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Downfall of the Fam-A-Lee – Part 5

Downfall of the Fam-A-Lee – Part 5

Continuing with the theme of whether bad trades made in assembling the 1979 team crippled the club in the mid-80s.
The subject of today's post is possibly the worst trade made to acquire a player that played on the 1979 Pirates, the one that brought in Phil Garner.
The Trade
On March 15, 1977 the Pirates sent Tony Armas, Doug Bair, Dave Giusti, Rick Langford, Doc Medich, and Mitchell Page to the A's for Chris Batton, Garner and Tommy Helms. (The trade that brought Medich to Pittsburgh was a downright terrible trade for the Bucs. That's a different post altogether.)
The Background
Long time Bucco third sacker Richie Hebner fled across the state to play first for the Phillies. Manager Chuck Tanner, who himself had been acquired by the Pirates from Oakland for Manny Sanguillen and $100,000 in November of 1976, wanted Garner. Tanner was familiar with Garner's tough nose style. "Scrap Iron" was originally a first round selection of the A's out of Tennessee and spent his first two full year...

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