Swings and misses

1983 Donruss

George Frazier went 35-43 with a 4.20 ERA during a 10-year big league career that saw him pitch for the St. Louis Cardinals, New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians, Chicago Cubs and Minnesota Twins. Frazier did not make a start in his entire career and mostly worked as a set-up man. He posted 29 total saves, including eight for the Yankees in 1983. His best season was arguably 1984 which he spent with Cleveland and Chicago. He finished with nine wins and a 3.92 ERA in 59 games that season. Frazier lost three games in the 1981 World Series while pitching for New York. He is the only man to lose three games in a seven-game World Series. He pitched in one game of the series for Twins, who defeated the Cardinals to win the championship.

1990 Upper Deck

The National League Cy Young winner in 1990, Doug Drabek pitched for 13 years in the big leagues, posting a 155-134 career mark while working for five teams from 1986-1998. Drabek won at least 10 games nine times in his career and was one of the best starters in baseball in the early 1990’s. He went 22-6 with a 2.76 ERA for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1990, leading the NL in wins and winning percentage to earn the Cy Young award. Drabek was 15-11 with a 2.77 ERA in 1992 which was good enough for fifth in the Cy Young vote. He led the NL in losses (18) just a year later while pitching for the Houston Astros. But he rebounded in 1994 to win 12 games and make his lone All-Star Game appearance. Drabek reached the NLCS three times with Pittsburgh, but the team failed to reach the World Series in all three trips.

Published by Chris

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

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