The two-time minor league batting champion shuttled between Vancouver (Pacific Coast League) and the Brewers for three seasons, never hitting below .325 at Vancouver, before a 1986 trade brought him to San Diego. With the Padres, Ready excelled in a utility role, filling in whenever necessary in the infield or outfield. His career minor league batting average was .343. He set career highs in at-bats (350), home runs (12), and RBI (54) in 1988, but the following season was traded with John Kruk to the Philadelphia Phillies for Chris James. (SCL/GL)
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FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»May 13, 1986: Helped by an unusual 3-6-1-2-4 triple play in the first inning, Seattle goes on to defeat Milwaukee 8–5. After Randy Ready and Ernest Riles walk to open the game, Cecil Cooper hits a bouncer to 1B Alvin Davis, who throws to 2B to force Riles. Cooper beats the return throw to 1B, but Ready is thrown out trying to score, and Cooper is thrown out at 2B trying to advance during the play at the plate.
»May 8, 1988: Pittsburgh's Doug Drabek takes a no-hitter into the 9th before allowing a pinch single to Randy Ready and a home run to Marvell Wynne, but wins a 6–2 two-hitter over the Padres.
»June 3, 1989:
The Padres trade John Kruk and Randy Ready to the Phils for Chris James. Kruk had a sub-par .241 last season, after hitting .309 and .313 the previous two. He'll rebound to .300 this season.