* The Blue Jays fielded a replacement team in the spring of 1995 some 20 years ago before a judge ruled April 7 that the owners bargained in bad faith. Meanwhile, World Series MVP Paul Molitor, above, was on the labour committee for the Player's Association in talks with management. ....
By Bob Elliott
It was the worst of times ...
And it was the ...
Ah ... it the worst of times.
It was 20 years ago when the Who Jays gathered at Grant Field.
They were replacement players, part of former commissioner Bud Selig’s legacy, along with inter-league play and huge TV deals.
When the Players Association went on strike in August of 1994 using the leverage it had and fearing a lockout the next spring, Selig cancelled October play and the World Series.
And so 27 teams gathered in Arizona and Florida to get ready for the 1995 season pretending it was business as usual ... like this spring, without the injuries.
The Baltimore Orioles did not field a team as owner Peter Angelos declined to employ scabs.
The manager’s office in Lakeland was empty as future Hall of Fame manager Sparky Anderson stayed home on unpaid leave.
Manager Cito Gaston and his coaches were at the minor league complex working with the Blue Jays minor leaguers.
Meanwhile, either at Countryside high -- after being booted out for insurance purposes -- and a park on Tampa Road in Oldsmar, regular major-league Blue Jays Pat Hentgen, Pat Borders, Randy Knorr, Mike Timlin, Darnell Coles and Paul Spoljaric worked out in front of the media, some of whom were brave enough to help out duirng batting practice.
Doug Smith, then of Canadian Press made some impressive catches in the outfield.
Had he been at Grant Field he might have been signed.
It was not going to be Your Toronto Blue Jays in 1995 ... since Ontario Labor laws refused to allow replacement players to earn and work in the province.
If the season opened with replacement players Dunedin’s Grant Field would be home for Jays’ Wannabees’ and they would have beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays as the first to play a regular-season game in Florida by three years.
And so the Dunedin Who Jays, each paid $5,000 US, gathered under manager Bob Didier.
* * * “It was the worst spring ever, it wasn’t any fun,” _ Gord Ash, recalling his first year as general manager. Now in his 31st spring Ash was speaking from Arizona where he is an assistant GM with the Milwaukee Brewers. * * *
* * * The tryout: The Jays had an open call Jan. 21 for anyone wanting to try out. A total of 225 wannabes showed 27 days before the start of spring training.
Right-hander Clint West, 24, said it was his 131st camp. Alex Perez wore an official-looking Montreal Expos uniform, after driving from Miami where he was bartending and asked “think the uniform will hurt?” Also showing were pitcher Mike Taylor, an interior decorator, Daryl Stetson, a recreational player, who lived a block from the complex and John Harper, the fine New York Daily News columnist.
They came from far: Michigan, Kansas, New Jersey, Tennessee, New York and that hotbed of Cologne, Germany. One wore an Olive Garden jersey.
The same weekend Tim Wilken ran a camp in California. But he recalls few details.
“Another faded away buzz from my younger years,” said Wilken, now a Cubs scout.
* * * “I wouldn’t have wished that on anyone, it was a bit of side show ... you’d hear ‘hey scab’ or ‘get this joke shop off the field,’ once in a while, but most fans were civil and supportive.” _ Etobicoke’s Warren Sawkiw, the only Canadian in camp since he had dual citizenship. * * *
“I didn’t want any part of it, it sucked,” said Hebner, now the hitting coach at triple-A Buffalo. “None of us wanted any part of it, but what am I going to do? I didn’t mope. I tried to be professional.
Bob Nelson, administrator of player personnel, addressed the 31 Replace Jays after they’d been given their physicals.
The Jays had won the 1992-93 World Series, there wasn’t one in 1994.
Yet, there was zero talk of a Three-Peat.
It was not a scene you imagine when you think of the Montreal Canadiens locker room: “From these failing hands to you we pass the torch ...”
* * * “This is normally my favorite column of the winter. It’s the annual tour of spring training camps in Florida and Arizona. During the past 18 years, I’ve been in and out of every ball park in the Sunshine State. I’m in Florida, but spring training doesn’t have that special lure. As I write this, no one knows if the big-leaguers are coming.” _ Prior Smith. * * *
They came: From the independent Northern and Texas-Louisiana leagues, proud alumni of the Thunder Bay Whiskey Jacks, Winnipeg Goldeyes, Rio Grande Valley White Wings and the Tyler Wildcaters.
