Wayne Cage

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Wayne Cage played 65 games in the majors between 1978 and 1979 for the Cleveland Indians. Through 2019, he is the only big leaguer with the last name Cage.

Cage was born in Monroe, LA, in the northern part of the state, and attended high school in Ruston, not far from Monroe. Selected in the third round of the 1971 amateur draft, Wayne played ten seasons in the minors (1971 to 1980). He started as a pitcher; from 1971-1972, he pitched 52 innings with a 3.63 ERA. Thereafter, he was primarily a first baseman. His best year with the bat in the minors was 1978, when he hit .368 and slugged .661 in 77 games for the Triple A Portland Beavers. He showed significant power in his last four minor league seasons. Coming up to the bigs in April 1978, he appeared in 36 games with the Tribe, slugging .449 on a team starving for home run power. In 154 career at bats, he slashed .240/.304/.403 with 5 home runs and 19 RBI. Wayne was dealt to the Seattle Mariners before 1981 and sold to the Hankyu Braves of NPB a week later, belting 62 home runs (31 each year) in two seasons. He finished his career with two seasons in the Mexican League.

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