Perconte, a Murray State (Kentucky) University graduate, made three all-star teams
the minors, but did not win a regular spot until 1984 with the Mariners. In 155
games he hit .294 with 29 stolen bases. He had no home run power, but he was good
at getting on base. Despite good range in the field, he was criticized as a poor
pivot man on double plays. When he slumped the next season, he was sent to the minors
one day before he became eligible for free agency. The resulting protests by teammates
and fans brought his recall and the resignation of the Seattle GM.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»September 19, 1981: Reds reliever Joe Edelen allows just one hit in six innings of shutout relief as the Reds down the Dodgers, 7–3. Dodger 2B Jack Perconte ties the major-league record with 12 assists.
»December 9, 1981:
The Dodgers trade 1979 Rookie of the Year Rick Sutcliffe, unhappy with his exile to the Dodger bullpen, and infielder Jack Perconte to the Indians for OF Jorge Orta. Orta will hit just .217 for the Dodgers next season, while Sutcliffe will lead the AL in ERA.