Today, here is a look at two pitchers with names that you wouldn’t want to have as pitchers, compliments of 1988 Donruss.
First, Eric Plunk – as in, got plunked, see here – who put together a pretty decent career, primarily as a reliever, including some playoff appearances with the strong Cleveland teams (strong… Cleveland… teams… try saying that without smirking) of the mid-1990’s. Plunk didn’t end up being a great playoff performer, but at least he got there.
Next up, Bob Walk. For a guy with a name like that, he too had a solid career. He won the World Series with the Phillies as a rookie in 1980, won the NL East with the Braves in 1982, and also with the Pirates in 1990, 1991 and 1992. He posted a career record of 105-81 and now works as a broadcaster in Pittsburgh. The Pirates even did a bobblehead night for him at PNC Park. Not bad, I say.
So, Plunk and Walk, I salute your efforts to become pitchers in the first place, and for getting to be pretty good at it. Well played.