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”

Alan Fowlkes

Fowlkes appeared in 23 games for the San Francisco Giants and California Angels in 1982 and 1985. He posted a 4-2 record with a 5.48 ERA and 50 strikeouts. The vast majority of those games were for the Giants in 1982. He pitched in 21 games that season, making 15 starts and even getting aContinue reading “Alan Fowlkes”

Dave Tobik

Tobik pitched for eight seasons in the majors, playing from 1978-1985 for the Detroit Tigers, Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers. In 196 games he posted a 14-23 record with a 3.70 ERA and 28 saves. Tobik twice saved nine games in a season, first for the Tigers in 1982, then for the Rangers in 1983.Continue reading “Dave Tobik”

Jim Eisenreich

Eisenreich spent 15 years playing in the majors, hitting .290 with 52 home runs and 105 stolen bases while playing between 1982-1998. His career was broken up by a two-year retirement due to Tourette’s Syndrome, which forced him to miss the 1985 and 1986 seasons. He saw limited action for the Minnesota Twins from 1982-1984,Continue reading “Jim Eisenreich”

Paul Mirabella

Mirabella pitched in 298 games during a 13-year career that spanned from 1978-1990. He saw action with the Texas Rangers, New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays, Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners and Milwaukee Brewers. In his career, he was 19-29 with 13 saves and a 4.45 ERA. Most of Mirabell’s appearances came in relief. He didContinue reading “Paul Mirabella”

Rance Mulliniks

Mulliniks spent 16 years playing in the majors. In 1,325 games he hit .272 with 73 home runs while playing primarily third base for the California Angels, Kansas City Royals and Toronto Blue Jays. He spent the majority of his career with the Jays. Kansas City dealt him to Toronto in 1982 and he stayedContinue reading “Rance Mulliniks”

Swings and misses

Frank LaCorte spent a decade pitching in the majors. Mainly a reliever, he won 23 games and saved 26 while playing for the Atlanta Braves, Houston Astros and California Angels from 1975-1984. His best year came for Houston in 1980 when he won eight games, saved 11 and had a 2.82 ERA in 55 games.Continue reading “Swings and misses”

Mickey Klutts

Klutts played for eight years in the majors, hitting .241 with 14 home runs in 199 games (1976-1983) played with the New York Yankees, Oakland A’s and Toronto Blue Jays. He appeared in a career-high 75 games for the A’s in 1980 and hit .269 while setting career best marks in runs (20) and RBIsContinue reading “Mickey Klutts”

Swings and misses

Guy Sularz played in 108 games for the San Francisco Giants between 1980-1983, hitting .218 with one home run. He appeared in 63 games for the Giants in 1982 and hit .228 with his lone home run coming on August 24 off Hall of Famer Ferguson Jenkins, who was pitching for the Chicago Cubs. BillContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Dennis Leonard

The American League win leader in 1977, Leonard pitched for 12 years in a career shortened by injuries. He posted 144 wins in those 12 seasons, while pitching exclusively for the Kansas City Royals. He won 15 games in 1975, then another 17 in 1976. In 1977 he won 20 games while striking out 244Continue reading “Dennis Leonard”