One of several successful reclamation projects of Dodgers pitching coach Ron Perranoski,
Leary posted a 17-11, 2.91 record for the World Champion Dodgers in 1988 after winning
a total of 20 games in six previous ML seasons. Leary was a college All-American
at UCLA and was the second pick overall in the June 1979 free-agent draft, and in
1980 he was Texas League MVP, leading the
league in wins and shutouts for Jackson.
Leary made the Mets in 1981, only to be injured in his first start on a cold April
day at Wrigley Field, then missed all of 1982 with an injured nerve. He moved to
Milwaukee in a six-player, four-team trade in 1985 and was 12-12 for the Brewers
in 1986 before being traded to Los Angeles with Tim Crews for slugger Greg Brock.
Leary started and lost Game Six of the 1988 LCS for the Dodgers, but he pitched well
out of the bullpen in the World Series. After the season he received the NL Comeback
Player of the Year Award. He was traded to the Reds in mid-1989.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»June 6, 1979: The Mariners make OF Al Chambers the number-one pick in the free-agent draft, but his big league career will last just 57 games. The Mets take UCLA P Tim Leary with the 2nd pick. The Blue Jays, picking 3rd, take high school C Jay Schroeder, who will play football for UCLA and will be drafted #1 in 1984 by the Colts, but will never catch in the ML. Kansas City picks football players on the 4th (Dan Marino) and the 17th (John Elway) rounds. Brad Komminsk (Braves) is the 4th pick, SS Juan Bustabad (A's) is 5th, with Andy Van Slyke (Cards) 6th. Bustabad is one of 13 of 16 picks who will not sign with the A's, but he does sign with the Red Sox, who will pick him #1 in the 1980 January draft. The Dodgers pick Orel Hershiser in the 17th round and the Yankees take Don Mattingly in the 19th round. Brett Butler goes to the Braves in the 23rd. The Reds take prep infielder Daniel Lamar in round one, then get slightly better results in the second round with Bob Buchanan and Keefe Cato.