Friday, October 30, 2009

1976 Topps # 252 - Tim Nordbrook

  • Tim Nordbrook was a backup infielder for several teams from 1974-1979. He was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in 1970. Tim's minor league stats were never very impressive, but in 1974 he earned a September look after batting .287 in 100 games for AAA Rochester. Nordbrook played in six games and batted .267.
  • Nordbrook stayed with the Orioles in 1975 but batted only .118 in 34 at bats. In 1976 he batted .167 in 22 at bats for the Orioles. He was purchased by the California Angels on September 9 and was hitless in eight at bats to finish the season.
  • Tim became a free agent after the 1976 season and signed with the Chicago White Sox. He didn't get much playing time with the White Sox (.250 in 20 at bats). Nordbrook was sold to the Toronto Blue Jays on August 30, 1977. Tim became Toronto's starting shortstop for the month of September and batted .175 in 63 games.
  • In 1978 Nordbrook started with the Blue Jays and was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers for Tim Johnson on April 28. He only batted nine times for both teams. In 1979 he went 1 for 2 for the Brewers and spent most of the year in AAA Vancouver where he batted .192 in 75 games. He didn't do much better in 1980 (.203 in 84 games at Vancouver). Tim didn't play in 1981.
  • In 1982 Tim became the manager of Pikeville in the Appalacian Rookie League. He made one appearance as a pitcher and that was it for his playing career. Tim managed in the minors in 1983 and 1984. Nordbrook does community appearances for the Orioles now.

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