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Rodney Paul Craig

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Outfielder Rod Craig played parts of four years in the majors.

Signed by the expansion Seattle Mariners in 1977, Craig made his pro debut that summer with the Bellingham Mariners. He reached the majors with the club on September 11, 1979, going 2-for-4 as the starting right fielder against the Texas Rangers. Over the remainder of the season, he was Seattle's starter in right, hitting .385 with 8 doubles in 16 games. He started 1980 as the Mariners' Opening Day center fielder, and in the season's second game, he went 3-for-5 with a double, a home run, and 5 RBIs. However, after hitting just .230 through June 11th, he spent the next several months with the Spokane Indians. He was back with Seattle in September and ended the year with a .238 average in 70 big league games.

Prior to the 1981 season, Craig was dealt to the Cleveland Indians for Wayne Cage, and he spent the entire year with the AAA Charleston Charlies. He returned to the bigs the following summer and hit .231 in 49 games for the Tribe. He remained in the Indians organization for two more years, then split 1985 between the Mexican League and the New York Mets system. He had his last big league cup of coffee with the Chicago White Sox in 1986.

Craig was stabbed to death in 2013; he was believed to be homeless at the time.

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