Monday, March 23, 2009
1989 Topps Major League Debut #12: Stan Belinda
Whew, Stan Belinda comes to the rescue to end the streak of fringe players.
PHOTO: Not a bad photo. I like the scowl.
STAT: Belinda was sort of a part-time closer early in his career, as you can see right here. He was the only guy to have 10 to 19 saves every season from 1991 to 1993.
Belinda was an above average relief pitcher, although he had only two great years (1995 with the Red Sox and 1998 with the Reds.) He was used as a closer sometimes although never totaled as many as 20 saves in a single season. He was an important part of the Pirates' bullpen in their 3 consecutive division-winning teams 1990-1992.