Tony Armas was a slugger in every sense of the word. He may have never been great at getting on base, and he may have twice led the league in strikeouts, but Armas could hit for some serious power. During his prime in the early-80s, Armas (who was a rather mediocre outfielder) was one of the best power hitters in the American League. Between 1980 and 1985, Armas hit at least 22 homers each year, racking up an impressive 187 dingers overall in that six-year span. Unfortunately, Armas’ career tailed off drastically. Due in part to injuries (Armas went to the DL 12 times and missed a total of 302 games during his 14-year career), he was finished by the time he was 35, ending his career with the California Angels in 1989.
Before that ill-fated three-year stint in California, Armas had the best years of his career in Boston, from 1983 to 1986. After hitting 36 homers and knocking in 107 runs during his first year with the club in Beantown, Armas had a special year in 1984. That season, he won the Silver Slugger Award on the strength of his AL-leading 43 home runs, 123 RBIs, and 339 total bases. Here‘s one of those 43 homers, a grand slam blast over the Green Monster. Obviously Armas made the All-Star game, but why didn’t he win the MVP? Well, he only hit .268, plus he led the league in strikeouts with 156, or nearly one per game.
Two other members of the Armas family have also played major league baseball, though neither of them showed the same flashes of dominance that Tony did in his heyday. Tony’s younger brother Marcos Armas played for the Oakland A’s in 1993, while Tony’s son, Tony Armas Jr., pitched for four teams during his ten-year stint in the big leagues.