Les Lancaster

Lancaster pitched for seven seasons in the majors, going 41-28 with 22 saves and a 4.05 ERA for the Chicago Cubs, Detroit Tigers and St. Louis Cardinals from 1987-1993. He won eight games as a rookie for the Cubs and made 18 career starts which would be his career high. He moved to the bullpenContinue reading “Les Lancaster”

Swings and misses

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. GossageContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Gerald Young

Young played in 640 games for the Houston Astros, Colorado Rockies and St. Louis Cardinals from 1987-1994. He had a fine rookie season for Houston, hitting .321 with 26 stolen bases in 71 games. He finished fifth in the National League Rookie of the Year vote and appeared to be on his way to aContinue reading “Gerald Young”

Scott Bailes

Bailes pitched for nine seasons in the majors, going 39-44 with a 4.95 ERA for the Cleveland Indians, California Angels and Texas Rangers. He came up with Cleveland in 1986 and won 10 games and saved another seven while pitching mostly in relief for the Tribe. He continued shifting between the rotation and the bullpenContinue reading “Scott Bailes”

Gary Lucas

Lucas pitched for eight seasons in the majors, breaking in with the San Diego Padres in 1980 and finishing with the California Angels in 1987. He compiled a 29-44 record with 63 saves and a 3.01 ERA. Lucas only made 18 starts in his career and all of them came in his rookie season. ByContinue reading “Gary Lucas”

Swings and misses

Eli Grba pitched for five seasons in the majors, going 28-33 with four saves for the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Angels. His best year was 1961 with the Halos. He won 11 games that season and saved two more in 211.2 innings. Grba passed away on January 14, 2019 and his family returnedContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Joe Sambito

An all star in 1979, Sambito pitched for 11 years in the big leagues, going 37-38 with 84 saves and a 3.03 ERA. A relief specialist (he made just five big league starts) Sambito came up in 1976 with the Houston Astros and became the team’s closer in 1978. He had the best season ofContinue reading “Joe Sambito”