This Date In Royals History – Kansas City Trades Cecil Fielder
Today marks the 30th anniversary of the Royals trading a young 19-year-old first baseman named Cecil Fielder to the Toronto Blue Jays for Leon Roberts.Â Keep in mind the Royals were is contention during that era, so the focus was entirely on the major league roster.
Fielder would go on to be arguably the top Kansas City Royals draft pick whoâ€™d find major league success, without having playing one game as a member of the big league club in Kansas City. That is something we will be able to revisit, following the path of Wil Myers at the major league level.
Fielder would go on to play parts of 13 seasons with five American League clubs, playing in three All-Star games, and finishing as the runner-up for the MVP award in both 1990 and â€™91.
Roberts would appear in 113 games during the â€™83 and â€™84 seasons, before being released at the end of the 1984 season. He was then out of baseball at the age of 33.
Also on this date, in 2002, the Royals signed outfielder Jon Nunnally. This stint would only last 20 games with Omaha though, as Nunnally was released in May. You may remember him as a member of the big league club from 1995 through â€™97.
I canâ€™t help but think of Bip Roberts and Shane Mack whenever I hear the name Jon Nunnally as well. In recent times Nunnally was the major league hitting coach for the Cleveland Indians in 2010 and part of the 2011 season. This season he will be the hitting coach for the Buffalo Bison, the AAA affiliate of the Blue Jays.
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