Hubie Brooks

Hubert "Hubie" Brooks (born September 24, 1956) is an American former professional baseball right fielder, third baseman, and shortstop. He played fifteen seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1980 to 1994 for the New York Mets, Montreal Expos, Los Angeles Dodgers, California Angels, and Kansas City Royals. Brooks was selected third overall in the 1978 Major League Baseball draft by the New York Mets and went on to play for five different teams over a 15-year career, and was twice named an All-Star. MLB pitcher Donnie Moore, who died in 1989, was Brooks' cousin.[1]

Hubie Brooks
Right fielder / Third baseman / Shortstop
Born: September 24, 1956 (age 62)
Los Angeles, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 4, 1980, for the New York Mets
Last MLB appearance
July 2, 1994, for the Kansas City Royals
MLB statistics
Batting average.269
Home runs149
Runs batted in824
Career highlights and awards

Early years

Originally, Brooks was drafted by the Montreal Expos as a senior at Manuel Dominguez High School in the 1974 Major League Baseball Draft but chose instead to attend Arizona State University. With the Sun Devils, Brooks appeared in two NCAA College World Series, winning in 1977.[2] The ASU shortstop was drafted fifth overall in the January 1976 secondary draft by the Kansas City Royals, fourteenth overall in the June 1976 secondary draft by the Chicago White Sox, second overall in the January 1977 secondary draft by the Oakland Athletics, and again by the White Sox third overall in the June 1977 secondary draft; however, he did not sign with any team. After he played out his college career, he was drafted by the Mets third overall in the 1978 amateur draft, two selections behind ASU teammate Bob Horner.

Unlike Horner, who was immediately assigned to the Atlanta Braves' major league roster upon signing, Brooks was assigned to the double A Jackson Mets, where he batted .216 with 3 home runs and 16 RBIs in 45 games. The following season, with fellow Mets prospect Wally Backman playing short for Jackson, Brooks was converted to a third baseman. He also played some outfield with the triple A Tidewater Tides in 1980.

New York Mets

Brooks debuted as a September call-up in 1980. In 24 games, Brooks batted .309 with 1 home run and 10 runs batted in. He won the starting job at third out of Spring training 1981 and quickly became a fan favorite, batting over .300 for most of the strike shortened season. He finished the season at .307 with four home runs and 38 RBIs to finish third in National League Rookie of the Year voting behind Fernando Valenzuela and Tim Raines.

Given the Mets' historic instability at third base, Brooks remained popular in New York City despite being a below-average fielder and as power hitter. (He tied a modern major league record by committing three errors in one inning his rookie season.)[3]

He set a Mets record with a 24-game hitting streak from May 1 to June 1, 1984; during this period, he batted .398 in 83 at-bats. (The record has since been tied by Mike Piazza in 1999 and broken by David Wright with 26 and Moisés Alou with 30 in 2007.) He was having his best season statistically—having already set career highs in home runs (13) and RBIs (61)—when the Mets acquired third baseman Ray Knight from the Houston Astros on August 28. Brooks was subsequently shifted to short for the rest of the season by Mets manager Davey Johnson.[4]

Montreal Expos

Montreal Expos shortstops batted .212 with no home runs and 35 RBIs in 1984. Thus, the team went into the postseason looking to upgrade at that position. On December 10, 1984, the Expos and Mets pulled off the blockbuster deal of the Winter Meetings when the Mets sent Brooks, pitcher Floyd Youmans, catcher Mike Fitzgerald, and outfielder Herm Winningham to the Expos for perennial All-Star catcher Gary Carter.[5]

Plugged into the clean-up spot in Montreal's batting order, Brooks blossomed into a Silver Slugger Award–winning shortstop in 1985. He drove in a career-high 100 runs, which led the team and was second only to Cal Ripken, Jr. among major league shortstops (110). Brooks was batting .333 with 14 home runs and 54 RBIs at the 1986 All-Star break to earn his first All-Star selection.[6] Five games after the break, however, he tore ligaments in his left thumb, ending his season.[7] He was named the NL's Silver Slugger at short for a second season in a row regardless of his time missed.

Three games into the 1987 season, Brooks was again sidelined by injury, this time by a hairline fracture of his right wrist.[8] When he returned to the field, he resumed his role as the top slugging shortstop in the National League. Despite having missed more than a month of play with his wrist injury, Brooks clubbed 7 home runs and drove in 30 runs to earn his second consecutive All-Star nod. The game went into extra innings and was won by the National League when Brooks and Ozzie Virgil scored on Tim Raines' triple in the thirteenth inning.[9]

Following an injury to minor league outfield prospect Larry Walker playing Winter ball, the Expos shifted Brooks to right field for the 1988 season. Despite his disappointment with the situation,[10] Brooks responded with one of his best offensive seasons, batting .279 with 90 RBIs and a career-high 20 home runs. He spent one more season in right field for the Expos before departing via free agency.

