#50 – Von Hayes, CF

Von Hayes

Von Hayes

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.

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