Swings and misses

Bob James pitched for eight seasons in the majors, coming up with the Montreal Expos in 1978 and finishing with the Chicago White Sox in 1987. He was just 19 when he got his first taste of the big leagues and did not arrive for good until 1983, a year he split between the DetroitContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Jim Poole

Poole pitched for 11 seasons in the majors, breaking in with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1990 and finishing with the Montreal Expos in 2000. In between, he pitched for the Texas Rangers, Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians, San Francisco Giants, Philadelphia Phillies and Detroit Tigers. In 431 games, Poole went 22-12 with a 4.31 ERAContinue reading “Jim Poole”

Bobby Witt

Witt won 142 games over a 16-year career that spanned from 1986-2001. He broke in with the Texas Rangers and won 11 games as a rookie. This would be one of seven seasons where he posted at least 10 wins. Witt went 17-10 with a 3.36 ERA for Texas in 1990. He also struck outContinue reading “Bobby Witt”

Eric Raich

The first player selected in Major League Baseball’s 1972 January draft, Raich pitched in 19 games for the Cleveland Indians, going 7-8 with a 5.85 ERA, from 1975-1976. Most of Raich’s MLB career happened in his rookie season as he pitched in 18 games that year. He won seven of them, but had a 5.54Continue reading “Eric Raich”

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”