Swings and misses

Matt Alexander spent parts of nine seasons playing in the majors, breaking in with the Chicago Cubs in 1973 and finishing with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1981. He hit .214 and stole 103 bases in his career. He did not ever hit a home run. His best season came for the Oakland A’s in 1977Continue reading “Swings and misses”

Richard Wortham

Wortham went 21-23 during four seasons in the majors, spent pitching for the Chicago White Sox and Oakland A’s. He broke in with Chicago in 1978 and made 33 starts for the team in 1979, going 14-14 with a 4.90 ERA in 204 innings. This season would go down as the bulk of Wortham’s career.Continue reading “Richard Wortham”

Sam Khalifa

Khalifa played in 164 games for the Pittsburgh Pirates between 1985-1987. In 488 at bats, he hit .219 with two home runs. He was the Pirates starting shortstop for the majority of his rookie season. He appeared in 95 games that year and hit .238 with both his home runs. However, his average dropped belowContinue reading “Sam Khalifa”

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”

Jim Todd

Todd posted a 25-23 career mark with a 4.23 ERA and 24 saves as a member of the Chicago Cubs, Oakland A’s and Seattle Mariners from 1974-1979. He enjoyed his best season while pitching for the A’s in 1975. He went 8-3 that year with 12 saves and a 2.29 ERA. He won seven gamesContinue reading “Jim Todd”

John Dopson

Dopson went 30-47 over eight seasons spent pitching for the Montreal Expos, Boston Red Sox and California Angels between 1985 and 1994. In 725 innings of work, he compiled a 4.27 ERA and one save. His best season came for Boston in 1989 when he won 12 games and had a 3.99 ERA in 169Continue reading “John Dopson”

Dyar Miller

Miller pitched for seven years in the majors, compiling a 23-17 record with a 3.23 ERA and 22 saves. A relief specialist, Miller made just one start in his career and pitched over 100 innings just once, in 1977, a year he split between the Baltimore Orioles and California Angels. He won six games thatContinue reading “Dyar Miller”

Brian Kingman

Kingman pitched in 94 games, mostly for the Oakland A’s, between 1979-1983. He posted a 23-45 career mark with a 4.13 ERA. He lost 20 games for Oakland in 1980, which led the league, despite a decent 3.83 ERA. Kingman also pitched 211 innings that season, which was by far his career high. He wonContinue reading “Brian Kingman”

Swings and misses

Jack Lazorko pitched in 69 games for the Milwaukee Brewers, Seattle Mariners, Detroit Tigers and California Angels from 1984-1988. He had his most productive season in 1987 while playing for the Angels. He won five games that year, while pitching in 117-and-2/3 innings. The five wins were the only wins Lazorko would get in hisContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Pete Mackanin

Mackanin spent nine seasons playing in the majors, breaking in with the Texas Rangers in 1973 and finishing with the Minnesota Twins in 1981. In between, he spent time with the Philadelphia Phillies and Montreal Expos. He was Montreal’s starting second baseman in 1975 and 1976. He had his best year at the plate inContinue reading “Pete Mackanin”