Outfielder Dave Bingham was from a league of his own wearing a T-shirt which read: “Co-Ed Naked Baseball League, If you’re in scoring position ...”
Trevor Penn wore Olerud’s No. 9.
In all, 11 didn’t play the year before.
“Half my friends agree that this is a chance to get something out of the game,” said Clements that spring. “The other half don’t agree with what I’m doing.”
* * * “Managers come into spring and the first thing they say is all positions are open. Guys look around and see Joe Carter or Roberto Alomar and think, `ya, sure.’ Well, this year every position really is open.” _ Didier. * * *
First BP: During an hour-plus of batting practice, 322 pitches in all, there was not a lot of noise from bat meeting ball ... 41% of the pitches didn’t leave the cage.
Trevor Penn hit a high fly off the top of the fence in centre. It bounced over for the only homer of that portion of BP. One ball hit the wall in the air and three others reached on a bounce.
One player took nine cuts and got the ball out of the cage once. Miss, foul ball, miss, foul, miss, foul. Get the idea?
The Replace Jays connected on only 66 of the 152 pitches from pitchers, only 19 (a .125 batting average, for those of you scoring alone at home) for hits.
The Replace Jays managed 14 dongs off the coaching staff, four by Penn and three by Victor Rojas.
“That camp was a circus,” said Hebner, “still, we took it serious, I mean it wasn’t like an American Legion game.”
* * * “Let’s try to get our cleats all the same color.” _ Didier. * * *
The serious skipper: In Didier’s opening day lineup he hit his pitcher in the No. 7 hole. Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa used to bat his pitcher eighth as studies showed it led to more base runners. Didier went La Russa one better.
“It might have been replacement ball, but Bob was going to make his mark, win every game,” said Ash. “He was a terrific in-game manager.”
You know how managers bring in the lefty to face a left-handed hitter?
Didier did it ... in the fifth.
“Didier was different, but I loved Hebner,” said Sawkiw.
* * * “I don’t want to hand a team over to Cito that’s five, 10, 25 games out of first.” _ Didier, after the commissioner’s office said games with replacement players would count in the final standings. * * *
You CAN’T look it up: In the spring of 1995 Sean Forman was a math prof at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. Writers lugged around four media guides on a three-city road trip and never were without the guide of the team they covered.
This was five years before Forman launched Baseball-Reference.com, a boon to everyone.
There weren’t any media guide for this bunch.
Wes Clements told us he had 30 homers the year before.
Maybe it was 25.
In those days there was no way of knowing. He said he’d played at triple-A Tuscon, a Houston Astros affiliate.
Sure enough he hit 20 we found out after phoning Houston ... in 1983.
He had not played since 1990 with the Yucatan Leones in Mexico.
“I think I have 150 career homers, 500 RBIs in the minors. I’m may be light on the homers,” said Clements. He had 132 homers and 525 RBIs (according to Baseball-Reference) ... but three seasons of numbers from Mexico with Union Laguna Algodoneros and Yucatan were missing.
Maybe he was right.
* * * “What a play by No. 32. Write that number down, folks. There’s a number you might see in the future.” _ How St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame broadcaster Jack Buck envisioned a typical replacement-game call. * * *
Intra-squad: Lefty Dennis (Speedboat) Jones was on the mound, protecting a 2-1 lead. Bases loaded, two out in the sixth and final inning. Jones looked in, wheeled and threw to third. Oops.
Speedboat had flooded the engine.
Balk! Tie game.
A lefty throwing to third, especially with two out, is high risk. To do it improperly is worse.
Jones’ grandma nicknamed him Speedboat. His brother Mike Jones was nicknamed Motorboat. Jays coaches thought Jones was a slow boat on the mound.
One walk later - Jones’ fourth of the inning - Didier called the game.
It was discovered later that base ump Patrick Beauchamp was a softball ump.
When NHL refs went on strike were they replaced by ringette officials?
* * * “The problem with the law in Canada, is that the law is the law.” _ Chuck O’Connor, general counsel for the players relations committee. * * *
It’s home: Some 1,421 miles from SkyDome to Dunedin and Grant Field was going to be home. Even if Ken Carson had erected a roof.
Dick Wagner led a Dunedin delegation from the commissioner’s office to flush toilets, check the lights and the outfield walls. Also on the Royal Walkabout were Derek Irwin, AL director of finance, and Marty Springstead, head of the umpires.
