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Cesar Geronimo

Cesar Geronimo

Position(s):
CF, LF, OF, RF, DH
Born:
March 11, 1948
Bats:
Left
Throws:
Left
Height:
6'
Weight:
165 lbs
Major League Debut:
4-16-1969 with HOU
Allstar Selections:
1974 GG, 1975 GG, 1976 GG, 1977 GG

Intro

Known for his great defense, Cesar Geronimo tracked down fly balls with long "gazelle-like" strides in center field for three pennant-winning Reds' teams. In his nine seasons with Cincinnati, "The Big Red Machine" won five division titles and two World Championships. His surprising homer off Luis Tiant in Game Six of the 1976 World Series, tied the game and set the stage for Carlton Fisk's dramatics later in extra innings. Overshadowed by the others in the Reds "Great Eight" starting lineup of that era, Geronimo won four Gold Glove Awards.

Replaced By

Dave Collins

Best Season

Buoyed by a hot start (he hit .320 on April), Geronimo enjoyed by far his best season at the plate. He hit .307 with 24 doubles, 11 triples, 49 RBI and 22 stolen bases. Not bad for a #7 hitter. He also won his third straight Gold Glove Award in center field.

Factoid 1

Cesar Geronimo was the 3,000th strikeout victim of both Bob Gibson and Nolan Ryan.

Transition

Geronimo was built for the spacious outfield of the Astrodome, but Houston included him in the deal that sent Joe Morgan and a few others to Cincinnati, on Novermber 29, 1971. It was one of the worst trades in Astros history.

Strengths

Impossible to choose between his range and his throwing arm. When he was drafted out of the Dominican by the Yankees as a 19-year old in 1967, they tried to make a pitcher out of him.

Weaknesses

He was a below-average hitter and had real trouble with left-handers (career .214 average against southpaws, and a .278 SLG).

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