Tom Lawless

Lawless played for eight seasons with the Cincinnati Reds, Montreal Expos, St. Louis Cardinals and Toronto Blue Jays between 1982 and 1990. In 343 games he hit .207 with two home runs and 53 stolen bases. Lawless is the only player to ever be traded for Pete Rose (who he listed as his favorite playerContinue reading “Tom Lawless”

Swings and misses

A two-time all star, Jimmie Hall played for eight years in the majors, hitting .254 with 121 home runs for the Minnesota Twins, California Angels, Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs and Atlanta Braves from 1963-1970. Hall blasted 33 home runs for the Twins as a rookie and finished third in the American LeagueContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Swings and misses

Mike Barlow pitched for seven seasons in the majors, playing for the St. Louis Cardinals, Houston Astros, California Angels and Toronto Blue Jays from 1975-1981. In 133 games he posted a 10-6 record with a 4.63 ERA and six saves. Mike Griffin appeared in 67 games for the New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs, San DiegoContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Bob MacDonald

MacDonald pitched for six seasons in the majors, breaking in with the Toronto Blue Jays in 1990 and finishing with the New York Mets in 1996. In between, he pitched for the Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees. He also pitched one season in Japan for the Hanshin Tigers. In 197 games, MacDonald posted anContinue reading “Bob MacDonald”

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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”

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Chuck Porter pitched for the Milwaukee Brewers from 1981-1985. In 54 games he went 13-13 with a 4.14 ERA. He won six games and had a 3.87 ERA in 1984, which was his best year in the majors. The brother of Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Billy Ripken spent 12 years in the majors, playingContinue reading “Swings and misses”

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”

Don August

August pitched for four seasons for the Milwaukee Brewers, from 1988-1991. In 88 games he posted a 34-30 record with a 4.64 ERA. His best year was his rookie season as he went 13-7 with a 3.09 ERA and finished fourth in the American League Rookie of the Year vote. He won 12 games inContinue reading “Don August”

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Jerry Garvin pitched for six seasons for the Toronto Blue Jays from 1977-1982. In 196 games he posted a 20-41 record with eight saves and a 4.43 ERA. Garvin’s best season was his first, as he went 10-18 with a 4.19 ERA and 127 strikeouts for Toronto as a rookie. He lost 12 games theContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Jackie Moore

Better known for his time as a manager and coach, Moore appeared in 21 games for the Detroit Tigers in 1965. He had five hits in 53 at bats with two runs scored and two RBI. He did not hit a home run. Moore’s professional playing career spanned from 1957-1967. He twice hit .293 inContinue reading “Jackie Moore”