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Dave Concepcion Biography
Dave Concepcion was born June 17, 1948 and is a formershortstop in Major League Baseball. He was born in Ocumare de la Costa, AraguaState, Venezuela. On August 25, 2007 the Cincinnati Reds retired jersey number13 in honor of Concepcin's contributions to the team.
Concepcin returned in 1974 and played 160 games. He enjoyed his best overallseason, batting .281, with 14 HR, 82 RBI, as well as winning his first Gold GloveAward.
By 1975 Concepcin joined Pete Rose, Johnny Bench, JoeMorgan, Tony Perez, Ken Griffey, Sr., George Foster and Csar Gernimo in thefamous Great Eight starting lineup of The Big Red Machine thatwould help the Reds win the next two World Series titles. Even after Concepcinhad established himself in the major leagues as a star shortstop, he continuedto play winter ball in Venezuela, helping to improve his batting. After his.274, 5, 49 totals in the 1975 season, Concepcin posted marks of : .281, 9, 69(1976) - .271, 8, 64 (1977) - .301, 6, 67 (1978) - .281, 16, 84 (1979) - .260,5, 77 (1980) - .306, 5, 67 (1981) - .287, 5, 53 (1982).
On July 13, 1982, the first All-Star Game outside of theUnited States was held at Montreal's Olympic Stadium. Concepcin hit a two-runhomer to help the National League to a 41 win (the NL's 11th straight victoryand 19th in the last 20 contests). Concepcin was named the game's MostValuable Player.
Later in his career, Concepcion worked with Tony Perez andperfected the one-bounce throw to first base. Concepcion was the firstshortstop to use this method to take advantage of the speedy artificial turf atRiverfront Stadium and other parks in the National League.
Hampered by age, an elbow injury and shoulder surgery in1982, Concepcin had consecutive sub-par seasons (198384). Grooming BarryLarkin as his successor, he became a dependable handyman at all four infieldpositions. Replaced by Larkin in 1986, Concepcin was only 44 games away fromLarry Bowa's NL record for shortstops.
Dave Concepcin retired from baseball in 1988. Showing hisoverall versatility, during his last season late in a game under direction ofmanager Pete Rose, he pitched 1 1/3 innings in Dodger Stadium in a blow outgame, giving up two hits, no runs, and striking out one batter.
On August 25, 2007, Concepcin's number 13 was retired by theReds before their game against the Florida Marlins.
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