Tuesday, March 10, 2015

3/10: John Cangelosi, Tike Redman, Neal Heaton & Reggie Sanders...

  • 1963 - OF John Cangelosi was born in Brooklyn. The hustler hit .243 between 1987-90 for Pittsburgh, and in 1987 became the first Pirate in 21 years to steal home. Cangelosi played 13 years for 7 clubs; Pittsburgh was his longest stay with one team. He now operates Cangelosi Baseball, located inside the Bo Jackson's Elite Sports Dome, a Chicago-based sports training facility. 
John Cangelosi - 1990 Donruss series
  • 1977 - OF Tike Redman was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He played five of his six MLB seasons (2000-01, 03-05) in Pittsburgh as a reserve outfielder, with a .281 BA. He had a decent stick, but the Bucs let him go when Nate McLouth and Chris Duffy were called to the show. 
  • 1992 - The Pittsburgh Pirates traded LHP Neal Heaton to the Kansas City Royals in exchange for OF Kirk Gibson. Heaton was released the following season, while Gibson hit just .196 for the Bucs, though Kirk did have three decent seasons for Detroit afterward, hitting .273 with 45 HR during that span before hanging them up in 1996. 
Neal Heaton 1990 Upper deck series
  • 2003 - OF Reggie Sanders signed a one-year, $1M contract with Pittsburgh. He hit .285 with 31 HR and 87 RBI for the Bucs. The big campaign paid off for him as he left the following year, signing a two year, $6M deal with St. Louis as a free agent.

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