Damaso Garcia, who began his career as a Yankee before becoming a 2x All-Star 2B for Toronto, has passed away at the age of 63.
Garcia played in 18 games with the 1978 WS Champion Yankees, and in 11 more games for the Yankees in 1979. With Willie Randolph ensconced at 2B for the Yankees, there wasn’t any room for Garcia.
Garcia was traded to the Blue Jays after the 1979 season in a multi-player trade in which Chris Chambliss was also traded to Toronto. In return, the Yanks got back Rick Cerone and Tommy Underwood. Cerone was the key as far as the Yankees were concerned, since they needed a catcher, what with the death of Thurman Munson in that August 2, 1979 plane crash.
Garcia got the opportunity he was looking for with Toronto. He finished 4th in ROY voting in 1980, won a Silver Slugger in 1982, was an All-Star in 1984 and 1985, and got MVP consideration in 1982 and 1985. In 1985 he helped Toronto to the AL East title.
He hit .300 or better in 1982 and 1983.
He played for the Yankees (1978-1979), Blue Jays (1980-1986), Atlanta (1988) and Montreal (1989). His 162 g. average was .283-6-51, with 32 SB and an OPS+ of 84. He stole 54 bases in 1982 and 46 in 1984.
He was 7 for 30 with 4 doubles and an RBI in the 1985 ALCS.