Bob Stinson (baseball)
October 11, 1945 |
Elkin, North Carolina
|September 23, 1969, for the Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Last MLB appearance|
|August 1, 1980, for the Seattle Mariners|
Gorrell Robert Stinson III (born October 11, 1945 in Elkin, North Carolina) is a former switch-hitting catcher in Major League Baseball from 1969-1980. Stinson played for six major league franchises, most notably the Seattle Mariners.
Stinson was selected in the Major League Baseball Draft by both the Kansas City Athletics and Washington Senators but did not sign with either club. He was then taken by the Los Angeles Dodgers on June 7, 1966, as the 15th overall selection in the secondary phase of the draft.
Stinson broke into the Majors on September 23, 1969 with the Dodgers, at the age of 23. In 1969 and 1970, he appeared in a total of eight games for the Dodgers. Then on October 5, 1970, Stinson was traded along with Ted Sizemore to the St. Louis Cardinals for Dick Allen. He appeared in 17 games in 1971 for the Cardinals.
A new opportunity presented itself when the expansion Seattle club, one of two new American League teams (along with the Toronto Blue Jays) that played their inaugural seasons in 1977, selected Stinson from the Royals on November 5, 1976 as the 25th overall pick in the expansion draft. Stinson had been a backup for his Major League career prior to joining the Mariners. With the young Mariners club, Stinson saw regular action for the first time, being designated the primary catcher in 1977 and 1978.
Stinson logged his best overall season in 1978, establishing career highs in games played, at-bats, hits, doubles, home runs, and RBI. In 124 games for Seattle that season, he batted .258 with 11 homers and drove in 55 runs. He also had a .346 on-base percentage and a slugging average of .404.
Yet with the March 1979 acquisition of Larry Cox from the Chicago Cubs, Stinson's playing time slowly began to dwindle. That season, Stinson caught in 91 games to Cox's 99. By 1980, Cox was the Mariners' regular catcher, with Stinson the backup before eventually losing the backup job to 24-year-old Jerry Narron, future Major League manager and coach. Stinson's final game in a big league uniform was August 1, 1980, after over three and a half seasons with the Mariners. He was released by Seattle seven days later.
In 652 major league games, Stinson had 408 hits in 1634 at-bats for a .250 batting average, with 33 home runs and 180 RBI.