Rich Bordi

Bordi pitched for parts of nine seasons in the majors, posting a 20-20 career record with a 4.34 ERA and 10 saves. He broke in with the Oakland A’s in 1980, then appeared in seven games for the Seattle Mariners in 1982. He was not a full-time big leaguer until 1984, however, after he joinedContinue reading “Rich Bordi”

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”

Doug Jones

Jones pitched for 16 years in the majors and saved 303 games. His major league service spanned from 1982-2000 and he played for the Milwaukee Brewers, Cleveland Indians, Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies, Baltimore Orioles, Chicago Cubs, and Oakland A’s. In addition to his 300-plus saves, he won 69 games and had a 3.30 career ERA.Continue reading “Doug Jones”

Rick Peters

Peters spent parts of five seasons in the majors, playing for the Detroit Tigers and Oakland A’s, between 1979 and 1986. In 307 games, Peters hit .277 with two home runs and 20 stolen bases. He was a starter for Detroit in 1980, playing 133 games, mostly in the outfield. He hit .291 that seasonContinue reading “Rick Peters”

Chris Hammond

Hammond pitched for 14 years in the majors, posting a 66-62 career record with a 4.14 ERA. He came up in 1990 with the Cincinnati Reds. He won 11 games for the Florida Marlins in 1993, which would be his career high. He went on to pitch for the Boston Red Sox before returning toContinue reading “Chris Hammond”

Swings and misses

Frank Riccelli pitched in 17 games for the San Francisco Giants and Houston Astros between 1976 and 1979. He went 3-3 with a 4.39 ERA in 41 big-league innings. Craig Minetto pitched in 55 games for the Oakland A’s from 1978-1981. He won one game, save another, lost seven and had a 5.40 ERA inContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Swings and misses

Benny Distefano played in 240 games for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Houston Astros between 1984-1992. In 360 at bats, he hit .228 with seven home runs. In between his stints in the majors, Distefano played in Venezuela and Japan. He is the last left-handed throwing catcher to appear in an MLB game, catching three timesContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Pat Bourque

Bourque spent parts of four seasons playing in the majors for the Chicago Cubs, Oakland A’s and Minnesota Twins. In 201 games he hit .215 with 12 home runs. He broke in with the Cubs in 1971 and had his most productive season two years later when he hit .204 with nine home runs, 29Continue reading “Pat Bourque”

Swings and misses

A member of the 1969 world champions, Art Shamsky played eight seasons in the majors, hitting .253 with 68 home runs for the Cincinnati Reds, New York Mets, Chicago Cubs and Oakland A’s from 1965-1972. Shamsky’s best season came for the Mets in 1969 as he helped them reach and win the World Series. HeContinue reading “Swings and misses”

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”