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Warren Scott Brusstar is a former baseball player who played 9 years from 1977-1985. He played for the Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago White Sox, and the Chicago Cubs.

Brusstar was born on in Oakland, CAmarker. He attended Fresno State Universitymarker before being drafted. He is currently the pitching coach at Napa Valley Collegemarker.

Draft

Brusstar, who batted and threw right-handed, was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in 1970 in the 27th round (635th overall). He chose not to sign. In 1971, he was drafted by the Giants again, this time in the 6th round (114th overall). Again, the 6'3", 200 pound Brusstar did not sign. He'd have to wait until 1973 to be drafted again, this time by the New York Mets in the 33rd round (684th). Not surprisingly, he didn't sign. In 1974, the Phillies were able to get him to sign after drafting him in the 4th round (67th).

Minor Leagues

Brusstar was a very successful starter and reliever in the minor leagues. His ERA never reached 3.00 in any of the years he played before making his major league debut (the highest it reached was 2.71), although in two seasons he walked 90 or more batters.

Major Leagues

On May 6, 1977, at the age of 25, Brusstar made his major league debut. He would never start a game in his career, because he was used primarily as a middle reliever. Only 3 times did he ever appear in over 50 games in a season, because Brusstar, a sinker-slider pitcher, was constantly hampered by shoulder problems.
He played his last game on October 3, 1985.

Transactions

On August 30, 1982, the Chicago White Sox purchased Brusstar from the Phillies. He would end up only pitching ten games for the White Sox. On January 25, 1983, the Chicago White Sox made a trade sending Brusstar and Steve Trout to the Cubs for Scott Fletcher, Pat Tabler, Randy Martz, and Dick Tidrow.

Random Trivia

  • From 1977-1982 with the Phillies, Brusstar's number was 40. With the White Sox in 1982, it was 46. When with the Cubs from 1983-1985, his number was 41.


  • Even though Brusstar started his career off with a 2.65 ERA in his 1977 and a 2.33 ERA in 1978, he didn't have another ERA under 3.00 until 1983.


  • Brusstar went 3/32 batting, which translated into a .094 batting average. He only had one extra base hit, a double, and he also had one career RBI.


  • Brusstar's career postseason ERA was 1.96.


  • Brusstar participated in a Fantasy Camp in Clearwater, FLmarker in 2005 with others from the 1980 and 1993 Phillies championship teams.


  • From May 18, 1983-July 7, 1983, Brusstar pitched 322/3 scoreless innings, which is a Cubs record for a reliever.


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