Rance Mulliniks

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Rance Mulliniks
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Third baseman / Designated hitter / Shortstop
Born: (1956-01-15) January 15, 1956 (age 65)
Tulare, California
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
June 18, 1977, for the California Angels
Last MLB appearance
September 18, 1992, for the Toronto Blue Jays
MLB statistics
Batting average.272
Home runs73
Runs batted in435

Steven Rance Mulliniks (born January 15, 1956) is a former Major League Baseball player.

Playing career[edit]

Originally drafted as a shortstop, Mulliniks made his major league debut in 1977 for the California Angels, batting .269 in 78 games. He saw limited playing time over the following years with the California Angels until 1979 and with the Kansas City Royals in 1980 and 1981.

Mulliniks' luck changed when he was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays, just before the start of the 1982 season. He was converted to third base and appeared in over 100 games each year through the 1989 season. He batted over .300 three times (1984, 1987 and 1988) and demonstrated great patience at the plate, regularly posting on-base percentages near .400. In 1984 Sports Illustrated named him to their "Dream Team" as a utility infielder.

In his career, Mulliniks accrued a .272 batting average over 3569 at bats in 1325 games, with 445 runs, 972 hits, 226 doubles, 17 triples, 73 home runs, 435 RBIs, 15 stolen bases and 460 walks. Personal records from this time period: Highest batting average: .324 ('84); Most games: 129 ('83, '85); Most at bats: 366 ('85); Most runs: 55 ('85); Most hits: 111 ('84); Most doubles: 34 ('83); Most triples: 5 ('84); Most home runs: 12 ('88); Most RBIs: 57 ('85); Most stolen bases: 3 ('82), Most walks: 57 ('83).

Retirement and broadcasting career[edit]

Mulliniks retired after the 1992 season having compiled a .272 career batting average, 73 home runs, 435 RBI, and 445 runs. He holds the Blue Jays franchise single season fielding percentage record for third basemen (.975) and the franchise record for most pinch hits (59).

Mulliniks has been a colour commentator for Blue Jays coverage on Rogers Sportsnet, and alongside Jim Hughson and Jesse Barfield on CBC Sports in 2007 and 2008. In 2009, Mulliniks filled in for Jerry Remy for Boston Red Sox coverage on NESN, for the Red Sox May 29–31 road trip to Toronto.[1]


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