Los Angeles Dodgers

The Atlanta Braves expressed interest in signing Brooks and returned him to third base for the 1990 season.[11] However, Brooks ultimately opted to sign with his home team Los Angeles Dodgers and remain in right field. His contract contained a clause that disallowed him to be traded back to the Expos or to any American League team except the California Angels.[12]

Brooks batted .266 with 20 home runs and 91 RBIs in his only season with the Dodgers. After which, he was traded back to the New York Mets for pitchers Greg Hansell and Bob Ojeda.[13]

Brooks was unhappy about this trade,[14] and it resulted in a poor performance on the field. He batted .238 with 16 home runs and 50 RBIs through 103 games when his 1991 season was cut short by a pinched nerve in his back.[15]

California Angels

On December 10, 1991, the Mets traded him to the California Angels for outfielder Dave Gallagher,[16] reuniting him with his former Expos manager, Buck Rodgers. Brooks was used as the designated hitter by Rodgers, and batted .213 with 7 home runs and 30 RBIs until a sprained neck sidelined his 1992 season.[17] He returned in the beginning of September, with John Wathan replacing Rodgers as manager, but hit just one home run and drove in just six in limited play over the rest of the season.

Kansas City Royals

The Kansas City Royals signed Brooks to a minor league deal with an invitation to Spring training for the 1993 season. He made the club as its right-handed bat off the bench and batted .303 as a pinch hitter. He remained in that role through the midpoint of the 1994 season when he was released to make room for a re-activated Wally Joyner, who was returning from the disabled list.[18]

Career stats

Games PA AB Runs Hits 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO Avg. OBP Slg. Fld%
1645 6476 5974 656 1608 290 31 149 824 64 387 1005 .269 .315 .403 .953

At the time of his dismissal, Brooks was the active major league leader in games played without making it to the post season (1,645). After the end of his career, Brooks received no votes from the Baseball Writers' Association of America for the Baseball Hall of Fame and was subsequently removed from the ballot.[19] He collected career-highs in home runs (20) in 1988 and 1990. He collected his career-high RBI total (100) in 1985, and he finished 8th in batting average (.307) in 1981.


  1. ^ Plaschke, Bill (April 4, 1990). "When Grief Hit, So Did He". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 2, 2016.
  2. ^ Dan Even (June 17, 1977). "World Series of Colleges Slated Tonight at Omaha". Bangor Daily News. p. 19.
  3. ^ "Brooks' Three Errors Tie Mark". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. May 11, 1981. p. 2.
  4. ^ "Ray Knight Sees New Life as a Met". Evening Independent. August 29, 1984. p. 4C.
  5. ^ Joseph Durso (December 11, 1984). "Mets Satisfy Need, Get Gary Carter". St. Petersburg Times. p. C1 & C3.
  6. ^ "1986 Major League Baseball All-Star Game". July 15, 1986.
  7. ^ "'86 Season is Over for Brooks, 'Fitz'". The Gazette (Montreal). August 4, 1986. p. D1.
  8. ^ "National League; Astros Off to Their Best Start". The New York Times. April 13, 1987.
  9. ^ "1987 Major League Baseball All-Star Game". July 14, 1987.
  10. ^ Tracy Ringolsby (February 7, 1988). "Every Team Facing Key Questions". Star-Banner. p. 7D.
  11. ^ Bill Zack (December 12, 1989). "Brooks Next on Braves' List". Times-News (Hendersonville, North Carolina). p. 17.
  12. ^ Murray Chass (December 22, 1989). "Dodgers Sign Brooks for $6 Million". The New York Times.
  13. ^ Murray Chass (December 16, 1990). "Baseball; Brooks Returns to Mets". The New York Times.
  14. ^ "Ex-Dodger Brooks Isn't Happy About Being Traded to Mets". Deseret News. December 17, 1990. p. D5.
  15. ^ "Mets May Lose Brooks". Lawrence Journal-World. August 27, 1991. p. 2B.
  16. ^ Murray Chass (December 11, 1991). "Baseball; Mets Subtract Brooks But Don't Add a Pitcher". The New York Times.
  17. ^ Seth Livingstone (July 5, 1992). "Mother Nature Leaving its Mark on Baseball". The Telegraph (Nashua). p. C4.
  18. ^ "Brooks Cut by Royals". Lawrence Journal-World. July 15, 1994. p. 2C.
  19. ^ Chris Haft (January 12, 2000). "Perez makes Hall of Fame". The Cincinnati Enquirer.

