2B-SS 1971-81 Pirates , Giants
On September 16, 1975, Stennett became the only player in the 20th century to collect
seven hits in a nine-inning game, going 7-for-7 in a 22-0 rout of the Cubs. Stennett
was good enough to beat out Dave Cash and Willie Randolph for the Pirates' second
base job. The strong-armed Panamanian was used frequently at shortstop and in the
outfield in 1972 and 1973 before Pittsburgh traded Cash to make room at second base.
Stennett responded by leading NL second basemen in both putouts and total chances
per game (and did it again in 1976) while batting .291 with 84 runs. He just missed
Ken Hubbs's record of 418 consecutive errorless chances, falling short by eight.
contact hitter had his best season in 1977, finishing second to teammate Dave Parker
in the batting race with a .336 mark while stealing 28 bases, both personal highs.
He never hit above .250 thereafter, however, and was pushed out of the 2B job by
Phil Garner. Stennett was signed by the Giants to a big free agent contract after
the 1979 season, but was replaced by Joe Morgan in 1981.