1988 Fleer Superstar Specials – Card #625 – Dave Righetti & Dan Plesac
There is no more valuable member of a team that the relief pitcher who can enter a close game in the late innings and shut down the opposition. Such relievers are called ‘stoppers’, and in 1987 the Yankees’ Dave Righetti and the Brewers’ Dan Plesac performed these roles for their respective teams.
Righetti followed up his record-setting 1986 season with another impressive campaign. His 31 saves ranked second best in the league. These saves, combined with his eight victories, show that Righetti had a hand in 30 of the Yankees’ 89 wins. Since leaving the Yankees’ starting rotation after the 1983 season, ‘Rags’ has averaged more than 34 saves per season.
Plesac was a major factor in Milwaukee’s surprising success in 1987. He appeared in 57 games, saving 23 and winning 5. His ERA was an impressive 2.61. The Brewers started the season with an incredible 13-straight victories. Dan pitched in seven of those games, notching five saves.
Both of these relievers were members of the 1987 American League All-Star team. It was Righetti’s second All-Star selection and Plesac’s first.