1976 Major League Baseball expansion draft

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1976 MLB expansion draft
General information
Teams
Date(s) November 5, 1976
Picks
First selections
Overall selections 60

The 1976 MLB Expansion Draft was held November 5, 1976. This expansion draft was conducted by Major League Baseball to stock the major league rosters of the Toronto Blue Jays and the Seattle Mariners, new major league expansion franchises established via the 1977 Major League Baseball expansion that were set to start play in the 1977 season.

Background[edit]

Seattle was promised a franchise by Commissioner Bowie Kuhn.[1] During the summer of 1975, there was speculation that the Minnesota Twins, Chicago White Sox, or San Francisco Giants could move to Seattle. When none of these plans proved successful, the American League added a team in Seattle. With thirteen teams in a league creating a scheduling nightmare, the league awarded a franchise to Toronto over Washington, D.C. in March 1976.

Danny Kaye, part-owner of the Mariners, announced the club's first selection.[2]

Draft results[edit]

Key
double-dagger
All-Star
Round Pick Player Position Selected from Selected by Notes
1 1 Jones, RuppertRuppert Jones OF Kansas City Royals Seattle Mariners
1 2 Bailor, BobBob Bailor OF Baltimore Orioles Toronto Blue Jays
1 3 Wheelock, GaryGary Wheelock P California Angels Seattle Mariners
1 4 Garvin, JerryJerry Garvin P Minnesota Twins Toronto Blue Jays
1 5 Stein, BillBill Stein 3B Chicago White Sox Seattle Mariners
1 6 Clancy, JimJim Clancydouble-dagger P Texas Rangers Toronto Blue Jays
1 7 Pole, DickDick Pole P Boston Red Sox Seattle Mariners
1 8 Woods, GaryGary Woods OF Oakland Athletics Toronto Blue Jays
1 9 Meyer, DanDan Meyer 1B Detroit Tigers Seattle Mariners
1 10 Carty, RicoRico Cartydouble-dagger DH Cleveland Indians Toronto Blue Jays Shortly after the draft, traded by Toronto to the Cleveland Indians for Rick Cerone and John Lowenstein. Toronto later reacquired Carty, who played for them in 1978 and 1979.
1 11 Jackson, GrantGrant Jackson P New York Yankees Seattle Mariners Shortly after the draft, traded by Seattle to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Craig Reynolds and Jimmy Sexton.
1 12 Edge, ButchButch Edge P Milwaukee Brewers Toronto Blue Jays Did not make big league squad until 1979.
2 13 Fitzmorris, AlAl Fitzmorris P Kansas City Royals Toronto Blue Jays Immediately traded on the day of the draft by Toronto to the Cleveland Indians in exchange for Alan Ashby and Doug Howard.
2 14 Collins, DaveDave Collins OF California Angels Seattle Mariners
2 15 Woods, AlvisAlvis Woods OF Minnesota Twins Toronto Blue Jays
2 16 MacCormack, FrankFrank MacCormack P Detroit Tigers Seattle Mariners
2 17 Darr, MikeMike Darr P Baltimore Orioles Toronto Blue Jays
2 18 Thomas, StanStan Thomas P Cleveland Indians Seattle Mariners
2 19 Vuckovich, PetePete Vuckovich P Chicago White Sox Toronto Blue Jays
2 20 Bernhardt, JuanJuan Bernhardt OF New York Yankees Seattle Mariners
2 21 Byrd, JeffJeff Byrd P Texas Rangers Toronto Blue Jays
2 22 Jones, RickRick Jones P Boston Red Sox Seattle Mariners
2 23 Bowling, SteveSteve Bowling OF Milwaukee Brewers Toronto Blue Jays
2 24 Abbott, GlennGlenn Abbott P Oakland Athletics Seattle Mariners
3 25 Stinson, BobBob Stinson C Kansas City Royals Seattle Mariners
3 26 DeBarr, DennisDennis DeBarr P Detroit Tigers Toronto Blue Jays
3 27 López, CarlosCarlos López OF California Angels Seattle Mariners