Was the park acceptable for a “major-league season?”
“I don’t think they’re looking at it as a major-league season,” Springstead answered. “It’s not major-league players.”
What about the cost of $40,000 to pad the outfield walls?
Said Springstead: “I can’t see Don Fehr worrying about padding.’’
* * * “I don’t want make any headlines, but (union leader) Don Fehr reminds me of cult leader Jim Jones.” _ White Sox co-owner Jerry Reinsdorf. * * *
Misplaced idol: Catcher Julio Osuna, 24, from Puerto Rico, listed his favorite player as former second baseman Tony Bernazard. The feeling wasn’t mutual. Bernazard, the ex-White Sox infielder, was the player liaison for the union.
* * * “When that settlement comes, we want everybody who comes into the clubhouse on Day 1 to start from square one. We don’t want to spend a month trying to sort out who did what to who,.” _ Ash. * * *
Home opener: In 1977, Doug Ault was the hero.
On this day, DH Bobby Llanos went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and two RBIs as the Jays Wannabees beat the Pirate Pretenders 7-5. Llanos spent almost nine months at his home in Puerto Rico after being released by the Seattle Mariners last spring.
Only 15 of 25 staff members ushers, ticket sellers, etc. worked the game.
The bleachers were closed.
* * * “It happened last weekend for the first time. In fact, I saw it happen twice in an hour. I saw people trying to give away Jays spring training game tickets in Dunedin, and they couldn’t find any takers. The coldest ticket in town had a Blue Jays logo on it.” _ Prior Smith. * * *
Roar of the crowd: The Pretend Jays drew so few fans ...
How few did they draw?
“It was so bad fans were throwing foul balls back onto the field in the third inning,” said Hebner, jokingly we think. “There are only so many you can take home. A good idea would have been to come to the game in a trench coat with lots of pockets.
“That spring? I think most smart ball fans went to the beach.”
Grant Field had sold out its 6,218 seats for every spring game but one since 1991.
Ken Rosenthal, then of the Baltimore Sun, wrote: “Of course, it would be just like the dastardly Blue Jays to claim they’re now a small-market team, and demand relief from the new revenue-sharing plan.”
They sold 1,697 tickets for the Who Jays debut (2,004 counting complimentary tickets).
Two home dates later they drew 969 fans.
* * * “I don’t know any one of those guys out there, I’m here because I love baseball and I support management 100%. Players are getting way too much money. This is a nice opportunity for the young kids.” _ Doug Anderson, vacationing Scarboro native, * * *
Is this a way to start?: Ash took a labor relations course in 1989 at Queen’s University, but handling replacement players was not on the course calendar.
“The kicker was playing in Dunedin,” Ash said, “that wouldn’t have been a good situation. It was an awkward. Our scouts couldn’t scout and our coaches couldn’t coach.
“The only good thing was that we were one of the few teams that kept our major-league staff away from the replacement players.”
The Jays didn’t force minor leaguers to play and there appeared to be little pressure applied to the major leaguers under contract.
“If they don’t want to play, fine,” Ash said that spring. “We’re prepared to live with that. We’re leaving it up to the individual.”
The class-A St. Petersburg Cardinals an independent team in the class-A Florida State League wanted payment for the Jays infringing on their territorial rights.
Ash recalled an overnight trip the Who Jays took to Fort Myers, one day they played the Minnesota Twins, the next day the Boston Red Sox with Pork Chop Pough, Pookie Bernstein, Richard (Big Ragu) Licursi and Erik Lovdahl. Or was it Red Sox and then the Twins. It was 20 year ago.
“We were like The Castaways,” he said.
* * * “Under normal circumstances guys would be a little nervous. These guys have been reading the papers and watching TV like everyone else. They know what people are saying about them,” _ Didier. * * *
Lone Canuck: The only Canadian on the roster was Sawkiw, eligible since was married to an American, lived in Lakeland, Fla. and at the time held dual citizenship.
Sawkiw was born in Tottenham, grew up in Etobicoke cheering for the Jays playing up to peewee for his father, Eugene Sawkiw, who had him switch hitting at age three or four. Then he played for the Etobicoke Rangers and coach Bobby Smyth, attended Wake Forest, was drafted by the Detroit Tigers, spent three years in the Tiger system and two in the Northern League with Winnipeg and Thunder Bay.
