Thursday, June 13, 2013

"Wait, When Did He Play There?" (Not) Wedesday

Alright, I'm a day late on this one.  But it was just too good to wait on.

Walt Terrell enjoyed a pretty lengthy carer as a starter in the majors for a decade.  He was a solid, if unspectacular, pitcher who put up pretty consistent numbers across his career.

...and then he came to Pittsburgh.

Terrell had put up era's in the high 3's to low 4's for most of his career until he his a rough patch with the Yankees in 1989.  Presumably a bounceback candidate, the Bucs signed him for the 1990 season. 

There would be no bounce.

In 16 starts with the Bucs,  he wen 2-7 with a 5.88 ERA before being released in July.

But of course n typical Pirates fashion, this wouldn't be the last seen of Terrell.  He caught on with Detroit for the second half of the season, and would stick in their rotation with mixed success for the next two seasons.

His Bowman release is the only mainstream card to feature Terrell as a Pirate, though his 1990 O-Pee-Chee does note "now with Pirates" in small text near his front knee.

As I've mentioned, the Pirates track record with free agent signings is far from stellar.  But their track record with released players finding success elsewhere is off the charts.

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