Saturday, November 19, 2011

1977 Topps Baseball #13 - Luis Gomez

  • Although Luis Gomez had been playing in the majors since 1974, this was his first card.
  • Luis Gomez was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in 1973. He spent the 1973 season with AA Orlando, where he batted .224.
  • Luis was in AAA for a short time in 1974, but spent  most of the season as a backup infielder. He batted .208 in 168 at bats.
  • For the next few years Gomez was a backup infielder who didn't see much playing time. He was usually a late inning defensive replacement.
    • 1975: batted .139 in 72 at bats (89 games played)
    • 1976: batted .193 in 57 at bats (38 games played)
    • 1977: batted .246 in 65 at bats (32 games played)
  • In 1977 Luis started the season in AAA Tacoma and batted .285 in 60 games. He was called up in late June.
  • Gomez became a free agent after the 1977 season and signed with the Toronto Blue Jays
  • Luis became the starting shortstop for the Blue Jays and played in a career-high 153 games. He batted .223 in 413 at bats.
  • In 1979 Alfredo Griffin came up to the majors and became the starting shortstop. Gomez went back to his backup infielder role and batted .239 in 59 games.
  • Gomez was traded with Chris Chambliss to the Atlanta Braves for Barry Bonnell, Pat Rockett, and Joey McLaughlin after the 1979 season.
  • Luis started at shortstop for much of the 1980 season and batted .191 in 121 games.
  • The Braves went with Rafael Ramirez as their starting shortstop in 1981. Gomez played in 35 games and batted .200 in 35 at bats. 
  • The Braves cut Gomez at the end of spring training in 1982 and he retired.
  • Luis played in the Senior Professional Baseball League in 1989 and in 1990.
  • Gomez had the "distinction" of playing in the most games (609) without hitting a home run. He also never homered in the minors or in the Senior League.
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