David Green (baseball)

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David Green
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First baseman / Outfielder
Born: (1960-12-04) December 4, 1960 (age 56)
Managua, Nicaragua
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 4, 1981, for the St. Louis Cardinals
Last MLB appearance
October 4, 1987, for the St. Louis Cardinals
MLB statistics
Batting average .268
Home runs 31
Runs batted in 180
Teams
Career highlights and awards

David Alejandro Green Casaya (born December 4, 1960) is a former Major League Baseball (MLB) player who played outfielder and first baseman. Between 1981 and 1987, he spent parts of six seasons in the MLB. He was a member of the St. Louis Cardinals for five of those years, and he also spent one season with the San Francisco Giants.

Early life[edit]

Green was one of ten children born to Edward Green Sinclair and Bertha Casaya.[1] His father was a very successful baseball player.[1] Green was raised in a primarily Spanish-speaking home in the primarily Creole-speaking city of Bluefields.[1] He is considered to have been born in 1960, although there has been some debate about his age.[1]

Career[edit]

Milwaukee Brewers (1979–1980)[edit]

An amateur free agent, Green signed a contract with the Milwaukee Brewers on September 24, 1978.[2] He made his professional debut the following year with the Class A Stockton Ports of the California League. He appeared in 136 games for Stockton, batting .262 with 8 home runs and 70 RBI.[3] Green spent the 1980 season with the Class AA Holyoke Millers of the Eastern League. He batted .291 over 129 games, hitting 8 homers and driving in 67 runs.[3] Green's 19 triples were the most in the Eastern League that season.[1]

St. Louis Cardinals (1981–1984)[edit]

Green was part of a major trade between the Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals, who later went on to face each other in the 1982 World Series. On December 12, 1980, the Brewers traded Green, Dave LaPoint, Sixto Lezcano, and Lary Sorensen to the Cardinals in exchange for Rollie Fingers, Ted Simmons and Pete Vuckovich.[4]

For the 1981 season, Green was promoted to the Class AAA level as a member of the Springfield Redbirds. In 106 games with Springfield, he tallied a .270 batting average, 10 home runs, and 67 RBI.[3] He joined the Cardinals late in the season and made his MLB debut on September 4, 1981.[2] Green batted only .147 during 21 appearances for the Cardinals.[2] He earned his first MLB hit, an RBI single off Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Luis Tiant, on September 26.[5][6]

Green split the 1982 season between St. Louis and the Louisville Redbirds, who had relocated from Springfield. He batted .345 in 46 games with Louisville, while recording a .283 average in 76 appearances with the Cardinals.[3] While facing Pirates pitcher Randy Niemann on August 15, Green hit the first home run of his MLB career.[1] The Cardinals would go on to defeat the Brewers in the World Series that season, with Green batting .200 during the Fall Classic.[1][2]

After splitting the 1981 and 1982 seasons between the Cardinals and their Class AAA affiliate, Green would not return to the minors until 1987.[3] In 1983, he saw action in a career-high 146 games.[3] He posted a .284 batting average, 8 homers, and 39 RBI, and he also record 34 stolen bases and 10 triples.[2]

Green played in 126 games during the 1984 season. His average fell slightly to .268, and his stolen bases and triples decreased to 17 and 4, respectively. However, his home run total nearly doubled from the previous year, as he connected for 15 home runs and drove in 65 runs.[2]

San Francisco Giants (1985)[edit]

On February 1, 1985, the Cardinals traded Green, Dave LaPoint, Gary Rajsich and Jose Uribe to the San Francisco Giants for Jack Clark.[7] Green made 106 appearances for the Giants during the 1985 season. He posted a .248 batting average, 5 home runs, and 20 runs batted in.[2]

Milwaukee Brewers (1986)[edit]

San Francisco traded Green back to Milwaukee, on December 4, 1985. A week later, San Francisco received minor leaguer Héctor Quiñones to completed the trade.[2][1] Green did not make the Opening Day roster, and was released on April 1.[2][1] He was reacquired by the Brewers eight days later and was assigned to the Monterrey Sultanes in the Mexican League as part of a player-loaning deal between the Brewers and the Mexican team.[2][3][1] Green batted .391 in 48 appearances with Monterrey.[1]

Kinetsu Buffaloes (1986)[edit]

Green was acquired by a Japanese team, the Kintetsu Buffaloes of Nippon Professional Baseball, on June 24.[1][2] Appearing in 67 games for Kintetsu, he tallied a .270 batting average, 10 homers, and 39 RBI.[3]

St. Louis Cardinals (1987–1988)[edit]

Green rejoined the Cardinals organization on July 11.[2] He saw action in 50 games with Louisville, and only appeared in 14 games with St. Louis.[3] With the Cardinals, he batted .267 and hit one home run. Green made his final appearance in an MLB game on October 4, 1987.[2]

Atlanta Braves (1989)[edit]

During the 1989 season, Green appeared in 34 games for the Greenville Braves, the Class AA affiliate of the Atlanta Braves. He batted .271, with 5 homers and 22 RBI.[3]

Texas Rangers (1990–1991)[edit]

Green joined the Texas Rangers organization for the 1990 season. He saw action in only 16 games for the Class AA Tulsa Drillers, posting a .286 average.[3] Green returned to Tulsa in 1991. He appeared in 59 games, and recorded a .285 average, 4 home runs, and 32 runs batted in. It would be Green's final season as a professional baseball player.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Costello, Rory. "David Green". sabr.org. Society for American Baseball Research. Retrieved November 1, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "David Green Stats". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved October 28, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "David Green Minor, Mexican & Japanese Leagues Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved October 28, 2017. 
  4. ^ "1981 Milwaukee Brewers Trades and Transactions". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved October 16, 2017. 
  5. ^ "David Green 1981 Batting Gamelogs". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved November 1, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Pittsburgh Pirates at St. Louis Cardinals Box Score, September 26, 1981". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved November 1, 2017. 
  7. ^ "1985 St. Louis Cardinals Trades and Transactions". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved October 16, 2017. 

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Honorary titles
Preceded by
Fernando Valenzuela
1980
Youngest Player in the
National League

1981
Succeeded by
Scott Garrelts
1982