Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Garrett Beard, Great Experience - 1

Garrett Beard came out of the Pittsburgh-area Pine Hills High School and eventually turned pro. He recalled to The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in 1989, as he made his first professional stop, his disbelief at arriving in the minors.

"It was hard for me to think when I was back at Penn Hills that I would be doing something like this now," Beard told The Post-Gazette. "But it's always been my goal to play pro ball and I'm having so much fun now. It's a great experience and something I always wanted."

Beard experienced the pros that year and over the next six seasons. He made it up to AAA, but he never got to experience the majors.

Beard's career started that year as the Dodgers took him in the 47th round of the draft out of Spartanburg Methodist College.

Beard started with the Dodgers at short-season Salem. He hit .241 in 75 games. He hit six home runs and 54 RBI. He returned to the Northwest for 1990, at Yakima. He went 3 for 3, with a two-run shot in a June game. He also saw time at high-A Vero Beach and Bakersfield. He hit .266 overall.

That spring, the Dodgers switched the infielder to catcher, The Post-Gazette wrote.

"We feel catcher is where he has the best chance to make it to the major leagues," Dodgers minor league operations director Charlie Blaney told The Post-Gazette. "He has a strong arm and he's a very aggressive player."

Beard played 1991 with Bakersfield, 48 games where he hit .276. He then moved to the Athletics and high-A Modesto for 1992, where he played largely at third and hit .270.

He made AA Huntsville and AAA Tacoma in 1993, both briefly. He hit .143 in 19 games at Tacoma. He then played 1994 entirely at Huntsville and 1995 between Huntsville and AAA Edmonton. He hit .190 in 43 games at Huntsville and .230 in 22 games at Edmonton to end his career.
1990 Minor League Tally
Players/Coaches Featured: 2,823
Made the Majors:1,067-37.8%
Never Made Majors:1,756-62.2%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 444
10+ Seasons in the Minors:266

Brian Evans, Into Perspective - 8

Originally published May 23, 2014
When teammate Ronaldo Romero passed away in May 1990, teammate and former roommate Brian Evans took the time to reflect on the whole situation, according to The Spartanburg Herald-Journal.

Romero collapsed in the dugout during a game and was pronounced dead at the hospital 90 minutes later.

"It puts baseball into perspective," Evans told The Herald-Journal. "Everyone wants to do their best and it shouldn't be that important. Little kids play this game and you should worry about a lot more important things than baseball."

Evans was in his third season as a pro that year with Gastonia. Though he pitched well, it was his final season.

Evans' career began in 1988, taken by the Rangers in the 39th round out of Jacksonville University.

Evans joined the rangers after a good run at Jacksonville. His ERA there in 1988 came in at 1.19. He also picked up six saves and was named conference Rookie of the Year.

He first hit the field as a pro at single-A Gastonia. In 20 relief outings, he went 2-2, with a 2.64 ERA.

Evans moved to single-A Charlotte for 1989. In 49 outings, he posted a 2.05 ERA and picked up nine saves. He got a win in a July game. In early September, he went one perfect inning in a Charlotte win.

He returned to Gastonia for 1990. In 57 outings that year, he turned in a sterling 1.09 ERA. He also picked up 17 saves. Despite his numbers, he isn't recorded as returning for 1992.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Sean Sena, Home Run - 22

Sent to the plate in the ninth inning, Sean Sena tried to put his Yakima Bears team in the position to win in this August 1990. He ended up getting his team to within a run, according to The Spokane Spokesman-Review.

The pinch-hitter Sena did so by hitting his first professional home run, The Spokesman-Review wrote

Sena picked up that home run toward the end of his second professional season. That home run also ended up being his only professional home run. Sena's career ended after just those two seasons.

Sena's career began in 1989, signed by the Dodgers as an undrafted free agent. He played his high school ball in Gresham, Ore. It is unclear if he played in college, none is listed.

