From beautiful Danville, Illinois, Robin Yount was the #3 pick overall in the 1973 draft and paid off by spending 20 years with the Milwaukee Brewers en route to the Hall of Fame.
Okay, I grew up near Danville. I have been to Danville. It isn’t beautiful.
But everything else up there was factually correct.
Maybe it’s from having played in a small market, but I see here that Yount only made 3 All-Star Games in his career and that boggles my mind.
He won the American League MVP Award twice – once in 1982 and another time in 1989.
That ’82 season, in particular, was a monster one. He led the Brew Crew to an American League pennant, leading the league in hits (210), doubles (46), slugging (.578), OPS (.957) and total bases (367).
He led the league in doubles (’80 and ’82) and triples (’83 and ’88).
Our focus here, of course, is on the ’84 season.
Yount led a pretty horrific Milwaukee Brewers team that season, hitting a solid .298 with 50 extra-base hits, driving in 80 while swiping his customary 14 bases.
Playing in 160 games, Yount ranked among AL leaders in runs scored, hits and triples.
In the field, Yount placed 2nd in range factor / 9 innings among AL shortstops, placing far behind the Orioles’ Cal Ripken.
Robin was also 5th in double plays turned.
I occasionally see lemonade at Madison-area grocery stores with Yount’s name on them and it gives me a warm fuzzy feeling.