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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

1990 Clinton Giants, San Francisco: Baseball Profiles

The former Riverview Stadium in Clinton, Iowa, during a game in August 2014. Riverview was home to the 1990 Clinton Giants. (Greatest 21 Days)
Features on each member of the 1990 Clinton Giants, single-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants. Players featured are as included in that year's team set. Click on the player's name to read more.

2014 photos from the home of the 1990 Clinton Giants: The former Riverview Stadium

Interview (1)
1 - Mate Borgogno, The Rest

Mate Borgogno realized his dream of playing as a pro. His career, though, was brief.

Clinton Giants (40)
1990 Clinton Giants checklist card1 - Kelly Ahrens played two seasons, then chose family
2 - Maximo Aleys saw 3 seasons, high-A
3 - Clay Bellinger spent decade in minors before making bigs
4 - Jeffry Bonner hit well in long Clinton game, saw 3 seasons
5 - Mate Borgogno worked to get noticed by scouts, saw 2 seasons
6 - Greg Brummett closed out CWS win, made bigs with two teams
7 - Steve Callahan helped Legion team to title, saw 4 seasons
8 - Frank Carey helped Stanford to title, saw three pro seasons
1990 Clinton Giants team photo card
9 - Steve Cline played six seasons, then saw years as coach
10 - Brian Costello first served as trainer, then in orthopedics
11 - Ron Crowe changed college stance, saw 5 pro seasons, AAA
12 - Courtney Davis, Ample Opportunity
Struggled in 1991, never recovered.
13 - Scott Ebert, Too Fierce
Scott Ebert couldn't translate his fierceness to the pros.
14 - Dan Flanagan, Two Scoreless
Threw 13.1 scoreless at VCU in 1990. Played three pro seasons.
15 - Jim Foley, Complete Game
Jim Foley couldn't get his college team a tournament win. He played three seasons as a pro.
16 - Mike Grahovac, Unbelievable Feeling
Mike Grahovac saw others off to the pros after he played as a pro himself.
17 - Ed Gustafson, Been Around
Ed Gustafson had his strengths. He played four seasons as a pro.
1990 Clinton Giants six-player card
18 - Chris Hancock, Relief Pitcher
Chris Hancock was his high school football team's relief pitcher.
19 - Carl Hanselman, Good Athlete
Carl Hanselman had the tools. He made AAA, not the bigs.
20 - Marino Hernandez, Team Photo
He played three seasons, made single-A, team photo.
21 - Stewart Hillman, Canadian Olympian
Stewart Hillman played on the Canadian Olympic baseball team.
22 - Rick Huisman, Own Memories
Rick Huisman appreciated making the majors, and a big league game of catch.
23 - James Huslig, Throw Strikes
Threw college no-hitter. Played single season in pros.
24 - Joey James, Game Flow
Joey James didn't want to be a designated hitter. He wanted to be a position player.
25 - Randy Johnson, Asked For
All this Randy Johnson asked for was an opportunity.
26 - Kevin Kasper, More Fun
Kevin Kasper helped his college team to a turnaround as a coach. He played five seasons as pro.
27 - Jason McFarlin, Speedy Scout
Jason McFarlin once trained to be a scout. He spent nine seasons as a player, never made the majors.
28 - Roger Miller, Very Excited
Roger Miller was excited to turn pro. He played seven seasons. He never made the bigs.
29 - Jack Mull, Have Respect
Jack Mull knew players had to respect the game. He spent 38 years in baseball.
30 - Rafael Novoa, Same Fastball
Rafael Novoa made San Francisco in 1990 on the strength of his strikeouts.
31 - Vince Palyan, Home Runs
Vince Palyan hit two home runs in a 1988 Minnesota game.
32 - Jon Pattin, Didn't Happen
Jon Pattin was born into baseball. The majors didn't happen for him.
33 - Pat Rapp, Best Game
Pat Rapp tossed a one-hitter for the Marlins in 1995. He played in 10 seasons.
34 - Steve Rolen, Offensively Carried
Steve Rolen carried West Virginia offensively. He played four seasons.
35 - Rob Taylor, Two Parts
Rob Taylor's career had two parts with three years in between.
36 - Gus Vollmer, Was Aggressive
Gus Vollmer was aggressive in a rookie-ball win. He played two seasons.
37 - Pete Weber, Bright Spot
Pete Weber hit well in a AA game, but not well enough overall.
38 - Fred Whatley, Strikeout Performance
Put on a stikeout performance in college. Played two pro seasons.
39 - Ron Wotus, Bottom Line
Ron Wotus made the bigs briefly as a player, then for a long stint as a coach.
40 - Jason Young, Stolen Bases
Jason Young helped his college team with stolen bases.

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