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December 18, 2006

Orlando Cepeda 1967 Player Retrospective

by @ 3:21 am. Filed under 1967 Cardinals

For as good of a player Orlando Cepeda was, he sure was traded a lot.  In his ninth year with the Giants, which included six All Star appearances and a 142 RBIs season, the Giants cut bait on Cepeda early in 1966.  They traded him to the St. Louis Cardinals for Ray Sadecki that May after an injury filled 1965 limited Cepeda to 34 at bats.  In the next five years, he’d be traded two more times.

The trade paid off big time.  Cepeda finished 1966 with some good numbers (.303/.362/.469) but by 1967, Cepeda was truly back to form.  He finished sixth in hitting with a .325 average and he was third in OBP with .399.  He led the league with 111 RBIs and he was ninth with 91 runs.  He got picked to play in his seventh All Star game (1967 would be his last) and with all of these solid numbers, he finished with all 20 first place votes and walked away with the only MVP of his career.

Cepeda’s first half really help set the ton for the Cardinals.  He hit .356/.431/.556 in the first half vs. .291/.364/.489 in the second.  Cepeda was particularly good with runners in scoring position, in which he hit .380.  With two outs and runners in scoring position, he hit .412.

Here are Cepeda’s final 1967 stats.

Games 151
AB 563
Runs 91
Hits 183
Doubles 37
Triples 0
Homeruns 25
RBIs 111
Walks 62
Strikeouts 75
Stolen Bases 11
Caught Stealing 2
BA .325
OBA .524
SLG% .399
OPS .923
RC 117
RC/G 7.80
ISO .199

One Response to “Orlando Cepeda 1967 Player Retrospective”

  1. The Gas House Gang » Tim McCarver 1967 Player Retrospective Says:

    [...] Tim McCarver may not have led the team in any offensive category, but it’s hard to discount his importance to the team.  What he did do was provide well above league average offense from a position that was normally relegated to a defensive specialist.  This was recognized when the voting came in for the MVP and it also showed with his 34 runs created above position that he posted in 1967.  While Orlando Cepeda ran the board with all 20 first place votes, it was Tim McCarver who came in second place.  He also played in his second and final All Star Game of his career. [...]

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