Leroy Stanton

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Leroy Stanton
Outfielder
Born: (1946-04-10) April 10, 1946 (age 68)
Latta, South Carolina
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 10, 1970 for the New York Mets
Last MLB appearance
September 30, 1978 for the Seattle Mariners
Career statistics
Batting average .244
Home runs 77
Runs batted in 358
Teams

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.

Professional career[edit]

New York Mets[edit]

Stanton played two seasons with the Mets. In limited playing time he had five hits in 25 at bats with two RBIs and one double.

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.

California Angels[edit]

Stanton hit three home runs in a July 10, 1973 game against the Baltimore Orioles to tie an Angel record. He led California with 14 home runs and 82 RBIs in 1975.

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."[1]

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.

Seattle Mariners[edit]

Stanton was selected by the Mariners in the 1976 Major League Baseball expansion draft. In 1977, Stanton hit a career high 27 home runs for the Mariners.

In two seasons with the M's, Stanton played 226 games acquiring 180 hits, 30 home runs and 114 RBIs.

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