Swings and misses

Max Venable spent 12 years in the majors, playing for the San Francisco Giants, Montreal Expos, Cincinnati Reds, and California Angels from 1979-1991. In 727 games, he hit .241 with 18 home runs. Chris Pittaro played in 53 games for the Detroit Tigers and Minnesota Twins from 1985-1987. In 95 at bats he hit .221.Continue reading “Swings and misses”

Swings and misses

Ken Gerhart played three seasons for the Baltimore Orioles, hitting .221 with 24 home runs in 215 games from 1986-1988. He was a starting outfielder for the team his final two years and hit 14 home runs in 1987. However, Gerhart was hit on the wrist by a pitch that season and the injury eventuallyContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Wallace Johnson

Johnson spent parts of nine seasons in the majors, playing for the Montreal Expos and briefly, the San Francisco Giants, from 1981-1990. In 569 career at bats he hit .255 with five home runs. Johnson never got into more than 86 games in a season, which happened in 1988 with Montreal. That ended up beingContinue reading “Wallace Johnson”

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”

Horace Speed

Speed played in 113 games for the San Francisco Giants and Cleveland Indians between 1975 and 1979. He hit .207 with four stolen bases. He appeared in 70 games for Cleveland in 1978 and hit .226. This would account for the bulk of his time in the majors. He played in the minors from 1969-1980Continue reading “Horace Speed”

Kirt Manwaring

Manwaring caught for 13 seasons in the majors, mostly for the San Francisco Giants, but later for the Houston Astros and Colorado Rockies. In 1,008 games, Manwaring hit .246 with 21 home runs. His best year at the plate came in 1993 while playing for San Francisco. He appeared in a career-high 130 games thatContinue reading “Kirt Manwaring”

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”

Jim Poole

Poole pitched for 11 seasons in the majors, breaking in with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1990 and finishing with the Montreal Expos in 2000. In between, he pitched for the Texas Rangers, Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians, San Francisco Giants, Philadelphia Phillies and Detroit Tigers. In 431 games, Poole went 22-12 with a 4.31 ERAContinue reading “Jim Poole”

Swings and misses

Craig Chamberlain pitched in 15 games for the Kansas City Royals in 1979 and 1980. He went 4-5 with a 4.10 ERA in 79 innings pitched. He was quite effective for Kansas City as a rookie in 1979. He made 10 starts that season and threw four complete games while earning his four career winsContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Jeff Reed

Reed caught for 17 seasons in the majors, breaking in with the Minnesota Twins in 1984 and finishing with the Chicago Cubs in the year 2000. In 1,234 major league games, Reed hit .250 with 61 home runs. In addition to the Twins and Cubs, he also played for the Montreal Expos, Cincinnati Reds, SanContinue reading “Jeff Reed”