Run batted in

A run batted in (RBI), plural runs batted in (RBI or RBIs), is a statistic in baseball and softball that credits a batter for making a play that allows a run to be scored (except in certain situations such as when an error is made on the play). For example, if the batter bats a base hit, then another player on a higher base can head home to score a run, and the batter gets credited with batting in that run.

Before the 1920 Major League Baseball season, runs batted in were not an official baseball statistic. Nevertheless, the RBI statistic was tabulated—unofficially—from 1907 through 1919 by baseball writer Ernie Lanigan, according to the Society for American Baseball Research.[1]

Common nicknames for an RBI include "ribby" (or "ribbie"), "rib", and "ribeye". The plural of RBI is generally "RBIs", although some commentators use "RBI" as both singular and plural, as it can also stand for "runs batted in".[2][3][4][5]

Major League Baseball Rules

The 2018 edition of the Official Baseball Rules [6] of Major League Baseball, Rule 9.04 Runs Batted In, reads

A run batted in is a statistic credited to a batter whose action at bat causes one or more runs to score, as set forth in this Rule 9.04.

(a) The official scorer shall credit the batter with a run batted in for every run that scores

(1) unaided by an error and as part of a play begun by the batter's safe hit (including the batter's home run), sacrifice bunt, sacrifice fly, infield out or fielder's choice, unless Rule 9.04(b) applies;
(2) by reason of the batter becoming a runner with the bases full (because of a base on balls, an award of first base for being touched by a pitched ball or for interference or obstruction); or
(3) when, before two are out, an error is made on a play on which a runner from third base ordinarily would score.

(b) The official scorer shall not credit a run batted in

(1) when the batter grounds into a force double play or a reverse-force double play; or
(2) when a fielder is charged with an error because the fielder muffs a throw at first base that would have completed a force double play.

(c) The official scorer's judgment must determine whether a run batted in shall be credited for a run that scores when a fielder holds the ball or throws to a wrong base. Ordinarily, if the runner keeps going, the official scorer should credit a run batted in; if the runner stops and takes off again when the runner notices the misplay, the official scorer should credit the run as scored on a fielder's choice.

Criticism

The perceived significance of the RBI is displayed by the fact that it is one of the three categories that compose the triple crown. In addition, career RBIs are often cited in debates over who should be elected to the Hall of Fame. However, critics, particularly within the field of sabermetrics, argue that RBIs measure the quality of the lineup more than it does the player himself. This is because an RBI can only be credited to a player if one or more batters preceding him in the batting order have reached base (the exception to this being a home run, in which the batter is credited with driving himself in, not just those already on base).[7][8] This implies that better offensive teams —and therefore, the teams in which the most players get on base— tend to produce hitters with higher RBI totals than equivalent hitters on lesser-hitting teams.[9]

RBI leaders in Major League Baseball

Career

Hank Aaron 1960
Hank Aaron, All-time career leader in RBI with 2,297.

Totals are current through May 15, 2019. Active players are in bold.

  1. Hank Aaron – 2,297
  2. Babe Ruth – 2,214
  3. Alex Rodríguez – 2,086
  4. Cap Anson - 2,075
  5. Albert Pujols – 2,004
  6. Barry Bonds – 1,996
  7. Lou Gehrig – 1,995
  8. Stan Musial – 1,951
  9. Ty Cobb – 1,944
  10. Jimmie Foxx – 1,922
  11. Eddie Murray – 1,917
  12. Willie Mays - 1,903

Season

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Hank Greenberg, Hall of Famer and 2-time MVP
  1. Hack Wilson (1930) – 191
  2. Lou Gehrig (1931) – 185
  3. Hank Greenberg (1937) – 183
  4. Jimmie Foxx (1938) – 175
  5. Lou Gehrig (1927, 1930) – 173

Game

Inning

  1. Fernando Tatís (April 23, 1999) – 8
  2. Ed Cartwright (September 23, 1890) – 7
  3. Alex Rodriguez (October 4, 2009) – 7

Postseason (single season)

  1. David Freese (2011) – 21[11]
  2. Scott Spiezio (2002) – 19[11]
  3. Sandy Alomar (1997) – 19[11]
  4. David Ortiz (2004) – 19[11]

