The Blue Jays made Bailor, a shortstop in the Orioles' organization, their first
pick in the 1976 expansion draft. As a rookie, he hit .310, a record for a player
on a first-year expansion franchise. Bailor was hustling, versatile, and injury-prone.
After four years as a Toronto regular, he spent 1981-83 as a much-used Mets utility
man. He was traded to the Dodgers with Carlos Diaz for Sid Fernandez and Ross Jones,
a trade that helped the Mets more than Bailor ever did.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»November 5, 1976: New American League franchises in Seattle and Toronto fill up their rosters by selecting 30 players apiece from unprotected players on other AL rosters. OF Ruppert Jones (Seattle) and IF-OF Bob Bailor (Toronto) are the first choices.
»April 28, 1982:
Bob Bailor's sacrifice fly in the top of the 15th inning scores Mookie Wilson with the winning run as the Mets beat the Padres 5–4, ending San Diego's winning streak at 11 games. It is the 3rd winning streak of 10 or more games in the National League this year.