Browsing posts tagged: best
Marty Jones, All Together – 15

Originally published Jan. 17, 2016Marty Jones got out to a slow start in the Astros organization in 1988, hitting sub-.200 over his 32 games that season in the rookie Gulf Coast League.Early in the 1989 season, though, it seemed like Jones started to f…

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Daryl Moore, Good Years – 5

Originally published Feb. 18, 2016Daryl Moore expressed optimism to his hometown paper, The Gadsden Times in March 1992.Going into his fourth season, Moore hoped to not only make AAA Rochester, but he also hoped to make the big club in Baltimore, accor…

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Tom Martin, His Way – 4

Originally published Jan. 24, 2016Tom Martin came on for the Astros in this April 1997 game with the bases loaded and the score tied. Facing Fred McGriff, Martin proceeded to throw four straight balls, walking in the winning run, The Associated Press w…

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Reynaldo Martinez, Big Jump – 8

Originally published March  20, 2015From Reynaldo Martinez’ first professional season to his second, his ERA jumped.It jumped from a solid 1.82 in 1989 to a season-long 6.91 in 1990. His second ERA proved to be his last.Martinez ended up playing j…

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Pat Leinen, Too Many – 3

Originally published Feb. 1, 2016Pat Leinen’s career ended in 1992, not necessarily by the team’s decision, but by his own, according to The Baltimore Sun.Playing at AAA Rochester that July, the Orioles sent him back to AA Hagerstown, The Sun wrote. In…

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Gregg Zaun, Team Player – 15

Originally published Feb. 14, 2016In his first year of pro ball in 1990, Gregg Zaun learned playing everyday was tougher than he thought it would be, he told The Los Angeles Times.He also learned the little things about being a pro, the ones that he ho…

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Cesar Devarez, Been Catching – 17

Originally published Feb. 11, 2016Orioles prospect Matt Riley made it to AA in 1999 and showed off his fastball, according to The Baltimore Sun and he impressed his catcher Cesar Devarez.”I’ve been catching for 10 years,” Devarez told The Sun that May,…

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Brad Pennington, Walk Totals – 8

Originally published Feb. 6, 2016The Los Angeles Times described Brad Pennington’s pitching motion in 1996 as “herky jerky,” a motion that resulted in both strikeouts and walks.In one minor league season, The Times noted, he struck out 142, while walki…

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T.R. Lewis, Winning Hit – 1

Originally published Aug. 12, 2012The Bowie BaySox were down by one in the ninth, with two on base when T.R. Lewis stepped to the plate, The Baltimore Sun wrote.Lewis promptly ended this May 1993 night, with a walk-off double.”It’s what we all dream of…

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Sergio Cairo, Capable Player – 14

Originally published Feb. 8, 2016Sergio Cairo picked up four hits for the Rio Grande Valley WhiteWings in this June 1998 win, according to The Brownsville Herald.WhiteWings manager Eddie Dennis praised the team, but also Cairo, to The Herald after the …

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Robert Wheatcroft, His Spots – 10

Originally published Feb. 3, 2016Robert Wheatcroft made it back from college shoulder surgery to to pitch for Cal State Northridge February 1989. He told The Los Angeles Times each outing got him closer to his best.”I’m still not up to par and the velo…

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Rich Smith, Travel Coach – 7

Originally published Feb. 13, 2016The Rochester-area high school outfielder Matt Carey hoped to move up to play in college – and receive a good education at the same time.In doing so, Carey cited his coaches, including his coaches with the Rochester Ra…

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Bo Davis, Check In – 26

Originally published Feb. 13, 2016The Fayetteville Observer checked in on regional players in the pros in June 1990, one of them being Bo Davis.The report on Davis wasn’t good. He’d played sparingly and when he did, he couldn’t get his bat going. In ju…

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Steve Williams, Usual Pop – 2

Originally published Feb. 2, 2016Steve Williams tried to do the seemingly impossible in this 1987 district championship game, that is pitch his Crescent City team to the title – on consecutive nights.Williams got his team to the title game with six inn…

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Pat Rapp, Best Game – 23

Originally published Jan. 21, 2015Florida manager Rene Lachemann had plenty of praise to spread around after this September 1997 game and much of that praise went to hurler Pat Rapp, according to The Associated Press.Rapp threw a one-hitter for the Mar…

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Roger Miller, Very Excited – 19

Originally published Jan. 19, 2015Roger Miller had been turning heads on the baseball field since he was at least 14 and he kept doing so through college, according to The Sarasota Herald-Tribune.So, when the pros came calling in 1989, Miller was ready…

