Rick Wise

Over an 18-year stretch in the big leagues, Wise went 188-181 with a 3.69 ERA while pitching for five teams. He debuted for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1964 and had an 11-win season for the team in 1967. He won 15 games for Philadelphia in 1969. This began a nine-year run that saw Wise postContinue reading “Rick Wise”

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”

Swings and misses

Brian Doyle played in 110 games for the New York Yankees and Oakland A’s during a four-year run in the big leagues. From 1978-1981 he was a reserve infielder for the two clubs and hit .161 with one home run. While with the Yankees, Doyle took over for an injured Willie Randolph in the 1978Continue reading “Swings and misses”

Jose Tartabull

Tartabull spent nine seasons playing for the Kansas City/Oakland A’s and Boston Red Sox. From 1962-1970, he appeared in 749 games and hit .261 with two home runs while stealing 81 bases. He played in 107 games for the Kansas City A’s as a rookie and had, arguably, his strongest season at the plate, hittingContinue reading “Jose Tartabull”

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”

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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”

Rick Miller

Miller spent 15 seasons patrolling major league outfields for the Boston Red Sox and California Angels. He played in 1,482 games from 1971-1985 and hit .269 with 28 home runs. A fine fielder, Miller won a Gold Glove for the Angels in 1978. He played in 132 games that season and posted a 2.63 averageContinue reading “Rick Miller”

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”

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

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”