Here’s a card for a four-year pitcher who spent two of them with the San Diego Padres, including the 1977 season, which would be his last, Rick Sawyer:
Originally up with the New York Yankees in 1974 and 1975, he only
appeared in five games combined those two seasons before finding himself
with the Padres at the start of the 1976 campaign.
After a very nice ’76 year that saw him go 5-3 with a 2.53 earned run
average in 13 games and 81.2 innings as a starter, Sawyer came back in
1977 and pitched mainly out of the bullpen, appearing in 56 games, all
but nine in relief.
He went 7-6 with a high 5.84 ERA in 111 innings pitched, and it would be
his last as a Major League pitcher, finishing up with a 12-9 career
record along with a 4.49 ERA in 74 games, 20 of them starts, and 200.1