See also

References

  1. ^ The Accurate RBI Record of Babe Ruth. SABR Website. Retrieved on September 14, 2016.
  2. ^ Barbara Ann Kipfer (2007). Word Nerd: More Than 18,000 Fascinating Facts about Words. Sourcebooks, Inc. Retrieved March 12, 2013.
  3. ^ Steven Pinker (2011). Words and Rules: The Ingredients of Language. HarperCollins. Retrieved March 12, 2013.
  4. ^ Bryan Garner (2009). Garner's Modern American Usage. Oxford University Press. Retrieved March 12, 2013.
  5. ^ "Sox try to stay clear of big hitters PCL team doesn't want to compete with Broncos, AFA". The Gazette. August 8, 1989. Retrieved March 12, 2013.
  6. ^ "OFFICIAL BASEBALL RULES 2018 Edition" (pdf). Major League Baseball. pp. 107–108. Retrieved June 28, 2018.
  7. ^ Grabiner, David. "The Sabermetric Manifesto". Retrieved September 2, 2009.
  8. ^ Lewis, Michael D. (2003). Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game. New York: W. W. Norton. ISBN 0-393-05765-8.
  9. ^ "Revisiting the Myth of the RBI Guy, Part One". Driveline Mechanics. May 18, 2009. Retrieved September 2, 2009.
  10. ^ a b c "Ten or More RBI in One Game". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. June 7, 2017. Retrieved June 7, 2017.
  11. ^ a b c d "David Freese breaks the all-time single-season post-season RBI record". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. October 28, 2011. Retrieved October 30, 2011.
1968 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 1968 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 39th 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 9, 1968, at the Astrodome in Houston, Texas the home of the Houston Astros of the National League, making this the first All-Star Game to be played indoors. The game resulted in the National League defeating the American League 1–0. It is the only All-Star Game ever played without a run batted in (RBI).

This was the first night All-Star Game since 1944. Apart from the 1969 game (which was originally scheduled to be played at night but was postponed to the following afternoon due to rain), all subsequent All-Star Games have been played at night.

2018 National League Central tie-breaker game

The 2018 National League Central tie-breaker game was a one-game extension to Major League Baseball's (MLB) 2018 regular season, played between the Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago Cubs to determine the champion of the National League's (NL) Central Division. It was played at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois on October 1, 2018.

The Brewers won, 3–1, and became the top seed in the NL playoffs. The Cubs hosted the NL West runner-up Colorado Rockies in the NL Wild Card Game on October 2, with the Rockies advancing to face the Brewers in the National League Division Series.The tie-breaker was counted as a regular season game for both teams, with all events in the game added to regular season statistics.

Brock Pemberton (baseball)

Brock Pemberton (November 6, 1953 – February 17, 2016) was a Major League Baseball player, who played for the New York Mets in 1974 and 1975. He also played in the St. Louis Cardinals' organization. He played as a first baseman. Pemberton played high school baseball in Huntington Beach, California and was drafted by the Mets in the 6th round of the 1972 June Amateur Draft. After playing in the lower minor leagues in 1972 and 1973, he was promoted to AA level with the Victoria Toros of the Texas League in 1974. That year, he posted a .322 batting average in 134 games and 482 at bats for the Toros. He also had 8 home runs. This performance earned Pemberton a promotion to the Major League Mets late in the season. Pemberton made his debut with the Mets as a pinch hitter on September 10, 1974, against the Montreal Expos. The next day, the Mets and St. Louis Cardinals played a 25 inning game in which Pemberton got his first Major League hit, also as a pinch hitter. In all, he played 11 games for the Mets in 1974, with 4 hits in 22 at-bats and one run batted in. In four games as a first baseman he did not make an error.Pemberton spent most of the 1975 season in the minor leagues with the AAA level Tidewater Tides. He batted .297 in 137 games and 474 at-bats, but had no home runs for the entire season. He did get another late season call up to the Mets, this time playing just two games as a pinch hitter, getting no hits in two at-bats. His last game with the Mets that season was on September 23, 1975, which was also his last Major League game. His final Major League statistics were 4 hits in 24 at-bats for a .167 batting average with 1 run batted in.In 1976, Pemberton played the entire season with Tidewater. He batted .290 in 138 games and 520 at bats. He hit 3 home runs. After the season, on December 9, 1976, the Mets traded Pemberton and outfielder Leon Brown to the St. Louis Cardinals for Ed Kurpiel, who never made the Major Leagues. Pemberton played in 1977 in the Cardinals system with their AAA affiliate, the New Orleans Pelicans of the American Association. He batted .241 in 113 games and 381 at-bats and 3 home runs. After 1977, Pemberton did not play again in organized baseball until 1980, when he played for the unaffiliated A level Macon Peaches of the South Atlantic League. He batted .290 in 47 games and 162 at-bats and 4 home runs. In addition to playing, he also managed the Peaches for part of the 1980 season. Pemberton died on February 17, 2016 in Oklahoma.

