Giants Cards of the Mid 1970s

Monday, November 9, 2009

1987 Topps Giants - Part 4 (pitchers)


Juan Berenguer didn't pitch for the Giants in 1987. He was released by the Giants after the 1986 season and signed with the Minnesota Twins, where he won a World Series ring. Juan continued to pitch in the majors through the 1992 season.


Vida Blue didn't pitch for the Giants in 1987. He became a free agent after the 1986 season and signed with the Oakland A's. Vida abruptly retired during spring training in 1987 and it was rumored that he had failed a drug test.


Mike LaCoss led the Giants with 13 wins in 1987. He was 13-10 with a 3.68 ERA in 39 games (26 starts). LaCoss was picked up by the Giants in 1986 after he was released by the Kansas City Royals. He continued to pitch for the Giants until his release in 1991.


Frank Williams didn't pitch for the Giants in 1987. He and two minor leaguers were traded to the Cincinnati Reds after the 1986 season for Eddie Milner. Frank had a tough go of it after his playing career -- he was in a bad car accident in 1989 and ended up homeless in Vancouver, Canada after a divorce. He died of a heart attack in 2009.





Mark Davis was 4-5 with a 4.71 ERA in 20 games (11 starts) for the Giants in 1987. He was traded with Chris Brown, Keith Comstock, and Mark Grant to the San Diego Padres on July 5
for Kevin Mitchell, Dave Dravecky, and Craig Lefferts. He became an All-Star reliever with the Padres in 1988 and 1989. Mark was the NL Cy Young Award winner in 1989.



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