John Green (minors05)

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John Dallas Green

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The son of Dallas Green, pitcher John Green played in the minor leagues from 1985 to 1990, reaching as high as AAA.

He started his professional career by going 4-0 in 20 games for the Wytheville Cubs of the Appalachian League in 1985, and climbed slowly through the Cubs' organization, reaching AA Pittsfield in 1988. His father was the Cubs' general manager at the time, and John was never more than an organizational soldier, being used as long reliever and occasional starter. After his first year, his won-loss record was usually negative, although he did put up a few decent ERA's: 3.00 at Geneva in 1986, and 3.05 and 2.18 at Peoria in 1987 and 1988.

After the 1988 season, he followed his father to the New York Yankees organization, where John occupied a similar role. He finished 1989 with a strong performance for the Albany-Colonie Yankees of the AA Eastern League, going 2-1, 2.68 in 20 games, and in 1990 got his only taste of AAA action, with 2 games for the Columbus Clippers, for whom he did not surrender a run in 3.1 innings. He only pitched 7 games that season, the others being with Fort Lauderdale of the Class A Florida State League, which points to an injury. He retired from the game after that season.

After his career as a player, he became a scout, working for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Baltimore Orioles and Los Angeles Dodgers. He was working for the Dodgers when tragedy struck on January 8, 2011. His 9-year-old daughter Christina-Taylor Green was shot and killed when a gunman opened fire at a meeting with constituents staged by US Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) at a supermarket near Tucson, AZ, killing 6. Born on September 11, 2001, Christina had been featured in works about children born on that fateful day. She had been active in student government as well as Little League and had gone to see democracy in action.

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