Swings and misses

A two-time all star, Jimmie Hall played for eight years in the majors, hitting .254 with 121 home runs for the Minnesota Twins, California Angels, Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs and Atlanta Braves from 1963-1970. Hall blasted 33 home runs for the Twins as a rookie and finished third in the American LeagueContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Brent Mayne

Mayne caught for 15 years in the majors, playing for the Kansas City Royals, New York Mets, Oakland A’s, San Francisco Giants, Colorado Rockies, Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers from 1990-2004. In 1,279 games he hit .263 with 38 home runs. He enjoyed the best year of his career while playing for Colorado inContinue reading “Brent Mayne”

Swings and misses

Willie Norwood played in 294 games for the Minnesota Twins from 1977-1980. In 854 at bats he hit .242 with 18 home runs and 41 stolen bases. Norwood was Minnesota’s starting left fielder in 1978 and delivered a fantastic season. in 125 games that year he hit .255 with 25 stolen bases and eight homeContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Wilson Alvarez

An all-star in 1994, Alvarez won 102 games during a 14-year career that saw him pitch from 1989-2005. He arrived in the majors as a 19-year old with the Texas Rangers but made his mark with the Chicago White Sox a couple years later. Alvarez went 15-8 with a 2.94 ERA for Chicago in 1993Continue reading “Wilson Alvarez”

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”

John Candelaria

An all-star in 1977, Candelaria won 177 games during a 19-year career that saw him pitch for eight different teams between 1975-1993. He came up with the Pittsburgh Pirates and soon was one of the team’s better starting pitchers. He won 20 games in 1977 and led the National League with a 2.34 ERA. InContinue reading “John Candelaria”

Swings and misses

A two-time all star, Ken Forsch, won 114 games during a 16-year career that saw him pitch for the Houston Astros and California Angels. A versatile pitcher, Forsch worked as a starter and out of the bullpen. He saved 19 games for the Astros in 1976 which earned him his first trip to the all-starContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Steve Busby

A two-time all star and the author of two no-hitters, Busby was one of the best pitchers in baseball for three years before arm injuries knocked his career off course. He pitched in five games for the Kansas City Royals in 1972, then won 16 games in 1973, helping him finish third in the AmericanContinue reading “Steve Busby”

Swings and misses

An all star in 1974, Ralph Garr hit .306 in a 13-year career spent with the Atlanta Braves, Chicago White Sox and California Angels. Garr came up with the Braves in 1968 and played sparingly for the next three years. He became a regular in 1971 and responded by hitting .343 and scoring a career-highContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Jim Colborn

An all-star in 1973, Colborn went 83-88 during 10 years in the majors. He was 20-12 for the Milwaukee Brewers in 1973, earning his lone All-Star Game appearance and finishing sixth in the Cy Young vote. The Brewers eventually sent Colborn to the Kansas City Royals where he won 18 games in 1977. He alsoContinue reading “Jim Colborn”