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 seasonsContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Jim Acker

Acker spent a decade pitching in the majors, posting a 33-49 record with 30 saves and a 3.97 ERA for the Toronto Blue Jays, Atlanta Braves and Seattle Mariners from 1983-1992. Primarily pitching in relief, his season high for wins was just seven, which came in 1985 for the Blue Jays. He also saved 10Continue reading “Jim Acker”

Jody Davis

A two-time all star, Davis spent 10 years playing for the Chicago Cubs and Atlanta Braves. In 1,082 games he hit .245 with 127 home runs. He broke in with the Cubs in 1981 and became the team’s starting catcher the next season. He hit .274 with 24 home runs, 84 RBIs and 56 runsContinue reading “Jody Davis”

Swings and misses

A member of the famed Big Red Machine, Jack Billingham won 145 games during a 13-year career that saw him pitch for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Houston Astros, Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox in addition to the Cincinnati Reds. Billingham was an all star in 1973 while pitching for the Reds. He led theContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Kurt Kepshire

Kepshire went 16-15 with a 4.16 ERA while pitching in 51 games for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1984-1986. He won six games and had a 3.30 ERA as a rookie, but saw his ERA balloon to 4.75 in his second season in the Cardinals’ rotation. He did win 10 games that year while makingContinue reading “Kurt Kepshire”

Swings and misses

Jim Winn went 12-17 with a 4.67 ERA during six big-league seasons. He arrived in the majors with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1983 but pitched in just 16 games his first two years. He became a regular part of Pittsburgh’s bullpen over the next two seasons and enjoyed what was probably the best year ofContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Jay Howell

A three-time all star, Howell pitched for 15 years in the majors, starting with the Cincinnati Reds in 1980 and finishing with the Texas Rangers in 1994. In between those years he was one of the best relief pitchers in baseball. After a stop with the Chicago Cubs in 1981 and three years with theContinue reading “Jay Howell”

Bill Krueger

Krueger pitched for 13 years in the big leagues, going 68-66 with a 4.35 ERA, while playing for eight different teams. He broke in with the Oakland A’s in 1983 and won 10 games the following year. It would be one of three double-digit win seasons for Krueger. He won a career-high 11 games forContinue reading “Bill Krueger”

Oddibe McDowell

McDowell spent seven years playing in the big leagues. He hit .253 with 74 home runs and 169 stolen bases while playing between 1985-1994 for the Texas Rangers, Cleveland Indians and Atlanta Braves. He hit 18 home runs and stole 25 bases as a rookie for the Rangers and finished fourth in the American LeagueContinue reading “Oddibe McDowell”

Glenn Wilson

An all star in 1985, Wilson spent 10 seasons in the big leagues, playing for five different teams from 1982-1993. He broke in with the Detroit Tigers, but had what were arguably his best years with the Philadelphia Phillies. He hit 14 home runs and tallied 102 RBIs in 1985 for Philadelphia, which earned himContinue reading “Glenn Wilson”