Charlie Jones (outfielder)

Charles Claude "Casey" Jones (June 2, 1876 – April 2, 1947) was an American professional baseball center fielder who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Boston Americans, Chicago White Sox, Washington Senators, and St. Louis Browns.

A fine defensive player with a strong arm, Jones entered the majors in 1901 with the Boston Americans, playing for them one year before joining the Chicago White Sox (1904), Washington Senators (1905–1907) and St. Louis Browns (1908). Strictly a line-drive hitter and good base runner, he was a utilityman, playing in all infield and outfield positions except third base. His primary position was at center field, where he appeared in 443 of his 483 major league games. His most productive season came in 1906 for Washington, when he posted career-numbers in hits (120), triples (11) and stolen bases. In 1905, he collected 441 outs to rank 8th among American League outfielders.

In a six-season career, Jones was a .233 hitter (420-for-1799) with five home runs and 144 run batted in, including 217 runs, 56 doubles, 28 triples, and 100 stolen bases. He also posted a collective .967 fielding percentage in 1137 chances.

Jones died in Two Harbors, Minnesota at age 70.

Connie Ryan

Cornelius Joseph Ryan (February 27, 1920 – January 3, 1996) was an American professional baseball second baseman, third baseman, coach and manager who served as interim manager of two Major League Baseball teams, the 1975 Atlanta Braves and the 1977 Texas Rangers. A native of New Orleans who attended Louisiana State University, he batted and threw right-handed and was listed as 5 feet 11 inches (1.80 m) tall and 175 pounds (79 kg).

During his playing days, Ryan appeared in 1,184 games over 12 MLB seasons, and compiled a lifetime batting average of .248 with 988 career hits (among them 58 home runs) for the New York Giants, Boston Braves, Cincinnati Reds and Redlegs, Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago White Sox. On April 16, 1953, Ryan (then with the Phillies) made six hits in six at bats in a 14–12 loss to Pittsburgh, tying a then-Major League record. Ryan's safeties included two doubles; he scored three runs and had one run batted in.Ryan spent much of his baseball career with the Braves, working for them in three different cities: as a player in Boston (he was a utility infielder for the 1948 National League champions); a coach and minor league manager for Milwaukee during the late 1950s (he was the third-base coach on Fred Haney's staff during the Braves' 1957 world championship season); and as a coach (1971; 1973–74), interim manager (1975) and scout for the Atlanta club during the 1970s. Ryan succeeded Clyde King as skipper of the Atlanta Braves on August 30, 1975, and guided the team to a record of 9–18 over the final 27 games of the season.

In 1977, Ryan began the season as a coach for the Texas Rangers. In a season of managerial turmoil, Texas skipper Frank Lucchesi was replaced by Eddie Stanky, a teammate of Ryan's on the 1948–49 Braves, on June 22. But Stanky resigned after only one game. Ryan then filled the breach for six games (with Texas winning two) from June 23–27, while the Rangers signed Baltimore Orioles coach Billy Hunter as its permanent manager. Ryan's career managerial mark was 11–22 (.333). He remained a Rangers' coach through 1979.

During the 1960s, Ryan also spent several seasons as a scout and minor league manager for the Houston Astros and briefly worked for the Kansas City A's.

He died at age 75 in Metairie, Louisiana.

Error (baseball)

In baseball statistics, an error is an act, in the judgment of the official scorer, of a fielder misplaying a ball in a manner that allows a batter or baserunner to advance one or more bases or allows an at bat to continue after the batter should have been put out. The term error can also refer to the play during which an error was committed.