“It was the hardest decision of my life, I didn’t want to go against the baseball fraternity, but they were offering money,” said Sawkiw, who dressed in Olerud’s locker. “It was a chance to play in front of another organization. I wouldn’t have played as long I did if I hadn’t gone to Dunedin that spring.”
Any lasting friendships from that spring 20 years ago?
“I have more friendships from my days in the minors with the Tigers and the Jays,” said Sawkiw.
* * * “I’m not pleased about having to play games in Dunedin, I won’t be pleased until the regular players are back playing at the SkyDome.” _ Jays president Paul Beeston. * * *
End of strike: The Who Jays beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-3 on March 28.
The same day players voted to return to work if a U.S. District Court judge supported the National Labor Relations Board’s unfair labor practices complaint against the owners.
Three days later the strike ended when judge Sonia Sotomayor, of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, issued a preliminary injunction against the owners.
And on April 2, the day before the season was scheduled to start with the replacement players, the strike came to an end.
Teams would have an abbreviated spring training and play a 144-game season.
Ash recalls teams starting with a 28-man roster.
“That was a good idea,” Ash said. “The union doesn’t want to lose jobs, but if you shorten spring training -- only starting pitchers need six weeks -- add three pitchers for April and cap the September call ups at 30, it might work.”
* * * “The court told us to go back to work and owners might not let us? How do they sell that? I’m trying to give owners the benefit of the doubt. Given the sweeping affect of the ruling it has to be a major disappointment.” _ Paul Molitor, in New York. * * *
The Survivors: Six players went from being Who Jays to minor-league Blue Jays.
Righthander Pat Tilmon, infielders Robert Montalvo, Edgar Diaz and Sawkiw were assigned to triple-A Syracuse. Righthander Joshua Spring headed for Dunedin, while infielder Bobby Llanos went to class-A Hagerstown Suns.
“They’re were trying to take advantage of their situation,” said Travis Baptist of the Syracuse Chiefs said after the strike was settled. “If they come and take my job, I’m going to be real bitter.”
The rest were told to go home.
All six had short stays. None played more than one season in the Jays system. Llanos played 106 games, Sawkiw 55, Spring 37, Diaz 15, Montalvo 11 and Tilmon four.
While Didier compared the calibre of replacement ball to double-A, Sawkiw said “it was maybe low class-A ... independent ball might have been better.”
* * * “I felt a couple of cold shoulders from guys (at minor-league camp) who had been in the union. I was never in the union -- minor leaguers were never protected.” _ Sawkiw. * * *
Real life, real drama: The Jays rights were held by TSN 20 years ago so the best TV broadcast band ever -- Dan Shulman and Buck Martinez -- were in Dunedin.
“Howie Starkman remembered me being interviewed from that spring,” said Sawkiw which led to an interview with producer Rick Briggs-Jude and working eight Montreal Expos TSN games in 2001. Next came a Canada Games gig in London, Ont. with CBC’s Vic Rauter, which led to a Sportsnet job as a studio analyst with Jamie Campbell for the 2003-06 post seasons and he joined Jerry Howarth as an analyst on radio broadcasts taking over for Tom Cheek before Alan Ashby replaced Sawkiw in 2007.
Sawkiw said “None of that happens unless I go to Dunedin and Howie remembers me.”
* * * “We’re like any union. When scabs cross your line to take advantage of your situation for personal gains, it’s your right to know who they are. We went on strike for things we believe and they tried to break our union. Softball players took advantage of us to satisfy their egos.” _ Cubs reliever Randy Myers. * * *
Not enough: Five days after Judge Sotomayor’s gavel hit the wooden desk Starkman gathered the media at Grant Field the place of so many glum faces throughout the spring.
The media filed in ... Ash took the podim.
The Jays were placing someone on the disabled list. Big whoop.
Someone else had been sent to minor-league camp ... a double-A player. Another big whoop.
“And oh by the way,” Ash said pausing for effect, “we have re-acquired David Cone.”
Cone, a Jays World Series hero from 1992, had been added to join Pat Hentgen, Al Leiter, Juan Guzman and Danny Darwin in the rotation. Chris Stynes, plus Tony Medrano and David Sinnes went to the Kansas City Royals.
“We thought it was a good deal, but it didn’t work out,” said Ash.
The Jays finished 56-88, a .389 winning mark, their fifth worst in club history better than only one of their first five seasons.
It was the worst of times.
