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Saturday, February 16, 2019

Bill Cramer, Home Run - 48

Originally published Nov. 29, 2013
Expos minor leaguer Bill Cramer wasn't a home run hitter. That could be seen in his first two professionals seasons, where he hit no home runs.

In his third professional season, though, Cramer finally got onto the home run board. On June 20, Cramer hit his first professional home run.

For Cramer, though, that's where his career home run total would stay. He finished out that season at high-A West Palm Beach, finishing out his brief career.

Cramer's career began in 1989, taken by the Expos in the 27th round of the draft, out of Cal State-Sacramento.

With the Expos, Cramer played his first season between the rookie Gulf Coast League and short-season Jamestown. At Jamestown, Cramer got into 31 games, hitting .229. He knocked in 14, scoring 16 runs.

Cramer moved to single-A Rockford for 1990. In 66 games, he hit just .158. He also picked up eight doubles and 12 RBI. The catcher also turned first-baseman, getting 36 games at first to 13 behind the plate.

For 1991, Cramer played at West Palm Beach, getting into 61 games and hitting .211. He hit another eight doubles, one knocking in two runs in a July game. He picked up another 33 games at first in 1991 to 15 at catcher. It was Cramer's final year as a pro.

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