Game-winning RBI

A game-winning RBI is the run batted in (RBI) that is credited to the batter whose plate appearance is responsible for bringing his team ahead for the final time in the game. The statistic was used in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1980 to 1988.For example: A batter on the winning team brought his team ahead 3–2 from a 2–2 tie at some point during the game and his team later led 5–2 as a result of the other batters. Then, the opposing team scored two more runs, making the final score 5–4. The batter on the winning team who batted in the third run would be credited with the game-winning RBI, even though the losing team scored four runs. The debate over whether the RBI should be credited to the batter who drove the third run or the batter who drove the fifth run in such situations led to the stat being abolished.Statistically, the pitcher of the losing team who gives up the game-winning RBI is charged with a loss; the pitcher of the winning team who finished the last half-inning before the game-winning RBI is hit would be credited with the win (with certain exceptions).

Howie Moss

Howard Glenn Moss (October 17, 1919 – May 7, 1989) was an American professional baseball player, an outfielder and third baseman who was a prodigious home run hitter in minor league baseball but who struggled in three Major League trials during the 1940s. Listed at 5 feet, 11​1⁄2 inches (1.82 m) tall and 185 pounds (84 kg), Moss batted and threw right-handed. He was born in Gastonia, North Carolina.

Moss — nicknamed "Howitzer" — built his legacy as one of the most feared sluggers of the International League in the 1940s. In 1944, his batting prowess drove the Baltimore Orioles to the Governors' Cup championship title after he led the league hitters with 27 home runs, 141 RBI and 178 hits, while batting .306 with 122 runs and a .549 slugging percentage. For his heroics, he received the IL Most Valuable Player Award.

In 1945, Moss served for one year for the United States Coast Guard during World War II. After being discharged from service, he again led the league in home runs for three consecutive seasons, hitting 38 in 1946, 53 in 1947, and 33 in 1948. His single-season home run mark of 53 has not been reached since then in the International League. He also is the only player in IL history to lead the circuit in home runs four times. In 1960, Moss was inducted into the International League Hall of Fame.

Moss endured three failed Major League tryouts. He was held hitless in 14 at bats in his first MLB audition in 1942 for the New York Giants. Then, in 1946, playing for the Cincinnati Reds, he extended his hitless skein to 22 at bats by going 0-for-8 before collecting three singles in four at-bats on April 24 against ace St. Louis Cardinals left-hander Howie Pollet. Returned to the minor-league Orioles in May, he played in 130 games for Baltimore, then was called up by the parent Cleveland Indians in September. Moss started eight games for Cleveland but could only muster two hits in 32 at-bats (.063).Altogether, in 22 Major League games, 75 plate appearances and 72 at-bats, Moss garnered only seven hits, none for extra bases, with 17 strikeouts, three bases on balls, and one run batted in, batting .097.

Moss died in Baltimore, Maryland, at the age of 69.

Johnny Briggs (baseball)

John Edward Briggs (born March 10, 1944) is an American former professional baseball left fielder, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Philadelphia Phillies (1964–1971), Milwaukee Brewers (1971–1975), and Minnesota Twins (1975). He batted and threw left-handed.Briggs played high school baseball at Eastside High School in Paterson, and moved on to Seton Hall.Briggs played, arguably, his greatest game, on August 4, 1973, when, while batting leadoff, he went 6-for-6, with two doubles and two runs scored, to spark the Brewers to a 9-4 road victory, over the Cleveland Indians.In a 12-season big league career, Briggs posted a .253 batting average, a .355 on-base percentage, with 139 home runs, and 507 run batted in (RBI), in 1,366 games played. After his last MLB season, he played one season for the Lotte Orions of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB), in 1976.

José Escobar (baseball)

José Elías Escobar Sánchez (born October 30, 1960) is a former Major League Baseball shortstop and right-handed batter who played for the Cleveland Indians (1991).

Escobar hit .200 (3-for-15) with one run batted in in 10 games.

Keizo Kawashima

Keizo Kawashima (川島 慶三, Kawashima Keizō, born October 5, 1983 in Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan) is a Japanese professional baseball player. He plays infielder for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks.

Kawashima hit the game-winning run batted in single in Game 6 of the 2017 Japan Series, winning the series for SoftBank.

