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Saturday, July 2, 2016

Happy Birthday to Tony Armas Sr.

He was just Tony Armas to us as kids, but since his son played dad is now Tony Armas Sr.  Jr. played from 1999 - 2008 and dad played from 1976 - 1989.

Sr. has a brother, Marcos, who played 15 games for Oakland in 1993.  In 33 plate appearances Marcos had one homer, which also accounted for his only RBI.  I never heard of him before.

Tony Sr. hit 251 career homers.  I was surprised that he hadn't hit more.  That just shows how I knew much more about the NL than the AL.  He only exceeded four hundred at-bats in seven seasons - 1980 - 1986.  That certainly kept his numbers down.  Did he have injuries?  I don't know that one.  Wikipedia states that he was on the disabled list 12 times accounting for 302 missed games.  That kept his career homer totals under 300.

He led the league twice in homers and he surpassed 100 RBIs three times.  He had 76 RBIs in the strike-shortened season of 1981.  He would have had a good chance at 100+ RBIs that season as well.

Armas is included in the 1982 Kellogg's Baseball card set.  I'm surprised he didn't get into the 1981 and 1983 sets since he was a big star beginning in 1980.

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