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By 1982, the Trojans would rebound all the way to a 33-40 record and they felt good about it! Randy Washington returned and hit 10 HRs and batted .289. David Cawthon hit 14 HRs and batted .280. They remained 11 games under .500 in 1983 despite Joseph Kramer hitting 17 HRs and batting .274 and Victor Madden batting .266 with 16 HRs and Ray Martinez batting .281 with 13 HRs. Of course none of the trio would see the Majors. It wasn’t until 1984 that they finally turned things around. Future Minnesota Twins’ Bernardo Brito in his 4th year in Batavia finally had his big year, hitting 19 2Bs and 19 HRs while batting .300. Butch Garcia gave him plenty of protection by batting .347 with 13 HRs and Pedro Ramon hit 16 bombs while batting .254. The Trojans finished above .500 for the first time in 7 years, when they almost won the title. By 1985 however, they were back to being 12 games under water (.500) and by 1986 they were 15 games under despite featuring a Short Season team record 9 future Major Leaguers on the roster including Jim Bruske (.243), Tommy Hinzo (.333), 13 year veteran Tom Lampkin (.258), Troy Neel (.000), Bruce Egloff (1-2, 3.00), 1st round draft pick and 2 time future MLB All-Star closer for the Reds and Dodgers’ Jeff Shaw (8-4, 2.44), Joe Skalski (7-6, 1.98) and Kevin Wickander (3-4, 2.72). It was a sad way to say goodbye to the Cleveland Indians for the last time. After a dozen years, they would be moving on.