Looking over his career numbers, I’m a little shocked that Von Hayes was only around for 12 years. My memories of him are as a really solid player.
So what happened?
A 7th round draft pick of the Cleveland Indians, for whom he played his first two season, Hayes came over to the Philadelphia Phillies in 1983 as part of a trade that sent Julio Franco over.
Hayes was a perennial speed-power guy, having double-digit steals and homers in the same season seven times between 1982 and 1990.
But in June of ’91, he was hit by a pitch from Tom Browning which broke his arm. He attempted to play again, but his ’92 campaign was a disaster (.225 in 94 games) and he hung up his spikes.
Hayes was part of a solid offensive Phillies team in 1984, hitting .292 with 48 SB and 16 HR. His 251 total bases were 10th best in the National League.