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Saturday, June 26, 2021

John Lammon had a quick release as a catcher; Saw two pro seasons, both at Elmira

The Red Sox signed catcher John Lammon late in the spring of 1990 and soon assigned him to short-season Elmira, The Elmira Star-Gazette wrote.

Elmira manager Mike Verdi looked forward to Lammon contributing, The Star-Gazette wrote.

"I like him a lot," Verdi told The Star-Gazette of Lammon. "He's a helluva hitter and he's got a quick release."

Lammon went on to play two seasons at Elmira, but he never lived up to Verdi's hopes. Those two seasons proved his only seasons in the pros.

Lammon's career began that year in 1990, signed by the Red Sox as an undrafted free agent out of Solano Junior College in California. Lammon was also credited as Sonny Lammon.

Lammon started at Elmira. He singled in a run in a July game. He got into 30 games. He hit .186, with one home run and 16 RBI.

He returned to Elmira for 1991. He picked up two hits in an early season game. He then knocked in a run in July on a single. Overall, he hit .257 over 35 games. He knocked in 10. That season proved his last as a pro.

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:3,681
Made the Majors:1,254-34.1%
Never Made Majors:2,427-65.9%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:522
10+ Seasons in the Minors:309

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