In 1982, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ right fielder, Pedro Guerrero slashed .304/.378/.536 with 32 HRs, 100 RBIs, 22 SBs, a .914 OPS, 156 OPS+, and 6.8 WAR. An impressive season in the context of most any era in baseball history. Regardless, he finished third in the National League MVP voting. Dale Murphy (.281/.378/.507, 36 HRs, 109 RBIs, 23 SBs, .885 OPS, 142 OPS+, and 6.1 WAR) won that year. The second-place finisher is the player in question for this entry.
That year, our mystery man slashed .307/.381/.434 with 8 HRs, 69 RBIs, 68 SBs (led the league), .815 OPS, 128 OPS+, and 6.1 WAR. Coming out of Centennial High School in Compton, CA, he was drafted 3rd overall in the 1974 draft by the Philadelphia Phillies. He was an All Star all of one year, but was fortunate enough to sport three World Series rings (with three different teams). He led the league in Hit By Pitches three consecutive seasons (9 times each of those seasons) and was hit 92 times in his career. He’s also in the top 100 in career stolen bases with 370.
He’s admitted to contemplating murdering a General Manager who released him nearly midway through his career.
Also of his own recounting (the extent of the truth is questionable), his epic cocaine habit led him to once snort $3 grand’s worth of blow in one single night.
Who is he?
*Baseball Reference deserves credit for some statistical research and the SABR BioProject led me to the construction of this trivia entry.