Glancing Back, and Remembering Bob Aspromonte
Bob Aspromonte was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1956 and appeared in one game for Brooklyn, striking out in his only plate appearance.
Aspromonte lasted 12 years (and one game) in the National League by being solid in the infield (and, occasionally, in left field) while hitting enough to be a run-producing asset at the back end of the lineup. He played for four different teams, though he spent more than half of his major league career with Houston (the Colt .45s and then the Astros).
After his Brooklyn debut, Aspromonte spent the next four seasons in the Dodgers’ farm system, hitting .329 for AAA St. Paul in 1960. He appeared in 68 games with the Dodgers in 1960 and 1961, batting a combined .212, and was Houston’s third selection in the 1961 National League expansion draft. He immediately became Houston’s starting third baseman, a position he would hold for the next seven seasons.
In seven seasons in Houston, Aspromonte batted .258 and averaged 55 RBIs per season. Hi best season was 1964, when he batted .280 with career highs in home runs (12) and runs batted in (69). He hit .294 in 1967, with 24 doubles, six home runs and 58 RBIs.
In December of 1968, he was traded to the Atlanta Braves for Marty Martinez. Aspromonte was a utility infielder for the Braves (with occasional duty in left field), batting .253 in 1969 and .213 in 1970. The Braves then sent him to the New York Mets for pitcher Ron Herbel. Aspromonte hit .225 as the Mets’ third baseman in 1971 with five home runs and 33 RBIs. He retired after the 1971 season.
Aspromonte finished with a career batting average of .252 on 1,103 base hits.