A good young team with a young pitching staff that never seemed to put it together. They would make the playoffs the following year.
This was a tough choice as there were several players with very similar numbers, but I will give the nod to Harold Baines. He led the team in home runs and RBIs, and was 2 runs behind the team leader in runs scored. His batting average and OBP were in the middle though. Others that get mention are Steve Kemp and Greg Luzinski.
This is a no brainer selection, as Lamarr Hoyt gets the teams pitching triple crown. He led the team with 19 wins, a 3.53 ERA, and 124 K's. He would win the real AL Cy Young in 1983.
Rookie Card of the Year/Most Interesting Non-Topps Card
There wasn't a lot to choose from in either category, so the only two rookie cards (not counting multi player rookie cards) on this roster are Kevin Hickey and Vance Law. The only non-Topps cards are Vance Law (shown on the Pirates) and Tony LaRussa.
Kevin Hickey had an odd career in that he pitched for the White Sox from 1981-1983, with a decent season out of the bullpen in 1982. Then he disappeared until 1989 with the Orioles. He pitched for the Orioles from 1989-1991. He actually had a decent season in 1989. Where did he go in those 5 missing years? He pitched in the Phillies, Yankees, Giants, and White Sox organizations before signing with the Orioles in 1988.
Vance Law appeared on the Pirates multi-player rookie cards in both 1981 and 1982 Topps sets, but never was put on his own card until the 1982 Donruss and Fleer sets came out. Prior to the 1982 season, he was traded to the White Sox from the Pirates in a trade that seemed to exchange no one in particular. He didn't get a card in the Topps Traded set in 1982, despite actually being traded. So I will put his Donruss card in this checklist since he played the whole season with the White Sox.
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