Hidalgo thriving in New York
The Mets took a chance on the enigmatic Richard Hidalgo. The payoff has been immediate and pronounced.
"He was an RBI machine,'' Howe said. "Every year, 90-plus. You knew he was lurking, and you had to make quality pitches to the two guys in front of him. Whatever was left on, he cleaned up. He just had that knack for driving in runs.''
Perez, who drove in 1,652 runs in the majors and surpassed 90 RBI 12 times when it actually meant something, went by the nickname "Doggie.'' It was an offshoot of the "Big Dog,'' a term of endearment given him by former Cincinnati manager Dave Bristol and embraced by his teammates.
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