Levin Jones

Levin Thomas Jones was a professional baseball player during the mid-1870s who played parts of two seasons in the National Association of Professional Base Ball Players. Jones played in a single game for the Baltimore Marylands on May 14, 1873, and collected three hits in four at bats, for a .750 batting average, and had one run batted in, while playing in center field. In 1874, he played in two games for the Baltimore Canaries, one game as their right fielder, and one as their catcher. In seven at bats, he collected one hit, for a .143 batting average, and had one run batted in. He did not appear in another game in the top professional leagues after this season.

List of Major League Baseball single-game runs batted in leaders

In baseball, a run batted in (RBI) is awarded to a batter for each runner who scores as a result of the batter's action, including a hit, fielder's choice, sacrifice fly, sacrifice bunt, catcher's interference, or a walk or hit by pitch with the bases loaded. A batter is also awarded an RBI for scoring himself upon hitting a home run. Sixteen players have batted in at least 10 runs in a single Major League Baseball (MLB) game to date, the most recent being Mark Reynolds of the Washington Nationals on July 6, 2018. No player has accomplished the feat more than once in his career and no player has ever recorded more than 12 RBIs in a game. Wilbert Robinson was the first player to record at least 10 RBIs in a single game, driving in 11 runs for the Baltimore Orioles against the St. Louis Browns on June 10, 1892.As of 2018, every team that has had a player achieve the milestone has won the game in which it occurred. These games have resulted in other single-game MLB records being set due to the stellar offensive performance. Robinson, for example, also amassed seven hits in that same game, setting a new major league record that has since been tied by only one other player. Mark Whiten hit four home runs to complement his 12 RBIs for the St. Louis Cardinals on September 7, 1993, tying the single-game records in both categories. By attaining both milestones, he became one of only two players to hit four home runs and drive in 10 or more runs in the same game, with Scooter Gennett being the other. Tony Lazzeri, Rudy York, and Nomar Garciaparra hit two grand slams during their 10 RBI game, equaling the record for most grand slams in one game. Norm Zauchin has the fewest career RBIs among players who have 10 RBIs in one game with 159, while Alex Rodriguez, with 2,086, drove in more runs than any other player in this group and hit the third most in major league history.Of the eight players eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame who have batted in 10 runs in a game, four have been elected and one was elected on the first ballot. Players are eligible for the Hall of Fame if they have played in at least 10 MLB seasons, and have either been retired for five seasons or deceased for at least six months. These requirements leave three players ineligible who are living and have played in the past five seasons and two—Phil Weintraub and Zauchin—who did not play in 10 seasons.

RBI (disambiguation)

RBI is an acronym for "run batted in", a term used in baseball.

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Ray Durham

Ray Durham (born November 30, 1971) is a former Major League Baseball second baseman. He is a 14-year major league veteran owning a .277 lifetime batting average with 1,249 runs scored, 2,054 hits, 440 doubles, 79 triples, 192 home runs, 875 run batted in (RBIs) and 273 stolen bases in 1,975 career games.

Runs produced

Runs produced is a baseball statistic that can help estimate the number of runs a hitter contributes to his team. The formula adds together the player's runs and run batted in, and then subtracts the player's home runs.

Home runs are subtracted to compensate for the batter getting credit for both one run and at least one RBI when hitting a home run.

Unlike runs created, runs produced is a teammate-dependent stat in that it includes Runs and RBIs, which are affected by which batters bat near a player in the batting order. Also, subtracting home runs seems logical from an individual perspective, but on a team level it double-counts runs that are not home runs.

To counteract the double-counting, some[who?] have suggested an alternate formula which is the average of a player's runs scored and runs batted in.

Here, when a player scores a run, he shares the credit with the batter who drove him in, so both are credited with half a run produced. The same is true for an RBI, where credit is shared between the batter and runner. In the case of a home run, the batter is responsible for both the run scored and the RBI, so the runs produced are (1 + 1)/2 = 1, as expected.

Sam Narron (catcher)

Samuel Woody Narron (August 25, 1913 – December 31, 1996) was an American Major League Baseball player and coach. Born in Middlesex, North Carolina, Narron batted and threw right-handed; he stood 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) (178 cm) tall and weighed 180 pounds (81.7 kg). He was the uncle of Major League catcher, coach and manager Jerry Narron and MLB coach Johnny Narron, and the grandfather of pitcher Sam Narron.