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Stewart Hillman, Canadian Olympian – 18

Originally published Jan. 26, 2015Stewart Hillman grew up in Ontario and went to college in Detroit. In 1988, he played baseball in Korea. And he did so for his home country of Canada in the Olympics.With Hillman on the pitching staff, Team Canada ulti…

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Steve Rolen, Offensively Carried – 25

Originally published Jan. 31, 2015The Penn State Nittany Lions were preparing to play West Virginia in April 1989 and Penn State’s Daily Collegian identified Steve Rolen as the player who carried the Mountaineers offensively.Rolen led the team in avera…

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Joey James, Game Flow – 20

Originally published Jan. 25, 2015Joey James wanted to play a position. He didn’t want to play designated hitter, according to The Los Angeles Times.So, after mostly playing DH his junior year in college and his first pro season, James welcomed an oppo…

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Kevin Kasper, More Fun – 17

Originally published Jan. 25, 2015Kevin Kasper’s Southern California College team showed improvement in 1997, getting 18 wins by mid-March, according to The Los Angeles Times.For the second-year coach those wins marked a big turnaround from his first s…

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Carl Hanselman, Good Athlete – 14

Originally published Jan. 29, 2015Carl Hanselman was his high school team’s ace. And as such, was given all the tough games, his coach Gerald Hodgin told The Orlando Sentinel in May 1988.Hanselman responded by throwing five no-hitters over his high sch…

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Jon Pattin, Didn’t Happen – 28

Originally published Jan. 31, 2015Jon Pattin decided he wanted a more stable career. He had to finish  school, he told his hometown Lawrence Journal-World in May 1992.That decision came after another spring where the son of ex-major leaguer Marty …

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Ron Crowe, Those Days – 21

Originally published Jan. 22, 2015Ron Crowe wasn’t hitting as well as he thought he could at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, so he turned to his batting stance, according to The Los Angeles Times.The result in this April 1989 game: Five runs batted in and tw…

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Maximo Aleys, Both Times – 22

Originally published Jan. 29, 2015Maximo Aleys had a quality start in this July 1989 game. He went eight innings and gave up three runs in an Everett Giants win, according to The Spokane Chronicle.The performance had Spokane third baseman Dave Staton m…

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Rob Taylor, Two Parts – 27

Originally published Jan. 26, 2015The Salt Lake Trappers were eliminated from the playoffs in this late-August 1989 game and helping eliminate them was Rob Taylor and the Pocatello Giants.Pocatello picked up the 6-5 win in 10 innings. Taylor got the wi…

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Gus Vollmer, Was Aggressive – 11

Originally published Feb. 2, 2015Gus Vollmer had success against Salt Lake in 1989, picking up 15 hits against the team by July 19, The Deseret News wrote.Four of those hits came in one game, a 9-2 win by Vollmer’s Pocatello Giants team, The News wrote…

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Joe Turvey, Old Time – 15

Originally published June 25, 2015Joe Turvey’s high school baseball coach saw good things happening for his young catcher, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer.”He plays in the mold of the old-time catchers,” Turvey’s coach Cliff Hubbard told The Inq…

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Jack Mull, Have Respect – 9

Originally published Jan. 23, 2015Jack Mull explained his managerial style to his hometown paper The Chambersburg Public Opinion in 2006.His style focused on getting the most out of his players, getting them to play the right way, he told The Public Op…

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Greg Brummett, Best Stuff – 7

Originally published Jan. 24, 2015It was the championship game of the 1989 College World Series and Greg Brummett was on short rest, but he was still on.After already winning two games for Wichita State in the tournament, Brummett closed it out against…

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Ed Gustafson, Been Around – 6

Originally published Jan. 21, 2015The first thing Texas Tech head coach Dan Spencer thought of about his new assistant Ed Gustafson, according to The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal in 2008 was that Gustafson could evaluate talent and do it well.”The thing t…

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Jeffry Bonner, Long Haul – 5

Originally published Jan. 20, 2015Jeffry Bonner hit well in this July 1989 game for Clinton, but he couldn’t seem to push any runs across.But he wasn’t alone in his frustration. It seemed like nobody else could, either. That’s because this game between…

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Kelly Ahrens, Family Decision – 3

Originally published Jan. 20, 2015Kelly Ahrens put in two seasons in the minors. In the end, though, he turned to his family, he told The Bend Bulletin in 1992. He also moved on from professional baseball.”It was a family decision, really,” Ahrens told…

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