Bob Kipper

Kipper pitched for eight seasons in the majors, coming up with the California Angels in 1985, then with the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1985-1991 and finally with the Minnesota Twins in 1992. In 271 games he went 27-37 with a 4.34 ERA. While he began his career as a starter, Kipper’s best seasons came while workingContinue reading “Bob Kipper”

Swings and misses

Dave Rajsich pitched in 55 games for the Texas Rangers and New York Yankees from 1978-1980. In 115 innings he posted a 3-4 record with two saves and a 4.60 ERA. His best season came with Texas in 1979 when he had a 3.52 ERA in 27 games. Jay Tibbs pitched for seven seasons inContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Bill Landrum

Landrum pitched for eight seasons in the majors, going 18-15 with 58 saves and a 3.39 ERA for the Cincinnati Reds, Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates and Montreal Expos from 1986-1993. He enjoyed a solid year as the Pirates’ closer in 1989. He saved 26 games for Pittsburgh that season and had a sparkling 1.67 ERA.Continue reading “Bill Landrum”

Vance Law

The son of 1960 Cy Young Award winner Vern Law, Vance enjoyed an 11-year run in the majors where he played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago White Sox, Montreal Expos, Chicago Cubs and Oakland A’s between 1980-1991. In 1,212 games Law hit .256 with 71 home runs. He had his best season in 1988 whileContinue reading “Vance Law”

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

Matt Alexander spent parts of nine seasons playing in the majors, breaking in with the Chicago Cubs in 1973 and finishing with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1981. He hit .214 and stole 103 bases in his career. He did not ever hit a home run. His best season came for the Oakland A’s in 1977Continue reading “Swings and misses”

Sam Khalifa

Khalifa played in 164 games for the Pittsburgh Pirates between 1985-1987. In 488 at bats, he hit .219 with two home runs. He was the Pirates starting shortstop for the majority of his rookie season. He appeared in 95 games that year and hit .238 with both his home runs. However, his average dropped belowContinue reading “Sam Khalifa”

Swings and misses

A nine-time all star and a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2008, Goose Gossage won 124 games and saved 310 more while pitching for the Chicago White Sox, Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Yankees, San Diego Padres, Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants, Texas Rangers, Oakland A’s and Seattle Mariners from 1972-1994. GossageContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Pete Mackanin

Mackanin spent nine seasons playing in the majors, breaking in with the Texas Rangers in 1973 and finishing with the Minnesota Twins in 1981. In between, he spent time with the Philadelphia Phillies and Montreal Expos. He was Montreal’s starting second baseman in 1975 and 1976. He had his best year at the plate inContinue reading “Pete Mackanin”

Paul Moskau

Moskau went 32-27 with a 4.22 ERA during seven big league seasons pitching for the Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs. He came up with the Reds in 1977 and won six games in 19 starts. He won six more the next season as he started a career-high 25 games. His best season cameContinue reading “Paul Moskau”