Swings and misses

Jerry Reed spent parts of nine seasons pitching in the big leagues for the Philadelphia Phillies, Cleveland Indians, Seattle Mariners and Boston Red Sox. In 238 games he went 20-19 with a 3.94 ERA and 18 saves. His best year came with the Mariners in 1989. He posted a career-high seven wins that season andContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Ed Vande Berg

From 1982-1988 Vande Berg pitched for four different teams, going 25-28 with a 3.92 ERA and 22 saves. He came up with the Seattle Mariners and enjoyed the best year of his career as a rookie. Vande Berg won nine games in 1982 for Seattle while pitching in a league-high 78 contests. He posted aContinue reading “Ed Vande Berg”

Zane Smith

Smith won 100 games during a 13-year career that spanned from 1984-1996. He broke in with the Atlanta Braves and was a 15-game winner for the team in 1987, the same year he led the National League in starts (36). Smith reached double-digit wins again in 1990 when he won 12 games while pitching forContinue reading “Zane Smith”

Mark Gubicza

A two-time all star, Gubicza pitched for 14 seasons in the majors, mostly for the Kansas City Royals, from 1984-1997. He broke in with Kansas City and immediately made an impact, winning 10 years his first season and finishing seventh in the American League Rookie of the Year vote. Gubicza went on to post double-digitContinue reading “Mark Gubicza”

Swings and misses

Dave Rosello spent nine years playing big-league baseball. He broke in with the Chicago Cubs in 1972 and finished with the Cleveland Indians in 1981. In 422 games, Rosello hit .236 with 10 home runs. Tom Niedenfuer saved 97 games for four different teams while pitching from 1981-1990. Niedenfuer’s best years came while working forContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Swings and misses

Larry McWilliams pitched for 13 years in the big leagues, going 78-90 with a 3.99 ERA. His best year came in 1983 when he was pitching for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He won 15 games and had a 3.25 ERA in 35 starts. He finished fifth in the National League Cy Young vote at the season’sContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Ken Schrom

An all-star in 1986, Schrom pitched for seven seasons in the big leagues, compiling a 51-51 record and a 4.81 ERA in 176 games. Schrom came up with the Toronto Blue Jays in 1980 but pitched sparingly for the club over the next three years. He was released by Toronto at the end of theContinue reading “Ken Schrom”

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”

Swings and misses

Steve Mura pitched for seven years in the majors, compiling a 30-39 record with a 4.00 ERA. He broke in with the San Diego Padres in 1978 and stayed there until 1982, when he joined the St. Louis Cardinals. Mura had the best year of his career with the Redbirds that season, winning 12 gamesContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Swings and misses

Hal Dues pitched in 37 games for the Montreal Expos between 1977-1980, going 6-8 with a save and a 3.08 ERA. His best year was 1978 when he won five games for Montreal ¬†and notched his lone save in 99 innings of work. An all star in 1976, Steve Swisher spent nine seasons in theContinue reading “Swings and misses”