Former main league outfielder Brant Alyea handed away on February 4, in line with an obituary from a Philadelphia funeral house. He was 83.
Alyea, a local of New Jersey, performed collegiately at Hofstra. He entered the skilled ranks as a signee of the Reds in 1962. Alyea performed one yr within the Cincinnati farm system earlier than he was drafted by the Washington Senators. Within the first few years of the draft, groups may choose a participant who had spent one yr within the farm system of one other MLB group. The suitable-handed hitter spent the ’64 season within the minors earlier than debuting with Washington on September 12, 1965.
Referred to as to pinch hit for Don Blasingame with two runners on within the sixth inning, Alyea popped a three-run homer off Rudy Could in his first profession at-bat. He hit two homers in eight video games as a rookie and spent the subsequent two years within the minors. Alyea returned to the large leagues in 1968. He posted above-average energy numbers in restricted enjoying time over the subsequent few seasons.
Alyea performed for the Senators by 1969. Washington traded him to the Twins for reliever Joe Grzenda over the 1969-70 offseason. The 6’3″ Alyea linked on 16 homers with a wonderful .291/.366/.531 line over a career-high 290 plate appearances for Minnesota in 1970. He slumped to a .177/.282/.241 slash the subsequent season, although.
The A’s chosen Alyea within the Rule 5 draft going into the 1972 marketing campaign. Oakland traded him to the Cardinals that Could however reacquired him two months later. That was a lucky improvement for Alyea, because the A’s went on to win the World Sequence. He didn’t play within the majors after that, retiring following a ’73 season in Triple-A with the Purple Sox. He completed his MLB profession with a .247/.326/.421 slash line over components of six seasons. Alyea hit 38 homers and drove in 148 runs in rather less than 1000 journeys to the plate.
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