The Trade Trees braintrust got together over the weekend to see the Twins take on the Royals down at Kauffman. Kauffman is one of the nicest ballparks in the Majors, and it’s always a pleasure to take in a game down in KC. Now if they could only figure out how to turn down the heat. Here are my favorite pics from the game. The rest can be seen in this album.
A twitter request from Official Friend of Trade Trees™ @albolte:
Do a tree for the trade that destroyed my baseball innocence: Bret Saberhagen from KC to New York (NL).
Saberhagen joined the Royals in 1984, was a member of the ‘85 WS Champion team (Including starting and winning Game 7), and won 2 Cy Youngs (‘85 and ‘89). In 8 years in KC, Saberhagen won 110 games and struck out 1093 batter. In December 1991, he was traded to the Mets, along with PECOTA!, for three players.
You’ll never believe this, but the Royals didn’t get much in return for Saberhagen. Coleman hit .259/.311/.364 with 76 SB in 179 games over a season and a half for KC. That’s about all worth note in this tree. The other players were spectacularly average, and not near appropriate return for a pitcher of Saberhagen’s caliber. We’d like to extend our condolances to OFoTT™ albolte for this crushing his baseball innocence.
PS - You can also read albolte’s Tumblr here
In 2000, the Kansas City Royals had Jermaine Dye, Carlos Beltran, and Johnny Damon together in their lineup. Here are their combined stats:
414 games, 1833 PA, 292 R, 499 H, 56 HR, 250 RBI, 169 BB, .306/.368/.489
Johnny Damon was traded during the offseason, and Dye at the next deadline. 3 years later, Beltran was traded to the Astros, where he had an absolutely insane playoff run, helping the Astros make the NLCS before losing to the Cardinals. After being traded, Damon has two World Series rings (‘04 Boston, ‘09 NYY) and Dye has one (‘05 CHW).