Danny Tartabull

Danilo Tartabull Mora (born October 30, 1962), also known as Danny Tartabull, is a former right fielder and designated hitter in Major League Baseball. Born to Cuban parents in San Juan, Puerto Rico, he is the son of José Tartabull, who played in the major leagues from 1962 to 1970.[1]

Danny Tartabull
Right fielder / Designated hitter
Born: October 30, 1962 (age 56)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 7, 1984, for the Seattle Mariners
Last MLB appearance
April 7, 1997, for the Philadelphia Phillies
MLB statistics
Batting average.273
Home runs262
Runs batted in925
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Playing career

Drafted as a second baseman by the Cincinnati Reds in the third round of the 1980 June Amateur Draft out of Miami Carol City Senior High School (Miami Gardens, Florida), Tartabull played for the Seattle Mariners (1984–86), Kansas City Royals (1987–91), New York Yankees (1992–95), Oakland Athletics (1995), Chicago White Sox (1996) and Philadelphia Phillies (1997). Originally a shortstop, Tartabull broke into the majors for good in 1986 with the Mariners, who moved him to right field after briefly experimenting with him at second base. He responded by hitting .270 with 25 home runs and 96 runs batted in, but his rookie season was overshadowed by those of Wally Joyner and José Canseco. The Mariners traded him to Kansas City for prospects Scott Bankhead, Mike Kingery and Steve Shields before the start of the 1987 season, where Tartabull avoided the sophomore jinx, improving to .309/34/101. Although sometimes slowed by injuries, Tartabull had five productive seasons with Kansas City, culminating with an All-Star selection in 1991. Tartabull became a free agent after the 1991 season and signed a deal with the Yankees worth more than $5 million a year, the deal being the first piece of news on ESPN Radio, but he never again matched his production in Kansas City.

In July 1995 the Yankees traded Tartabull for Rubén Sierra and Jason Beverlin. Following his trade out of New York, Tartabull expressed his disdain for Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, saying that getting out of New York was like having been "released from jail".[2] The Athletics in turn traded him to the White Sox the following winter for Andrew Lorraine and minor leaguer Charles Poe. He had 101 RBI but scored 58 runs, fewer runs than all but one player in history with at least 100 RBI. Tartabull wound down his 14-year career with the Phillies in 1997, appearing in just three games.

Tartabull retired following the 1997 season with a career batting average of .273, 262 home runs and 925 runs batted in.

Personal life

A warrant was issued for Tartabull's arrest on May 12, 2012 after he failed to appear for a 180-day jail sentence, and is on the Most Wanted List for Los Angeles County Child Services Department.[3] He has been named the top deadbeat dad in Los Angeles after allegedly failing to pay more than $275,000 in child support for his two sons.[4][5] Tartabull was arrested July 24, 2017 on suspicion of unpaid child support after he called police to report his car was broken into.

Other media

Tartabull made a cameo appearance on TV sitcom Seinfeld as himself in the episodes "The Chaperone" and "The Pledge Drive". He also appeared in an episode of Married... with Children.

See also

References

  1. ^ Sons of Cubans – Cubanball.com
  2. ^ Nightengale, Bob (1995-08-07). "Tartabull loves New York but loathes Steinbrenner". Highbean Business. Archived from the original on 2016-03-09. Retrieved 2013-06-06.
  3. ^ http://file.lacounty.gov/cssd/cms1_153347.pdf
  4. ^ http://blog.seattlepi.com/baseball/2013/07/10/former-mariners-standout-danny-tartabull-is-l-a-s-most-wanted-deadbeat-dad/
  5. ^ Most Wanted Flyer

External links

1983 Cincinnati Reds season

The Cincinnati Reds' 1983 season was a season in American baseball. It consisted of the Cincinnati Reds attempting to win the National League West. It was Johnny Bench's last season as a Red.

1983 Seattle Mariners season

The Seattle Mariners 1983 season was their seventh since the franchise creation, and ended the season finishing 7th in the American League West with a record of 60–102 (.370).

1987 Kansas City Royals season

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1987 Seattle Mariners season

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1990 Kansas City Royals season

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1991 Kansas City Royals season

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1991 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

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1992 New York Yankees season

The New York Yankees' 1992 season was the 90th season for the Yankees and their first under manager Buck Showalter. The team looked to improve their standings from 1991 when they finished fifth in the American League Eastern Division with a 71-91 record.

The Yankees did improve their record by five games and finished tied for fourth place with the Cleveland Indians at 76-86, twenty games behind the eventual world champion Toronto Blue Jays. The team finished with a losing record for the fourth consecutive year, with 86 the fewest losses in that span. This was the last season, to date, that the Yankees finished with a losing record.

