|1984 Major League Baseball draft|
|Location||Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, United States|
|839 total selections|
|First selection||Shawn Abner|
New York Mets
|First round selections||28|
|= All-Star||= Baseball Hall of Famer|
The following are the first round picks in the 1984 Major League Baseball draft.
|1||Shawn Abner||New York Mets||Outfield||Mechanicsburg Area High School|
|2||Bill Swift||Seattle Mariners||Pitcher||University of Maine|
|3||Drew Hall||Chicago Cubs||Pitcher||Morehead State University|
|4||Cory Snyder||Cleveland Indians||Shortstop||Brigham Young University|
|5||Pat Pacillo||Cincinnati Reds||Pitcher||Seton Hall University|
|6||Erik Pappas||California Angels||Catcher||Mount Carmel High School|
|7||Mike Dunne||St. Louis Cardinals||Pitcher||Bradley University|
|8||Jay Bell||Minnesota Twins||Shortstop||Gonzalez Tate High School|
|9||Alan Cockrell||San Francisco Giants||Outfield||University of Tennessee|
|10||Mark McGwire||Oakland Athletics||First Base||University of Southern California|
|11||Shane Mack||San Diego Padres||Outfield||UCLA Bruins|
|12||Oddibe McDowell||Texas Rangers||Outfield||Arizona State University|
|13||Bob Caffrey||Montreal Expos||Catcher||California State University, Fullerton|
|14||John Marzano||Boston Red Sox||Catcher||Temple Owls|
|15||Kevin Andersh||Pittsburgh Pirates||Pitcher||University of New Mexico|
|16||Scott Bankhead||Kansas City Royals||Pitcher||North Carolina Tar Heels|
|17||Don August||Houston Astros||Pitcher||Chapman University|
|18||Isaiah Clark||Milwaukee Brewers||Shortstop||Crockett High School|
|19||Drew Denson||Atlanta Braves||First Base||Purcell Marian High School|
|20||Tony Menéndez||Chicago White Sox||Pitcher||American High School|
|21||Pete Smith||Philadelphia Phillies||Pitcher||Burlington High School|
|22||Jeff Pries||New York Yankees||Pitcher||UCLA Bruins|
|23||Dennis Livingston||Los Angeles Dodgers||Pitcher||Oklahoma State University|
|24||Terry Mulholland||San Francisco Giants||Pitcher||Marietta College|
|25||John Hoover||Baltimore Orioles||Pitcher||Fresno State University|
|26||David Jerore||Cincinnati Reds||Pitcher||Aquinas High School|
|27||Gary Green||San Diego Padres||Shortstop||Oklahoma State University|
|28||Norm Charlton||Montreal Expos||Pitcher||Rice University|
‡ Hall of Famer
| 1st Overall Picks
The California Angels 1984 season involved the Angels finishing 2nd in the American League west with a record of 81 wins and 81 losses.1984 Houston Astros season
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The 1984 Milwaukee Brewers season involved the Brewers' finishing 7th in the American League East with a record of 67 wins and 94 losses.1984 Minnesota Twins season
The 1984 Minnesota Twins season was a season in American baseball. The team finished with a record of 81-81, tied for second in the American League West, and three games behind the division winner Kansas City Royals. Their 81-81 record was an 11-game improvement from 1983, and a 21-game improvement from their 102-loss season of 1982 (the third-worst record in franchise history).
1,598,692 fans attended Twins games, a Twins attendance record, but still the fifth-lowest total in the American League. Towards the end of the season, Calvin Griffith sold the club to local investor Carl Pohlad.1984 New York Mets season
The New York Mets' 1984 season was the 23rd regular season for the Mets. They went 90–72 and finished in second place in the National League East. They were managed by Davey Johnson. They played home games at Shea Stadium.1984 Oakland Athletics season
The Oakland Athletics' 1984 season involved the A's finishing 4th in the American League West with a record of 77 wins and 85 losses. While the A's struggled for a third consecutive season, they staged a major coup by drafting future superstar Mark McGwire with the tenth overall pick of the 1984 Major League Baseball Draft. The season also marked the end of Rickey Henderson's first (of four) stints with the Athletics. His second stint would begin in 1989.1984 San Francisco Giants season
The 1984 San Francisco Giants season was the Giants' 102nd season in Major League Baseball, their 27th season in San Francisco since their move from New York following the 1957 season, and their 25th at Candlestick Park. The team finished in sixth place in the National League West with a 66-96 record, 26 games behind the San Diego Padres.1984 Texas Rangers season
The Texas Rangers 1984 season involved the Rangers' finishing 7th in the American League west, with a record of 69 wins and 92 losses.Bill Swift
William Charles Swift (born October 27, 1961) is an American former professional baseball right-handed pitcher, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Seattle Mariners, San Francisco Giants, and Colorado Rockies.Craig Wilson (third baseman, born 1964)
Craig Wilson (born November 28, 1964 in Annapolis, Maryland) is a former professional baseball player. He played all or part of five seasons in Major League Baseball from 1989 through 1993, primarily as a third baseman but also playing at second base and in the outfield.
