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Wendell Alston

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The New York Yankees signed Dell Alston as an amateur free agent on August 21, 1972. Alston's first action in pro baseball came in 1973 with the class A (Short Season) New York-Pennsylvania League Oneonta Yankees. He appeared in 61 games with 246 at bats for a .321 average.

Alston spent three years, 1974 through 1976, in the high minors before getting his first chance at major league competition. He appeared in 22 games for the 1977 Yankees, had 40 at bats and hit for a .325 average. He also spent time with the 1977 International League Syracuse Chiefs, where he got into 63 games, had 248 at bats and had a .298 average.

Dell started the 1978 year with the PCL Tacoma Yankees, where he appeared in 40 games. He also got into three games with the New York Yankees but on June 15, the Yankees traded Alston, along with Mickey Klutts and $50,000 to the Oakland Athletics for Gary Thomasson.

Alston appeared in 58 games for the 1978 Athletics, had 173 at bats with 36 base hits for a .208 average. This same season Alston is also shown appearing in 29 games for the PCL Vancouver Canadians, an Oakland affiliate.

On March 23, 1979 Alston was released by the Oakland team. On April 5 of the same year, he was signed as a free agent by the Cleveland Indians. Dell appeared in 54 games for the 1979 Indians, used mainly as a pinch-hitter; he garnered 18 hits in 62 at bats for a .290 average. He also appeared in 75 games for the PCL Tacoma Tugs, hitting at a .268 clip.

1980 was to be Alston's last year in professional baseball. He was with Cleveland for 54 games, hitting .222. He also spent time with the PCL Tacoma Tigers, getting into 69 games and hitting for a .220 average.

On April 9, 1981, Alston was released by the Cleveland Indians.

Alston is the cousin of Garvin Alston - former pitching coach for the Kane County Cougars and the Stockton Ports

[edit] Sources

The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball: Third Edition
SABR Minor League Database
baseball-reference.com

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