External links

1978 College Baseball All-America Team

An All-American team is an honorary sports team composed of the best amateur players of a specific season for each team position—who in turn are given the honorific "All-America" and typically referred to as "All-American athletes", or simply "All-Americans". Although the honorees generally do not compete together as a unit, the term is used in U.S. team sports to refer to players who are selected by members of the national media. Walter Camp selected the first All-America team in the early days of American football in 1889.From 1947 to 1980, the American Baseball Coaches Association was the only All-American selector recognized by the NCAA.

1978 Major League Baseball draft

In 1978, four American baseball players were promoted from amateur baseball to the major leagues, including Arizona State University third baseman Bob Horner, who was selected number one overall by the Atlanta Braves. Oakland High School pitchers Tim Conroy and Mike Morgan, and Brian Milner of Toronto also went directly to the big leagues.

In addition to Horner, the Braves also selected future major leaguers Matt Sinatro (2nd round), Steve Bedrosian (3rd round), Rick Behenna (4th round), Jose Alvarez (8th round) and Gerald Perry (11th round).

Others drafted in June 1978 included Lloyd Moseby and Dave Stieb (Toronto), Mike Marshall and Steve Sax (Los Angeles), Cal Ripken, Jr. and Mike Boddicker (Baltimore), Kirk Gibson (Detroit), Kent Hrbek (Minnesota) and Hubie Brooks (New York Mets).

1983 New York Mets season

The New York Mets' 1983 season was the 22nd regular season for the Mets. They went 68–94 and finished in sixth place in the National League East. They were managed by George Bamberger and Frank Howard. They played home games at Shea Stadium.

1984 New York Mets season

The New York Mets' 1984 season was the 23rd regular season for the Mets. They went 90–72 and finished in second place in the National League East. They were managed by Davey Johnson. They played home games at Shea Stadium.

1985 Montreal Expos season

The 1985 Montreal Expos season was the 17th season in franchise history.

1986 Montreal Expos season

The 1986 Montreal Expos season was the 18th season in franchise history.

1987 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 1987 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 58th playing of the midsummer classic between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and National League (NL), the two leagues comprising Major League Baseball. The game was held on July 14, 1987, at the Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California, the home of the Oakland Athletics of the American League. The game resulted in the National League defeating the American League 2-0 in 13 innings. Montreal Expos outfielder Tim Raines was named the Most Valuable Player.

1987 Montreal Expos season

The 1987 Montreal Expos season was the 19th season in franchise history.

1988 Montreal Expos season

The 1988 Montreal Expos season was the 20th season in franchise history.

1989 Montreal Expos season

The 1989 Montreal Expos season was the 21st season of the baseball franchise. With owner Charles Bronfman thinking of selling the team he founded, he contemplated taking one last shot at a playoff berth. Bronfman gave young general manager Dave Dombrowski a clear mandate to win now, reportedly telling him he would provided all the money needed in the quest to bring a championship to Montreal in 1989. Dombrowski pulled off a massive trade on May 25, acquiring star left-handed pitcher – and pending free agent – Mark Langston from the Seattle Mariners. While the move was viewed as a coup at the time, it came at a heavy cost as a young, very tall and very raw Randy Johnson was the key part of the package going to the Pacific Northwest. Johnson would eventually harness his fantastic stuff and became one of the game's most dominant left-handed pitchers for well over a decade. Langston pitched 4 months for the club and left as a free agent. Still, it seemed like a worthy gamble at the time for the Expos. That year, there was no dominant team in the National League. The team seemed poised to compete for the NL East crown with a loaded starting pitching staff that featured Langston, Dennis Martínez, Bryn Smith, Pascual Perez and Kevin Gross.

The team peaked on August 2 with an NL best record of 63-44, holding a 3-game lead in the NL East and everything running along smoothly. What followed would go down as the greatest collapse in franchise history. The next night, a Benny Distefano pinch hit single in the 12th inning dealt the Expos a 1-0 loss in Pittsburgh. It was the start of a 7-game losing streak. The club limped through the rest of August but remained in the race in early September, with the team being only 2 games back of 1st place on September 6. Regardless, the downward spiral continued as the Expos inexplicably ended up losing 37 of their final 55 games to finish the season a disappointing 81-81, well out of the playoff picture. The easiest analysis of what caused the collapse is to point to the offence, which struggled after August 2, scoring an MLB worst 3.23 runs per game. For long-time Expos fans, the collapse is viewed as the beginning of the end of the franchise. If the club had won the NL East title that year and then beaten the Giants in the NLCS, clinching a World Series berth in the process, Bronfman may have changed his mind about selling the team. Instead, the late season collapse after such a big win now move only added to the owner's frustration.

