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EXPANSION DRAFTS PAST : For Every Kansas City, There Is Another Story

November 17, 1992|MARYANN HUDSON and HOUSTON MITCHELL | TIMES STAFF WRITERS

All-Star Selections A look at some of the best players expansion drafts have produced: C: Ernie Whitt (Toronto, '77-87) Avg: .253 HR: 132 RBI: 521 C: Fran Healy (K. City, '69, '73-76) Avg: .258 HR: 17 RBI: 106 1B: Nate Colbert (San Diego, '69-74) Avg: .253 HR: 163 RBI: 481 1B: Dan Meyer (Mariners, '77-81) Avg: .265 HR: 64 RBI: 313 2B: Julio Cruz (Mariners, '77-83) Avg: .243 HR: 17 RBI: 162 3B: Bob Aspromonte (Hou., '62-68) Avg: .258 HR: 52 RBI: 393 3B: Garth Iorg (Toronto, '78-87) Avg: .258 HR: 20 RBI: 238 SS: Jim Fregosi (Angels, '61-71) Avg: .268 HR: 115 RBI: 546 OF: Chuck Hinton (Wash., '61-64) Avg: .280 HR: 49 RBI: 217 OF: Ruppert Jones (Mariners, '77-79) Avg: .257 HR: 51 RBI: 200 OF: Albie Pearson (Angels, '61-66) Avg: .275 HR: 24 RBI: 167 OF: Mack Jones (Montreal, '69-71) Avg: .250 HR: 39 RBI: 120 OF: Tommy Harper (Pilots, '69-71) Avg: .264 HR: 54 RBI: 174 DH: Otto Velez (Toronto, '77-82) Avg: .257 HR: 72 RBI: 243 P: Jim Clancy (Toronto, '77-89) W-L: 128-140 ERA: 4.11 P: Al Fitzmorris (Kansas City, '69-76) W-L: 70-45 ERA: 3.46 P: Dean Chance (Angels, '61-66) W-L: 74-66 ERA: 2.85 P: Bill Stoneman (Montreal, '69-73) W-L: 51-72 ERA: 4.00 P: Glenn Abbott (Mariners, '77-83) W-L: 42-60 ERA: 4.54 RP: Roy Thomas (Mariners, '83-87) W-L: 14-3 ERA: 3.92 RP: Tom Burgmeier (K. City, '69-73) W-L: 24-16 ERA: 3.20 RP: Diego Segui (Pilots, '69) W-L: 12-6 ERA: 3.35 RP: Dick Drago (Kansas City, '69-73) W-L: 61-70 ERA: 3.52 RP: Marty Pattin (Pilots, '69-71) W-L: 35-38 ERA: 3.77 --Compiled by Houston Mitchell

Draft Abstract Some of the lesser known facts and lists associated with expansion drafts. * ALL-DODGERS Some players perhaps best known as Dodgers. C Bob Stinson 1B Gil Hodges 2B Joe Amalfitano 3B Don Zimmer SS Maury Wills OF Tommy Davis OF Manny Mota P Bill Singer P Mike Marshall P Roger Craig P Hoyt Wilhelm * DOUBLE DUTY Players picked in two drafts. Bobby Shantz (Washington, Houston) Al Fitzmorris (Kansas City, Toronto) * MISSING IN ACTION Players who never played in the major leagues after being drafted. C Bob (Red) Wilson (Angels) IF Dan Haynes (Kansas City) IF Bill Harris (Kansas City) IF Don Ross (Angels) IF Steve Weathers (Toronto) P Duke Maas (Angels) P Bob Davis (Angels) P Buzz Stephen (Pilots) P Gerald Schoen (Pilots) P John Miklos (Pilots) P Charles Bates (Pilots) P Bob Richmond (Pilots) P Paul Click (Pilots) P John Glass (Montreal) P Leon Hooten (Toronto) P Dick James (San Diego) P Fred Katawczik (San Diego) P Jon Warden (Kansas City) P Paul Roof (Houston) P Alan Griffin (Mariners) P Steve Barr (Mariners) P Joe Gerardi (Mariners) * BIG-NAMES TEAM Some of the familiar names among non-Dodgers. C Choo Choo Coleman 1B Ted Kluszewski 2B Jerry Adair 3B Jim Fregosi SS Felix Mantilla OF Lou Piniella OF Cito Gaston OF Gus Bell DH Rico Carty P Bobby Shantz P Jim Rooker P Dean Chance * FUTURE MANAGERS And the teams that drafted them. Bob Lillis Houston Joe Amalfitano Houston Don Zimmer Mets Gil Hodges Mets Roger Craig Mets Cito Gaston San Diego Buck Rodgers Angels Ken Aspromonte Angels Jim Fregosi Angels Lou Piniella Pilots Mike Ferraro Pilots Maury Wills Expos * ONE-SEASON WONDERS An all-star team of players whose first season after being drafted was their best. C: Gene Green (Washington) .280, 18 HR, 62 RBI 1B: Steve Bilko (Angels) .279, 20 HR, 59 RBI 2B: Steve Staggs (Toronto) .259, 2 HR, 28 RBI 3B: Joe Foy (Kansas City) .262, 11 HR, 71 RBI SS: Bob Bailor (Toronto) .310, 5 HR, 21 RBI OF: Roman Mejias (Houston) .286, 24 HR, 76 RBI OF: Lee Stanton (Seattle) .275, 27 HR, 90 RBI OF: Ken Hunt (Angels) .255, 25 HR, 84 RBI P: None --Compiled by Houston Mitchell

Opening Acts A look at the first-year records of expansion teams:

Team W L Washington Senators 61 100 Angels 70 91 New York Mets 40 120 Houston Colt .45s 64 96 Montreal Expos 52 110 San Diego Padres 52 110 Kansas City Royals 69 93 Seattle Pilots 64 98 Seattle Mariners 64 98 Toronto Blue Jays 54 107

All-Flop Selections A look at some of the worst players expansion drafts have produced, as compiled by Houston Mitchell of the Times: C: Pete Daley (Washington, '61) Avg: .192 HR: 2 RBI: 17 1B: Joe Lis (Seattle, '77) Avg: .231 HR: 0 RBI: 1 2B: Chet Boak (Washington, '61) Avg: .000 HR: 0 RBI: 0 SS: Ray Oyler (Pilots, '69) Avg: .165 HR: 7 RBI: 22 3B: Eddie Yost (Angels, '61-62) Avg: .215 HR: 3 RBI: 25 OF: Jim Gosger (Pilots, '69) Avg: .109 HR: 1 RBI: 1 OF: John DeMerit (New York, '62) Avg: .188 HR: 1 RBI: 1 OF: Faye Throneberry (Angels, '61) Avg: .194 HR: 0 RBI: 0 DH: Steve Bowling (Toronto, '77) Avg: .206 HR: 1 RBI: 13 P: Bill Singer (Toronto, '77) W-L: 2-8 ERA: 6.79 P: Jay Hook (New York, '62-64) W-L: 12-34 ERA: 5.22 P: Jerry Casale (Angels, '61) W-L: 1-5 ERA: 6.54

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