Friday, November 28, 2008

Phucco Phlashback Phriday: Bob Walk

Robert Vernon Walk, better known as Bob Walk, was a critical member of the Phillies 1980 World Series Champion pitching staff. That was Walk's rookie year, and he finished 7th in the Rookie of the Year balloting, while going 11-7 with a 4.57 era over 27 games started. He even notched a victory in the World Series for the Phils over Kansas City. 1980 ended up being Walk's only season with the Phils, as he was shipped to Atlanta for outfielder Gary "Sarge" Matthews. Sarge went on to have 3 productive seasons with the Phils, while Walk found himself out of favor and released from the Braves after 3 seasons. For someone who was so highly sought out as an amateur (drafted 3 times), Walk found himself a man desperate for work, and what does a desperate man do...sign with the Pittsburgh Pirates. In the Steel City, Walk found a home and set up shop there from 1984-1993. He was even named to the NL All-Star squad in '88, and won 2 games in the playoffs for Pitt from 90-92 (back when the Buccos were actually competitive). Walk has recently been honored by the Pirates organization with his likeness put on a bobblehead figurine as a giveaway, and currently does broadcasts for Fox Sports Pittsburgh. Walk's career line: 105-81 record, 350 g, 1666 ip, 606 bb, 848 k, 4.03 era, and a 1.37 whip. He only averaged 4.6 punchouts per 9 frames, but after all his name was Bob Walk not Bob Strikeout. That precisely groomed mustache and hair only add to his legend and lore.



GM-Carson said...

Philly native, Mike Koplove, has signed a minor league deal with the Phils with an invitation to spring training. He's a solid relief option for the 12th man on the staff or to have stowed away in Triple A in case of injury.

furiousBall said...

i was always convinced that Bob never showered. he looks exactly like this stoner kid from my neighborhood growing up

Bob D said...

Brewers sign RJ Swindel as a free agent away from the Phils. Well atleast they signed Koplove to fill the void.

The Pirates competitive? Must've been when Bonds was there.

GM-Carson said...

Bonds, Bonilla, Van Slyke, Doug Drabek, Sid Bream...those were the days.