Whitey remembers…and that’s a good thing. (well…except for the Joe Lovitto being a good young player jazz)
Herzog also has a current link with the Rangers in team president Nolan Ryan. In 1971, Ryan was a young fireballer with the New York Mets and Herzog was that club’s farm director. As such, he got a call from Mets general Bob Scheffing after that season.
“Scheffing called me and said, ‘Would you call (young outfielder) Leroy Stanton and tell him that we traded him for (Jim) Fregosi?’’ said Herzog.
“I said, ‘For Fregosi? I wouldn’t trade Leroy Stanton for Fregosi. Leroy’s got a chance to be a pretty good outfielder. I just saw Fregosi play in Kansas City and he can’t play anymore.
“(Scheffing) didn’t even tell me about Ryan being in the trade. I picked up the paper the next day and I saw that Ryan was in the deal. ... I couldn’t believe my eyes.”
...“When you look at the four (championship series) teams, there’s no doubt in my mind that the Cardinals had the best offense — the Cardinals had the best 12 players outside of the pitchers. They also had the best defensive players and the best pinch-hitters. The Cardinals had the second-best bullpen. I think Milwaukee had the best bullpen.