Dave LaPoint

LaPoint pitched for nine different teams during 12 years in the majors. In 294 games he posted an 80-86 record with a 4.02 ERA. LaPoint broke in with the Milwaukee Brewers in 1980, then went on to pitch for the St. Louis Cardinals, San Francisco Giants, Detroit Tigers, San Diego Padres, Chicago White Sox, PittsburghContinue reading “Dave LaPoint”

Butch Davis

Davis played in 166 games for the Kansas City Royals, Pittsburgh Pirates, Baltimore Orioles, Los Angeles Dodgers and Texas Rangers between 1983 and 1994. In 453 at bats he hit .243 with seven home runs. Davis never played in more than 62 games in a season. That happened in 1993 while he was with theContinue reading “Butch Davis”

Luis Tiant

Tiant pitched for 19 years in the majors, compiling a 229-172 record and a 3.30 ERA, while playing for the Cleveland Indians, Minnesota Twins, Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates, and California Angels from 1964-1982. Tiant went 10-4 as a rookie for the Indians and won at least 10 games over his firstContinue reading “Luis Tiant”

Mark Ryal

Ryal played in 127 games in the major leagues and hit .211 with seven home runs. He came up with the Kansas City Royals in 1982, then went on to play for the Chicago White Sox, California Angels, Philadelphia Phillies and Pittsburgh Pirates. He got 104 at bats for California in 1987 and hit fiveContinue reading “Mark Ryal”

Bob Patterson

Patterson pitched for 13 seasons in the majors, going 39-40 with 28 saves and a 4.08 ERA. He broke in with the San Diego Padres in 1985, but only spent a year in America’s Finest City, before joining the Pittsburgh Pirates the next season. Patterson stayed in Pittsburgh until 1993 when he joined the TexasContinue reading “Bob Patterson”

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”

Gary Varsho

Varsho played for four teams during eight seasons in the majors. In 571 games he hit .244 with 10 home runs. He had his best year while playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1991. In 99 games he hit .273 with four home runs, nine stolen bases, 23 runs scored and 23 RBIs. All ofContinue reading “Gary Varsho”

Swings and misses

The starting third baseman for the Pittsburgh Pirates teams of the early 1990’s, Jeff King spent 11 years in the big leagues and hit .256 with 154 home runs. He had his best year in 1996 when he hit .271 with 30 home runs, 111 RBIs and 91 runs scored for Pittsburgh. They traded him,Continue reading “Swings and misses”

John Wehner

Wehner played for 11 seasons for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Florida Marlins from 1991-2001. In 461 games he hit .249 with four home runs. Wehner hit .308 in 52 games for the Pirates in 1995 but had his most productive season the following year when he hit .259 while setting career highs in RBIs (13)Continue reading “John Wehner”