Narron spent almost his entire playing career in minor league baseball. Originally an outfielder, he led the Class D Georgia–Florida League in batting average with a .349 mark in 1936. The following year, he became a catcher and twice batted over .300 for the Rochester Red Wings of the AA International League.

In the Major Leagues, Narron appeared in parts of three seasons (1935, 1942 and 1943) with the St. Louis Cardinals, playing in 24 games and hitting .286 with one run batted in in just 28 at bats.

A protégé of longtime MLB executive Branch Rickey, Narron continued in baseball after his playing career ended in 1948. He was the bullpen catcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers during 1949 and 1950, the last two years of Rickey's tenure there, then followed him to the Pittsburgh Pirates as the Buccos' Major League bullpen coach from 1951 through 1964.

He was inducted in the Kinston Professional Baseball Hall of Fame in 1988. Sam Narron died in Raleigh, North Carolina, at the age of 83.

Sam Thompson

Samuel Luther "Big Sam" Thompson (March 5, 1860 – November 7, 1922) was an American professional baseball player from 1884 to 1898 and with a brief comeback in 1906. At 6 feet, 2 inches, the Indiana native was one of the larger players of his day and was known for his prominent handlebar mustache. He played as a right fielder in Major League Baseball for the Detroit Wolverines (1885–88), Philadelphia Phillies (1889–1898) and Detroit Tigers (1906). He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974.

Thompson had a .331 career batting average and was one of the most prolific run producers in baseball history. His career run batted in (RBI) to games played ratio of .923 (1,305 RBIs in 1,410 games) remains the highest in major league history. In 1895, Thompson averaged 1.44 RBIs per game, and his 166 RBIs in 1887 (in only 127 games) remained the major league record until 1921 when Babe Ruth collected 168 (albeit in 152 games). Thompson still holds the major league record for most RBIs in a single month with 61 in August 1894 while playing for the Phillies. Manager Bill Watkins in 1922 called Thompson "the greatest natural hitter of all time."

Defensively, Thompson was known to have one of the strongest arms of any outfielder in the early decades of the game. He still ranks among the all-time major league leaders with 61 double plays from the outfield (16th all time) and 283 outfield assists (12th all time). Thompson also had good speed on the base paths and, in 1889, he became the first major league player to reach 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases in the same season.

Tom Pagnozzi

Thomas Alan Pagnozzi (born July 30, 1962, in Tucson, Arizona) is a former Major League Baseball (MLB) catcher who played twelve seasons for the St. Louis Cardinals. He played collegiately for Arkansas. Besides catcher, Pagnozzi also made 40 appearances at first base and seven at third base during his career, which spanned from 1987 to 1998.

Initially a backup catcher and utility player for the Cardinals, in 1990 Pagnozzi impressed Cardinals manager Joe Torre enough to move Todd Zeile, then the Cardinals' hot catching prospect, to third base to make room for him. Pagnozzi remained the Cardinals' regular catcher until 1996. While he had moderate power and was considered a run batted in (RBI) threat, he was primarily regarded for his defense, for which he won Gold Gloves in 1991, 1992, and 1994. Pagnozzi also made the National League All-Star team in 1992.

From 1986 to 1990, Pagnozzi played in the Puerto Rican Liga de Béisbol Profesional Roberto Clemente with the Indios de Mayagüez (Mayagüez Indians).

Pagnozzi retired from MLB as a player in 1998 at the age of 36 after having been released by the Cardinals in August. His offensive career totals included a batting average of .253 with 44 home runs and 320 RBI. He placed in the top five in Cardinals franchise history in catcher defensive categories such as games caught, innings, putouts, stolen bases allowed, caught stealing, and fielding percentage.

Pagnozzi now makes his home in Fayetteville, Arkansas, giving extensively to the youth of the community, as well as the community as a whole. He recovered well after an auto accident on December 22, 2008, near his home. Pagnozzi, who was driving with Cardinals farmhand Casey Rowlett, hit a patch of ice and that caused his truck to flip several times. The two men emerged with minor injuries; however, another passenger was seriously injured.Tom Pagnozzi's nephew, Matt Pagnozzi, is also a catcher, and made his debut with the Cardinals on September 29, 2009.

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