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Pearce Chiles was an infielder, outfielder, pinch-hitter and coach in between the many crimes he seems to have committed. He hit well for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1899. After 1903 he disappeared from sight, although since he was wanted for escaping from prison it was possibly intentional on his part.
he was a late-inning pinch hitter whose lifetime at-bats to runs-batted-in ratio rivals that of Joe DiMaggio (22.04 to Joe’s 22.53)
Independent teams (like Miami Miracle) participated in MLB drafts?
I thought independent teams in affiliated leagues ended in the sixties. This is really interesting.
When MLB created the draft in 1965, it assigned the picks to teams. In the initial draft, the first-round picks belonged to big league clubs and the second- and third-rounders to their Triple-A affiliates. The fourth- through seventh-rounders were Double-A selections, and everything afterward was a Class A choice. (Despite the terminology, major league teams dictated who got picked in each round.)
The draft order for the big league and Triple-A picks was based on the major league standings from the year before, while later selections were based on the order of finish in those classifications. Adding to the confusion, teams got a Class A pick in each round based on its number of affiliates at that level. For instance, five clubs had only two choices each in the Class A rounds, while the Phillies and Twins had five each.
After the first draft, MLB simplified the regular phase of the June draft so that the order remained the same throughout and teams got only one selection in each round. The first round remained major league picks, with Triple-A selections condensed to the second round and Double-A choices limited to the third round, followed by an infinite number of Class A rounds. Based on that terminology, unaffiliated minor league clubs were eligible to draft amateur players.
The first team to do so was the Bend Rainbows in 1970. A short-season Class A Northwest League team, Bend was affiliated with the Triple-A Hawaii Islanders, who had dreams of becoming a major league franchise. Hawaii had Bend use the draft to stockpile players, and the Rainbows made a total of 20 choices in the January regular, January secondary and June regular phases of the 1970-71 drafts.
Bend began drafting with the first pick in the fourth round each phase, except when it was granted the No. 1 overall choice in the 1971 January secondary draft. The Rainbows signed nine of its choices, and while they didn't find any big leaguers, they did find a future big league manager in Tom Trebelhorn (sixth round, June 1970).
The second minor league team to participate in the draft was the 1989 Boise Hawks, another NWL franchise. In its third year of existence, Boise had yet to land an affiliation and was one of five independent teams in the minors. Looking to bolster their roster, the Hawks drafted two 24-year-olds who agreed to be selected by the club: Brigham Young second baseman Paul Cluff (fourth round) and Kennesaw catcher Darrell MacMillan (fifth).
By 1990, Miami had been unaffiliated for five years and regularly finished at the bottom of the FSL. Desperate for talent, the Miracle began choosing players in the fourth round and made 16 selections.
"It was absolutely a last resort," Miracle owner Marvin Goldklang said then. "In life, you do what you have to do. If the help was forthcoming, there's a good chance we would not have participated in the draft."
Miami signed 15 of its picks for a total of roughly $250,000. The Miracle's draftees included future big leaguers Paul Carey (fourth round) and Mike Lansing (sixth), and the club eventually sold them and five others to major league organizations.
Additionally in 1990, Erie of the short-season Class A New York-Penn League used a fourth-round pick to take 24-year-old Brigham Young outfielder Gary Daniels.
Big league teams were annoyed that unlike the other minor league clubs that participated in the draft, Miami actually took legitimate prospects who might have been selected in the early rounds. When MLB and the minors negotiated a new Professional Baseball Agreement to govern their relationship after the 1990 season, independent teams lost their right to participate in the draft.
He drew 65 walks one year, while hitting .219. That is sorta amazing, even if 9 were IBB. He drew 59 walks while hitting .187.
Big deal, Mickey Lolich drew 105 walks while hitting .110. (he had 90 hits)
I led my slow-pitch softball team by drawing eight walks last year in nine games.
I didn't mean to be, but yeah. I think the next closest guy had two.
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