Swings and misses

1987 Donruss

Benny Distefano played in 240 games for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Houston Astros between 1984-1992. In 360 at bats, he hit .228 with seven home runs. In between his stints in the majors, Distefano played in Venezuela and Japan. He is the last left-handed throwing catcher to appear in an MLB game, catching three times for the Pirates in 1989.

1988 Fleer

Twice a world champion, Mark Eichhorn pitched for 11 years in the majors. In 563 games, he posted a 48-43 record with a 3.00 ERA and 32 saves. Eichhorn pitched for the Toronto Blue Jays, Atlanta Braves, California Angels and Baltimore Orioles. He was a member of the Toronto teams that won the World Series in 1992 and 1993. He pitched in one game of each series. He led the American League in games pitched (89) in 1987. He won 14 games as a rookie in 1986, pitching exclusively out of the bullpen for Toronto. He finished third in the Rookie of the Year and sixth in the Cy Young vote that season.

1989 Donruss

A three-time all star, Terry Steinbach caught for 14 years in the major leagues. Steinbach played for the Oakland A’s from 1986-1996, then finished his career with the Minnesota Twins from 1997-1999. Steinbach hit .271 with 162 home runs in 1,546 career games. His best season came in 1996 when he hit .272 with 35 home runs, 100 RBIs and 79 runs scored. He was an all star in 1988, 1989 and 1993. Steinbach played in the 1988, 1989 and 1990 World Series with Oakland. The A’s beat the San Francisco Giants to win the 1989 championship. He hit .250 with a home run and seven RBIs in the series.

Published by Chris

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

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