On December 2 , 1971 —  1967 Houston Astro first round pick, 6th overall First baseman John Mayberry is traded to the Kansas City Royals along with David Grangaard (minors) for reliever Jim York and Lance Clemons. Expected to be the new closer in the Houston bullpen, York earns a 9-11 mark with seven saves in four seasons with the Astros.  Clemons pitches less than 30 career innings.

Mayberry who struggled in Houston will hit 143 homeruns and drive in 100+ runs 3 times in KC over 6 years and finish 2nd in the 1975 MVP race. He will end up having a 15 year career and hit 255 career homeruns and drive in 879 RBI’s. Along with his 2nd place finish in 75, he had another top ten finish and 2 other seasons we received MVP votes. Mayberry knew how to take a walk too. He led the majors in base on balls twice and on-base percentage once. In Kansas City, he walked 561 times and struck out 457 times. His OPS was .895 or higher three times, including .963 in 1975.

 

 

 


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