Ron Cey does Penguin walk
Very few baseball players were defined by their nickname as Ron Cey was. He really did resemble a Penguin when he walked, but when he played the game he resembled the greatest third baseman in LAD history, and it is not even close.
The stats speak for themselves:
- Most hits
- Most home runs
- Most doubles
- Most runs batted in
- Most runs scored
- Most walks
- Most everything
Cumulatively he’s the best. But would you pick Ron Cey for a season over Todd Zeile? Adrian Beltre? Even Justin Turner? Maybe, but that is another article.
This table tells you that Ron Cey had a long and storied career, tallying up stat after stat. What it doesn’t tell you is why Ron Cey is dear to the heart of many a Dodger fan growing up in the 1970’s.
Clutch more or may not exist, but when one of your stars actually delivers in the clutch, that is a whole hell of a lot better than having to say “small sample size” when they fail.
The Penguin led the Dodgers every time they were in the NLCS, delivering an OPS far above his career norms. The LAD went to the post season four times during his career. Each time the Dodgers made the World Series, the first three times it was very much because of Ron Cey who delivered the following OPS numbers in the NLCS.
- 1974 – 1.109
- 1977 – 1.015
- 1978 – .951
Cey however, failed to put up big numbers in the World Series until 1981. Strangely in 1981, Cey had a poor NLCS, but made up for it by winning the World Series MVP along with Steve Yeager and Pedro Guerrero.
My favorite Ron Cey moment during his long career was the game winning home run he hit during my favorite regular season series. But that is also another article.