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    Ivan DeJesus


    Signed by the Dodgers in 1969 as a high school student in Puerto Rico, DeJesus got his break in 1977 when he was traded to the Cubs. Filling the gap left by Don Kessinger, he scored a league-high 104 runs in 1978, and in 1980 set a record for Cubs shortstops with 44 stolen bases. His poor attitude and unhappiness with the trade of friend and double-play partner Manny Trillo resulted in a disastrous 1981 season (.194); the Cubs made a splendid move by sending him to the Phillies for Larry Bowa and rookie Ryne Sandberg. In 1982, former Cub teammate Jody Davis accused DeJesus of intentionally allowing Latin opponents to slide in safely at second. In the 1983 World Series, DeJesus batted an anemic .125 and became the goat when his error in Game Three allowed Baltimore's winning run to score. (DB)

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