John Valentin

Valentin spent 11 seasons playing in the majors, mostly for the Boston Red Sox, from 1992-2002. In 1,105 games he hit .279 with 124 home runs. He spent almost his entire career in Boston, with the exception being his final season when he played for the New York Mets. Valentin was a starter for theContinue reading “John Valentin”

Swings and misses

A three-time all star, Sparky Lyle pitched for 16 years in the majors, going 99-76 with a 2.88 ERA and 238 saves. He twice led the American League in saves, first with 35 for the New York Yankees in 1972, then again with 23 for the Yankees in 1976. He was an all star inContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Swings and misses

The American League Rookie of the Year in 1971, Chris Chambliss spent 17 years playing in the big leagues, hitting .279 with 185 home runs. He played for just three teams during his career, the Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees and Atlanta Braves. He was an all star for the Yankees in 1976, a yearContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Swings and misses

Three more cards with no questionnaires arrived last week. An all star in 1982, Jim Clancy won 140 games during 15 years in the big leagues. He broke in with the Toronto Blue Jays in 1977 and was a 10-game winner the following year. Clancy won 13 games in 1980 and became a mainstay inContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Andre Thornton

A two-time all star, Thornton mashed 253 home runs during a career that lasted 14 seasons. He came up with the Chicago Cubs in 1973 but saw action in just 17 games. He hit 10 home runs in 107 games the following season and belted 18 in 120 games in 1975. The Cubs dealt himContinue reading “Andre Thornton”

Don Robinson

Robinson won 109 big league games and saved another 57 during 15 seasons spent pitching in the majors. His best year as a starter may well have been his first season in the majors. Robinson came up in 1978 with the Pittsburgh Pirates and went 14-6. He finished third that year in the National LeagueContinue reading “Don Robinson”