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Monday, June 07, 2021

The Greatest Draft Pick Ever

Mike Schmidt did not see this coming. He picked Ohio University largely because of a drafting class he had taken as a senior at Fairview High School in Dayton. He liked the T-squares and triangles, the pencils and possibilities. It seemed like a dream career.

“It was a long shot, obviously, but they had a great school of architecture at Ohio,” Schmidt said last month. “That kind of struck me as something that was a lot of fun.”

If an architect’s life seemed fanciful, it was more likely than the path Schmidt took instead. Of the 74,774 selections made in the various iterations of the M.L.B. draft since it began in 1965, Schmidt has done more for the team that drafted him than any other.

A generation beyond Schmidt’s retirement in 1989 — a decision that came the same month as the confounding death of the dogged scout who signed him, Tony Lucadello — it remains true: No player has accumulated more wins above replacement for the team that picked him than Schmidt, the Philadelphia Phillies’ second-round choice, 30th overall, in 1971.

“To have Mike Schmidt start with the Phillies, stay with the Phillies, be inducted into the Hall of Fame as a Phillie only,” said the longtime scout Gary Nickels, who learned the trade from Lucadello, “that’s the ultimate.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 07, 2021 at 08:56 AM | 38 comment(s)
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