Green was a highly touted young talent, showing speed, power, and excellent defensive
ability. He hit .283 in 76 games in 1982 and .284 with 34 stolen bases in 1983. The
Giants obtained him with Jose Uribe, Dave LaPoint, and Gary Rajsich for Jack Clark,
and hoped he would be a capable successor to Clark at first base. He wasn't. Personal
problems, including fear for his family in strife-torn Nicaragua, led to his decline.
After flings in the Mexican and Japanese leagues (1986-87), a glimmer of his potential
shone again in September 1987. The Cardinals recalled him during their successful
pennant drive to substitute for the injured Clark, and Green hit .267 and slugged
.500 in limited action.
»February 1, 1985: In an effort to add some much-needed power to their lineup, St. Louis trades OF-1B David Green, SS Jose Gonzales, P Dave LaPoint, and OF-1B Gary Rajsich to the Giants for slugging 1B Jack Clark. Gonzales will change his name to his mother's maiden name of Uribe, and win the starting shortstop job with the Giants. Giants coach and resident wit Rocky Bridges will note that Jose Uribe really is, "the player to be named later."