Swings and misses

1983 Donruss

Dave Schmidt went 54-55 with 50 saves during a 12-year career spent pitching with the Texas Rangers, Chicago White Sox, Baltimore Orioles, Montreal Expos and Seattle Mariners. He had six wins, 12 saves and a 2.56 in 1984 for the Rangers, then won 10 games for the Orioles in 1987. He went 10-13 in his lone season as a starter, pitching for Baltimore in 1989. He saved 13 games for the Expos in 1990, which was his last full season in the majors.

1988 Score

Much like Schmidt, Ted Power had a long career, pitching mostly out of the bullpen from 1981-1993. He pitched for eight different teams, but had his best years for the Cincinnati Reds. He saved 27 games for the team in 1985, then won 10 games in 1986. He was moved into the team’s rotation in 1987 and again won 10 games while pitching 204 innings. Power bounced around the league after this. He won seven games for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1989  before returning to the Reds’ bullpen in 1991-1992. In 564 games, Power posted a 68-69 record with 70 saves and a 4.00 ERA.

1990 Upper Deck

Brad Komminsk spent parts of eight seasons playing in the majors. He came up with the Atlanta Braves in 1983 and was a regular for the team the next season. He had the most productive year of his career in 1984. Despite a .203 average, Komminsk hit eight home runs and stole 18 bases, while driving in 36 runs and scoring 37. He played in 106 games the next season and got his average up to .227 while scoring 52 runs. Komminsk eventually was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers, then signed with the Cleveland Indians. He played in 71 games for the Tribe in 1989, but his average still remained quite low and he was waived by the team. He went on to play for the San Francisco Giants, Baltimore Orioles and Oakland A’s over the next two years before his career ended.

Published by Chris

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

One thought on “Swings and misses

  1. I attended probably the best game Dave Schmidt pitched in his entire career; a 1-hit shutout while on Baltimore vs. the Texas Rangers at the old Arlington Stadium. He was masterful throughout.


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