Whatever happened to the other guys in the 5-for-1 trade?

Posted: March 20, 2007

To Phillies:


For a time, it appeared that the Phillies would get exactly what they expected from Hayes. In 1985, he became the first player in history to hit two homers in the first inning of a game. In 1986, he batted .305 with 107 runs scored, 46 doubles, 98 RBI and finished eighth in the NL MVP balloting. For that, he was given a then-princely 3-year, $3.9 million contract. Although he made his only All-Star team in 1989, he never approached that level of success again. At the 1991 winter meetings he was traded to the Angels for lefthander Kyle Abbott and outfielder Ruben Amaro Jr. He was released by Angels on Aug. 21, 1992.

Last game: Aug. 19, 1992.

Career: 12 seasons - 1,495 games, 5,249 at-bats, 767 runs, 1,402 hits, 143 home runs, 696 RBI, .267 average.

After the trade: 10 seasons - 1,302 games, 4,613 at-bats, 681 runs, 1,242 hits, 128 home runs, 597 RBI, .269 average.

Currently: Hayes, 48, is living in St. Petersburg, Fla.

He retired after a successful 4-year run as a manager in the Arizona and Oakland systems during which he took his teams to the playoffs three times, won the championship once and was twice named his league's manager of the year (Class A Modesto in 2004,

Double A Midland in 2005).

To Indians, along

with Julio Franco:


The Phillies turned out to be right in their belief that Trillo had reached his peak by the time of the trade. In 1982 he made his third All-Star team and won his second straight Gold Glove. While he made the AL All-Star team in 1983, he was traded to Montreal shortly after and then bounced to the Giants, Cubs and Reds before being released by Cincinnati on May 25, 1989. For the remainder of his career he never played in more than 125 games in a season and didn't win another Gold Glove.

Last game: May 20, 1989.

Career: 17 seasons - 1,780 games, 5,950 at-bats, 598 runs, 1,562 hits, 61 home runs, 571 RBI, .263 average

After the trade: 7 seasons - 624 games, 1,862 at-bats, 197 runs, 479 hits, 20 home runs, 165 RBI, .257 average.

Currently: Trillo, 56, is the roving minor league infield instructor for the Chicago White Sox.


Willard had an undistinguished career, playing sparingly for the Indians, Athletics, White Sox, Braves, Expos and Mariners. The catcher did, however, have one brush with fame. He got his only plate appearance in the 1991 World Series in Game 4 for the Braves. With the score tied 2-2 in the bottom of the ninth at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, manager Bobby Cox sent him up to pinch-hit for Francisco Cabrera with one out and Mark Lemke on third. Facing Twins reliever Steve Bedrosian, he delivered a fly to right just deep enough to allow Lemke to tag up and score the winning run.

Last game: May 19, 1994.

Career: 8 seasons - 346 games, 783 at-bats, 82 runs, 195 hits, 25 home runs, 114 RBI, .249 average.

After the trade: Same.

Currently: Willard, 47, is a campus supervisor and assistant baseball coach at Camarillo (Calif.) High.


Vukovich had three solid seasons for the Indians, including 1984 when he batted .304 with nine homers and 60 RBI in 437 at-bats. Cleveland sold his contract to the Seibu Lions after the 1985 season. His biggest moment for the Phillies came on Oct. 10, 1981, in Game 4 of the Division Series against Montreal. Pinch-hitting for Tug McGraw in the 10th at Veterans Stadium, he hit a walkoff homer against Jeff Reardon to give the Phillies a 5-4 win and even the playoffs at two games apiece. However, the Expos won the following day to eliminate the Phils and advance to the LCS.

Last game: Oct. 6, 1985.

Career: 6 seasons - 628 games, 1,602 at-bats, 164 runs, 430 hits, 27 home runs, 203 RBI, .268 average.

After the trade: 3 seasons - 407 games, 1,183 at-bats, 112 runs, 316 hits, 20 home runs, 149 RBI, .267 average.

Currently: Vukovich, 50, lives in Roswell, Ga.


Baller appeared in four games for the Phillies in 1982, then didn't make it back to the big leagues until 1985 with the Cubs. He also pitched briefly for the Kansas City Royals before ending his big-league career with eight games for the Phillies in 1992. After that he pitched in Mexico and Japan where, in 1994, he was a teammate of Ichiro Suzuki with the Orix Blue Wave.

Last game: Aug. 31, 1992.

Career: 6 seasons - 4-9, 5.24, 94 games, 156 1/3 innings, 169 hits, 79 walks, 117 strikeouts.

After the trade: 5 seasons - 4-9, 5.34, 90 games, 148 1/3 innings pitched, 162 hits, 77 walks, 110 strikeouts.

Currently: Baller, 46, lives in Reading and works for Berks Fire and Water Restorations, near FirstEnergy Stadium. He's a member of the Reading Phillies Hall of Fame.

- Paul Hagen

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