Robin Yount (1999)
Robin Yount was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in 1973 and one year later he was their full-time shortstop. His first season in the major leagues, he was not impressive, batting just .250 with 86 hits and 14 doubles in 107 games. It took six more seasons before Yount began to show his power at the plate.
In 1982, Yount won his first Silver Slugger award, batting .293 with 179 hits, 49 doubles, 23 home runs, and 87 RBIs in 143 games. Two years later, he won his first American League MVP award, his second Silver Slugger award, and his only Gold Glove. In 1982, Yount had his best season, batting .331 with 210 hits, 46 doubles, 12 triples, 29 home runs, and 114 RBIs in 156 games.
Yount won his second MVP award and his third and last Silver Slugger award in 1989. That season he batted .318 with 195 hits, 38 doubles, 21 home runs, and 103 RBIs in 160 games. It would be his last good season. From 1990 though 1993, Yount's last season in the major leagues, his highest batting average was .264.
Yount retired as a player after the 1993 season. Almost 10 years later, he returned to major league baseball as a coach, first for the Arizona Diamondbacks (2002-2004) and then for his former team, the Brewers (2005-2006).
Statistics for Yount in 20 seasons (1974-1993) in the major leagues include:
- 11 seasons with over 150 hits, with a high of 210 in 1982
- 8 seasons with over 30 doubles, with a high of 49 in 1980
- 4 seasons with 10 or more triples, with a high of 12 in 1982
- 4 seasons with over 20 home runs, with a high of 29 in 1982
- 3 seasons with over 100 RBIs, with a high of 114 in 1982
- 6 seasons with a batting average over .300, with a high of .331 in 1982
Career statistics for Yount include:
- 3,142 hits
- 583 doubles
- 126 triples
- 1,406 RBIs
- 271 stolen bases
- 251 home runs
- .285 batting average