Swings and misses

1980 Topps

A veteran of 10 big league seasons, Clint Hurdle hit .259 with 32 home runs in 515 games played between 1977-1987. His best year came for the Kansas City Royals in 1980 when he hit .294 with 10 home runs, 60 RBIs and 50 runs scored. Hurdle also played with the Cincinnati Reds, New York Mets and St. Louis Cardinals. Following his playing career he was the manager of the Colorado Rockies. He is currently the manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates. In 2013 he was chosen the National League’s Manager of the Year.

1981 Fleer

Mark Corey played in 59 games for the Baltimore Orioles during the 1979-1981 seasons. He hit .211 with one home run. Corey played professionally from 1976-1987. He won the Appalachian League triple crown in his first season in the minors when he hit .400 with 17 home runs and 59 RBIs.

1981 Fleer

A two-time world champion, Danny Heep played for 13 years in the majors, hitting .257 with 30 home runs for five teams. His best season came in 1990 with the Boston Red Sox when he hit .300 in 113 games while setting career highs in RBIs (49) and runs (36). Heep was with the New York Mets in 1986 when they defeated the Red Sox in the World Series. He appeared in five games and had one hit in 11 at bats. He was also a member of the 1988 Los Angeles Dodgers’ team that beat the Oakland A’s in the Fall Classic. He had two hits in eight at bats for the Dodgers. Heep is notable as Nolan Ryan’s 4,000th strikeout victim. Following his playing career he was the baseball coach at The University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio from 1998-2017.

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Writer, historian, father, intrepid traveller, journalist, aging punk ... I am actually in a Hall of Fame.

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