1990 Los Angeles Dodgers season

The Dodgers finished in second place to the Cincinnati Reds in the 1990 National League Western Division race, as the teams pitching staff led the majors with 29 complete games. Ramón Martínez became the youngest Dodger starter to win 20 games since Ralph Branca and also tied Sandy Koufax's club record with 18 strikeouts against the Atlanta Braves on June 4. On June 29, Fernando Valenzuela managed to throw a no hitter against the St. Louis Cardinals, the same night that Dave Stewart threw a no hitter against the Toronto Blue Jays as well.

1991 New York Mets season

The 1991 New York Mets season was the 30th regular season for the Mets. They went 77-84 and finished fifth in the National League East for their first losing season since 1983. They were managed by Bud Harrelson and Mike Cubbage. They played home games at Shea Stadium.

An interesting note is that two Mets home games against the Cardinals were cancelled on August 19 and 20 due to the Crown Heights riot; this puts the 1991 Mets, alongside the 1992 Los Angeles Dodgers and the 2015 Baltimore Orioles to have games affected due to riots.

1992 California Angels season

The California Angels 1992 season involved the Angels finishing 5th in the American League West with a record of 72 wins and 90 losses.

1993 Kansas City Royals season

The 1993 Kansas City Royals season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Royals finishing 3rd in the American League West with a record of 84 wins and 78 losses. This was George Brett's final season in the major leagues, as well as the team's final season in the AL West.

1994 Kansas City Royals season

The 1994 Kansas City Royals season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Royals finishing 3rd in the American League Central with a record of 64 wins and 51 losses. The season was cut short by the 1994 player's strike. The season marked the Royals' alignment into the new American League Central division.

Frank Cashen

John Francis "Frank" Cashen (September 13, 1925 – June 30, 2014) was a Major League Baseball general manager. He was an executive when the Baltimore Orioles won the 1966 World Series, and 1970 World Series while winning three consecutive AL pennants from 1969 to 1971. Later he became General Manager of the New York Mets from 1980 to 1991, and the club won the 1986 World Series during his tenure.

Herm Winningham

Herman Son Winningham (born December 1, 1961) is an American former professional baseball player. He played all or part of nine seasons in Major League Baseball, primarily as a center fielder, for the New York Mets, Montreal Expos, Cincinnati Reds and Boston Red Sox.

Drafted by the New York Mets in the 1st round of the 1981 Major League Baseball Draft, Winningham made his major league debut with the Mets on September 1, 1984. At one time a highly regarded prospect in the New York Mets chain, he was a part of the Gary Carter trade, along with Hubie Brooks, Floyd Youmans and Mike Fitzgerald. His talents never caught up to his statistics as he was primarily a reserve outfielder for most of his career. His final game was with the Boston Red Sox on October 3, 1992.

Winningham was a member of the Cincinnati Reds team that defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1990 National League Championship Series and the Oakland Athletics in the 1990 World Series. In the last game of the World Series he replaced an injured Billy Hatcher, went 2-3 and scored the winning run. During the 1990 postseason, he batted .364.

Mike Stenhouse

Michael Steven Stenhouse (born May 29, 1958 in Pueblo, Colorado) is a former outfielder, first baseman, and designated hitter in Major League Baseball who played for the Montreal Expos from 1982-1984, the Minnesota Twins in 1985, and the Boston Red Sox in 1986. Stenhouse is the CEO of the Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity, a public policy think tank. Listed at 6'1", 195 lb., Stenhouse batted left-handed and threw right-handed. He is the son of pitcher Dave Stenhouse.

A star in high school, Mike turned down opportunities at some of the top baseball colleges, including Arizona State University, in order to attend Harvard. He played three seasons for the school's baseball program (1977–1979) and was a two time All-Ivy Leaguer and hit .475 as a freshman in 1977, second-best in NCAA Division I. He was an American Baseball Coaches Association All-American, joining Kirk Gibson, Hubie Brooks and Bob Horner.

He was drafted by the Oakland Athletics with the 26th overall pick of the 1979 Major League Baseball Draft. He was offered only $12,000 by Charlie Finley and opted to return to college when the commissioner's office refused to make him a free agent. Finley later offered the same amount of money with the stipulation of a September call-up, but Mike backed out when this was not put in writing. Stenhouse was selected fourth overall in the 1980 January draft by the Montreal Expos. He signed for a $32,000 bonus this time.He was called up for the first time in 1982, striking out in his only at bat. After two sub-par seasons, he was traded by the Expos to the Minnesota Twins for Jack O'Connor. There he had career highs in games played (81), at bats (179), runs (23) hits (40), home runs (5), RBI (21), stolen bases (1), walks (29), and batting average (.223). That December he was traded by the Twins to the Boston Red Sox for Charlie Mitchell. In his final major league season he went 2 for 21 (.095), but walked 12 times and had an on-base percentage of .424.

In 1996, Stenhouse was an announcer for the Expos on CIQC. He had previously been an analyst for the Pawtucket Red Sox.


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