chris pittaro, 1985 Topps #91T

Name: Pittaro, Chris

Card: 1985 Topps #91T

Position: 3B/2B/SS

Christopher Francis Pittaro (born September 16, 1961 in Trenton, NJ) is a former infielder who played three seasons in Major League Baseball for the Detroit Tigers and Minnesota Twins from 1985 through 1987. He has served as a scout and front office executive for the Oakland Athletics since 1991.

Chris’ father, Sonny Pittaro, was an infielder in the Minnesota Twins’ minor league organization from 1960 to 1962 and then a longtime coach at Rider University.

The Detroit Tigers selected Chris in the sixth round, with the 152nd overall selection, of the 1982 Major League Baseball draft as a shortstop. Said Sparky Anderson, Tiger’s manager, “Pittaro has a chance to be the greatest second baseman who ever lived.” He was invited to spring training with the Tigers in 1985. Manager Sparky Anderson called him “the best rookie [he’d] seen in 15 years.” However, he struggled with major league pitching, and never reached the heights thought possible. In one of his minor league stints, while with the Portland Beavers of the Pacific Coast League his roommate on road trips was Billy Beane.

Chris has been a scout and front office executive in the Oakland Athletics organization since 1991. Beane, the Athletics’ general manager, identifies Pittaro as one of the scouts willing to rethink everything he knows about baseball. Pittaro is mentioned in Moneyball, a book focusing on the 2002 Oakland Athletics season. He was initially cast to play himself in the film version.

Chris’ son CJ is an up and coming prospect.

(excerpted from Baseball Almanac, BR Bullpen, and Wikipedia)

1986 Donruss #150
1986 Topps #393

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