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Thursday, February 4, 2010

Gary Tremblay, Hitless Goaltender - 264

Check out the updated feature on Gary Tremblay from July 2011:
Gary Tremblay, Blocked Them

It was a spring day where Gary Tremblay might as well have been a goalie, according to one account.

Red Sox pitcher Rob Murphy was wild, giving up five hits and five earned runs, but it could have been worse, but for the catcher Tremblay. The catcher was described as making several kick saves.

"That was quite an inning for Mr. Tremblay," Red Sox manager Joe Morgan told the Patriot Ledger Sports Service in March 1989. "He's quite a good catcher. If he could hit a little, he'd be a very good major league catcher. Just what we want."

But that was the problem. Tremblay couldn't hit. He wouldn't make the big club that year or any year. Assigned to AAA Pawtucket. He played in 63 games that year and hit just .150.

A native of East Greenbush, NY, Tremblay was drafted by the Red Sox in the sixth round in 1983. He made AAA in 1986 and would play most of the next five years in top farm clubs.

He made it into his first major league training camp in 1987. His bat was at least some of an asset there. His first training camp hit knocked in the winning run in an 11-inning game.

In nine total minor league seasons, Tremblay's career batting average was an even .200. The Red Sox would lose patience at the end of 1990, giving Tremblay his release. Tremblay would soon sign on with the Phillies organization, spending one year in AAA Scranton, closing out his career.

1990 CMC Tally
Cards Reviewed: 39/880 - 4.4%
Major Leaguers: 22 - 56%
Never Made the Majors: 17 - 44%
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 8
10+ Seasons in the Minors: 14

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