Friday, June 12, 2015
650th Place - Joe Hesketh
I've always found faux pitching motion or hitting shots a bit goofy in baseball card pictures. Even Joe Hesketh is smirking a bit about them.
Hesketh had a solid big league career. As a rookie pitcher in 1985 he finished eighth in Rookie of the Year balloting. But a disastrous year in 1986 move him out of the starting rotation and into the bullpen for Montreal. He had a couple of good seasons in that role but eventually was released and ended up in Boston. The Red Sox used him as a starter again, where he had mixed success. He did lead the league in win-loss percentage in 1991, though, if you're into that kind of thing.
You can find some random things out on the web about Hesketh, including his nickname of "fungo." I also tracked down this YouTube video, where Hesketh offers some pitching instruction.