Dave Stewart Went From Player To Player Agent
Last Friday, I attended TwinsFest at the Metrodome in Minneapolis. Many current and former Twins players were present, including Denard Span, Ben Revere, Joe Mauer and Bert Blyleven.
After arriving at the event, I noticed a back corner table titled "The Black Aces," which is also the title of a book written by former Twins pitcher Jim "Mudcat" Grant. The book chronicles all of the African-American pitchers who have won 20 games in a season.
One of the pitchers at the table was former Athletics great Dave Stewart. Stewart was one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball during the late 80's and early 90's, while playing with the great Oakland “Bash Brothers” teams.
Stewart won 20 games four years in a row from 1987-1990. He is also a two-time ALCS MVP and the 1989 World Series MVP.
After receiving an autograph from Stewart, I asked the 168-game-winner if I could get a picture taken with him. Upon saying yes, he had me go behind the table and a person working with the group took the photo. I thanked Stewart and he said you're welcome with a smile, as we shook hands. He could not have been nicer.
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This unexpected surprise at TwinsFest was similar to encountering Hall of Fame pitcher Rollie Fingers at last year's event.
I later found out that Stewart is still very involved with baseball, as he founded a sports agency called Sports Management Partners in San Diego. His firm represents several players, including Dodgers pitcher Chad Billingsley and outfielder Matt Kemp. The agency recently negotiated Kemp's eight-year/ $160 million contract.
Check out video of Stewart, Grant, Fergie Jenkins and J.R. Richards sitting behind the star-studded table. Mets great Dwight Gooden was slated to appear the following day.
It's interesting to note that while the other players were taking it easy, Stewart was on his cell phone perhaps negotiating yet another deal for one of his clients.