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Angel Castoffs Come Back to Haunt Them : Baseball: White, Schofield, part of an earlier youth movement in Anaheim, enjoy playing for World Series champion Toronto.

April 18, 1994|CHRIS FOSTER | TIMES STAFF WRITER

ANAHEIM — For those nostalgia buffs, Anaheim Stadium was the place to be Sunday. It was there that relics from the Angels' previous youth movement were on display.

Devon White, the outfielder who could do it all, and Dick Schofield, the sure and steady shortstop, came up with big plays. They got key hits and played solid defense.

They did so as members of the Toronto Blue Jays.

White and Schofield, whose careers have gone in different directions since leaving the Angels, returned to haunt their old team Sunday. White had a home run and two runs batted in and Schofield knocked in one run. Both helped the Blue Jays to a 5-4 victory.

"You know, guys get traded all the time and you never know how it's going to work out," Blue Jay Manager Cito Gaston said. "I'm just glad (the Angels) let them go."

Yeah, it's funny how things work out. One minute you're cornerstones of a building process, the next you're expendable, spare parts, obsolete.

Junior Felix? Luis Sojo? Ken Rivers? The Angels got them for White in 1991. None remain on the team.

White, meanwhile, has soared. Last season, he batted .273 with 15 home runs, 52 RBIs and 34 stolen bases in helping the Blue Jays win their second consecutive World Series title.

On Sunday, White got the Blue Jays off to a fast start with a leadoff home run. He also singled in the fifth, giving Toronto a 4-3 lead.

"Devo was a good player with the Angels and he's been a great player with Toronto," Schofield said. "When he got to Toronto, they just told him to play center field and lead off. I don't know what went on in his mind, but that had to simplify things for him."

For those reading between the lines, White was supposed to be all things to all people in the Angel organization. When he didn't measure up, he was out.

Schofield, on the other hand, was Mr. Dependable for the Angels. Still, he was sent packing.

Julio Valera? The Angels got him from the New York Mets for Schofield in 1992. Valera now sits on the shelf after reconstructive elbow surgery.

But Schofield hasn't fared much better. He batted .205 with the Mets in 1992, then was signed by Toronto as a free agent. His season was interrupted when he fractured his right arm and spent four months on the disabled list.

As a result, Schofield played in only 36 games and hit .191. He has been healthy this season, but even less productive.

Schofield had a good spring, hitting .421, but it has not carried over into the regular season. He was 0 for 11 when he slapped a single to right to tie the score, 3-3, in the fifth.

"I was just glad I finally got a chance to contribute," Schofield said. "I've had a couple bad years, but I'm still young. I still think I can help some team."

That confidence is shared by others.

"Hey, Dick Schofield is one of the best and most underrated shortstops in baseball," White said. "He helped us last year and he's going to help us this year."

Apparently, that's more than an old buddy talking.

Said Gaston: "You know, I never really realized how good Dick was. We've had flashy shortstops here, Alfredo Griffin, Tony Fernandez, Manny Lee, but Dick is very steady. You can depend on him."

Sure, the Angels did. They depended on Schofield . . . and White. But that was one youth movement ago.

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