Category: Brief Baseball Bios

Brief Baseball Bios – Greg Maddux

Not much more can be said about legendary pitcher Greg Maddux, who was a shoo-in for the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2014, which was his first season of eligibility. To say he’s a paragon of pitching excellence would be an understatement. His career Wins Above Replacement (WAR) total of 106.8 ranks 25th on Baseball-Reference […]

Brief Baseball Bios – Jeff Kent

Jeff Kent was quite a ballplayer. He played for the Blue Jays, New York Mets, Cleveland Indians, San Francisco Giants, Houston Astros, and Los Angeles Dodgers. Kent won the 2000 NL MVP, and deservedly so, as he had a career year with a 1.021 OPS! Kent was never a Gold Glove second baseman, but he was […]

Brief Baseball Bios – Wes Farrell

Wes Farrell, brother of Hall of Fame Catcher Rick Ferrell, played for the Boston Red Sox from 1934-1937 Wes Farrell was a right-handed pitcher in the Major Leagues from 1927 to 1941. He pitched mainly for the Cleveland Indians and Boston Red Sox. He also pitched for the Washington Senators, and hung on for a […]

Brief Baseball Bios – Dan Quisenberry

Dan Quisenberry, better known as “Quiz,” was an ace relief pitcher for the Kansas City Royals for 10 seasons (1979-1988). During that time, he compiled 24.9 WAR, for an average of nearly 2.5 WAR per season, an incredible feat for a relief pitcher. Then again, during the eighties, relievers often pitched over 100 innings a […]

Junk Wax Baseball Dynasty – Randy Ready and His Magical 1987 Season

In Junk Wax Dynasty, we look at Major League Baseball players from the “Junk Wax” era of baseball cards and find the hidden gems from 1987 to 1993. For this installment, we take a look at the career year of a San Diego Padres utility player by the name of Randy Ready. How many Randy […]

Junk Wax Baseball Dynasty – Bob Tewksbury and His 1992 Career Year

Digging through all those generally worthless “junk wax” baseball cards of 1987 to 1993, you’ll occasionally find a card that commemorates a great season of a not so famous player. However, to celebrate Bob Tewksbury becoming the Mental Skills Coach of the Chicago Cubs, we take a look at his finest season, which happens to […]

Rich Garces – “El Guapo” and His Career Year in the Boston Red Sox Bullpen

While not eligible for my Junk Wax Dynasty series, Rich Garces himself did in fact begin his career in the infamous era of overproduction for sports cards. Fortunately, or unfortunately, for Garces, setup men don’t get much love at all in the sports card hobby. Who they do get love from are the sports fans, […]

Trot Nixon – An Unsung Hero of the 1999 to 2005 Red Sox

Christopher Trotman Nixon, better known as “Trot,” was a first-round selection of the Boston Red Sox. Despite how highly Nixon was regarded, his first few seasons in the minor leagues weren’t all that exciting. Nixon did get called up to the Major Leagues in 1996, and got 2 hits in 4 at-bats. His 1997 season […]

Does Lou Whitaker Belong in the Baseball Hall of Fame?

Tigers great Alan Trammell was a great shortstop. Yet, the Tigers great was still in the conversation for the Hall-of-Fame until 2018 when he was finally inducted by the Hall of Fame Veterans Committee.  Meanwhile, his double-play partner, second baseman Lou Whitaker, was no longer eligible to be voted in traditionally due to a lack […]

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