Swings and misses

Chuck Porter pitched for the Milwaukee Brewers from 1981-1985. In 54 games he went 13-13 with a 4.14 ERA. He won six games and had a 3.87 ERA in 1984, which was his best year in the majors. The brother of Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Billy Ripken spent 12 years in the majors, playingContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Dion James

James spent 11 years in the majors, playing for the Milwaukee Brewers, Atlanta Braves, Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees. He broke in with the Brewers in 1983 for an 11-game cup of coffee. He was back the next season and played in 128 games while hitting .295 and swiping 10 bases, making him theContinue reading “Dion James”

Dave Mlicki

Mlicki pitched for 10 years in the majors, going 66-80 with a 4.72 ERA for the Cleveland Indians, New York Mets, Los Angeles Dodgers, Detroit Tigers and Houston Astros between 1992 and 2002. Mlicki won 14 games for the Tigers in 1999. He won 11 games for the Tigers and Astros in 2001, despite aContinue reading “Dave Mlicki”

Casey Candaele

Candaele played for nine years in the majors, hitting .250 with 11 home runs for the Montreal Expos, Houston Astros and Cleveland Indians between 1986-1997. Candaele hit .277 for Montreal as a rookie in 1987 and finished fourth in the National League Rookie of the Year vote. He had his best year at the plateContinue reading “Casey Candaele”

Swings and misses

Danny Cater spent 12 years in the majors, playing for the Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago White Sox, Kansas City/Oakland A’s, New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals from 1964-1975. In 1,289 games he hit .276 with 66 home runs. He finished second to Carl Yastrzemski in the 1968 batting race. Cater hit .290Continue reading “Swings and misses”

Mike Bielecki

Bielecki pitched for 14 years in the majors, going 70-73 with a 4.18 ERA for five different teams from 1984-1997. His best seasons came for the Chicago Cubs, who he pitched for from 1988-1991. He went 18-7 with a 3.14 ERA in 212.1 innings in 1989, then won 13 games for the team in 1991Continue reading “Mike Bielecki”

Bud Anderson

Anderson pitched in 64 games for the Cleveland Indians in 1982 and 1983. He went 4-10 with a 3.68 ERA and seven saves while making six starts. He pitched in the minors from 1977-1985. The final game of Carl Yastrzemski’s storied career came on October 2, 1983 at Fenway Park in Boston. Anderson was onContinue reading “Bud Anderson”

Jim Kern

A three-time all star, Kern pitched for 13 years in the majors, posting a 53-57 mark with a 3.32 ERA and 88 saves. He came up with Cleveland in 1974 but saw limited action. However, by 1976 he was a big part of the Indians’ bullpen, pitching in 50 games, saving 15 of them andContinue reading “Jim Kern”

Swings and misses

An all-star in 1983, Atlee Hammaker pitched for 12 years in the majors, going 59-67 with a 3.66 ERA. He pitched from 1981-1995 for the Kansas City Royals, San Francisco Giants, San Diego Padres and Chicago White Sox. He won 12 games for the Giants in 1982, then won 10 more to go with aContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Swings and misses

An all-star in 1967, Steve Hargan pitched in 354 games during 12 years in the majors, posting an 87-107 career record with a 3.92 ERA. He played for the Cleveland Indians, Texas Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays and Atlanta Braves but had the vast majority of his success with Cleveland at the beginning of his career.Continue reading “Swings and misses”