Roberts spent 11 years in the major leagues, playing for six teams while posting a .267 career average with 78 home runs. He came up with the Detroit Tigers in 1974 and was the team’s starting right fielder the following season. He spent the next two seasons playing part time for the Houston Astros who eventually dealt him to the Seattle Mariners in 1978. He enjoyed the best year of his career that season, hitting .301 with 22 home runs, 92 RBIs and 78 runs scored. All of these numbers were career highs and Roberts received MVP votes after the season. He hit 15 more home runs for Seattle in 1979 but the Mariners eventually sent him to the Texas Rangers where he stayed for a year and a half before joining the Toronto Blue Jays for half a season. Roberts was then traded to the Kansas City Royals for Cecil Fielder. He played the final two years of his career with the Royals, retiring following the 1984 campaign.
Leon Roberts – career stats