Roger Henry Metzger (born October 10, 1947) is a former Major League Baseball shortstop who played most of this career for the Houston Astros (1971–1978). He also played for the Chicago Cubs (1970) and the San Francisco Giants (1978–1980). A light-hitting shortstop, he was known for his strong defense and good running speed. He retired at age 32 because of the after-effects of a hand injury.
|Born: October 10, 1947|
|June 16, 1970, for the Chicago Cubs|
|Last MLB appearance|
|August 10, 1980, for the San Francisco Giants|
|Runs batted in||254|
|Career highlights and awards|
On November 29, 1979, Metzger lost the tips of four fingers on his right hand (index to pinky) in an electric table-saw accident. He had been building a wooden playhouse for his children as a Christmas present. Metzger attempted a comeback for the 1980 season, but was released by the San Francisco Giants on August 10, 1980, after only hitting .074 in 28 games. Immediately after being released, he was re-signed by the Giants as a coach for the remainder of the season.
In 11 seasons Metzger played in 1,219 games and had 4,201 at bats, 453 runs, 972 hits, 101 doubles, 71 triples, five home runs, 254 RBI, 83 stolen bases, 355 walks, .231 batting average, .291 on-base percentage, .293 slugging percentage, 1,230 total bases, 90 sacrifice hits, 22 sacrifice flies and 34 intentional walks.
A graduate of St. Edward's University in 1970, the school retired his jersey in June 2005. He resides with his wife, Tamy Metzger in Brenham, Texas, and they have two sons – Roger Kurt Metzger and Ryan Evans Metzger.