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”

Swings and misses

A two-time all star, Jeff Russell saved 186 games during a 14-year career spent pitching for the Cincinnati Reds, Texas Rangers, Oakland A’s, Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians. Russell led the American League in saves in 1989 with 38. It was easily the best year of his career as he picked up six winsContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Mike Bacsik

Bacsik pitched in 73 games during parts of five seasons in the big leagues. In 172-and-2/3 innings he compiled a 8-6 record with a 4.43 ERA. He pitched for the Texas Rangers from 1975-1977 and appeared in 23 games for the team in 1976. After spending 1978 in the minors, he came back up withContinue reading “Mike Bacsik”

Gerald Alexander

Alexander pitched in 36 games for the Texas Rangers between 1990-1992, going 6-3 with a 5.79 ERA. He appeared in 30 games for the Rangers in 1991, which would make up the bulk of his big league experience. He made nine starts that season and won five games despite a 5.24 ERA. Alexander’s professional careerContinue reading “Gerald Alexander”

Swings and misses

Juan Berenguer pitched for 14 years in the majors, part of a professional baseball career that lasted for close to a quarter of a century once his service time in the minors, independents and Mexican leagues are taken into account. Mostly a long reliever, Berenguer posted a 67-62 career mark with a 3.90 ERA andContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Scott Bailes

Bailes pitched for nine seasons in the majors, going 39-44 with a 4.95 ERA for the Cleveland Indians, California Angels and Texas Rangers. He came up with Cleveland in 1986 and won 10 games and saved another seven while pitching mostly in relief for the Tribe. He continued shifting between the rotation and the bullpenContinue reading “Scott Bailes”

Swings and misses

Dave Schmidt went 54-55 with 50 saves during a 12-year career spent pitching with the Texas Rangers, Chicago White Sox, Baltimore Orioles, Montreal Expos and Seattle Mariners. He had six wins, 12 saves and a 2.56 in 1984 for the Rangers, then won 10 games for the Orioles in 1987. He went 10-13 in hisContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Alan Bannister

Bannister played for 12 seasons, serving as a utility man for five teams, from 1974-1985. In 972 games he hit .270 with 19 home runs and 108 stolen bases. Bannister broke in with the Philadelphia Phillies but did not see any serious action until he joined the Chicago White Sox in 1976. He hit .275Continue reading “Alan Bannister”

Swings and misses

Jim Winn went 12-17 with a 4.67 ERA during six big-league seasons. He arrived in the majors with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1983 but pitched in just 16 games his first two years. He became a regular part of Pittsburgh’s bullpen over the next two seasons and enjoyed what was probably the best year ofContinue reading “Swings and misses”