Tuesday, January 31, 2017

#375 Reggie Cleveland  

Consistently inconsistent hurler for the 70’s into early 80’s.....sometimes formidable, sometimes couldn’t buy a win ....A Canadian from Saskatchewan, Swift Current to exact....good hockey player and curler....Started with Cardinals redeemed himself after two less than impressive call ups to receive NL Rookie Pitcher of Year 1971....went 12-12 with 4.01 ERA which turned out to be his lifetime mark....won 14 games each of the next two seasons which turned out to be MLB highs....his decidedly mixed history continued in Boston, did get hot in time for Red Sox postseason run 1975....morphed into reliever in later years although his last significant season 1980 had 13 starts and five complete games for the Milwaukee Brewers.....Voluntarily bowed out of the picture  next year when he felt he had lost effectiveness.....last team career hampered by weight, injuries, and drinking issues....Baseball Hall of Famer—of Canada that is.


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