Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Whatever Happened to Jeff Moronko?

With not a whole lot going on today it seems to be a good time to play Whatever Happened to that Guy? Today's contestant is Jeff Moronko.

Jeff appears today on his 1986 ProCards OKC Eighty Niners team set card. These cards were sold as a team set and have no numbers on them. Jeff's position is listed simply as "infield" on this card.

A quick check shows that the Rangers obtained Jeff in a trade with the Cleveland Indians in 1985. Moronko was the infamous player to be named later in that particular trade.

Prior to that Jeff had been drafted by the Indians in the 6th round of the 1980 draft. Four years later he appeared in seven games for the Tribe. He hit .158 and was sent back to Double A to finish out the 1984 season. The next spring he was shipped off to the Rangers.

In two seasons with Texas, Jeff managed to get as high as Triple A. That's where we see him here. After posting a .280 average in 1986, he was granted free agency. I couldn't locate any fielding stats for him from that year.

In November of 1986 he signed with The Evil Empire (Yankees). He made a brief appearance with the Yankees in 1987, lasting seven games and posting a dismal .091 batting average. Jeff actually played some outfield with the Yankees. After playing 54 games in 1988 in the minors, Jeff disappears for good.

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