Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

As Padre, Vaughn May Make Name for Himself

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

As Padre, Vaughn May Make Name for Himself

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He wasn't even the best-known Vaughn in the American League.

Boston's Mo Vaughn won a Most Valuable Player Award and is regarded among the game's premier sluggers. Meanwhile, in Milwaukee, beer and a guy named Bud tended to get more attention than outfielder Greg Vaughn.

He had 31 homers and 95 RBIs as of last Wednesday, and ranked among the AL's top five in both categories. But Vaughn toiled in virtual obscurity where baseball simply has become a means to pass the time until the snow starts falling again.

And then the Brewers traded Greg Vaughn. At least he'll have no problem being the best-known Vaughn in the National League.

But he's playing for the Padres. In San Diego. Better weather, to be sure. Still, not exactly a huge leap on the list of baseball media meccas.

Ah, but there could be a catch for this rising star - risen star? The Padres could be playing baseball long after Brewers fans have to settle for Green Bay Packers scores.

The Padres paid dearly for Vaughn, 31. They sent the Brewers promising outfielder Marc Newfield as well as pitchers Bryce Florie and Ron Villone from a previously solid bullpen. It could turn out to be a mutually beneficial arrangement. The 6-foot, 202-pound Vaughn helps carry the Padres to the National League pennant; the Padres help Vaughn finally receive his due.

"That stuff takes care of itself," Vaughn said. "I don't worry about those things. As long as I have the respect of my teammates, I'll just keep playing hard."

He plays hard all the time, maybe too hard now and then. Some other things National League fans may want to know about Vaughn:

Since making his major-league debut Aug. 10, 1989, he averaged 30 homers and 100 RBIs every 160 American League games. "I've been there eight years, so it was tough to leave," Vaughn said. "I had a lot of friendships, some special bonds."

He won't lose touch quickly. Vaughn talked with Milwaukee's John Jaha, his best friend, on Tuesday. Jaha told Vaughn he hasn't had a hit since the trade. …

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