Alan Wiggins: A Tragic Hero

By Fred O. Rodgers

This article was published in the 2019 The National Pastime.

In early February 1985, Alan Wiggins became the newest big-money player for the defending National League champion San Diego Padres. Was it a wise move by the Padres? Hindsight shows it was anything but. After a suspension for using cocaine, Wiggins's career with the Padres ended with less than one year completed on his four-year contract. In early February 1985, Alan Wiggins became the newest big-money player for the 1984 National League champion San Diego Padres. With the help of his San Diego-based agent, Tony Attanasio, and Padres general . . .

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