Sena started with the Dodgers as a 21-year-old in the rookie Gulf Coast League. He got into 38 games and hit .183.

He moved to short-season Yakima for 1990. He went 0 for 2 in another August game, then 0 for 3 with a sacrifice in a September contest. He went 2 for 4 in a second September game. Overall, Sena hit .227 in 32 games to end his career.
1990 Minor League Tally
Players/Coaches Featured: 2,822
Made the Majors:1,067-37.8%
Never Made Majors:1,755-62.2%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 444
10+ Seasons in the Minors:266

Helms Bohringer, Work Ethic - 4

Helms Bohringer's Mineola High School baseball team went through some tough years on the way to a playoff birth in 2014, according to The Mineola American.

But it was the team's effort through those years that got them to that point, Bohringer told The American.

"They did everything they were supposed to do from a work ethic standpoint," Bohringer told The American. "They believed that they could win and sometimes that a tough thing when you came up as sophomores and you're losing."

Years earlier, Bohringer played for Mineola High and his work ethic took him on to college and to the pros. His pro career lasted three seasons. He missed AA.

Bohringer's pro career began in 1989, taken by the Dodgers in the 37th round of the draft out of Adelphi University. Bohringer has also been credited by his formal name Helmut Bohringer and misspelled as Helms Borhinger.

At Adelphi, Bohringer hit .400 for the team in 1987 and helped play his team twice to regionals and won all-Northeast in 1989. He was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame in 2000.

He started with the Dodgers in the rookie Gulf Coast League and at single-A Vero Beach. He got into 43 games between them and hit .247.

Bohringer moved to short-season Yakima and rookie Great Falls for 1990. In 31 games, the infielder hit .300. He then played 1991 with high-A Bakersfield. he went 2 for 4, with two RBI in an August start. Overall, he hit .301 over 38 games to end his career.

He soon returned to Mineola and he eventually took over the baseball team at his old school. In 2015, he led a New York Baseball Academy program at Hofstra.
1990 Minor League Tally
Players/Coaches Featured: 2,821
Made the Majors:1,067-37.8%
Never Made Majors:1,754-62.2%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 444
10+ Seasons in the Minors:266

Mike Arner, Hitting Spots - 1

Originally published Jan. 25, 2011
Mike Arner pitched well for the first five innings of this July 1990 game, The Sarasota Herald-Tribune wrote. He also only gave up two hits. But, in the sixth, he gave up four consecutive hits, losing a 3-0 lead on the Baseball City Royals.

"I don't know what happened," Arner's Charlotte Manager Bobby Jones told The Herald-Tribune afterward. "I don't know if he (Arner) got tired out there or not. But he was hitting spots and he pitched pretty well."

Arner was in his second professional season in 1990, playing at high-A Charlotte. He went on to see time at AA Tulsa and AAA Oklahoma City in 1992. But Arner would never see time in the majors.

Arner's career began in 1989, taken in the 13th round by the Rangers out of high school. He played that season at the Rangers' rookie league team in the Gulf Coast League. He also went 7-0 with a 1.71 ERA.

The next year, Arner moved to single-A Gastonia. In 14 starts there, Arner went 8-2 with an ERA of 2.03. He also earned a promotion to high-A Charlotte. At Charlotte, Arner went 3-3 with a 2.97 ERA, including a no-decision in that Baseball City game.

Arner returned to Charlotte for 1991, Arner went 8-8 with a 3.17 ERA. He got one of his losses in an April game. Arner went four innings, giving up two runs before hitting his pitch count, The Herald Tribune wrote.

"He walked the leadoff man in two innings, and fell behind a number of hitters," Charlotte Manager Bobby Molinaro told The Herald-Tribune, "but they didn't hit him at all."

Arner got another one of his losses in an August game, giving up three runs in two innings. By 1992, the starter was now a reliever. He was also moving up. At Charlotte in May, Arner got a win in relief with 3.2 innings of one-hit ball.

