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Doug DeCinces

Doug DeCinces

Position(s):
2B, 3B, SS, 1B, DH, LF, OF
Born:
August 29, 1950
Bats:
Right
Throws:
Right
Height:
6' 2"
Weight:
190 lbs
Major League Debut:
9-09-1973 with BAL
Allstar Selections:
1982 SS

Doug DeCinces was a third baseman with good range, but who was unfortunately cursed with following Brooks Robinson at 3rd base with Baltimore. Still, DeCinces went on to have a fine career. He hit 237 home runs over 15 years. He was on the All Star team in 1983. His career OPS was 56 points above league average.

Early years

A California boy, who was born in Burbank, went to Monroe High School and attended Pierce College, he spent six seasons of his major league career with the California Angels.

While at Pierce College from 1969-70. DeCinces earned all-star Conference honors twice.

A third-round pick in the 1970 draft by the Baltimore Orioles, he was mostly in the minors from 1970-74. He never hit .300 at any stop in the minors, but hit 19 homers with Rochester in the Triple A International League in 1973.

With Baltimore

His most impressive year with the Orioles was in 1978, when he had 37 doubles and 28 home runs.

In Baltimore, DeCinces is perhaps most fondly remembered for his is home run on June 22, 1979 in a comeback victory against the Tigers, which many cite as the birth of "Orioles Magic."

Later in 1979, he played against the Pirates in his lone World Series, where he batted sometimes fifth and sometimes sixth in the lineup, which included Eddie Murray. DeCinces hit a home run in the first game of the Series.

Over to the Angels

For reasons that now appear to make little sense, DeCinces was traded to the Angels in January, 1982 for "Disco" Dan Ford. DeCinces responded by posting his best season with career highs including: 42 doubles, 5 triples, 30 home runs, 97 RBIs, .301 batting average, and .916 OPS.

DeCinces was enjoying what could have been an even finer season in 1983 until losing nearly 2 months of the season to injury. Before landing on the DL in late June, he was hitting .315 with 15 home runs and .951 OPS through 61 games. Once back in the lineup, he responded with a modest 6 game hitting streak, but suffered a disastrous September, ending with a respectable season output of 18 home runs and .822 OPS. His injury and inability to recover mirrored the team's fortunes, as they were in first place in late June, but finished the season 29 games behind the 1983 AL West Champion "Winning Ugly" White Sox. Considering DeCinces traditionally performed his best in July and August and his 2nd half career OPS was 50 points above his 1st half marks, it only adds further adding the "what if" speculation for his 1983 season. Had the Angel's remained in 1st place, DeCinces would have faced his former team, the Orioles, in the 1983 ALCS.

In Game 4 of 1986 ALCS, DeCinces hit what is likely his best known home run on national television. Roger Clemens had scattered 5 hits over 8 shutout innings, when DeCinces led off the 9th inning with a long home run well over the left-center wall of Anaheim Stadium. The Angels went on to win the game 4-3 in 10 innings, but would lose the series to the Red Sox in 7 games.

In Japan

He played for the Yakult Swallows in 1988.

Miscellaneous

Based on the similarity scores method, the most similar third basemen to DeCinces include such names as Willie Jones, Ken Caminiti, Ken Keltner, and Howard Johnson.

  • He was named to the Angels All Time Team in 2000.
  • He founded and sponsors the Doug DeCinces March of Dimes Celebrity Golf Tournament.
  • Troy Glaus was a teammate of Tim DeCinces at UCLA and apparently dated Doug's daughter.
  • He runs a real estate firm and developed the Strawberry Farms Golf Course in Irvine, CA.

Notable Achievements

  • AL All-Star (1983)
  • AL Silver Slugger Award Winner (1982)
  • 20-Home Run Seasons: 5 (1978, 1982, 1984, 1985 & 1986)
  • 30-Home Run Seasons: 1 (1982)

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