Wilson was selected in the 20th round of the 1984 Major League Baseball Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. He played in the Cardinals' organization through 1992, including 1989 through 1992 at the Major League level. During the 1992-93 offseason, Wilson was traded along with Félix José to the Kansas City Royals in exchange for Gregg Jeffries and a minor league player. Wilson played one season for the Royals, then became a free agent. He played two more seasons in the minor leagues before retiring after the 1995 season. He made a brief comeback in the Mexican League for the Guerreros de Oaxaca in 2003, but retired again after 14 games.Dave Carlucci
David Mario Carlucci (born May 1, 1963, at Milford, Massachusetts) is an American former professional baseball player and coach. A graduate of Westfield State College, Carlucci threw and batted right-handed, stood 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 m) tall and weighed 190 pounds (86 kg).A catcher and outfielder, Carlucci was selected in the fourth round of the 1984 Major League Baseball Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers. In his first pro season, with the 1984 Great Falls Dodgers of the Rookie-level Pioneer League, Carlucci appeared in 63 games, compiling a .316 batting average with six home runs and 40 runs batted in. He was named the Dodgers' minor league player of the month for August 1984. But his playing career stalled at the Class A level and Carlucci was released by Los Angeles in 1988.Returning to Massachusetts, he became the head baseball coach at Dean Junior College, then rejoined the professional ranks as the bullpen catcher for the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball in 1994–1995. During the latter year, Kevin Kennedy, Carlucci's manager at Great Falls in 1984, took the reins as skipper of the Red Sox. Kennedy promoted Carlucci to bullpen coach of the BoSox in 1996. But when the team started poorly, losing 19 of its first 25 games, the coaching staff underwent major changes on May 1. Among them, Carlucci was reassigned to his former role as bullpen catcher; then, when Kennedy was fired at the end of the season, Carlucci was also released.Erik Pappas
Erik Daniel Pappas (born April 25, 1966) is an American former professional baseball player and coach. He played as a catcher in Major League Baseball for the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals.Jeff Pico
Jeffrey Pico (born February 12, 1966) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who played for the Chicago Cubs from 1988 to 1990. He is the current bullpen coach for the Detroit Tigers.Pete Smith (baseball, born 1966)
Peter John Smith (born February 27, 1966) is a former Major League Baseball starting pitcher, born in Abington, Massachusetts. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the first round (21st overall pick) in the 1984 Major League Baseball draft. Smith was signed on June 14, 1984 to play in the Philadelphia Phillies organization. He batted and threw right-handed during his baseball career.Rich Rodriguez (baseball)
Richard Anthony Rodriguez (born March 1, 1963), a graduate of Mountain View High School in the city of El Monte, California, is a retired professional baseball player who pitched in the Major Leagues from 1990-2003.
Rodriguez was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 17th round of the 1981 Major League Baseball Draft, but did not sign, opting to attend the University of Tennessee. He was drafted again by the New York Mets in the 9th round of the 1984 Major League Baseball Draft, and signed.
Prior to the 1989 season, Rodriguez was traded by the Mets to the San Diego Padres for minor leaguers Bill Stevenson and Brad Pounders. He made his major league debut in 1990 with the Padres and played for them until June 24, 1993, when he and Gary Sheffield were traded to the Florida Marlins for Andres Berumen, Trevor Hoffman and Jose Martinez.
In 1994, he was released by the Marlins and signed with the St. Louis Cardinals. In 1996, he signed with the Cincinnati Reds, but was released during spring training. He signed with the Royals and spent the season in the minor leagues.
After the 1996 season, he signed with the San Francisco Giants, where he played for three seasons. He signed with the Mets for the 2000 season.
In 2001, he played for the Cleveland Indians. He signed with the Texas Rangers for the 2002 season, and the Anaheim Angels for the 2003 season.
Rich Rodriguez started "Elite Nine" baseball camps and clinics in 2012, a company who empowers and employs former Major League baseball players after their career has ended. Former players instruct at Elite Nine camps and provide private baseball lessons. Elite Nine Major League camps have travelled to Camarillo, CA, Thousand Oaks, CA, Newbury Park, CA, San Anselmo, CA, and Lincoln, CA. Former MLB players who have instructed at Elite Nine Camps are Dmitri Young, Gregg Jefferies, Mike Lieberthal, Rene Gonzales and Aaron Miles. Rich Rodriguez was inducted into the El Monte Athletic Hall of Fame on November 10, 2012.