* * * Opening Day Lineup Three months before, the catcher was peddling booze, the right fielder delivered bottled water and the first baseman sold insurance. Rick Hirtensteiner, not Roberto Alomar, wore No. 12.
Who Jays vs. Pirates 1. LF Rick Hirtensteiner, 27. Before 1995 (Angels, Expos, Marlins) _ class-A Bend (113 games), class-A Palm Springs (143), class-A Quad Cities (87), rookie-class Salt Lake City (70), double-A Harrisburg (127), triple-A Ottawa (10), St. Paul, Northern League Independent (69); class-A Brevard County (52); double-A Portland (59). 1995 _ Did not play. After 1995 _ Did not play. Numbers: 81 doubles, 18 triples, 31 homers, 240 RBIs, .274 average, .740 OPS in 536 games.
2. CF Darryl Brinkley, 26. Before 1995 _ Winnipeg, Northern-IND (72). 1995 _ Winnipeg, Saskatoon Prairie-IND, Campeche-Mexico (85) After 1995 (Padres, Pirates, Orioles) _ Class-A Rancho Cucamonga (65), double-A Memphis (60), double-A Mobile (55), Mexico City Reds, triple-A Nashville (263), triple-A Rochester (270), Hyundai-Korea (100), Yucatan, Mexico (125), Campeche-Mexico (75), New Jersey, Northeast-Ind (8), Winnipeg (61), Tijuana-Mexico, San Luis Potosi-Mexico (209), Mexicali-Mexico, Calgary Northern-IND (169), Bridgeport, Atlantic-IND (26), Margarita-Venezuela (13), Canada, Arizona Winter-IND (11), Obregon, Mexico (3), Edmonton, Golden-IND (81). Numbers: 390 doubles, 24 triples, 150 homers, 984 RBIs, .326 average, .864 OPS.
3. RF Trevor Penn, 28. Before 1995 (Expos) _ Rookie-Class Gulf Coast Expos (62), class-A Rockford (130), class-A West Palm Beach (132), double-A Jacksonville (104). 1995 _ Rio Grande Valley, Texas-Louisiana League-IND (99). After 1995 _ Did not play. Numbers: 74 doubles, 12 triples, 29 homers, 189 RBIs, .713 OPS in 527 games.
4. SS Rob Montalvo, 25. Before 1995 (Jays) _ class-A Myrtle Beach (97), class-A Dunedin (107), class-A St. Catharines (38), double-A Knoxville (47), triple-A Syracuse (226), 1995 _ Syracuse (11), Thunder Bay Northern League-IND (39). After 1995 _ Did not play. Numbers: 42 doubles, three triples, four homers, 113 RBIs, .210 average, .543 OPS in 565 games.
5. 2B Dave Lowery, 27. Before 1995 (Rangers, Mets) _ Rookie-Class Gulf Coast Rangers (62), class-A Gastonia (133), class-A Port Charlotte (125), double-A Binghamton (12), Winnipeg, Northern-IND (76). 1995 _ Lubbock, Texas-Louisiania-IND (44), Winnipeg (20) After 1995 _ Lubbock (212). Numbers: 102 doubles, 23 triples, 14 homers, 223 RBIs, .287, .728 OPS in 684 games.
6. 3B Derek Henderson, 27. Before 1995 (Mets, Jays) _ Class-A Pittsfield (47), class-A St. Lucie (142), Knoxville (148), Syracuse (21), class-A High Desert (29). 1995 _ Did not play. After 1995 _ Tyler (178), Amarillo (444) Texas-Louisiana League-IND, Edinburg, Central-IND (95), Shreveport, Central IND (92). Numbers: 73 doubles, 31 homers, 429 RBIs, .295 average, .795 OPS in 1,196 games.
7. RHP Pete Blohm, 28. Before 1995 (Braves, Orioles, Pirates, Jays) _ Rookie-Class Idaho Falls (14), class-A Erie (13), class-A Salem (10), class-A Augusta (18), Dunedin (2), Knoxville (33), Syracuse (108). 1995 _ Did not pitch. After 1995 _ Did not pitch. Numbers: 38-40, 4.53 six saves, 291 walks, 446 strikeouts in 786 innings in 198 games.
