Babitt was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 25th round of the 1977 Major League Baseball Draft. He began his career with a seven-game hitting streak, the second such longest streak in Oakland A's history. For his career, Babitt played in 54 major league games in 1981, hitting . 256 in 156 at bats. Oakland manager Billy Martin later commented, "If you ever see Shooty Babitt play second base for me again, I want you to Shooty me. "
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