He also made AA Tulsa and AAA Oklahoma City that year. At Tulsa, he posted a 3.54 ERA in 15 appearances. At Oklahoma City, Arner appeared in four games, starting three. He went 2-1 with a 6.55 ERA.

Arner returned to Tulsa for 1993, his last year in affiliated ball. In spring 1995, he signed with the Blue Jays for replacement ball. In 1997, he was playing at independent Canton.

At Canton, Arner had a performance remembered by The Washington (Pa.) Observer-Reporter. In the Frontier League playoffs, Arner pitched a complete-game shutout, over 14 innings.

Since 1997, Arner has coached with the independent Sioux Falls Canaries and for the Rockies at single-A Asheville. In 2009, Arner still coaching, in high school at Tampa's Plant High.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Scott Freeman, Staff Lead - 28

Looking back on University of Wyoming baseball, former head coach Bill Kinneberg recalled his 1990 team and Scott Freeman, according to The Casper Star-Tribune.

Freeman led the club's pitching staff to help the club to a school record 37 wins, The Star-Tribune wrote. Along the way, Freeman won all-conference honors that year and the year before.

Freeman went on from Wyoming to play as a pro. He saw four seasons. He never saw AA.

Freeman's pro career began that year, taken by the Dodgers in the second round of the draft out of Wyoming.

Freeman started with the Dodgers at short-season Yakima. He went 2-7 over 14 starts. He posted a 4.00 ERA and threw one complete game.

He moved to high-A Vero Beach for 1991. In 25 starts there, he went 5-10, with a 4.30 ERA. He then saw high-A Bakersfield in 1992. Over 32 games, 15 starts, he went 5-9, with a 5.43 mark. That season proved his final year with the Dodgers.

After a season away, Freeman returned for one more season in independent ball in 1994. He started with Duluth and won an outing 5-1 after a rain delay. Overall, he went 2-11 over 18 starts, with a 6.12 ERA to end his career.
1990 Minor League Tally
Players/Coaches Featured: 2,820
Made the Majors:1,067-37.8%
Never Made Majors:1,753-62.2%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 444
10+ Seasons in the Minors:266

Erik Madsen, More Control - 9

Erik Madsen showed marked improvement in 1988 for Notre Dame after seeing only limited time the year before, according to The Notre Dame Observer.

He also made the move from relieving to starting - and earned the title that year of most impressive team hurler, The Observer wrote.

"I just wanted to pitch," Madsen told The Observer of his improvement. "It's just getting mentally prepared from the start of the game. It makes me feel like I have more control of the game. It's pretty much my game to win or lose."

Madsen went on from Notre Dame the next year to the pros. He ultimately played two seasons there. He didn't make single-A.

Madsen's pro career began in 1989, signed by the Dodgers as an undrafted free agent out of Notre Dame.

At Notre Dame, Madsen remains in the record books for endurance. He started 15 games in 1988 and 17 in 1989, both top five at the school. He also won 10 games, tied for sixth all-time at Notre Dame.

Before an April 1989 start, Madsen's head coach Pat Murphy praised the right-hander to The Observer.

"He's a pitcher in the true sense of the word," Murphy told The Observer. "I'd like Erik Madsen on my team, I don't care where I was managing. If I were managing in the major leagues I'd like an Erik Madsen on my team because he knows how to pitch, he's a tremendous competitor, a tremendous person, and a tremendous personality."

With the Dodgers, Madsen started at rookie Great Falls. He got into 23 games, started one. He went 3-3, with two saves and a 5.13 ERA. He then moved to short-season Yakima for 1990. He went 1-0, with a 3.38 ERA over 13 outings, one start. Those two seasons marked the extent of his pro career.
1990 Minor League Tally
Players/Coaches Featured: 2,819
Made the Majors:1,067-37.9%
Never Made Majors:1,752-62.1%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 444
10+ Seasons in the Minors:266

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