Swings and misses

1981 Topps

Rick Waits pitched for 12 seasons in the big leagues, going 79-92 with a 4.25 ERA. He pitched one game for the Texas Rangers in 1973 before joining the Cleveland Indians in 1975. He won 13 games for the Tribe in 1978, then 16 more in 1979. He was again a 13-game winner in 1980, but that would be the last time he would post double-digit wins. He remained with Cleveland until 1983 when he was traded with Rick Manning to the Milwaukee Brewers in a deal that brought Gorman Thomas to the Indians. Waits pitched for two and a half years for the Brewers before his major-league run ended in 1985. Following his playing career Waits worked for the New York Mets and was later the pitching coach for the Seattle Mariners.

1982 Donruss

A 14-game winner in 1979, Mike Parrott pitched for five years in the majors, going 19-39 with a 4.87 ERA. Parrott pitched in three games for the Baltimore Orioles in 1977 and was promptly traded in the offseason. He spent the rest of his career with the Seattle Mariners. He was 14-12 with a 3.77 ERA in 1979, but saw his ERA balloon to 7.28 in 1980 as he lost 16 games against just one win. He had a little more success in 1980 as his ERA fell to 5.08, but that season ended up being his last in the majors. He pitched in the minors through 1986 at which point he retired. Parrott went on to be a minor league pitching coach. He currently holds that position with one of the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Class A teams.

Letters sent to Ed Lynch and Brian Kingman were returned with bad addresses.

Published by Chris

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

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