Pushing Cars Up-Hill: Dick Allen’s Scouting Report (1970)

The Dodgers 1970 scouting report of Dick Allen:

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Dick Allen doesn’t need a country. Doesn’t need a position. His country is his steely gaze. His position is that you should go to hell with your judgments.

He’ll fill those holes in his bat when he God-damn feels like it. Dick Allen is tired of you reporting on his potential, too. Go to the next man, see if he cares. (Author’s note: Allen was traded to the Dodgers the year after this report was written.)

You don’t win Rookie of the Year and become an All-Star by pushing cars downhill, dickweed. Cars need to go up. Dick Allen is the man to make that happen.

(Report provided by the National Baseball Hall of Fame.)




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MrMan
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MrMan
3 years 2 months ago

Tried harder than the year before….classic! And I don’t think SABR analysis will ever provide greater insight than comparing a player to a rental car company.

Crusty Old Scout
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Crusty Old Scout
3 years 2 months ago

Wes Parker – has to be the best 1st Baseman in the game. Also the ideal role model to make an apearance on a show like The Brady Bunch.

Crusty Old Scout
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Crusty Old Scout
3 years 2 months ago

Willie Davis – running is in-consistent. When-ever he feels like it. Like my puntuation.

Crusty Old Scout
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Crusty Old Scout
3 years 2 months ago

Tom Haller. – Catcher. Still looses balls. Loose balls sink ship’s, specialy when they get holes in them some times.

Crusty Old Scout
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Crusty Old Scout
3 years 2 months ago

Willie Bloomquist. Now HERE’S a player!! This boy can do all things with his grit and will be managerial quality some day.

He looks kind of white when after taking a shower. Not sure why he’s named Willie.

Crusty Old Scout
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Crusty Old Scout
3 years 2 months ago

Randy Wolf. Pitcher. Tired of waiting for his curve to cross the home plate, so we’ll go to the next man.

Crusty Old Scout
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Crusty Old Scout
3 years 2 months ago

Steve Garvey – has to be the best 1st Baseman in the game. Great face, thighs are made for baseball. From the cut of his jib, he will sure be a Hall-of-Famer

Crusty Old Scout
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Crusty Old Scout
3 years 2 months ago

Yuniski Bentacort – 1st baseman and all-around swell-guy. Proven RBI guy, now even more valuble now that he’s got an RBI position. Best Polish 1st-Base-man since Teddy Klazewski, al-though he looks a bit Mexican.

Jeff
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Jeff
3 years 2 months ago

You DO realize that the “pushing cars uphill” comment is a reference to an incident a few years earlier when Allen was pushing a stalled car, with his hand on the headlight, and he wound up pushing his hand THROUGH the headlight, mangling the hand and suffering what was perceived to be a potentially career-ending injury, yes?

Dan J.
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Dan J.
3 years 2 months ago

I remember that 1967 car-pushing incident. Allen’s hand broke through a light, tore up his tendons, and he missed the last part of the season.

Grapost
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Grapost
3 years 2 months ago

The “tried harder than the year before” comment is in reference to Allen’s repeated disruptive behavior in 1969 that got him fined multiple times and suspended during the season. He has admitted it was done in a effort to get traded out of Philly.

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