Robby Thompson made his major league debut with the San Francisco Giants on April 8th, 1986. In that same season, Thompson struggled at the start of the season but ended pushing his batting average .271. Thompson had an up and down season at the plate but was a steady defender at second base for the Giants. The Sporting News gave Thompson the Rookie of the Year award for 1986.
When 1987 came around, Thompson remained an outstanding defender and teamed up with shortstop to Jose Uribe. Thompson and Uribe lead the majors in double plays turned with 183. In 1987 the Giants won the NL West but lost to the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLCS. Also, in the 1987 postseason, the Giants set a record for double plays turned as well with ten.
In 1988 Thompson finished with an average of .264 but was hitting around .300 mid-way through the season and earned his first All-Star game appearance. In the second half of the season, Thompson struggled, and his average dropped significantly. He also struck out 111 times in the 1988 season.
In 1989 the San Francisco Giants made it to the World Series but lost to the Oakland A’s. Thompson struggled at the plate that season but did manage to hit 11 triples and score 91 runs. With just a batting average of .241, Thompson did hit two home runs in the NLCS against the Chicago Cubs to help the Giants clinch the NL pennant.
Over the next couple of seasons, Thompson pretty much hit between .245 and .262, but he did hit a career-high 19 home runs in 1991. When 1993 came around, the Giants’ second baseman had a career year.
Thompson hit .312, 19 home runs, and drove in 65 runs; he made the All-Star team for the second time in his career in 1993. San Francisco Giants won 103 games that year, but blew a nine-game lead to the Atlanta Braves and missed out on the playoffs. The 1993 Giants is still one of my favorite Giants teams.
After the 1993 season, it was pretty much downhill for Thompson after that. He hit .209, .223, and .211 the next three seasons before retiring at the end of the 1996 season. Over the final three years of his career, Thompson missed a lot of time due to injury.
Thompson played 11 seasons with the San Francisco Giants and had a career batting average .257 and accumulated 1,187 hits. Also, he hit 119 home runs and drove in 458 runs. Thompson was a two-time All-Star, Gold Glove, and Silver Slugger award winner. Thompson finished with a fielding percentage of .981.
Growing up a Giants fan, Thompson was one of the players i grew fond of. At a game in the 1990s, i was sitting behind the Giants dugout, and Thompson threw me a baseball.