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”

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”

Swings and misses

In 11 big league seasons Mark Whiten hit .259 with 105 home runs. Whiten played from 1990-2000 and made appearances for the Toronto Blue Jays, Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Cardinals, Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Phillies, Atlanta Braves, Seattle Mariners and New York Yankees. His best year came in 1993 while playing for the Cardinals. HeContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Swings and misses

An all star in 1979, Bruce Bochte spent 12 productive years in the big leagues, playing for the California Angels, Seattle Mariners and Oakland A’s. In 1,538 games Bochte hit .282 with 100 home runs. His best year came while playing for Seattle in 1979. He hit .316 that season while setting career highs inContinue reading “Swings and misses”

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”

Dan Petry

An all star in 1985, Petry won 125 games in a 13-year career that lasted from 1979-1991 and saw him pitch for four different teams. His best years came for the Detroit Tigers in the early to mid 1980’s. Petry won at least 10 games every year for Detroit from 1980-1985. He was a 19-gameContinue reading “Dan Petry”

Billy Sample

Sample spent nine years patrolling major league outfields for the Texas Rangers, New York Yankees and Atlanta Braves. In 826 games he hit .272 with 46 home runs and 98 stolen bases. He came up with Texas in 1978 and was the team’s primary left fielder the following season. He hit 10 home runs forContinue reading “Billy Sample”

Swings and misses

Perhaps better known as a manager, Bobby Valentine played for 10 seasons in the majors, hitting .260 with 12 home runs. His best year came with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1974 when he hit .274 and scored a career-high 42 runs. Valentine went on to manage the Texas Rangers, New York Mets and BostonContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Swings and misses

Joe Simpson spent nine years playing in the majors with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Seattle Mariners and Kansas City Royals. In 605 games he hit .242 with nine home runs. He is notable as Gaylord Perry’s 3000th strikeout victim. Following his playing career, Simpson became a broadcaster. He has called Atlanta Braves games since 1992Continue reading “Swings and misses”

Swings and misses

Hall of Fame manager Tony LaRussa spent six years as a reserve infielder in the majors, playing for the Kansas City/Oakland A’s, Atlanta Braves and Chicago Cubs from 1963-1973. In 132 games he hit .199 with no home runs. His busiest year was 1970 with Oakland. He played in 52 games that season and hitContinue reading “Swings and misses”