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Tommy Hutton
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Hutton in 2011
First baseman / Outfielder
Born: (1946-04-20) April 20, 1946 (age 76)
Los Angeles, California
Batted: Left
Threw: Left
MLB debut
September 16, 1966, for the Los Angeles Dodgers
Last MLB appearance
September 3, 1981, for the Montreal Expos
MLB statistics
Batting average.248
Home runs22
Runs batted in186
Teams

Thomas George Hutton (born April 20, 1946), is an American former professional baseball infielder-outfielder who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies, Toronto Blue Jays, and Montreal Expos.[1]

Hutton is currently a color analyst for Miami Marlins baseball television broadcasts on Bally Sports Florida.

Playing career

Hutton played at South Pasadena High School and in the major leagues with the Los Angeles Dodgers, in 1966 and 1969, Philadelphia Phillies, from 1972 to 1977, Toronto Blue Jays, in 1978, and the Montreal Expos, from the latter part of the 1978 season to his final game on September 3, 1981. He appeared in the 1976 and 1977 National League Championship Series (NLCS), with the Phillies.

Hutton was highly regarded as a standout fielder at first base. He gained considerable notoriety during his Phillies career for his success against Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver of the New York Mets; in 62 plate appearances against Seaver, Hutton batted .320, with 11 walks, three home runs, and 15 runs batted in (RBI).[2][3]

Hutton is also notable for never having been hit by pitch during his professional career, in 1,920 plate appearances. (Contrast that with Ron Hunt, who was hit by a pitch 243 times during his career, approximately once every 25 times at the plate.)[4]

In 952 games over 12 seasons, Hutton posted a .248 batting average (410-for-1655) with 196 runs, 22 home runs and 186 RBI. He was good defensively, recording a .995 fielding percentage playing primarily at first base and at all three outfield positions.[1]

Broadcasting career

After being released by the Expos, Hutton moved from the dugout to the broadcast booth. He worked as a color commentator with ESPN, the Expos (19851986), New York Yankees (19871989), Blue Jays (19901996), and Marlins (19972015). In 1995, Hutton called Games 1–2 of the American League Division Series between the Seattle Mariners and New York Yankees alongside Gary Thorne for NBC and Game 3 of the ALDS between the Cleveland Indians and Boston Red Sox alongside Steve Zabriskie for ABC.

Owing in great part to an organizational reshuffle, Hutton retired from his 19-season-long broadcasting position with the Marlins following the 2015 season.[5]

Personal

His brother-in-law Dick Ruthven was an MLB pitcher from 1973 to 1986.[6] The two were teammates on the Phillies from 1973 to 1975.

A cousin, Bill Seinsoth, was a star baseball player at the University of Southern California before he was killed in a 1969 automobile accident.[7]

References

  1. ^ a b "Tommy Hutton Stats". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. 2019. Retrieved June 6, 2019.
  2. ^ "Tom Hutton vs. Pitchers (Tom Seaver)". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. 2019. Retrieved June 6, 2019.
  3. ^ "Tom Hutton BR Bullpen". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. 2019. Retrieved June 6, 2019.
  4. ^ Hunt entry, Baseball-Reference.com. Accessed Aug. 26, 2019.
  5. ^ Davis, Craig (November 24, 2015). "Firing of Tommy Hutton sparks fresh criticism of Marlins". sun-sentinel.com. Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved June 6, 2019.
  6. ^ "Dick Ruthven Stats". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. 2019. Retrieved June 6, 2019.
  7. ^ Wagner, Steven K. (January 7, 1991). "They're left to wonder what might have been". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 6, 2016.