Thursday, March 15, 2012

Angels Debut #110 Willie Montanez

Guillermo (Naranjo) Willie Montanez
First Baseman and Centerfielder
Bats: Left, Throws: Left
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 170 lb.
Born: April 1, 1948 in Catano, P.R.
Signed by the St. Louis Cardinals as an amateur free agent in 1965.
MLB Debut: April 12, 1966  California Angels
Final MLB Game: October 2, 1982 Philadelphia Phillies
Years with the Angels: 1966

November 29, 1965: Drafted by the California Angels from the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1965 rule 5 draft.
May 5, 1966: Returned (earlier draft pick) by the California Angels to the St. Louis Cardinals.

In a 2-2 tie in the top of the 14th inning, Montanez entered the game as a pinch runner for Norm Seibern who had just walked, promptly stole second off Dennis Higgins/JC Martin, but then was stranded at second.  In the bottom of the inning, now playing first base, he had no chances as the White Sox scored a run to win the game on Tuesday, April 12, 1966 (D) at Comiskey Park I.

In 2 plate appearances over 8 games he struck out twice, but scored 2 runs and had a stolen base as a pinch runner.  I noticed that retrosheet does not credit him with an inning of play for his debut game.  Is that due to the fact he had no chances?

 - Originally drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals as an amateur in 1965.
 - Became the player substituted for Curt Flood when Flood refused to report to the Phillies following his trade from the Cardinals after the 1969 season.
 - Also played for the Phillies (70–75, 82); Giants (75–76); Braves (76–77); Mets (78–79); Rangers (79); Padres (80); Expos (80–81); Pirates (81–82).
 - NL All-Star (1977)
 - NL Singles Leader (1976)
 - NL Doubles Leader (1972)

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