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Schuler, Brett reunited after 1979 at bat

There are some interesting coincidences with the Dust Devils pitching coach, Dave Schuler, which deserve some light here.

First off, in looking through his player bio when he first got here, I noticed that he made his major-league debut in 1979 with the California Angels, pitching in one game against the Kansas City Royals.

It wasn’t the greatest outing.

Schuler pitched 1 2/3 innings and gave up two runs on two hits — including a home run — and threw a wild pitch in the only big-league appearance of the year.

One of Schuler’s pitching philosophies is that it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.

Well, in this case, it WAS how Schuler started this outing that was particularly memorable.

The very first batter he faced happened to be the Royals’ All-Star third baseman George Brett, who would eventually be voted into the baseball Hall of Fame with the fifth-highest percentage of votes (98.2 percent) in history.

And Schuler got him out, inducing a flyball to left fielder Don Baylor, who would eventually become the Colorado Rockies’ first-ever manager in 1993.

And Brett, for those who have forgotten, would become the majority owner of the Tri-City Dust Devils in 2004.Maybe we could try to get George out here to Gesa Stadium and re-create the moment.

Anybody know where Don Baylor is?


Excuse me while I give a quick shout out to my dad in San Diego. Thanks for being a devoted reader of the blog. I love you, Dad!!