San Mateo manager Jason Gordon marveled to The Daily Journal at their luck.
"We got a package deal with a dad who is an amazing baseball instructor," Gordon told The Daily Journal of the pair. "We definitely won the lottery with that one."
Gordon marveled because Mike Friedland brought with him experience as a player in both the college ranks and the pros. His pro career lasted two seasons and ended in 1991 with single-A Rockford.
Friedland's pro career began in 1990, signed by the Expos as an undrafted free agent out of Sacramento State.
Friedland started with the Expos at short-season Jamestown. The infielder played in 66 games. He hit .226, with four home runs and 28 RBI.
His Jamestown Expos card back offered more details about Friedland, including his favorite ball player, college major and his favorite TV show. The answers: Joe DiMaggio, physical therapy and Knots Landing.
Friedland moved to single-A Rockford for 1991. He hit into an inning-ending double play in a game that April. Overall, he saw time in just 12 contests. He went 4 for 46, with two RBI to end his career.
- San Mateo Daily Journal, July 27, 2019: San Mateo American wraps up banner season
Made the Majors:1,156-36.3%
Never Made Majors:2,025-63.7%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 480
10+ Seasons in the Minors:283