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1995 New York Yankees season

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1996 Chicago White Sox season

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Billings Mustangs

The Billings Mustangs are a minor league baseball team based in Billings, Montana. The Mustangs are the Pioneer League Rookie affiliate of the Major League Cincinnati Reds. The team has been a part of the Pioneer League since 1948 with a five-year gap between 1964 and 1968, and has been affiliated with the Reds since 1974 (after an affiliation with the Kansas City Royals). Along with the Elizabethton Twins, the Mustangs affiliation with the Reds is the longest-running among all rookie-level teams. The team was officially established on November 4, 1947.

The Mustangs play at Dehler Park, named after Jon Dehler, a Billings businessman who bought the naming right to the field in 2007. Prior to the 2008 season the Mustangs played at Cobb Field (named after Bob Cobb who was responsible for bringing professional baseball to the city of Billings). Cobb Field was demolished in September 2007 to make way for the new park.

The Mustangs won three consecutive Pioneer League titles from 1992 and 1994, then won another in 1997. In 2003, Billings swept the Provo Angels in the Championship Series, winning two games to none. Provo had tied the league record for wins that year with 54. Billings, the last team to qualify for the postseason, won Game 1 at Provo 8-5 in 11 innings, then, Billings won 3-0 on a no-hitter by James Paduch to win the Championship in front of a sold-out Cobb Field in Billings. The game was a classic pitchers duel between two of the top pitchers in the league (Provo's being 2003 Pioneer League Pitcher of the Year Abel Moreno). In 2006, Chris Valaika set a Pioneer League record with a 32-game hitting streak during the Mustangs 51-win campaign.

Many Major League stars have begun their pro careers in Billings. These include George Brett, Reggie Sanders, Paul O'Neill, Trevor Hoffman, Keith Lockhart, Danny Tartabull, Ben Broussard, Scott Sullivan, Aaron Boone, Adam Dunn, Austin Kearns, and B. J. Ryan.

After years of award-winning work in the front office, Assistant General Manager Gary Roller was promoted to General Manager for the 2005 season. Roller took over for long time GM and Mustangs Hall-of-Famer Bob Wilson. Matt Bender, who formerly handled the duties of Official Scorer, took over the vacated Assistant General Manager position.

Dehler Park (and before at Cobb Field) is renowned in the Pioneer League for the "Beer Batter" tradition. Every game the Mustangs Beer Boosters designate one player as the "Beer Batter." If that player gets a hit, attendees can buy four beers for $10. Many eager buyers stand at the stairs anticipating a hit and the oncoming rush of people.

The Billings Mustangs changed their logo for the 2006 season. The 2007 season was their last at Cobb Field and the Mustangs begin the 2008 season at Dehler Park. On September 11, 2014, the Mustangs defeated the Orem Owlz for their first Pioneer League Championship since the 2003 season.

Calgary Cannons

The Calgary Cannons were a minor league baseball team located in Calgary, Alberta for 18 seasons, from 1985 until 2002. They were a member of the AAA Pacific Coast League (PCL) and played at Foothills Stadium. The Cannons displaced the Calgary Expos, who played in the rookie level Pioneer League from 1977 until 1984. The team was previously known as the Salt Lake City Gulls before being relocated to Calgary. Following the 2002 season, the team moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico and are now known as the Isotopes.

The Cannons played 2,538 regular season games in Calgary, compiling a record of 1,225–1,308. They qualified for the playoffs five times: 1985, 1987, 1989, and 1991 as an affiliate of the Seattle Mariners, and 1998 as an affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. They reached the PCL Championship Series three times, in 1987, 1991, and 1998, though they never won a title.

More than 400 Major League players wore a Cannons jersey, including Alex Rodriguez, Edgar Martínez, Danny Tartabull and Jim Abbott. Two players pitched no hitters with the Cannons: Frank Wills in 1985, and Erik Hanson in 1988. In 1985, Tartabull led all professional baseball players with 43 home runs.

Jeff Schulz

Jeffrey Alan Schulz (born June 2, 1961 in Evansville, Indiana) is a former Major League Baseball player.

After playing baseball at the University of Southern Indiana, Schulz was selected by the Kansas City Royals in the 23rd round of the 1983 draft.

Schulz's first major league at bat came as a pinch hitter against Nolan Ryan, baseball's all-time strikeout leader. Ryan had notched his five thousandth career strikeout one month earlier, and after the pitcher recorded two quick strikes on Schulz, he idly wondered what number he would be on Ryan's career total. Instead, however, he delivered a single for his first career hit. All in all, he appeared in seven games that year, collecting two hits and one RBI.

Schulz was not initially expected to make the Royals in 1990, but an April injury to Danny Tartabull created a need for another outfielder, and he ended up appearing in 30 games for them that season. He posted a .258 batting average over 66 at bats.

The Royals released Schulz after the end of the season, and he signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates as a free agent. In his final major league action, Schulz made three appearances with the Pirates at midseason. He became a free agent at year's end and signed with the Cincinnati Reds for the 1992 season, but was not called up that year.

