Swings and misses

81Lyle
1981 Fleer

A three-time all star, Sparky Lyle pitched for 16 years in the majors, going 99-76 with a 2.88 ERA and 238 saves. He twice led the American League in saves, first with 35 for the New York Yankees in 1972, then again with 23 for the Yankees in 1976. He was an all star in 1973, 1976 and 1977. He won the AL Cy Young in 1977 while pitching for New York. Lyle was 13-5 with a 2.17 ERA and 23 saves that season. He pitched in the World Series for the Yankees in 1976, 1977 and 1978. New York won the latter two, making him a two-time world champion. Lyle broke in with the Boston Red Sox in 1967. He joined the Yankees in 1972, then moved on to the Texas Rangers in 1979. He also made stops with the Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago White Sox before retiring in 1982.

92Assenmacher
1992 Leaf

Paul Assenmacher won 61 games and saved another 56 during a 13-year career that saw him pitch for five different teams from 1986-1999. Assenmacher twice threw over 100 innings as a reliever, doing it in 1990 and 1991 for the Chicago Cubs. His best season was arguably in 1990 when he won seven games and saved another 10 for the Cubs.

92Bell
1992 Fleer

A two-time all star, Jay Bell played for 18 seasons in the majors, hitting .265 with 195 home runs from 1986-2003. Bell made his first all-star team in 1993 while playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He hit .310 that year with nine home runs and 102 runs scored. He won his only Gold Glove that season and also earned a Silver Slugger. He enjoyed his best year at the plate, and his second all-star trip, in 1999 as an Arizona Diamondback. Bell slammed a career-high 38 home runs that season, driving in 112 runs and scoring another 132.

Published by Chris

Writer, historian, father, intrepid traveller, journalist, punk rocker ... I am actually in the (a) Hall of Fame. They said to never trust anyone over 30 and now I am so far past that point, spinning aimlessly and still trying to figure out my place in the world.

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