8. C Terry Tewell, 25. Before 1995 (Phillies) _ Rookie-class Martinsville (17), class-A Batavia (33), class-A Clearwater (133), Rio Grande Valley, Texas-LouisianaIND (71). 1995 _ Tyler, Texas-Louisiana-IND (66). After 1995 _ Did not play. Numbers: 49 doubles, four triples, 24 homers, 135 RBIs, .233 average, .637 OPS in 320 games.
9. 1B Wes Clements, 37. Before 1995 (Astros, Brewers, Tigers, Rangers) _ Rookie-Class Astros (54), class-A Daytona Beach (133), double-A Columbus (151), triple-A Tucson (218), class-A Beloit (30), triple-A Vancouver (70), Union Laguna, Mexico, double-A Glens Falls (61), double-A Tulsa (48), Yucatan. 1995 _ Aguascalientes, Mexico. After 1995: Did not play. Numbers: 157 doubles, 18 triples, 132 homers, 525 RBIs, .273 average, .860 OPS.
* * * Lone Canuck INF Warren Sawkiw, 27. Etobicoke Before 1995: (1994 _ 68 games Thunder Bay and Winnipeg, Northwest league-Independent; class-A Niagara Falls (7 games), class-A Fayetteville (59), class-A Lakeland (230), Rochester Northwest-Indy 1995: double-A Knoxville (44), triple-A Syracuse (11). After 1995: Grand Forks, Prairie-IND (33), double-A Birmingham (24), Elmira, Northeast-IND (112).
* * * Roster Pitchers (14) Name Age ‘94 Club/Level W-L-S ERA Brian Ahern 26 Thunder Bay-Ind. 5-7 4.07 Mike Arner 24 Did Not Play Greg Bicknell 25 San Bernadino/Stockton/High Desert-A 2-6 7.76 Pete Blohm 29 Did Not Play Hector Fargas 21 Rancho Cucamonga-A/Springfield-A 3-2 5.45 Dennis Jones 28 Marshall/Brainerd-IND 2-4 7.00 Chris Limbach 26 Did Not Play Richard Lodding 26 Did Not Play Dave Richards 27 Rio Grande Valley-Ind. 3-5 5.80 Tim Rodgers 35 Did Not Play Steve Sharts 29 Did Not Play Joshua Spring 22 Mobile-Ind. 3-3-6 4.56 Don Stanford 29 Did Not Play Pat Tilmon 28 Thunder Bay-Ind. 5-8 3.47
Catchers (5) Name Age ‘94 Club/Level .Avg HR RBI Bradley Gay 22 Stockton-A .155 0 9 Julio Osuna 24 Did Not Play Victor Rojas 27 Rio Grande-Ind. .274 5 22 Warren Sawkiw 27 Winnipeg-Thunder Bay-Ind. .317 4 37 Terry Tewell 25 Rio Grange-Ind. .271 7 37
Infielders (7) Name Age ‘94 Club/Level .Avg HR RBI Wes Clements 36 Did Not Play Derek Henderson 26 Knoxville-AA/High Desert-A .237 3 15 Bobby Llanos 23 Did Not Play Dave Lowery 26 Winnipeg-Ind. .284 2 27 Brandon Markiewicz 22 Lake Elisnore-A/Cedar Rapids-A/Boise-A .274 0 13 Robert Montalvo 24 Syracuse-AAA/Dunedin-A .245 1 17 Julian Yan 29 Syracuse-AAA .259 2 11
Outfielders (6) Dave Bingham 24 Hickory-A/Odgen-A .285 6 63 Darryl Brinkley 26 Thunder Bay-Ind. .293 8 44 Rick Hirtensteiner 27 Portland-AA/Brevard-A .251 6 36 Trevor Penn 28 Did Not Play Ron Reams 24 Corpus Christi-Ind. .292 19 82 Pat Woodruff 28 Tyler-Ind. .267 0 19 (LEGEND: AAA: Triple-A; AA: Double-A; A: Class-A; Ind: Independent)
* * * Replacement players who made the majors: Benny Agbayani, Brian Daubach, Brendan Donnelly, Anggelo Echeverria, Charles Gipson, Matt Herges, Cory Lidle, Kerry Ligtenberg, Ron Mahay, Tom Martin, Walt McKeel, Frank Menechino, Lou Merloni, Kevin Millar, Damian Miller, Eddie Oropeso, Keith Osik, Rick Reed, Chuck Smith, Shane Spencer, Pedro Swann, Jeff Tam, Brian Tollberg, Chris Truby, Jamie Walker.