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Full Name: Michael Lee Cubbage Primary Position: 3B,1B
Height/Weight: 6' 0"/180 First Game: April 7, 1974
Birthdate: July 21, 1950 Final Game: October 3, 1981
Birthplace: Charlottesville, Virginia MLB Experience: 8 years
Bat/Throw: Left/Right


Biography

Mike Cubbage (Michael Lee Cubbage) was born on July 21, 1950 in Charlottesville, Virginia. He made his Major League debut on April 7, 1974 for the Texas Rangers. In 1975, his rookie year, he hit .224 with 4 home runs and 21 RBI. Cubbage played for the Texas Rangers, Minnesota Twins and New York Mets over the course of his 8 year career.

He was a three-sport star at Lane High School in his native Charlottesville, and many people in that football-oriented city expected him to become a football player. But he preferred baseball, and was drafted by the nearby Washington Senators. They had moved to Texas by the time he started in his first MLB game on April 7, 1974. He played for the Rangers, wearing uniform #4, until 1976 when he was traded to the Minnesota Twins (ironically, another former Washington Senators team!). The Twins assigned him uniform #26, and he played for them until 1960. He was then traded to the New York Mets, for whom he completed his MLB playing career in 1961 wearing #3.

Although Cubbage had been primarily a shortstop in high school, this was the only infield position he did not play in MLB, playing mostly second and third base, with a few games at first and a few as designated hitter.

Most people believe that Mike Cubbage's best season was 1977, when he knocked in 55 runs.

Statistics

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
1974 TEX A 9 15 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
1975 TEX A 58 143 12 32 4 21 .224 .305 .350 6 0 18 14 0 4 0 2 2
1976 TEX A 14 32 2 7 0 0 .219 .359 .219 0 0 7 7 0 0 0 0 1
1976 MIN A 104 342 40 89 3 49 .260 .344 .371 19 5 42 37 3 3 1 3 10
1976 TOT A 118 374 42 96 3 49 .257 .346 .358 19 5 49 44 3 3 1 3 11
1977 MIN A 129 417 60 110 9 55 .264 .321 .391 16 5 37 49 0 6 1 6 4
1978 MIN A 125 394 40 111 7 57 .282 .348 .401 12 7 40 44 1 7 3 3 7
1979 MIN A 94 243 26 67 2 23 .276 .371 .350 10 1 39 26 0 5 1 2 2
1980 MIN A 103 285 29 70 8 42 .246 .301 .361 9 0 23 37 1 6 0 4 4
1981 NY N 67 80 9 17 1 4 .213 .289 .325 2 2 9 15 0 0 0 1 2
Total NL 67 80 9 17 1 4 .213 .289 .325 2 2 9 15 0 0 0 1 2
Total AL 636 1871 209 486 33 247 .260 .332 .370 72 18 206 218 5 31 6 20 30
Total 703 1951 218 503 34 251 .258 .330 .369 74 20 215 233 5 31 6 21 32

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
1974 TEX A DH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1974 TEX A 3B 3 1 10 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1974 TEX A 2B 2 1 12 6 6 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 .923
1975 TEX A DH 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1975 TEX A 2B 37 32 291.2 67 111 7 24 0 0 0 0 0 .962
1975 TEX A 3B 3 2 18 1 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .833
1976 TEX A 3B 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1976 TEX A DH 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1976 TEX A 2B 5 4 35 8 9 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1976 MIN A 2B 2 0 3 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500
1976 MIN A 3B 99 91 835.1 71 209 18 22 0 0 0 0 0 .940
1976 MIN A DH 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1976 TOT A DH 8 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1976 TOT A 2B 7 4 38 9 9 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 .947
1976 TOT A 3B 100 91 836.1 71 209 18 22 0 0 0 0 0 .940
1977 MIN A 3B 126 110 978.2 90 266 18 29 0 0 0 0 0 .952
1977 MIN A DH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1978 MIN A 3B 115 100 874 65 233 9 24 0 0 0 0 0 .971
1978 MIN A 2B 5 0 11 4 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1979 MIN A DH 22 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1979 MIN A 1B 1 0 3 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1979 MIN A 3B 63 55 420 34 94 10 9 0 0 0 0 0 .928
1979 MIN A 2B 1 0 1.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1980 MIN A 1B 73 59 494.1 512 44 2 56 0 0 0 0 0 .996
1980 MIN A DH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1980 MIN A 3B 31 22 208.1 29 54 2 6 0 0 0 0 0 .976
1980 MIN A 2B 1 0 8 4 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1981 NY N 3B 12 11 82.1 5 21 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .963
Total DH 35 24 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Total 2B 53 37 362 90 132 9 34 0 0 0 0 0 .961
Total 3B 453 392 3427.2 296 884 59 91 0 0 0 0 0 .952
Total 1B 74 59 497.1 516 44 2 56 0 0 0 0 0 .996

Transactions

  • Selected by Washington Senators in the 6th round of the free-agent draft - did not sign (June 7, 1968).
  • Selected by Washington Senators in the 2nd round of the secondary phase of free-agent draft (June 8, 1971).
  • Traded by Texas Rangers with Bill Singer, Roy Smalley, Jim Gideon and $250000 to Minnesota Twins in exchange for Bert Blyleven and Danny Thompson (June 1, 1976).
  • Granted free agency (October 23, 1980).
  • Signed by New York Mets (December 19, 1980).
  • Released by New York Mets (April 5, 1982).

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