Sunday, May 30, 2010
#442) CED LANDRUM
Ced Landrum signed with the New York Mets as a free agent on May 14, 1993. He has been released from the Minnesota Twins less than a month earlier. The Mets placed him with their Triple-A Tidewater Tides team. The 5-foot, 9-inch outfielder was known for his speed. Having been used mostly as a pinch-runner during his major-league experience with the Cubs.
At Tidewater he performed quite well. Batting for a .291 average, with 5 home runs and 29 RBIs in his 69 games there. Landrum also added in 16 stolen bases and 39 runs scored. All of which earned him a promotion to New York. He made his Mets' debut on August 13, 1993. Ced would only play in the outfield for three of the 22 games he appeared in to close that season. The last one coming on September 25th. Landrum finished with a .263 batting average, and surprisingly no stolen bases. "I tore my groin, and speed was my game," explained Ced. "That cut short my career. My last year playing in the states was 1995, when I was in the Rockies organization."
After his playing career, Landrum first coached in the Montreal Expos organization in 1997. The same year he was inducted into the University of North Alabama Hall of Fame. Ced coached high school baseball until 2000, and then went to the Baltimore Orioles organization as a roving hitting and outfield instructor until 2005. He returned to baseball when he accepted the hitting coach position with the Joliet Jackhammers of the Northern League in 2010.
Ced Landrum signed his card in the set for me before the Lake County Fielders and Joliet Jackhammers game at Silver Cross Field on May 30, 2010 in Joliet, Illinois.