Butch Hobson was selected by the Boston Red Sx in the 1973 MLB amateur draft. The 3rd baseman made his MLB debut in 1975
He stayed with the Red Sox through the 1980 season, after which he was traded to the California Angels. He played one year with them, before being traded to the New York Yankees, where he played for one season. He did play for 3 more seasons with the Yankees AAA club, before retiring.
In parts of 8 MLB seasons, he hit .248 with 89 home runs. He also had 398 rbi's and 314 runs scored. He won the "Player of the Week" award twice.
Hobson went on to manage the Red Sox for three seasons, compiling a .472 winning percentage. Since then, he has spent most of his time managing in the minors, including several stops in various independent leagues.
This brings us to 2018, when Hobson will manage the new Chicago Dogs of the American Association. The Dogs will be playing at the newly finished Impact Field in Rosemont, IL.
I had the pleasure of meeting and talking to Hobson last weekend. Hobson gave me his thoughts on the new stadium, the independent leagues and coming to Chicago. He looks and sounds great. He si certainly excited about the season.
I vividly remember Hobson breaking in with the Red Sox. I remember getting his baseball cards in packs. This is one of those surreal moments, when I couldn't believe I was talking to Hobson. It really never gets old for me.
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Thank you to the Chicago Dogs for their hospitality and thanks to Hobson for his time and consideration. Go Dogs!