|Right fielder / Third baseman / Shortstop|
Born: September 24, 1956|
Los Angeles, California
|September 4, 1980 for the New York Mets|
Last MLB appearance
|July 2, 1994 for the Kansas City Royals|
|Runs batted in||824|
Career highlights and awards
Brooks was originally drafted by the Montreal Expos as a senior at Manuel Dominguez High School in the 1974 Major League Baseball Draft, but chose instead to attend Arizona State University. With the Sun Devils, Brooks appeared in two NCAA College World Series, winning in 1977. The ASU shortstop was drafted fifth overall in the January
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Unlike Horner, who was immediately assigned to the Atlanta Braves' major league roster upon signing, Brooks was assigned to the double A Jackson Mets, where he batted .216 with three home runs and sixteen RBIs in 45 games. The following season, with fellow Mets prospect Wally Backman playing short for Jackson, Brooks was converted to a third baseman. He also played some outfield with the triple A Tidewater Tides in
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New York Mets
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Given the Mets' historic instability at third base, Brooks remained popular in New York despite being a below average fielder (he tied a modern major league record by committing three errors in one inning his rookie season), and his below average power numbers for a third baseman.
He set a Mets record with a 24 game hitting streak from May 1 to June 1,
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Montreal Expos shortstops batted .212 with no home runs and 35 RBIs in 1984. Thus, the team went into the post season looking to upgrade at that position. On December 10, 1984, the Expos and Mets pulled off the blockbuster deal of the Winter meetings when the Mets sent Brooks, pitcher Floyd Youmans, catcher Mike Fitzgerald and outfielder Herm Winningham to the Expos for perennial All-Star catcher Gary Carter.
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Three games into the
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Los Angeles Dodgers
The Atlanta Braves expressed interest in signing Brooks, and returning him to third base for the
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Brooks was unhappy about this trade, and it resulted in a poor performance on the field. He batted .238 with sixteen home runs and fifty RBIs through 103 games when his
On December 10, 1991 the Mets traded him to the California Angels for outfielder Dave Gallagher, reuniting him with his former Expos manager, Buck Rodgers. Brooks was used as the designated hitter by Rodgers, and batted .213 with seven home runs and thirty RBIs until a sprained neck sidelined his
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Kansas City Royals
The Kansas City Royals signed Brooks to a minor league deal with an invitation to Spring training for the
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At the time of his dismissal, Brooks was the active major league leader in games played without making it to the post season (1645). After the end of his career, Brooks received no votes from the Baseball Writers Association of America for the Baseball Hall of Fame and was subsequently removed from the ballot. He collected career-highs in home runs (20) in 1988 and 1990; in RBI (100) in 1985, and finished 8th in batting average (.307) in 1981.
- Dan Even (June 17, 1977). "World Series of Colleges Slated Tonight at Omaha". Bangor Daily News. p. 19.
- "Brooks' Three Errors Tie Mark". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. May 11, 1981. p. 2.
- "Ray Knight Sees New Life as a Met". Evening Independent. August 29, 1984. p. 4C.
- Joseph Durso (December 11, 1984). "Mets Satisfy Need, Get Gary Carter". St. Petersburg Times. p. C1 & C3.
- "1986 Major League Baseball All-Star Game". Baseball-Reference.com. July 15, 1986.
- "'86 Season is Over for Brooks, 'Fitz'". The Gazette (Montreal). August 4, 1986. p. D1.
- "National League; Astros Off to Their Best Start". The New York Times. April 13, 1987.
- "1987 Major League Baseball All-Star Game". Baseball-Reference.com. July 14, 1987.
- Tracy Ringolsby (February 7, 1988). "Every Team Facing Key Questions". Star-Banner. p. 7D.
- Bill Zack (December 12, 1989). "Brooks Next on Braves' List". Times-News (Hendersonville, North Carolina). p. 17.
- Murray Chass (December 22, 1989). "Dodgers Sign Brooks for $6 Million". The New York Times.
- Murray Chass (December 16, 1990). "Baseball; Brooks Returns to Mets". The New York Times.
- "Ex-Dodger Brooks Isn't Happy About Being Traded to Mets". Deseret News. December 17, 1990. p. D5.
- "Mets May Lose Brooks". Lawrence Journal-World. August 27, 1991. p. 2B.
- Murray Chass (December 11, 1991). "Baseball; Mets Subtract Brooks But Don't Add a Pitcher". The New York Times.
- Seth Livingstone (July 5, 1992). "Mother Nature Leaving its Mark on Baseball". The Telegraph (Nashua). p. C4.
- "Brooks Cut by Royals". Lawrence Journal-World. July 15, 1994. p. 2C.
- Chris Haft (January 12, 2000). "Perez makes Hall of Fame". The Cincinnati Enquirer.
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