1977 National League All-Star team


Catcher | Ted Simmons, Cardinals

First base | Bob Watson, Astros

Second base | Joe Morgan, Reds

Third base | Mike Schmidt, Phillies

Shortstop | Garry Templeton, Cardinals

Left field | George Foster, Reds

Center field | George Hendrick, Padres

Right field | Dave Parker, Pirates

Starting pitchers | Rick Reuschel, Cubs

2. Tom Seaver, Mets-Reds
3. Phil Niekro, Atlanta
4. Steve Carlton, Phillies
5. John Candelaria, Pirates

Reliever | Bruce Sutter, Cubs

Toughest omission | Reggie Smith, Dodgers
— Kevin Brewer

Butch Metzger


Player most similar to | Pat Zachry
Career statistics | 18-9, 3.74 ERA, 23 saves
Career year (1976) 11-4, 2.92 ERA, 16 saves

Teams | Giants (1974), Padres (75-77), Cardinals (77), Mets (78)

Acquired | Traded by the Giants with Tito Fuentes to the Padres for Derrel Thomas on Dec. 6, 1974.

Gone | Traded by the Padres to the Cardinals for John D’Acquisto and Pat Scanlonon on May 17, 1977.

Resume
• NL Rookie of the Year (1976)

The Butch Metzger Library
A New Career of Providing Relief | Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times (Aug. 18, 1987)