Rich resides in the Greater Los Angeles area with his wife since 2006, Malia Rivera, who is a VP of marketing in the veterinary industry. He continues to teach and consult students, travel teams and Little Leagues in the Area.Scott Bankhead
Michael Scott Bankhead (born July 31, 1963) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who played in the major leagues from 1986-1995. Bankhead also pitched for Team USA in the 1984 Olympic Games. He attended the University of North CarolinaScott Little
Dennis Scott Little (born January 19, 1963 in East St. Louis, Illinois) is a former Major League Baseball outfielder. He played three games in the majors for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1989. He currently works for the Colorado Rockies in the Player Development Department.Little, an outfielder, played collegiate football and baseball at the University of Missouri. He played in the 1981 Tangerine Bowl and was drafted by the New York Mets in the 7th round of the 1984 Major League Baseball Draft, playing three seasons in their minor league organization. On May 29, 1987, Little was traded, along with Al Pedrique, to the Pittsburgh Pirates, in exchange for Bill Almon. He played for the Pirates in three games in 1989, then played in the minors again until 1991. He batted and threw right-handed, stood 6'0" tall and weighed 198 lbs.
Since his playing career, Little managed extensively in minor league baseball, beginning in 1992 with the Augusta Pirates of the South Atlantic League. He has managed in the farm systems of the Pirates, Dodgers, Washington Nationals, and Texas Rangers In addition, he spent 2009-2015 as an Area Scout with the Los Angeles Dodgers.Shawn Abner
Shawn Wesley Abner (born June 17, 1966) is a former Major League Baseball outfielder who played from 1987 to 1992. He is best known for being chosen first in the 1984 Major League Baseball Draft, although he would go on to have a marginal career.Abner attended high school at Mechanicsburg Area High School in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, where he was identified by New York Mets scouts as an all-around "can't miss" outfield prospect after his sophomore year. He was also a star at football, and his number "16" was retired by the school for use in both sports. The Mets made him the first pick in the 1984 amateur draft, having had recent draft successes with Darryl Strawberry and Dwight Gooden, two players who became stars almost immediately despite their young age.
Abner never played a big league game for the Mets. After moving slowly through the minor league system, he was traded after the 1986 season to the San Diego Padres as part of an eight-player swap that sent Kevin Mitchell west in exchange for Kevin McReynolds. He would make his debut on September 8, 1987 in a loss to the Braves. Abner entered in the top of the eighth inning as a pinch hitter for Lance McCullers and flied out to center field in his first major league at bat.The light-hitting Abner played sparingly over the next five seasons for San Diego, being used mostly as a reserve outfielder. He would be traded to the California Angels in 1991 and signed by the Chicago White Sox in 1992. His season with the White Sox was probably his best, as he attained a .279 batting average over 97 games.However, Abner would injure his knee the following season playing basketball before a Triple-A game for the Omaha Royals, and never played in the majors again.Shawn Barton
Shawn Edward Barton (born May 14, 1963) is an American professional baseball scout and a former Major League Baseball relief pitcher who appeared in 73 games pitched for the Seattle Mariners (1992) and San Francisco Giants (1995–1996). Born in Los Angeles, California, he threw left-handed, batted right-handed, stood 6 feet 3 inches (1.91 m) tall and weighed 195 pounds (88 kg).
Barton attended the University of Nevada, Reno, and was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 21st round of the 1984 Major League Baseball Draft. He later passed into the organizations of the New York Mets and Atlanta Braves before signing with the Mariners as a free agent. He made his MLB debut with them, at age 29, in August 1992 and worked in 14 games and 121⁄3 innings pitched during the course of the season, allowed ten hits and seven bases on balls, and compiled an earned run average of 2.92, with no decisions and no saves. However, he spent all of 1993 with the Mariners' Triple-A affiliate, the Calgary Cannons, and was released at the end of the campaign.
Signed by the Giants, he spent all of 1994 and the early weeks of 1995 with the Triple-A Phoenix Firebirds before his recall in May. Used largely in short relief and as a situational lefty, he worked in 51 games for the Giants over the remainder of the season, winning four of five decisions and notching one save. In 441⁄3 innings, he gave up 37 hits and 19 bases on balls. However, his earned run average rose to 4.26.
In 1996, he began the season with the Giants and was effective in his first three outings. However, his ineffectiveness in his next four appearances resulted in his demotion to Phoenix, where he spent the rest of his final active season.
Altogether, as a Major Leaguer, he gave up 66 hits and 27 walks in 65 innings, with 29 strikeouts.
Barton remained in the game, however, as a minor league pitching coach in the Giants' and Los Angeles Dodgers' farm systems, and an area scout for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
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