find a position that he wasn’t completely terrible at. He didn’t get any better during his time with the A’s, struggling both at the plate and in the field. His teammates often made fun of him for just how bad he was at defense.
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