Swings and misses

1992 Donruss

The starting third baseman for the Pittsburgh Pirates teams of the early 1990’s, Jeff King spent 11 years in the big leagues and hit .256 with 154 home runs. He had his best year in 1996 when he hit .271 with 30 home runs, 111 RBIs and 91 runs scored for Pittsburgh. They traded him, along with Jay Bell, to the Kansas City Royals after the season. He hit 28 home runs for Kansas City in 1997 and 24 more in 1998. An injured back, however, eventually caught up to him and he retired in the middle of the 1999 season. King was the third player in MLB history to hit two home runs in the same inning twice. He did it on August 8, 1995, against the San Francisco Giants and again on April 30, 1996, against the Cincinnati Reds. The first two players to do it were Willie McCovey and Andre Dawson. Alex Rodriguez and Edwin Encarnacion have accomplished the feat since.

1992 Topps

An all star in 1995, Erik Hanson pitched for 11 seasons in the majors, going 89-84 with a 4.15 ERA for the Seattle Mariners, Cincinnati Reds, Boston Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays from 1988-1998. Hanson won 18 games and had a 3.24 ERA for the Mariners in 1990, which was arguably his best season. He led the American League in losses with 17 while pitching for Seattle in 1992, then won 11 games for the team the next year. He went 15-5 for the Red Sox in 1995, which earned him his lone All-Star Game trip. Hanson won 13 games for Toronto in 1996, despite a 5.41 ERA.

Published by Chris

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

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