Tuesday, October 22, 2013

#92 Tom Pagnozzi

About the Front: Do you think the other catchers were jealous of Tom's gently tousled version of helmet hair? He makes it look good.

About the Back: Although Pagnozzi stayed with the Cardinals through 1998, he would only top 100 games once more, logging 119 in 1996.

Triple Play:

1. Tom won three Gold Gloves for his defense behind the plate. In 1994, the last of his Gold Glove seasons, he led the league with a 50 percent caught stealing rate.

2. He hit a career-high 13 home runs in 1996, and went deep twice in a game three separate times that year. He did not have any other multi-homer games in his career.

3. His older brothers, Tim and Mike, played minor league ball in the 1970s. Tom's nephew Matt (Tim's son) is a catcher who has totaled 42 big league games from 2009 to present with the Cardinals, Rockies, Pirates, and Astros.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: I just read somewhere that Joe Torre moved Todd Zeile from catcher to third base to make room for Pagnozzi in the Cardinals' lineup. That might have impressed me as a kid, but even then I knew of Zeile's reputation as a bat in search of a position.

Bill James Said: "After a horrible start he had arthroscopic surgery on his knee in May, which explains the decline in playing time." Tom played 92 games in 1993.

On This Date in 1993: October 22. Scottish military officer, engineer, and race car driver Innes Ireland died of cancer at age 63.

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