July 31, 1991 |
There were no raunchy jokes. There was no high-pitched laughter. Instead, he was subdued Tuesday, almost tranquil. "I never thought I'd react this way," Padre center fielder Shawn Abner said softly, "but it's going to be tough to leave here without crying." Abner, who had patiently awaited this day for so long, found himself trying to gather his composure Tuesday after learning he finally was being traded to the Angels for third baseman Jack Howell.
February 1, 1992 |
Outfielder Shawn Abner reached agreement with the Angels on a one-year contract for $287,500 plus bonuses, averting an arbitration hearing. Abner, who earned $180,000 last season, hit .228 with two home runs and nine RBIs in 41 games after being acquired from the Padres July 30 for third baseman Jack Howell. He had filed for arbitration at $325,000, compared with the Angels' figure of $250,000.
August 1, 1991 |
Shawn Abner, acquired from the Padres Tuesday for Jack Howell, was given No. 16, Howell's number, and took batting practice Wednesday at Tiger Stadium. "I'm just glad to be here," Abner said. "I can't get any less playing time than I've gotten since May. The Angels are still in it, and I hope I get a chance to play. . . . I still think I can play. I'm still relatively young (25). I don't think I'm maxed out yet. I'm not a .160 hitter." He won't be in the lineup regularly.
August 14, 1991 |
Shawn Abner knows what it's like to feel weary and beaten, and he has only been an Angel since July 30. He hit his doldrums in San Diego, where he languished for most of two months, waiting to be traded by the Padres after losing his spot in center field by hitting .165. When he joined the Angels in exchange for Jack Howell, he joined a team that had troubles of its own.
December 13, 1986 |
One day later, the consensus is this . . . --By acquiring Kevin McReynolds Thursday, the New York Mets helped themselves for 1987. --By acquiring Kevin Mitchell, Shawn Abner and Stan Jefferson, the San Diego Padres helped themselves for 1989. --McReynolds, the Mets' new left fielder, is thrilled to be leaving San Diego and, especially, team president Ballard Smith. --Mitchell, who grew up as a ruffian in San Diego and who will be the Padres' third baseman, is convinced he can come home again.
May 15, 1991 |
Padre center fielder Shawn Abner wondered how everything could go so wrong, so quickly. He was given the starting job in spring training, and the Padres promised they would stick by him. He hit .314 the first two weeks, and everyone in the Padre front office was gloating how Abner was responding. Then it happened. He went hitless in one game. Then another. And before Abner knew it, he was in a one-for-38 skid, with his batting average plummeting to .171.