Saturday, April 23, 2005
April 23rd, 1988
Steve Carlton Plays Last Game
For me, there’s nothing more depressing than a player, especially one who was great, even if only briefly, hanging around long after his ability to play at the major level has left him. The last three years of Steve Carlton’s career, “Lefty” posted ERAs of 5.10, 5.74 and 16.76 in a desperate five year effort to prove he could still be an effective pitcher. He couldn’t; he mercifully retired when he was released five days after his last appearance. Carlton is not the only one guilty of this, in an ultimately futile attempt to reach 500 home runs, Fred McGriff spent part of the 2004 season with Tampa Bay, striking out in nearly a quarter of his at-bats and batting just .181.
Pat Hentgen wasn’t the player McGriff or