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Old 01-31-2013, 12:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Dread Pirate Jimbo View Post
Trading a glove for a stick - Templeton was arguably the best hitting shortstop in baseball at the time, with a career .305 batting average with a .743 OPS and a Silver Slugger award while playing for St. Louis. He was never quite the same hitter in San Diego as he was in St. louis, but still won another Silver Slugger in 1984.
Not only did Templeton fade as a Padre (he never hit over .300 again after the trade), but Smith's batting improved substantially after the trade (he went from a .231 hitter as a Padre, to hitting .272 as a Cardinal).