Swings and misses

1989 Topps

Pete Stanicek played in 113 games for the Baltimore Orioles in 1987 and 1988. In 374 at bats he hit .243 with four home runs. He played professionally from 1985-1990.

1993 Topps

Dave Martinez spent 16 years in the majors, playing for the Chicago Cubs, Montreal Expos, Cincinnati Reds, San Francisco Giants, Chicago White Sox, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Texas Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays and Atlanta Braves from 1986-2001. In 1,918 games, Martinez hit .276 with 91 home runs and 183 stolen bases. He enjoyed his best season in 1996 while playing for the ChiSox. Martinez hit .318 that year with 10 home runs, 15 steals, 53 RBIs and a career-high 85 runs scored. Following his playing career, Martinez became Joe Maddon’s bench coach, first in Tampa Bay and then in Chicago. He was part of the Cubs’ team that won the 2016 World Series. In 2018, Martinez took over as the manager of the Washington Nationals. He guided the team to the World Series in 2019, where they defeated the Houston Astros, giving Martinez his second series ring.

1993 Topps

Randy Milligan hit .261 with 70 home runs in 703 big-league games. Milligan broke in with the New York Mets in 1987, then played with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Baltimore Orioles, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians and Montreal Expos before his career ended in 1994. Milligan hit 20 home runs for the Orioles in 1990.

Published by Chris

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

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