|Left fielder/Right fielder|
June 2, 1961 |
|September 2, 1989, for the Kansas City Royals|
|Last MLB appearance|
|May 15, 1991, for the Pittsburgh Pirates|
Schulz's first major league at bat came as a pinch hitter against Nolan Ryan, baseball's all-time strikeout leader. Ryan had notched his five thousandth career strikeout one month earlier, and after the pitcher recorded two quick strikes on Schulz, he idly wondered what number he would be on Ryan's career total. Instead, however, he delivered a single for his first career hit. All in all, he appeared in seven games that year, collecting two hits and one RBI.
Schulz was not initially expected to make the Royals in 1990, but an April injury to Danny Tartabull created a need for another outfielder, and he ended up appearing in 30 games for them that season. He posted a .258 batting average over 66 at bats.
The Royals released Schulz after the end of the season, and he signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates as a free agent. In his final major league action, Schulz made three appearances with the Pirates at midseason. He became a free agent at year's end and signed with the Cincinnati Reds for the 1992 season, but was not called up that year.
Schulz was in camp with the Royals as a replacement player during spring training in 1995. If the 1994 Major League Baseball strike had not been settled before the season was scheduled to begin, he would likely have entered the season as Kansas City's starting right fielder.
- "Insiders Say", The Sporting News, September 18, 1989, p. 10.
- "Baseball Report", The Sporting News, March 6, 1995, p. 51.
- Schulz's major league statistics at Baseball-Reference.com