Friday, March 09, 2007

Hall of Mediocrity

This past Christmas I received a great gift, The Ballplayers: Baseball's Ultimate Biographical Reference. It's filled with about every player who has played in the major leagues. The best thing I have found in The Ballplayers is the random guys that had very little impact on the game but they still put them in there.

Since it is spring training and baseball season is around the corner I thought on days that I am a little scatter brained or have nothing of interest to say I'll give you one of the guys I have found. If you know of one of these kinds of players with a weird background post a comment and I'll try to add them in.

Steve Baker played from 1978-79 and 82-83 for the Tigers, A's, Cardinals. 237 innings, 7-16 record, 5.13 ERA

With an explosive but uncontrolled fastball, Baker was 3-11 in parts of two seasons as a starter with the Tigers. He later returned to the ML as a reliever.

Not the same guy as related to me, but the Steve pictured above does have some something explosive, but you don't want to be around for that.

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