Sunday, January 13, 2008

Randy Scarbery

Randy must have thought he was really something back in the 70's. He was a first round pick not once, but twice. He was picked 7th overall in the 1970 draft by the Houston Astros. Randy didn't sign.

Instead, he went to the University of Southern California. He was a participant in the 1973 College World Series which Southern California won that year. That year, Randy was selected again in the first round, 23rd overall, by the Oakland Athletics. This time he did sign.

Randy spent a few years in the Oakland minor league organization and was finally traded to the St. Louis Cardinals in 1977. He entered free agency at the end of the season and signed with the White Sox.

Fortune finally smiled on Randy as he made his major league debut in 1979. Randy was primarily a reliever who spot started. He ended up pitching in 45 games in 1979. He followed that in 1980 by appearing in 15 games before he was traded to the Angels in June. He never played another game in the majors after the trade.

He finished with a career total of 60 games, 3 wins, 10 losses, 6 saves, 4.50 ERA, 126 hits given up (10 of which were homers) and 63 strikeouts. Randy was also a tough luck pitcher. His best start was ruined by the lack of run support by the White Sox that day. It's hard to win games when your team doesn't cross the plate.

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