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Tuesday, February 01, 2022

David Green, ‘82 champ with Cards, dies at 61

David Green, once a promising outfield talent who received comparisons to Roberto Clemente and was a member of the World Series champion Cardinals in 1982, died recently at the age of 61, the club confirmed on Tuesday morning.

The Cardinals did not specify the cause of death, but media reports out of his native Nicaragua said that it was due to health complications stemming from recent heart attacks.

Green, signed as a 17-year-old by the Brewers in 1978, was traded to the Cardinals just two years later in the blockbuster deal that sent Hall of Famers Rollie Fingers and Ted Simmons, as well as future AL Cy Young Winner Pete Vuckovich, to Milwaukee. The deal was not supposed to be as lopsided as it played out; Whitey Herzog, during his time as both general and field manager in St. Louis, was incredibly high on Green’s potential, quoted at the time as saying “we think so much of Green that we would not have made the deal if he had not been in it.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 01, 2022 at 02:22 PM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Itchy Row Posted: February 01, 2022 at 02:53 PM (#6063380)
He was the first can't-miss prospect I remember hearing about.
   2. Rough Carrigan Posted: February 01, 2022 at 04:00 PM (#6063391)
Isn't he the guy that Whitey followed home from the park one day and watched an empty beer can get tossed out the window every few minutes?
   3. salvomania Posted: February 01, 2022 at 04:37 PM (#6063397)
Another rumor was that he was at least a few years older than his supposed age. That may have just been after-the-fact excuse-making after he ended up not being the next Roberto Clemente, or even the next Roberto Kelly.
   4. The Duke Posted: February 01, 2022 at 10:23 PM (#6063432)
Prospects will break your heart. But one thing I have learned is that teams don’t usually give up a top prospect unless they know something is wrong. The Brewers knew something.
   5. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: February 02, 2022 at 12:56 PM (#6063494)
In 1980, he played for Milwaukee's AA affiliate, the Holyoke Millers. He was 19 years old - two years younger than the next youngest position player on the team, Kevin Bass. And he had the best year, in what appeared to be a pretty pitcher-friendly park:

.292/.363/.460/.823, 13 2Bs, 19 3Bs, 8 HRs (only one guy had more on the team), 27 could see why they were so excited about him.
   6. Harmon "Thread Killer" Microbrew Posted: February 02, 2022 at 03:35 PM (#6063541)

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