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Michael Jay Andrews

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Mike Andrews was a starting second baseman for six of his eight major league seasons. During his best season with the bat, 1969, he posted an excellent line of .293/.390/.455. He is also remembered for a variety of things that happened in 1973:

He was the first Designated hitter in the history of the Chicago White Sox on April 7, 1973 against the Texas Rangers. He was released by the White Sox that July and signed as a free agent by the Oakland Athletics. A's Manager Dick Williams used a system late that year where he would rotate a number of light-hitting second basemen, pinch-hitting for them at any opportunity. Because of a bad back, Andrews was no longer an asset as a fielder at second base, but he became part of that system over the season's last two months.

Andrews became a scapegoat for A's owner Charles Finley after making errors on back-to-back plays in the 12th inning of Game 2 of the 1973 World Series after coming in as a pinch hitter in the 8th inning. Finley attempted to replace Andrews by putting him on the disabled list immediately and activating rookie Manny Trillo, but the move was not allowed by Commissioner Bowie Kuhn, who fined Finley in the process. The A's won the series anyway and Andrews only appeared in one other game in the series (as a pinch hitter). His teammates and fans rallied to Andrews's support during the remainder of the Series, some of them wearing armbands with his number. Manager Williams quit in disgust after winning the Series in seven games. For his part, Andrews never again appeared in a major league game, as after the 1973 season, he went to play in Japan for Kintetsu.

In 1974 he filed a lawsuit against Finley.

Mike Andrews is the brother of Rob Andrews. He created the "Mike Andrews Baseball Camp" and the "Mike Andrews & Jerry Moses Baseball Camp". He currently works in the Boston area as Chairman of the Jimmy Fund charitable organization.

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