Ken Phelps

Phelps spent 11 seasons in the big leagues, playing for six teams and hitting .239 with 123 home runs. He broke in with the Kansas City Royals in 1980 and played 10 games for the Montreal Expos in 1982 before finding a home with the Seattle Mariners in 1983. Phelps hit 24 home runs inContinue reading “Ken Phelps”

Jim Essian

Essian spent 12 years catching in the big leagues, playing for five teams from 1973-1984. In 710 games he hit .244 with 33 home runs. He was primarily a reserve for most of his career, but was the Chicago White Sox main catcher in 1977, which would go down as the best season of hisContinue reading “Jim Essian”

Paul Mirabella

Mirabella pitched in 298 games during a 13-year career that spanned from 1978-1990. He saw action with the Texas Rangers, New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays, Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners and Milwaukee Brewers. In his career, he was 19-29 with 13 saves and a 4.45 ERA. Most of Mirabell’s appearances came in relief. He didContinue reading “Paul Mirabella”

Bill Krueger

Krueger pitched for 13 years in the big leagues, going 68-66 with a 4.35 ERA, while playing for eight different teams. He broke in with the Oakland A’s in 1983 and won 10 games the following year. It would be one of three double-digit win seasons for Krueger. He won a career-high 11 games forContinue reading “Bill Krueger”

Swings and misses

Roger Erickson won 35 games during a six-year run in the big leagues. From 1978-1983, he pitched for the Minnesota Twins and New York Yankees. His best season was his rookie year when he was 14-13 with a 3.96 ERA for Minnesota. The 1978 National League MVP and a seven-time all star, Dave Parker wasContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Glenn Wilson

An all star in 1985, Wilson spent 10 seasons in the big leagues, playing for five different teams from 1982-1993. He broke in with the Detroit Tigers, but had what were arguably his best years with the Philadelphia Phillies. He hit 14 home runs and tallied 102 RBIs in 1985 for Philadelphia, which earned himContinue reading “Glenn Wilson”

Swings and misses

Jerry Reed spent parts of nine seasons pitching in the big leagues for the Philadelphia Phillies, Cleveland Indians, Seattle Mariners and Boston Red Sox. In 238 games he went 20-19 with a 3.94 ERA and 18 saves. His best year came with the Mariners in 1989. He posted a career-high seven wins that season andContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Ed Vande Berg

From 1982-1988 Vande Berg pitched for four different teams, going 25-28 with a 3.92 ERA and 22 saves. He came up with the Seattle Mariners and enjoyed the best year of his career as a rookie. Vande Berg won nine games in 1982 for Seattle while pitching in a league-high 78 contests. He posted aContinue reading “Ed Vande Berg”

Howie Bedell

Bedell played in 67 games for the Milwaukee Braves and Philadelphia Phillies in 1962 and 1968. He hit .193 and did not have a home run. Most of Bedell’s MLB playing time came for the Braves in 1962. He appeared in 58 games for Milwaukee and hit .196 while scoring 15 runs. He played inContinue reading “Howie Bedell”

Swings and misses

Brian Doyle played in 110 games for the New York Yankees and Oakland A’s during a four-year run in the big leagues. From 1978-1981 he was a reserve infielder for the two clubs and hit .161 with one home run. While with the Yankees, Doyle took over for an injured Willie Randolph in the 1978Continue reading “Swings and misses”