|Veterans Memorial Stadium, home to the 1990 Cedar Rapids Reds. Photo from new stadium's gift shop. (G21D Photo)|
1 - Scott Economy, The Adrenaline
Scott Economy used his adrenaline to get noticed. His career was shortened by injuries.
2 - Scott Jeffery, Great Opportunity
Scott Jeffery took his opportunity to pitch to the pros. He's now a school superintendent.
3 - Dave McAuliffe, Good Shot
Dave McAuliffe went undrafted, then he made it to a tryout and made AA.
4 - Steve McCarthy, All Clicked
Mid-way through that Cape Cod League season, everything clicked for Steve McCarthy.
5 - Eddie Taubensee, On Everything
Eddie Taubensee hit a turning point in the minors. He came back to play in 11 major league seasons.
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Terry Abbott offered thoughts as a coach in 2011, after three decades in game, as player, scout, coach.
2 - Rick Allen, What Happens
Rick Allen dug a deep hole at season's start. He couldn't get himself out and he never made the bigs.
3 - Mike Anderson, Some Pitching
Mike Anderson gave up two of Mark Whiten's four home runs in a 1993 game. He only pitched in two other major league contests.
4 - Bobby Ayala, Problems Persisted
Bobby Ayala served as Mariners closer for two seasons, played in the bigs for eight.
5 - Mark Borcherding, Be Tough
Mark Borcherding had potential in college. He played three seasons as a pro.
6 - Scott Bryant, Too Superstitious
Scott Bryant was superstitious on the baseball field. Superstitions, though, couldn't get him to the majors.
7 - Lavell Cudjo, Another Nickname
Lavell Cudjo grew up with nickname "Hippie." Couldn't get another nickname, "Major Leaguer."
8 - Bob Dombrowski, College Injury
Bob Dombrowski came back from college ski injury to turn pro. After Arizona State, though, played just two seasons.
9 - Scott Economy, Baseball Letterman
Scott Economy made single-A Cedar Rapids in 1989, but never made it higher. Career lasted just four years.
10 - Victor Garcia, Started Camp
Victor Garcia left Reds spring camp in 1992 over immigration issues. He returned a year later, but never made majors.
11 - Steve Hester, Small Club
Steve Hester made the pros out of Cedarville University. He couldn't make the majors.
12 - Howard James, New Guy
Howard James' stint as Cedar Rapids general manager was short and unexpected.
13 - Vicente Javier, Last Pitch
Vicente Javer played two seasons for the Cedar Rapids Reds, then returned to throw ceremonial last pitch at the Cedar Rapids stadium.
14 - Scott Jeffery, Drives Him
Scott Jeffery started in a career in baseball, then turned to one in education and became a school superintendent.
15 - Doug King, Real Well
Doug King got his breaking ball over in college. His pro career lasted three seasons.
16 - Frank Kremblas, Most Fun
Frank Kremblas found the best thing about managing was teaching. He played eight seasons as a pro, but he never made bigs.
17 - Mark Krumback, That Kind
Mark Krumback wasn't a power hitter, he was a small-ball hitter. He turned pro, but never made the majors.
18 - Ramon Manon, Career Record
Ramon Manon's career was short, but he did have a respectable career record.
19 - Dave McAuliffe, Give Credit
Dave McAuliffe got credit for impressive rookie league stint. His career lasted just four seasons, never made bigs.
20 - Steve McCarthy, Tenth Save
Steve McCarthy saved a game for single-A teammate Bobby Ayala. He played five seasons, never made bigs.
21 - Dave Miley, Worked Out
Dave Miley still wanted to play, but he took a coaching job. He never made the bigs as a player. He later made the bigs as Reds manager.
22 - Mike Mulvaney, A Lot Easier
Mike Mulvaney won the 1989 South Atlantic League MVP honor after a slow start. He never made the majors.
23 - Brian Nichols, Tied Up
Brian Nichols played three seasons as a pro, he never got to play in the majors.
24 - Bill Risley, No Butterflies
Bill Risley picked up tension-filled outs in 1995 ALDS for the Mariners. He also picked up his second career save.
25 - Eddie Rush, Base-Hit Bunter
Eddie Rush was one of South Florida's best base-hit bunters. He played five seasons as a pro, never made majors.
26 - Reggie Sanders, Already Confident: Reggie Sanders was an aggressive player who loved the game. He played in 17 major league seasons.
27 - Mo Sanford, Real Tough
Mo Sanford was real tough in his major league debut. He played in three big league seasons.
28 - Tom Spencer, Team Trainer
Tom Spencer was once a trainer in the minors with the Reds. He's remained a trainer, but in the WNBA with the Seattle Storm.
29 - Jerry Spradlin, Some Ability
Jerry Spradlin worked with a former major leaguer, later became a major leaguer himself.
30 - Glenn Sutko, His Heart
Glenn Sutko tried pitching after making the majors as a catcher. His heart remained as a catcher.
31 - Eddie Taubensee, Could Hit
Eddie Taubensee got his first hit, then he felt great. He played in 11 major league seasons.
32 - Tony Terzarial, He's Learned
Tony Terzarial had the tools to turn pro, just not enough to make the majors. Played three seasons.
33 - Joe Turek, How Hard
Joe Turek knew he had a chance to prove himself. He just had to play.