Swings and misses

An all-star in 1967, Steve Hargan pitched in 354 games during 12 years in the majors, posting an 87-107 career record with a 3.92 ERA. He played for the Cleveland Indians, Texas Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays and Atlanta Braves but had the vast majority of his success with Cleveland at the beginning of his career. […]

Swings and misses

An all-star in 1973, Manny Mota spent 20 years playing in the majors for the San Francisco Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates, Montreal Expos and Los Angeles Dodgers. In 1,536 games he hit .304 with 31 home runs. A superb pinch hitter, Mota retired as the all-time leader in pinch hits with 150. His mark has since […]

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Matt Alexander spent parts of nine seasons playing in the majors, breaking in with the Chicago Cubs in 1973 and finishing with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1981. He hit .214 and stole 103 bases in his career. He did not ever hit a home run. His best season came for the Oakland A’s in 1977 […]

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A nine-time all star and a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2008, Goose Gossage won 124 games and saved 310 more while pitching for the Chicago White Sox, Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Yankees, San Diego Padres, Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants, Texas Rangers, Oakland A’s and Seattle Mariners from 1972-1994. Gossage […]

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Jack Lazorko pitched in 69 games for the Milwaukee Brewers, Seattle Mariners, Detroit Tigers and California Angels from 1984-1988. He had his most productive season in 1987 while playing for the Angels. He won five games that year, while pitching in 117-and-2/3 innings. The five wins were the only wins Lazorko would get in his […]

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A two-time all star, Jeff Russell saved 186 games during a 14-year career spent pitching for the Cincinnati Reds, Texas Rangers, Oakland A’s, Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians. Russell led the American League in saves in 1989 with 38. It was easily the best year of his career as he picked up six wins […]

Swings and misses

An all star in 1977, Jim Slaton won 151 games during 16 seasons in the majors, spent pitching for the Milwaukee Brewers, Detroit Tigers and California Angels. Slaton had 10 seasons where he won at least 10 games. His best year came in 1978 when he won 17 games for Milwaukee. He pitched in the […]

Swings and misses

Somehow I ended up sending letters to Jim Wohlford twice, so this is his second appearance in this section. He played for 15 years in the majors, hitting .260 with 21 home runs while serving mainly as a reserve outfielder for the Kansas City Royals, Milwaukee Brewers, San Francisco Giants and Montreal Expos. Cory Snyder […]

Swings and misses

A six-time all star and a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame class of 2019, Harold Baines spent 22 years terrorizing pitchers while playing for five different teams from 1980-2001. The first selection in the 1977 draft, Baines is most notable for playing for the Chicago White Sox. He spent his first nine seasons […]

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Juan Berenguer pitched for 14 years in the majors, part of a professional baseball career that lasted for close to a quarter of a century once his service time in the minors, independents and Mexican leagues are taken into account. Mostly a long reliever, Berenguer posted a 67-62 career mark with a 3.90 ERA and […]