Wednesday, March 4, 2015

1978 Topps Baseball #268 - Gil Flores

  • Gil Flores was signed by the Baltimore out of Puerto Rico in 1970. Flores was released by the Orioles in April 1971 and resigned in June. He played well in Rookie League in 1971, but Gil didn't show much in Class A Miami in 1972.
  • Flores was drafted out of the Baltimore system after the 1972 season. Gil put up good stats as a speedy outfielder in various minor league stops from 1973-1977.
  • Gil got off to a good start in AAA Salt Lake City in 1977 and was called up in early May. Gil batted .278 in 104 games for the Angels in 1977.
  • Flores started the 1978 season in Salt Lake City. On July 28 he was traded to the New York Mets for Pepe Mangual. He played for AAA Tidewater until the end of August and then was called up to the Mets. Gil batted .276 (8 for 29) in 11 games for the Mets.
  • Gil spent the entire 1979 season with the Mets, but he batted only .194 in 93 at bats. Gil played in 70 games, mostly as a defensive replacement and pinch runner. That was the last major league action Flores would see.
  • Flores played in Tidewater from 1980-1984. He played in the Mexican League in 1985. Gil ended up with a .298 lifetime average in 14 minor league seasons.
  • 1978 Stats:
    • Salt Lake City Gulls: .279, 2 HR, 33 RBI in 76 games
    • Tidewater Tides: .270, 0 HR, 6 RBI in 26 games
    • New York Mets: .276 (8 for 29) in 11 games
  • 1978 Highlights:
    • Sept 15 - Had two hits and two runs scored to help the Mets beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-4.