Over the years there have been many players that have been blessed to be remembered as Phuccos (Phillies & Buccos). As most of you know, Corey and I like to take time to recall some of the lesser known players that graced the field of Three Rivers Stadium and the Vet. Today we take a moment to reflect on the glorious careers of two gentlemen- Barry Jones and Don Robinson.
Barry Jones began his career in Pittsburgh back in '86 with a promising 2.89 ERA and 3 saves. He experienced other success in Montreal and with the White Sox too sporting ERA's of 2.31, 2.37, 2.42, 3.04, and 3.35 which translates into a respectable reliever. His career ERA stands at 3.66 over his 8 seasons and 348 games. He had one season in Philly in '92, but little good can be said of his time there (he walked more men then he struck out). Barry Jones should be best remembered for his outstanding mustache, as WSBGM's always holds a special place in our hearts and minds for well groomed facial hair...thank you Rick Schu!
Don Robinson had a fairly solid MLB career spanning 15 years and 524 games pitched, both starting and relieving. Just like fellow Phucco Barry Jones, Robinson began his career with the Pirates. Don had a marvelous rookie campaign in which he went 14-6 with a 3.47 ERA in 228.1 innings pitched in '78. This would end up being his finest season, but he did go on to win 109 games with 57 saves. Robinson was a Bucco from 78-87, but only a Phillie for 1 season in '92, once again, just like Barry Jones. Robinson ended his career with 8 games started for the Phils in '92 to the tune of an awful 6.18 ERA. Robinson may have had the white man's version of the afro, but that's not why I remember him...I remember him for being a good hitting pitcher. He had 146 hits, 13 homers, 69 RBI, .231 average, and a Nunez-esque OPS of .582. He may have pitched like crap for the Phils, but he did bat 7-18 that season.