Trading Andre Thornton for Joe Pepitone was the most short-sighted deal the Braves ever made. Their rationale? Pepitone might put a few extra butts in the seats. He ended up playing three games for the Braves before departing to Japan.
Thornton was 23 at the time of the trade. The Braves had acquired him from the Phillies the previous season and, in 49 games with Richmond, “Thunder” hit 14 homers with a .379 OBP.
In a 14-year career spent mostly in Cleveland, Thornton averaged 26 homers and 91 walks, finishing with 253 homers and a .360 lifetime OBP.
Pepitone is remembered mostly for his hair.