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”

Les Lancaster

Lancaster pitched for seven seasons in the majors, going 41-28 with 22 saves and a 4.05 ERA for the Chicago Cubs, Detroit Tigers and St. Louis Cardinals from 1987-1993. He won eight games as a rookie for the Cubs and made 18 career starts which would be his career high. He moved to the bullpenContinue reading “Les Lancaster”

Swings and misses

An all-star in 1973, Manny Mota spent 20 years playing in the majors for the San Francisco Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates, Montreal Expos and Los Angeles Dodgers. In 1,536 games he hit .304 with 31 home runs. A superb pinch hitter, Mota retired as the all-time leader in pinch hits with 150. His mark has sinceContinue reading “Swings and misses”

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”

Swings and misses

An all star in 1977, Jim Slaton won 151 games during 16 seasons in the majors, spent pitching for the Milwaukee Brewers, Detroit Tigers and California Angels. Slaton had 10 seasons where he won at least 10 games. His best year came in 1978 when he won 17 games for Milwaukee. He pitched in theContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Swings and misses

Juan Berenguer pitched for 14 years in the majors, part of a professional baseball career that lasted for close to a quarter of a century once his service time in the minors, independents and Mexican leagues are taken into account. Mostly a long reliever, Berenguer posted a 67-62 career mark with a 3.90 ERA andContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Bob Humphreys

Humphreys pitched for five teams over the course of nine years (1962-1970) in the majors. In 319 games he went 27-21 with a 3.36 ERA and 20 saves. He came up with the Detroit Tigers, then joined the St. Louis Cardinals in 1963. He appeared in 28 games for the team in 1964 before beingContinue reading “Bob Humphreys”

Swings and misses

A member of the famed Big Red Machine, Jack Billingham won 145 games during a 13-year career that saw him pitch for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Houston Astros, Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox in addition to the Cincinnati Reds. Billingham was an all star in 1973 while pitching for the Reds. He led theContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Walt Terrell

Terrell won 111 games during 11 years in the majors. He came up with the New York Mets in 1982 and was an 11-game winner for the team in 1984. The Mets dealt him to the Detroit Tigers at the end of 1984 and he would enjoy his best seasons with the team. Terrell wasContinue reading “Walt Terrell”

Swings and misses

Jerry Turner spent a decade playing in the majors, first with the San Diego Padres, then with the Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers before returning to the Padres to retire. He came up with San Diego in 1974 and was a regular for the team by 1976. He hit 10 home runs and stoleContinue reading “Swings and misses”