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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Tim Sandy hit well as lefty in Legion ball; Saw four pro seasons, made AAA

Fargo-area coach Jim Honl knew the Sandy family. He coached father Tim Sandy to a state American Legion title, according to The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead.

Then, in 2014, Honl coached Sandy's son Luke to a state Babe Ruth championship, The Forum wrote.

"Tim was a really good lefty batter and Luke is the same way – he's leading our team in hitting," Honl told The Forum.

The father went on from that American Legion team to a career in the pros. His pro career lasted four seasons. He made it briefly to AAA, but not the majors.

Sandy's career began in 1989, taken by the Mets in the 54th round of the draft, out of Kishwaukee Junior College in Illinois.

In American Legion ball, Sandy later made local Legion Hall of Fame. He hit .400, with 19 home runs at the plate and went 19-4, with a 2.69 ERA.

He started with the Mets in 1990, at rookie Kingsport. He played in the outfield, hitting .331 over 49 games.

Sandy moved to short-season Pittsfield for 1991. He hit .282 there, over 72 games. He then hit high-A St. Lucie for 1992, averaging .227.

He played his final season largely at AA Binghamton. In 70 games, he hit .242. He went 2 for 3 in an August game, knocking in one. Sandy also saw four games at St. Lucie and six at AAA Norfolk. That season marked the end of his career.

Sandy has since returned home to Fargo and gone into the insurance industry.
1990 Minor League Tally
Players/Coaches Featured: 2,561
Made the Majors:1,019-39.8%
Never Made Majors:1,542-60.2%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 423
10+ Seasons in the Minors:260

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