George Brett

July 31, 2013

The transition from Schaal to Brett at third base

Paul Schaal was selected by the Royals in the 1969 expansion draft and he enjoyed success as the team’s starting third baseman. But after a slow start in 1974, he was traded to the Angels and the job became George Brett’s
The move from Schaal to Brett

1971:

The same year the George Brett is drafted by the Royals, Paul Schaal has his best season as the Royals’ regular third baseman. He hits .274 with 11 homers and 63 RBIs, all career-best numbers.

1972:

Schaal is limited to 127 gamers, and he hits just .228 with six homers and 41 RBIs.

1973:

Schaal has his best season averagewise, hitting .288, but there isn’t much production. He has just eight homers and 42 RBIs in 121 games. Brett is called up to the majors for the first time after Schaal suffers an ankle injury, but Brett struggles at the plate and spends more time in the minors. Brett finishes the year with a .125 batting average in 40 major-league at-bats.

1974: Schaal gets off to a slow start, hitting .176 in 12 games. In May, he is traded back to the California Angels, who he played before joining the Royals in 1969, to make room for Brett at third base. In 133 games, Brett hits .282 with two homers and 47 RBIs. Brett never had a lower season average until 1991.

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