April 10, 1946 |
Latta, South Carolina
|September 10, 1970 for the New York Mets|
Last MLB appearance
|September 30, 1978 for the Seattle Mariners|
|Runs batted in||358|
Leroy Bobby Stanton (born April 10, 1946 in Latta, South Carolina), is a former Major League Baseball outfielder. He played all or part of nine seasons in the majors, from 1970 to 1978. He played in the New York Mets, California Angels ant the Seattle Mariners. He also played one season in Japan for the Hanshin Tigers in 1979.
New York Mets
On December 10, 1971, Stanton was traded by the Mets with Francisco Estrada, Don Rose, and Nolan Ryan to the California Angels for Jim Fregosi, this is considered one of the worst trades the Mets have ever made.
Halos Heaven, a Los Angeles Angels blog, ranked Stanton as the 68th best Angel in franchise history saying; "Stanton saw a lot of action as an Angel, never truly excelling into greatness, never swooning into uselessness. That is why he and his 594 games under the Halo stand at number 68."
In five season with the Angels Stanton played 594 games with 443 hits, 47 home runs and 242 RBIs. He lost his starting job in right field to Bobby Bonds at the start of the 1976 season after Mickey Rivers was sent to the Yankees.
In two seasons with the M's, Stanton played 226 games acquiring 180 hits, 30 home runs and 114 RBIs.
- The 100 Greatest Angels - #68, Leroy Stanton halosheaven.com