Swings and misses

Craig Chamberlain pitched in 15 games for the Kansas City Royals in 1979 and 1980. He went 4-5 with a 4.10 ERA in 79 innings pitched. He was quite effective for Kansas City as a rookie in 1979. He made 10 starts that season and threw four complete games while earning his four career winsContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Swings and misses

Willie Norwood played in 294 games for the Minnesota Twins from 1977-1980. In 854 at bats he hit .242 with 18 home runs and 41 stolen bases. Norwood was Minnesota’s starting left fielder in 1978 and delivered a fantastic season. in 125 games that year he hit .255 with 25 stolen bases and eight homeContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Swings and misses

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 timesContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Swings and misses

Hal Morris hit .304 during a 13-year career that saw him play for the New York Yankees, Cincinnati Reds, Kansas City Royals and Detroit Tigers from 1988-2000. He played just 30 games in two years for New York, then hit .340 in his official rookie season with the Reds, finishing third in the National LeagueContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Swings and misses

A member of the 1969 world champions, Art Shamsky played eight seasons in the majors, hitting .253 with 68 home runs for the Cincinnati Reds, New York Mets, Chicago Cubs and Oakland A’s from 1965-1972. Shamsky’s best season came for the Mets in 1969 as he helped them reach and win the World Series. HeContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Swings and misses

Bill Long pitched for six years in the majors, breaking in with the Chicago White Sox in 1985 and finishing with the Montreal Expos in 1991. In 159 games, Long went 27-27 with a 4.37 ERA. He won eight games twice for the ChiSox, first in 1987 and again in 1989. The only other teamContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Swings and misses

Chuck Porter pitched for the Milwaukee Brewers from 1981-1985. In 54 games he went 13-13 with a 4.14 ERA. He won six games and had a 3.87 ERA in 1984, which was his best year in the majors. The brother of Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Billy Ripken spent 12 years in the majors, playingContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Swings and misses

The starting third baseman for the Pittsburgh Pirates teams of the early 1990’s, Jeff King spent 11 years in the big leagues and hit .256 with 154 home runs. He had his best year in 1996 when he hit .271 with 30 home runs, 111 RBIs and 91 runs scored for Pittsburgh. They traded him,Continue reading “Swings and misses”

Swings and misses

The 1968 American League Rookie of the Year, Stan Bahnsen spent 16 years pitching in the majors, going 146-149 for six teams from 1966-1982. Bahnsen won 17 games and had a 2.05 ERA for the New York Yankees in 1968, which was good enough to get him the Rookie of the Year award. He wonContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Swings and misses

Mark Thurmond pitched for eight seasons in the majors. He came up with the San Diego Padres in 1983, then worked for the Detroit Tigers, Baltimore Orioles and San Francisco Giants before retiring in 1990. In 314 games Thurmond went 40-46 with a 3.69 ERA and 21 saves. His best season came for the PadresContinue reading “Swings and misses”