I will have to look again, but I don't remember ever seeing anything negative on Dick Allen in his one year in St. Louis -- other than he got hurt and we lost him. The team shuffled players from the year Allen was there in 1970 (76-86 record that year) and 1971 (90-72). Trading Allen was a huge help, by getting the younger Ted Sizemore to replace the aging favorite at second base Julian Javier. Sizemore did a fine job at second for the next few years. Allen, and his injuries - not his attitude, was expendable because the young kid Ted Simmons (20 years old I think) was ready to take over the catching job so Joe Torre could move to the corner infield spots. Torre responded by having one of the single greatest seasons in the 1970s in 1971, primarily at 3B (where he replaced Mike Shannon who had to retire early).
Originally Posted by drstrangelove
Allen's bat was replaced by Simmons at C, Torre even better than he had been over at 3B, and Sizemore was also an upgrade over Javier, who was still around as a replacement. Joe Hague took over at 1B, a man that was already on the roster and played when Allen was hurt. The team wasn't improved because a bad attitude left town, it was improved because a lot of replacement parts came up and in to improve the team. I do remember reading that the black leaders of the club, guys like Bob Gibson and Lou Brock, got along with Allen, and he got along with his other teammates too.
I will have to look again, but I thought it was injury issues that sent Allen from St. Louis.
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