Swings and misses

1982 Topps

Bobby Ramos spent parts of six seasons in the majors. He played for the Montreal Expos, and briefly for the New York Yankees, between 1978-1984. In 103 career games, he hit .190 with four home runs. Ramos had a successful run as a minor league manager, and later a coach, following his playing career.

1985 Topps

Mike Jones pitched in 71 games for the Kansas City Royals from 1980-1985. He had his best year in 1981 when he won six games and posted a 3.21 ERA. However, he did not pitch in 1982, then spent 1983 in the minors. He was far less effective when he returned to the Royals in 1984 and was back in the minors by 1986. He continued playing professionally until 1990. Jones had an 11-10 career record with a 4.43 ERA.

1987 Topps

Carl Willis went 22-16 with a 4.25 ERA during nine major league seasons. He broke into the big leagues in 1984 with the Detroit Tigers, but was traded to the Cincinnati Reds in the middle of the year. Willis pitched for the Chicago White Sox in 1988. He enjoyed the best year of his career in 1991 while pitching for the Minnesota Twins. He won eight games, saved two more, and had a 2.63 ERA that season, helping the Twins reach, and win, the World Series. Willis appeared in four games of the 1991 Fall Classic against the Atlanta Braves. He threw seven innings and gave up four runs but did not log a decision. He was similarly effective the next season as he pitched in a career-high 59 games for the Twins. But, by 1994, he began to struggle, and was out of baseball after the 1995 campaign. Willis went on to become a successful pitching coach. In that capacity, he has coached five Cy Young Award winners. He is currently the pitching coach for the Cleveland Indians.

Published by Chris

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

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