3 28 Singer, BillBill Singer P Minnesota Twins Toronto Blue Jays
3 29 Pagan, DaveDave Pagan P Baltimore Orioles Seattle Mariners
3 30 Mason, JimJim Mason SS New York Yankees Toronto Blue Jays
3 31 Thomas, RoyRoy Thomas P Chicago White Sox Seattle Mariners Traded by Seattle before the start of the season to the Houston Astros for infielder Larry Milbourne. Seattle later reacquired Thomas, who played for them between 1983 and 1987.
3 32 Ault, DougDoug Ault 1B Texas Rangers Toronto Blue Jays
3 33 McMillan, TomTom McMillan SS Cleveland Indians Seattle Mariners
3 34 Whitt, ErnieErnie Whittdouble-dagger C Boston Red Sox Toronto Blue Jays
3 35 Broberg, PetePete Broberg P Milwaukee Brewers Seattle Mariners Traded in April (without appearing in a game for Seattle) to the Chicago Cubs for a player to be named later. The Chicago Cubs later sent Jim Todd (October 25, 1977) to the Mariners to complete the trade.
3 36 Mike Weathers IF Oakland Athletics Toronto Blue Jays Just prior to spring training, traded by Toronto to the Oakland Athletics (from whence he was drafted) for Ron Fairly.
4 37 Staggs, SteveSteve Staggs 2B Kansas City Royals Toronto Blue Jays
4 38 Braun, SteveSteve Braun OF Minnesota Twins Seattle Mariners
4 39 Hargan, SteveSteve Hargan P Texas Rangers Toronto Blue Jays
4 40 Stanton, LeroyLeroy Stanton OF California Angels Seattle Mariners
4 41 Iorg, GarthGarth Iorg 3B New York Yankees Toronto Blue Jays Did not make big league squad until 1978.
4 42 Galasso, BobBob Galasso P Baltimore Orioles Seattle Mariners
4 43 Lemanczyk, DaveDave Lemanczykdouble-dagger P Detroit Tigers Toronto Blue Jays
4 44 Burke, SteveSteve Burke P Boston Red Sox Seattle Mariners
4 45 Anderson, LarryLarry Anderson P Milwaukee Brewers Toronto Blue Jays Shortly after the draft, sent by Toronto to the Chicago White Sox to complete an earlier deal made to obtain Phil Roof.
4 46 Lis, JoeJoe Lis 1B Cleveland Indians Seattle Mariners
4 47 Jefferson, JesseJesse Jefferson P Chicago White Sox Toronto Blue Jays
4 48 Griffin, AlanAlan Griffin P Oakland Athletics Seattle Mariners Did not make Seattle's major league squad. Played in minors through 1978.
5 49 McKay, DaveDave McKay IF Minnesota Twins Toronto Blue Jays
5 50 Laxton, BillBill Laxton P Detroit Tigers Seattle Mariners
5 51 Bruno, TomTom Bruno P Kansas City Royals Toronto Blue Jays
5 52 Cruz, JulioJulio Cruz 2B California Angels Seattle Mariners
5 53 Velez, OttoOtto Velez OF New York Yankees Toronto Blue Jays
5 54 Barr, SteveSteve Barr P Texas Rangers Seattle Mariners Did not make Seattle's major league squad. Played in minors through 1978.
5 55 Willis, MikeMike Willis P Baltimore Orioles Toronto Blue Jays
5 56 Delgado, PuchyPuchy Delgado OF Boston Red Sox Seattle Mariners
5 57 Ewing, SamSam Ewing OF Chicago White Sox Toronto Blue Jays
5 58 Smith, TommyTommy Smith OF Cleveland Indians Seattle Mariners
5 59 Hooten, LeonLeon Hooten P Oakland Athletics Toronto Blue Jays Released by Toronto prior to the start of the 1977 season.
5 60 Erardi, GregGreg Erardi P Milwaukee Brewers Seattle Mariners

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Seattle Gets Promise of Big-League Baseball". Toledo Blade. Associated Press. 2 July 1975. p. 25. Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  2. ^ Holtzman, Jerome (November 13, 1997). "Expansion Draft No Joke Anymore". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved October 19, 2011. 

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