• Graig Nettles, April 1974

    Posted by on April 30th, 2010 · Comments (3)

    Watching the White Sox Paul Konerko launch all these April homeruns (10, to date) in his contract “walk” year may remind some of the last player to hit a record number of April homeruns as he was about to become a Free Agent. (That player would be Alex Rodriguez who hit 14 April homers in 2007.)

    But, for me, it makes me think back to what the Yankees Graig Nettles did in April 1974. Here’s a May 3, 1974 Associated Press report on that:

    The freaking thing here? Nettles only went on to hit another 11 homeruns, all season, in 1974. In fact, from April 29th to July 4th of that season, “Puff” only hit one homerun in a span of 51 games played (by him).

    Also, from July 6th that season, to September 6th, Nettles hit just two homers in a span of 55 games played (by him).

    Imagine what the New York media would do to a guy today if that happened?

    Comments on Graig Nettles, April 1974

    1. MJ Recanati
      April 30th, 2010 | 1:26 pm

      You know what’s odd? That Nettles even won the Player of the Month award for April over Reggie:

      Reggie Jackson: 20 G, 78 AB, .397/.451/.872, 10 HR, 18 R, 27 RBI

      Graig Nettles: 23 G, 83 AB, .301/.362/.723, 11 HR, 17 R, 23 RBI

    2. redbug
      April 30th, 2010 | 5:22 pm

      Maybe they took Nettles’ glove into account too.

      Next to Brooks Robinson, Nettles was the best 3rd baseman I’ve ever seen.

    3. 77yankees
      May 1st, 2010 | 9:37 am

      Graig was always a streaky HR hitter who tended to hit them out in bunches.

      Anyone else notice, at the end of that article, how Bill Campbell, a reliever, pitched 21 innings in one month? In 20 games nonetheless?

      21 innings is about two months workload for a closer these days.

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