Leon Roberts

Leon Kauffman Roberts (born January 22, 1951) is a former corner outfielder in Major League Baseball who played from 1974 through 1984 for the Detroit Tigers, Houston Astros, Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays and Kansas City Royals. Listed at 6' 3", 200 lb., Roberts batted and threw right handed.

Roberts was born in Vicksburg, Michigan, and attended the University of Michigan. Following his playing career, he began a career managing in the Minor Leagues.

His most productive season came in 1978, when he led the Mariners with a .301 batting average, good for sixth in the American League. In the Opening Game, he belted a grand slam off Minnesota Twins pitcher Geoff Zahn.

On February 5, 1983, Roberts was traded by the Blue Jays to the Royals for a young Cecil Fielder. He also pitched one inning for Kansas City in 1984, giving up three earned runs. He played his last game on September 30, 1984.

In an 11-season career, Roberts posted a batting average of .267 (731-for-2,737) with 78 home runs and 328 RBI in 901 games played.

In between, Roberts played winter ball with the Leones del Caracas club of the Venezuelan League during the 1977–1978 season.

  1. ^ Retrosheet Boxscore : Minnesota Twins 8, Seattle Mariners 6. Game Played on Sunday, April 9, 1978 (D) at Kingdome
  2. ^ Venezuelan League batting statistics

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