Rob Wilfong

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Rob Wilfong, RBI Legend

Rob Wilfong is a bench player for California on the NES version of RBI. He is known for a wide variety of on-the-field and off-the-field antics and is one of the more cultish figures in RBI. Not only does he posess one of the top mustaches in the game, he gained instant fame when Dee-Nee founder Gantry once dreamed that he went to college with his mythical son, Rob Jr.

Bio

  • Born September 1st, 1953 Pasadena, CA
  • Drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 13th round of the 1971 amateur draft.
  • Played in the Big Leagues with Minnesota (1977-1982), California (1982-1986) and San Francisco (1987)
  • Was traded with Doug Corbett for Tom Brunansky in 1982
  • Had a game-tying RBI single in the bottom of the 9th of the 1986 ALCS.
  • Spent some time as a big-league scout for the Detroit Tigers
  • Led the American League with 25 sacrifices hits in 1979
  • Set an AL record for fielding percentage by a 2B at .995 in 1980

RBI Stats

Career Stats

G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
959 2690 318 668 97 23 39 261 54 205 387 .248 .303 .345 .648

Wilfong in RBI

Wilfong is one of those players that doesn't quite impress you at first. His pedestrian .248 average and 3 homers give many players a false sense of suckiness. Though who use Wilfong though know his RBI abilities far exceed his numbers. He has a respectable 816 power rating, which typically results in a surprising amount of homers. He is a left handed hitter, giving him the boost in straight pitch. Being a bench player, he also gets the advantage of the pinch hit power boost.

Given some of the serious anchors in California's starting lineup, most feel that Wilfong should immediately be subbed in. Most put him in at leadoff for Gary Pettis, but others put him in for either Bobby Grich or Bob Boone. Regardless, Wilfong should make the starting lineup sooner rather than later. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised with the results.

Nicknames

  • Roberto
  • Rob Jr.
  • Fong
  • The Fonger

RBI Baseball Cards

Rob Wilfong's 1987 Topps card


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