Sunday, December 21, 2008

Dann Billardello

I got this card signed through the mail when Dann Billardello was managing a minor league team in Columbus, Georgia.

Dann was first drafted by the Mariners in the third round of the 1978 draft, but did not sign. In the secondary phase of the 78 draft he was drafted by the Dodgers in the first round and did sign. He played in the minors for several years and was chosen by the Reds in the rule 5 draft. He made his major league debut with the Reds on April 11, 1983 against the Cubs. In '85 the Reds traded him with Andy McGaffigan, John Stuper and Jay Tibbs to the Expos for Bill Gullickson and Sal Butera. In '86 the Expos released and then he resigned with them as a Free Agent in February of '87. March of '87 he was purchased by the Pirates, in July he was bought by the Royals. In 1989 he was signed as a free agent by the Pirates, and released by them in 1990. In January of 1991 he was signed as a free agent by the Padres. He played in 32 games in the '92 and '93 seasons, and was released by them in November of 1992. He signed with the Mets as a free agent for Christmas of '92, but has not played in the majors since 1992 with the Padres.

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