Astros History: Pete Runnels

The infielder known as Pete Runnels was known as a pretty good player. He was considered for MVP honors six times and was selected to the All-Star game three times. On November 26, 1962, the Colt .45s acquired him from the Boston Red Sox for Roman Mejias. In his two seasons with Houston he would play in 146 games which is why we're talking him about him prior to game number 146 today.

Runnels was coming off a season in which he lead the league in average, while posting a 130 OPS+ a career high. In 124 games for Houston he would post a OPS+ of 88. I wonder if going from the cooler Fenway to the humid Houston had an affect on his play. It wouldn't be much of a stretch, but then again other players seemed to perform better than average, still it couldn't have helped.

The next year wasn't as kind to Runnels either as he posted a 54 OPS+ in 22 games. He was released by the Colts on May 19 that year and never played in the majors again. According to defensive WAR, Runnels wasn't the best fielder but he wasn't the worst either. What really carried his career was his offensive ability a 107 OPS+, he peaked at 130 OPS+, with a 128 OPS+ as a second high. He reached a low point of 54 OPS+, with a 69 OPS+ as his second low.

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