Swings and misses

81Turner

1981 Fleer

Jerry Turner spent a decade playing in the majors, first with the San Diego Padres, then with the Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers before returning to the Padres to retire. He came up with San Diego in 1974 and was a regular for the team by 1976. He hit 10 home runs and stole 12 bases in 1977. These would both go down as his career highs. His average jumped to .280 in 1978 and he followed this by having his most productive season in 1979. Turner hit .248 with nine home runs while setting career highs in RBIs (61) and runs scored (55) that season as he played in 138 games, which was also a career high. His playing time fell off the next season and by 1981 he was out of San Diego. Turner played sparingly for the White Sox and Tigers before returning for an encore with the Padres in 1983. He played in just 25 games though, before his career ended.

83Yost

1983 Donruss

Ned Yost played in 219 games during six big league seasons. He hit .212 with 16 home runs while catching for the Milwaukee Brewers, Texas Rangers and Montreal Expos from 1980-1985. He was a member of the 1982 Brewers’ team that faced off with the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series. He had one plate appearance and drew a walk in Game 6. The Cardinals, however, won the Series in seven games. Yost went on to manage the Brewers and Kansas City Royals. He led Kansas City to the World Series where his Royals defeated the New York Mets in five games. Yost was also a coach for the 1995 world champion Atlanta Braves. He retired from the game in 2019.

84Rucker

1984 Topps

Dave Rucker went 16-20 with a 3.94 ERA during a seven-year-big-league run that saw him pitch for the Detroit Tigers, St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies and Pittsburgh Pirates between 1981-1988. Pitching almost exclusively out of the bullpen, Rucker’s best year came for the Cardinals in 1984. He appeared in 50 games that season and had a 2.10 ERA in 73 innings.

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