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Born: August 20, 1963|
|April 9, 1986 for the Cincinnati Reds|
Last MLB appearance
|September 22, 1992 for the Chicago Cubs|
Daniels was born on August 20, 1963 in Vienna, Georgia. He attended Northside High School in Warner Robins, Georgia where he batted .500, and he eventually attended Middle Georgia College. Kal owned the single season home run record at Northside High school for 20 years. In 2000, Trea Brinson broke Kal's record and still holds it to this day.
Daniels was drafted by the New York Mets in the third round, 58th overall, of the 1982 amateur entry draft, January Regular Phase. He didn't sign then, but when he was drafted seventh overall by the Cincinnati Reds in the 1982 amateur entry draft, June Secondary Phase, he did.
In his first professional season, he hit .367 and stole 27 bases in 67 games.
In 1984, his third professional season, Daniels began developing power to go along with his good speed. In 122 games that year, he hit 17 home runs and stole 43 bases.
On April 9, 1986, Daniels made his big league debut at 22 years old. He had a successful rookie season, mostly being used off the bench-he hit .320 with 6 home runs and 15 stolen bases in 78 games (181 at-bats). In his second season, Daniels recorded a career high in home-runs per AB, hitting .334 with 26 home runs and 26 stolen bases in only 108 games.
After the 1989 season, his numbers dropped off drastically, especially his stolen base totals-this was because he had to undergo a knee surgery (the sixth of his career), that evidently "stole" his ability to steal bases.
In 1990, Daniels remained healthy all season. Although he only stole 4 bases, he hit 27 home runs and collected 94 RBI. He played his final game on September 22, 1992.
Honors and awards
- In 1982, Daniels was a Pioneer League All-Star.
- Daniels finished 27th in MVP voting in 1990.
- He led the league in on-base percentage in 1988, with a .397 OBP.
- Daniels finished his time with the Reds with a rare .300/.400/.500 batting line designating benchmarks of excellence in batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage. His actual rate stats with the Reds: .301 and .406 and .506 (from 1986 through part of 1989).
- The Reds traded Daniels with Lenny Harris to the Dodgers for Tim Leary and Mariano Duncan on July 18, 1989.
- The Dodgers sent Daniels to the Cubs for a player to be named (minor leaguer Michael Sodders) on June 27, 1992.