John Scott (baseball)
January 24, 1952 |
|September 7, 1974, for the San Diego Padres|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 27, 1977, for the Toronto Blue Jays|
John Henry Scott (born January 24, 1952 in Jackson, Mississippi) is a former Major League Baseball outfielder who played for three seasons. He played with the San Diego Padres from 1974 to 1975 and the Toronto Blue Jays in 1977, playing in 118 career games.
San Diego Padres (1974-1975)
Scott was selected by the San Diego Padres with the second overall pick in the 1970 MLB Draft. He made his Major League debut with the Padres on September 7, 1974, going 0 for 1 in a game against the Houston Astros. On September 25, Scott collected his first career hit, a single off of Mike Caldwell of the San Francisco Giants. Scott finished the 1974 season with a .067 batting average in 14 games.
He spent the most of the 1975 season in the minor leagues, but Scott appeared in 25 games with the Padres, going hitless in nine at-bats. In 1976, he played the entire season with the Hawaii Islanders of the Pacific Coast League. On October 22, 1976, the Toronto Blue Jays purchased Scott's contract from the Padres.
Toronto Blue Jays (1977)
Scott was the Toronto Blue Jays opening day left fielder in their first ever game on April 7, 1977, and was the first batter in team history, as he led off the bottom of the first inning, as Chicago White Sox pitcher Ken Brett struck out Scott. He finished the game going 1 for 5 with a double. On June 5, Scott hit his first career home run off of Vida Blue of the Oakland Athletics. He ended the season appearing in 79 games with the club, batting .240 with 2 HR and 15 RBI, while finishing second on the Blue Jays with 10 stolen bases. On December 16, the Blue Jays traded Scott to the St. Louis Cardinals to complete an earlier deal in which the Jays traded Pete Vuckovich to St. Louis for Victor Cruz and Tom Underwood.
Scott would not appear in Major League Baseball again, as he spent the entire 1978 season with the Cardinals AAA affiliate, the Springfield Redbirds of the American Association. On October 23, 1978, the Cardinals traded Scott to the Chicago White Sox for Jim Willoughby, however, Scott would play with the Yakult Swallows of Nippon Professional Baseball from 1979-1981.
Major League Career (1974-1977)
Scott played in 118 games in his career, as he recorded 57 hits, batting .222, with 2 HR and 15 RBI, while stealing 13 bases.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference