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...

This content is for Pirates Prospects subscribers only. Subscribers get access to all of our daily articles on the Pirates and their minor league system, with live coverage throughout the system on a daily basis. Our lowest rates are $2.22 per month under our Top Prospect Plan, which also gets you a FREE copy of the 2016 Prospect Guide. We also have a promotion with DraftKings where you can get a FREE one-year subscription to the site by signing up as a new DraftKings customer and making a $5 minimum deposit.  Subscribe today to access all of our daily coverage of the Pirates' system.

If you're already a member, you can log in below. If you think you're receiving this message in error, please e-mail


More in Analysis

(Photo Credit: David Hague)

Did J.A. Happ Get Overpaid?

Tim WilliamsNovember 28, 2015
(Photo Credit: David Hague)

Two Open 40-Man Spots With Two Top Pirates Prospects Unprotected

Tim WilliamsNovember 23, 2015

Pirates Prospects Who Are Eligible For the 2015 Rule 5 Draft

Tim WilliamsNovember 20, 2015
Tyler Glasnow 2

What Do the Triple-A Pitchers Need to Work on Before a Promotion to Pittsburgh?

Tim WilliamsNovember 19, 2015
(Photo Credit: Sean McCool)

The Pirates Have a Lot of Talented Players to Protect in the Rule 5 Draft

Tim WilliamsNovember 17, 2015
Yeudy Garcia 0810 2

Early Look at the 2016 Pirates Minor League Rosters – Pitching Edition

Tim WilliamsNovember 15, 2015

Pirates Prospects is an independent media outlet, and is in no way affiliated with the Pittsburgh Pirates, their minor league affiliates, Major League Baseball, or Minor League Baseball.

Copyright © 2015 Pirates Prospects