Mets Spring Training Countdown: 11 Days

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In June 1978 Tim Teufel was drafted by the Brewers in the 16th round. He didn't sign.

A year later he was drafted by the White Sox in the third round. He didn't sign.

A year after that he was drafted by the Twins in the second round. Finally he signed.

During the winter between 1985 and 1986 Teufel was traded to the Mets for a group of players which included former first-round pick Billy Beane. Teufel didn't hit much during the regular season; his .247/.324/.369 batting line was not quite offset by the entertainment value of his "Teufel shuffle" rump-shaking histrionics at the plate. Anyone can be a hero in the playoffs, and Teufel wrote his own chapter in that book by going 4-for-9 with a home run in the World Series.

More recently Teufel was named as the new manager of the Buffalo Bisons, the Mets' Triple-A affiliate. I believe it may be too cold there to shuffle.

Just 11 days until pitchers and catchers report.

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