At least that's my theory. Closer inspection reveals he was born in Western Mass, so that puts a kink in that storyline. Robidoux's career was brief and unmemorable, like a comet that no one cared to look at, for it burned their eyes. After straight up dominating the Texas League in 1985 for the El Paso Diablos, he got his shot with the Milwaukee Brewers that September and popped up to second base in his first at bat against Yankees pitcher, Rich Bordi. It was all downhill from there.
Billy Jo Robidoux would go on to play sparingly from 1985-1990 for the Brewers, White Sox and Red Sox amassing a career average of .209. He made up for the low average by hitting for no power whatsoever (.286 slugging) and not getting on base (.313 OBP). For the sabermetrically inclined, his Wins Above Replacement (WAR) was a robust -2.8. Those numbers are fairly horrific for a first baseman, which he allegedly was. Those numbers would also not be very good for a pitcher. It's almost amazing he was allowed to bat 547 times at the major league level. He was probably gritty and played the game the right way. But, at the very least, he made it to the big leagues and lived his dream. Plus, look at that mustache. He may have hit like a minor leaguer, but that mustache is professional. Congrats, Billy Jo, Dave's Deep Dish says you're a big winner today.
|One of Billy Jo's problems may have been this overly||relaxed batting stance.|