Friday, July 25, 2014

1978 Topps Baseball #191 - Rodney Scott

  • Rodney Scott was a speedy player who had the nickname "Cool Breeze." Scott was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in 1972. Scott played in the minors for a few years and then was called up to the Royals in 1975. Rodney appeared in 48 games (mostly as a pinch runner) but batted .067 in only 15 at bats. After the 1975 season Scott was traded to the Montreal Expos for catcher Bob Stinson.
  • Rodney spent most of the 1976 season in AAA Denver, where he batted .307. Scott was called up in September and went 4 for 10 (.400) in 7 games. 
  • During spring training in 1977 Rodney was traded twice. On March 15 Scott was traded to the Texas Rangers for Jeff Terpko. Two weeks later Rodney moved to the Oakland A's (with Jim Umbarger and cash) for Claudell Washington. Scott played in 133 games, mostly at second base and at shortstop. Rodney batted .261 and stole 33  bases in 1977.
  • At the end of spring training in 1978 Scott was traded to the Chicago Cubs for pitcher Pete Broberg. Scott started the season in AAA Wichita and was recalled in June. Rodney was a utility man for the Cubs. He played mostly at third base and in the outfield. Scott batted .282 in 78 games.
  • After the 1978 season Rodney was on the move again. This time he was traded (with Jerry White) to the Montreal Expos for Sam Mejias. For the next three seasons Scott would be the starting second baseman (with some occasional starts at shortstop) for the Expos. In 1979 he batted .238 in 151 games and hit the only three home runs of his career. 
  • Scott led the NL with 13 triples in 1980. Rodney batted only .224, but he also stole 67 bases. In 1981 Rodney batted .205 in 95 games. He didn't do much in the playoffs, batting .167 (3 for 18) in 5 games.
  • In 1982 Scott got off to a slow start, batting .200 (5 for 25) in 14 games. Scott was released from the Expos on May 8. He feared he was being blacklisted because of his inability to accept a backup role and rumors of marijuanna use. Rodney signed with the New York Yankees on June 15. Scott spent the next several weeks in AAA Columbus. After batting .366 in 30 games, Rodney was recalled to the Yankees on August 4. Rodney batted .192 (5 for 26) in 10 games and he was released on August 25.
  • Scott was without a baseball job at the beginning of the 1983 season. Rodney signed with the Expos sometime in late June and played for AAA Wichita. In 48 games Scott batted .307, but he wasn't called up to the Expos.
  • Scott left the Expos after the 1983 season and played in the Mexican League from 1984-1986.
  • 1978 Stats: .282, 0 HR, 15 RBI, 27 stolen bases in 78 games
  • 1978 Highlights:
    • June 26 - Had three hits in Chicago's 10-9 win over the New York Mets
    • Sept 9 - Had two hits, stole two bases, and knocked in two runs as the Cubs beat the Montreal Expos 6-3.