Former significant leaguer Nate Colbert has actually died, the Padres revealed. He was 76 years of ages.
“We are deeply saddened by the passing of Padres Hall of Famer Nate Colbert,” group chairman Peter Seidler stated as component of the club’s declaration. “Our hearts go out to his wife, Kasey, and the entire Colbert family at this very difficult time.”
Seidler’s declaration takes place to keep in mind that Colbert still holds the Friars’ franchise business document for crowning achievement, with 163 longballs in a San Diego attire. That’s possibly his most popular accomplishment, though theSt Louis citizen was a 3- time All-Star that invested a years in the major leagues. Originally authorized by his home town Cardinals in 1964, Colbert made it to the majors with the Astros simply 2 years later on. He showed up in 39 video games with Houston in between 1966- 68 and also obtained his initial extensive activity after touchdown with the Padres throughout their initial year of presence.
Selected by San Diego throughout the development draft that preceded their 1969 launching, the right- handed striking Colbert swiftly sealed himself as one of the video game’s far better sluggers. He struck 24 crowning achievement throughout his initial complete period, after that attached on 38 longballs throughout his 2nd project. That number connected for 8th in the majors in 1970 and also established the phase for 3 successive All-Star provings from 1971- 73.
That 3- year stretch saw Colbert struck 27, 38 and also 22 longballs, specifically. Only Johnny Bench had much more homers in 1972. Over his initial 5 periods with the Friars, the 6′ 2 ″ initial baseman struck.260/.333/.483 in simply over 3000 plate looks. Colbert ended up 9th in advancing homers and also 19th amongst professional players in slugging. His total offending manufacturing was 28 percent factors over that of the organization typical player throughout that time, as gauged by wRC+.
Colbert’s numbers diminished after his 28th birthday celebration. He had his initial listed below- typical period in 1974 and also the Padres traded him to the Tigers as component of a 3- group manageSt Louis the following offseason. Colbert ultimately made short quits with the Expos and also A’s yet had a hard time. He retired after the 1976 period, his age- 30 project.
While he really did not have as long a playing job as it when appeared he would certainly, Colbert had a solid fifty percent- years optimal as one of the sporting activity’s far better power players. He gathered a triad of All-Star looks and also put 8th in NL MVP balloting in 1972. Over components of 10 periods, he struck.243/.322/.451 with 173 homers, 520 runs batted in and also 481 runs racked up. The Padres picked him for their business Hall of Fame as component of their inaugural course in 1999.
After his having fun job, Colbert invested a long time as a minors striking trainer. He later on ended up being a blessed preacher; as component of his declaration, Seidler kept in mind that Colbert had “(dedicated) his time to disadvantaged youth through his ministry.” MLBTR sends our acknowledgements to Colbert’s household, pals, enjoyed ones and also previous colleagues.
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