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|Batted: Right||Threw: Right|
|September 3, 1966 for the Kansas City Athletics|
|October 3, 1981 for the Milwaukee Brewers|
|Runs batted in||1,039|
|Career Highlights and Awards|
Salvatore Leonard "Sal" Bando (born February 13, 1944, in Cleveland, Ohio) is a former third baseman and executive in professional baseball who played for the Kansas City and Oakland Athletics (1966–76) and Milwaukee Brewers (1977–81). He batted and threw right-handed. He played college baseball at Arizona State for coach Bobby Winkles.
During the A's championship years of 1971-75, he captained the team and led the club in runs batted in three times. He was the second American League third baseman to hit 200 career home runs, joining Brooks Robinson, and retired among the all-time leaders in games (5th, 1896), assists (6th, 3720) and double plays (7th, 345) at his position. In a 16-season career, Bando was a .254 hitter with 242 home runs and 1039 RBI in 2019 games played. His brother Chris was a catcher for the Cleveland Indians.
Playing almost exclusively at third base in Oakland, Bando played every infield position while with the Brewers, even making one appearance as a relief pitcher in a 1979 game.
After retiring, Bando briefly served as a color analyst for NBC (teaming with Bob Costas on telecasts), then became a front office executive with the Brewers. He was named the team's general manager on October 8, 1991.
For a variety of reasons (including low payroll, bad free agent signings and poor amateur drafts) Bando managed to build only one winning team in seven plus years as GM. That team, the 1992 Brewers, was largely composed of players he inherited from his predecessor Harry Dalton. They ended the season with 92 wins and 70 losses under the only manager Bando ever hired in his tenure as GM, Phil Garner, his former teammate in Oakland.
One of the lowlights of his tenure happened after that 1992 season, when the club did not offer Paul Molitor salary arbitration until the 11th hour. Molitor signed a free-agent deal with the Toronto Blue Jays. At the time, Bando was quoted as disparaging Molitor as "only a (designated hitter)". The following season, Molitor was named the World Series MVP as the Blue Jays won their second championship. This was noted by some as one of the worst public relations blunders in Brewers history, although Bando has since claimed that his words were taken out of context.
Bando did a voice cameo in the episode of The Simpsons titled "Regarding Margie."
Currently, Bando is CEO of Middleton Doll Company, a Columbus, Ohio enterprise with multiple other businesses associated with it.
Bando's son, Sal Bando, Jr., was the head baseball coach at High Point University from 2001–2008 and compiled a 144-243 record.
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- List of top 300 Major League Baseball home run hitters
- List of Major League Baseball players with 1000 RBI
- List of Major League Baseball doubles champions
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- Baseball Evolution Hall of Fame - Player Profile
|Milwaukee Brewers General Manager|
|SHORT DESCRIPTION||American baseball player|
|DATE OF BIRTH||February 13, 1944|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Cleveland, Ohio|
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