Happy 54th Birthday to Dave Stegman, who debuted with the Tigers 30 years ago this Sept. 4.
As a youngster, Stegman clearly was a stud player. According to Baseball Reference.com:
- Drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 10th round of the 1972 amateur draft, but did not sign.
- Drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 9th round of the 1975 amateur draft, but did not sign.
- Drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 2nd round of the 1976 amateur draft (Secondary Phase), but did not sign.
The University of Arizona alum was drafted by Detroit in the first round — second pick overall — of the 1976 amateur draft.
Wearing number 22, he played in eight games in 1978 — all in the outfield — and batted .286 in 14 at bats. In 1979 he played in a measly 12 games and batted .194 (but with one homer!).
The 1980 season was his last with the Tigers. That year he appeared in 65 games and hit .177 in 130 at bats.
Failing to live up to his potential, the Tigers shipped him to the San Diego Padres for Dennis Kinney in December 1980.
He never played for the Padres and was spun-off to the Yankees as a player to be named later in April 1981. He didn’t see any major-league action during that strike-shortened year.
The same could almost be said about 1982. He appeared in two games for the Yankees but had zero plate appearances. That had to be a bummer.
On Jan. 26, 1983, Stegman signed a free agent contract with the White Sox. After two unremarkable seasons with Chicago, he was out of baseball.
His final line: 172 games, 320 at bats, 66 hits, 8 HR, 32 RBI, and a .206 average.
Whether or not you remember Dave Stegman, wish him a happy 54th, won’t you?