Tuesday, January 14, 2014

1990 New Britain Red Sox

Beehive Field, home to the 1990 New Britain Red Sox, pictured in 2008. (Greatest 21 Days)
Features on each member of the 1990 New Britain Red Sox, AA affiliate of the Boston Red Sox.

Interview (1)
1 - Vinnie Degifico, Great Memories
Vinnie Degifico hopes to get players drafted, like he got drafted.

New Britain Red Sox (31)
1 - Steve Archibald, New Mascot
Steve Archibald thought about the new Rock Cats mascot, then thought Elvis.
2 - Jeff Bagwell, Good Numbers
Jeff Bagwell looked for playing time with the Red Sox. He got it and then some with the Astros.
3 - Gerry Berthiaume, Loved It
Working as a minor league general manager was in Gerry Berthiaume's blood. 
4 - Mike Carista, Supposed To
Mike Carista needed to continue his success at AA. He did, but he never made AAA.
5 - Vinnie Degifico, Big Bat
Vinnie Degifico was the big bat single-A team needed. He never was as big bat in the majors.
6 - Tom Fischer, Level of Play
Tom Fischer found the pro game similar to college. He never made the majors.
7 - Don Florence, Held Them
Don Florence went out there and held them and he did so in the bigs.
8 - Rich Gale, Had To
Rich Gale played seven major league seasons, had a long coaching career. He was also there at a 1981 tragedy.
9 - Butch Hobson, Back Up
Butch Hobson got back up to the majors as a manager. He later got back up in a different way after drug arrest.
10 - Gordon Hurlbert, Career Move
Trainer Gordon Hurlbert made a career move to the NHL.
11 - John Kameisha, Happy To
John Kameisha has happily worked in MiLB for 30 years.
12 - Mike Kelly, Successful Run
Mike Kelly had a successful run in college. His professional run lasted four seasons.
13 - Derek Livernois, Players Dream
Derek Livernois lived his dream to play pro ball. He did so for nine seasons, just not in the majors.
14 - Josias Manzanillo, His Stuff
Josias Manzanillo's manager with the Mets wanted him to use his stuff. He was later accused of using other stuff.
15 - Julius McDougal, Dazzlingly Paisley
Julius McDougal helped keep spring 1987 fun for the Twins. He never could do so in a major league game.
16 - Dave Milstien, Remained Determined
Dave Milstien worked to get himself ready for the majors. He played nine pro seasons, never played in the bigs.
17 - Kevin Morton, Learning Experience
Kevin Morton took his major league stint as a learning experience. He didn't get another stint.
18 - Dan O'Neill, Awful Good
Dan O'Neill changed teams and had a breakout year, but not enough to make the majors.
19 - Dave Owen, Had Gone
Dave Owen was once a prospect, then he hurt his shoulder. His career ended soon afterward.
20 - Juan Paris, Key To
Juan Paris was key to New Britain win in 1991. He played in eight seasons, never made the majors. 
21 - Jeff Plympton, Huge Thrill
Jeff Plympton tried to show he belonged. He didn't give up a major league run, then he never got back.
22 - Todd Pratt, Bench Player
Todd Pratt showed he could still play, then played for another decade plus.
23 - Randy Randle, His Efforts
Randy Randle helped power his team to Junior College World Series. He couldn't power himself to the bigs.
24 - Bob Spencer, Card Investor
Bob Spencer invested in cards. He passed away in 1998.
25 - Mike Twardoski, His Fundamentals
Mike Twardoski showed his fundamentals in college, later turned to teaching those as a college coach.
26 - John Valentin, Rare Fetes
John Valentin achieved a major league cycle and an unassisted triple play.
27 - Dave Walters, Good Makeup
Dave Walters was the type of pitcher coaches liked, but not enough to make the majors.
28 - Eric Wedgem Liked It
Eric Wedge showed the Red Sox what he could do as a player. He later did same as manager with the Indians and the Mariners.
29 - Stuart Weidie Grand Fashion
Stuart Weidie helped his school to its first College World Series, played five pro seasons. He's now in the gas industry.
30 - Craig Wilson, Big Investment
Craig Wilson was a big investment for the Red Sox. The investment didn't pan out.
31 - Bob Zupcic, Good Opportunity
Bob Zupcic felt he could play in his 11th pro season. He played in four major league seasons to that point.

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