Schulz was in camp with the Royals as a replacement player during spring training in 1995. If the 1994 Major League Baseball strike had not been settled before the season was scheduled to begin, he would likely have entered the season as Kansas City's starting right fielder.

José Tartabull

José Milages Tartabull Guzmán (born November 27, 1938) is a Cuban former professional baseball outfielder. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1962 to 1970 for the Kansas City / Oakland Athletics and Boston Red Sox.

Tartabull is well remembered by Red Sox fans for throwing out the Chicago White Sox' Ken Berry at home plate on August 27, 1967, to win a key game during the 1967 American League pennant drive. In the bottom of the ninth inning with Boston leading 4–3 with one out at Comiskey Park, in the first of two scheduled that day, the contending White Sox had the fleet Berry at third base with one out. Pinch hitter Duane Josephson lofted a fly ball to Tartabull in medium right field — a probable sacrifice fly that would have tied the game. Tartabull was not known for a strong arm, but his throw, though high, arrived in time to beat Berry to home plate, where Red Sox catcher Elston Howard made the catch while blocking the plate, then swept a tag on Berry to end the game. The Red Sox would win the AL championship by a single game on the final day of the season. The play is the subject of a novel, Tartabull's Throw, by Henry Garfield, published by Simon & Schuster in 2001. Tartabull also was known for his speed and was always a threat to steal on the basepaths.

Tartabull was born in Cienfuegos, Cuba. He and his wife lived in Puerto Rico before moving to the United States. Their son, Danny Tartabull, was an All-Star major league baseball player, primarily with the Seattle Mariners, Kansas City Royals, and New York Yankees.

Mickey Bowers

Allen LaGrant "Mickey" Bowers (born February 27, 1949, at Maxton, North Carolina) is a retired American professional baseball player, scout, coach and manager whose entire uniformed career took place in minor league baseball. An outfielder, Bowers threw and batted right-handed, stood 5 feet 10 inches (1.78 m) tall and weighed 175 pounds (79 kg).

Bowers graduated from Mount Vernon High School (Alexandria, Virginia) and attended Northern Virginia College. He entered professional baseball in 1968 in the Philadelphia Phillies' organization and in his finest season, 1969, he batted .308 with 124 hits, 10 home runs and 73 runs batted in in 106 games played for the Spartanburg Phillies of the Class A Western Carolinas League. However, his career was highlighted by an incident in his first game as a professional in the Short Season-A Northern League. On July 4, 1968, Bowers, playing right field for the Huron Phillies, ran through an outfield fence while chasing a foul fly ball. He emerged from the hole in the fence unhurt — although he did not make the catch. He retired as an active player after the 1970 season and then served six years as a police officer in Washington, D.C., before returning to baseball as a member of the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau.

In 1977, Bowers became a coach in the Seattle Mariners' farm system. After three seasons (1980–82) as a coach with the Lynn Sailors of the Double-A Eastern League, Bowers managed the 1982 Sailors to an 82–57 mark and the North Division title. He was named Eastern League Manager of the Year in September 1982. The first African American to be named Manager of the Year in professional baseball. In October 1982, Frank Robinson was named Major League Manager of Year.

Bowers' players included future Major Leaguers Alvin Davis, Jim Presley and Harold Reynolds, Spike Owen, Brian Clark, and J.D. Gleathon . Seattle moved its Double-A affiliate the following year to the Chattanooga Lookouts of the Southern League. Bowers was replaced as skipper in midseason as the Lookouts finished below .500, despite contributions from future MLB stars Ivan Calderón, Darnell Coles, Mark Langston and Danny Tartabull.

Rick Luecken

Richard Fred Luecken (born November 15, 1960) is an American former professional baseball relief pitcher. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Kansas City Royals, Atlanta Braves and Toronto Blue Jays.

Luecken was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the 27th round of the 1983 MLB Draft out of Texas A&M University. He pitched four seasons in the Mariners Minor League system before being traded along with Danny Tartabull to Kansas City in exchange for Scott Bankhead, Mike Kingery and Steve Shields.

In 1989, Luecken posted a 2-1 record with one save and a 3.42 earned run average in 19 relief appearances with the Royals.

Before the 1990 season, Luecken was traded along with Charlie Leibrandt to Atlanta for Gerald Perry and one minor leaguer. He went 1-4 with a 5.77 ERA in 36 games and was traded by the Braves late in the year to Toronto.

The Chaperone (Seinfeld)

"The Chaperone" is the 87th episode of NBC sitcom Seinfeld. This was the first episode for the sixth season. It aired on September 22, 1994. This is the first episode to be directed by Andy Ackerman.

The Pledge Drive

"The Pledge Drive" is the 89th episode of NBC sitcom Seinfeld. This was the third episode of the sixth season. It aired on October 6, 1994.

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