Thursday, August 16, 2012
In 1974 Mike Schmidt delivered a remarkable turnaround from what was a dismal rookie season. He struck out at a much lower rate (although he still led the NL in strike outs wit 138) he also raised his OPS from .697 to .914 while doubling his HR and RBI totals.
He captured his first (of eight) NL home run crowns and made the first (of 12) All Star appearances. He finished 6th in the NL MVP race.
In June of 1974, Mike Schmidt hit the longest single in MLB history when he hit the speaker mounted speaker 300 feet away and 100 feet high at the Astrodome. Don't believe me? Listen to this