Swings and misses

1983 Donruss

Dwight Bernard pitched in 115 games for the New York Mets and Milwaukee Brewers between 1978 and 1982. In 176 innings, he posted a 4-8 record with a 4.14 ERA and six saves, all of which he got in his last season as a major leaguer, 1982, while working for Milwaukee.

1992 Fleer

An all star in 1993, Andy Benes pitched for 14 seasons in the majors, going 155-139 with a 3.79 ERA while playing for the San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners, St. Louis Cardinals, and Arizona Diamondbacks from 1989-2002. Benes twice finished in the top six in the Cy Young vote. He was sixth in 1991 with the Padres and third in 1996 with the Cardinals when he set his career high in wins with 18. He led the National League in strikeouts with 189 in 1994 and received MVP votes.

1994 Topps

A five-time all star, Luis Gonzalez played for 19 years in the majors, hitting .283 with 354 home runs. He broke in with the Houston Astros in 1990 and was with the club until 1995 when he was traded, along with Scott Servais, to the Chicago Cubs. He returned to the Astros in 1997 for a season before signing with the Detroit Tigers as a free agent. The Tigers eventually traded him to the Arizona Diamondbacks and it was in the Valley of the Sun that Gonzalez became a star. He led the National League with 206 hits his first year in Arizona and also earned his first trip to the All-Star Game. He would return to the midsummer classic in 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2005. He had the best year of his career in 2001, as he hit .325 with 57 home runs, 142 RBIs and 128 runs scored. He led the NL in plate appearances that season with 728 and won a Silver Slugger. His career year helped Arizona reach the playoffs and eventually beat the New York Yankees in the World Series. Gonzalez went on to play for a season with both the Los Angeles Dodgers and finally the Florida Marlins. He retired in 2008.

Published by Chris

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

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