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Tim Wallach

Tim Wallach

Position(s):
1B, LF, OF, RF, 3B, SS, P, 2B, DH
Born:
September 14, 1957
Bats:
Right
Throws:
Right
Height:
6' 3"
Weight:
220 lbs
Major League Debut:
9-06-1980 with MON
Allstar Selections:
1985 GG, 1985 SS, 1987 SS, 1988 GG, 1990 GG

Intro

The Expos' career leader in games, at-bats, hits, doubles, RBI, total bases and extra-base hits, Tim Wallach played in Montreal for 13 productive seasons. A solid defensive third baseman, he became the team captain late in his stay with Montreal, before finishing his fine career with the Dodgers and Angels in his native southern California. After his playing career, Wallach worked as a manager in the Angels' minor league organization.

Replaced By

Essentially, Wallach lost his job to the replacement level. He was the regular third baseman for the Dodgers in 1995, but his power was going fast. The next season, he started as the everyday man, but .228 with four homers through two months wasn't enough, and he was released. He was picked up by the Angels and played out his career, retiring at the conclusion of the season.

Best Season

Taking over the cleanup role after the loss of Andre Dawson, Wallach responded with a club-record 123 RBI. He hit a career-best .298 with 42 doubles, 89 runs scored, 26 homers and a .514 slugging percentage. He played 153 games and the Expos improved by 13 wins.

Factoid 1

On April 29, 1981, Tim Wallach became the 3,000th strikeout victim of Steve Carlton's career.

Transition

By the early 1990s, Tim Wallach had become the Montreal Expos leader, and his veteran guidance was integral to many young players on the team. Yet, on December 24, 1992, Montreal traded him to the Dodgers for shortstop Tim Barker, a minor leaguer. Barker, a shortstop, never played a single game in the major leagues for anyone, especially the Expos, who had lost their leader in Wallach.

Strengths

Defense

Weaknesses

Strike-zone judgement and baserunning judgement.

Feats

On May 4, 1987, amidst his finest offensive season, Wallach blasted three home runs against the Braves, but the Expos lost the game, 10-7.

National League Leaders (1982-1992)

Doubles Tim Wallach ... 351 Ryne Sandberg... 320 Andre Dawson... 304 Ozzie Smith... 283 Tony Gwynn... 275 Dale Murphy... 275 Games Played Ryne Sandberg... 1,692 Tim Wallach ... 1,691 Ozzie Smith... 1,625 Dale Murphy... 1,602 Andre Dawson... 1,581 Runs Batted In Andre Dawson... 1,038 Dale Murphy... 961 Tim Wallach ... 890 Darryl Strawberry... 857 Ryne Sandberg... 836 Extra-Base Hits Andre Dawson... 647 Ryne Sandberg... 618 Dale Murphy... 611 Tim Wallach ... 580 Darryl Strawberry... 536

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