Tuesday, December 29, 2009

1972 Topps - Lenny Randle.

Taking a quick trip back to 1972 we find that Lenny (or Len) Randle is one of only a few cards left that we haven't seen from the 1972 Topps set. Len is shown here on card 737 of the 1972 Topps set.

1972 was Randle's second Major League season. He had played for the Senators in 1971 and made the move to Texas with the team. In '72 Lenny would platoon with Vic Harris at second base.

Len had a rough year as he batted just .193 in 267 plate appearances. He struck out 51 times while walking just 13. That probably contributed to his .235 on base percentage. Luckily for him, Harris' numbers were worse.

Randle also struggled in the field. His .952 fielding percentage at second was well below the league average .977. In 333 chances at second he committed 13 errors.

Those numbers made for a dismal first season in Arlington. Randle would stick around though and bounce back.

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