Next up in the “Future Stars” thread is all-star third baseman Sal Bando, yet another former star at Arizona State who went on to Major League fame:
Bando was coming off of three championships as part of the Oakland A’s
dynasty, anchoring their infield with three top-4 finishes in the
American League MVP voting before signing with the Milwaukee Brewers
during the great “purge” of Oakland after the 1976 season.
He’d play the final five years of his big league career with Milwaukee
before retiring after the 1981 season, but never really put together the
numbers he had while out West.
Nevertheless, he’d finish with 242 homers with 1039 runs batted in and
982 runs scored in his 16-year career, with six 20+ homer seasons along
with two 100+ RBI campaigns.