Kerry Ligtenberg had the best sideburns of any reliever since the 70s’ Oakland Athletics. He also had an outstanding ERA for the Braves, and in 1998, 30 saves and 75 appearances. He looked like the Next Closer of the Future, Model No. 17, during that year, but he hurt his arm the next year and opened the door for John Rocker.
He really has to remain on the taxi squad, in my opinion. He just didn’t have enough impact.
Mac’s Additional Comments: I rate the short-career nineties relievers for the Braves:
Given career length, Rocker was cut but the other three all have a case. Ligtenberg’s big year was not as good as the others’ big year, and as Bledsoe indicates much of the rest of his time was in low-leverage situations… Best known for being traded to the Braves in exchange for equipment by Greg Olson’s Northern League team. It took me about a year to stop spelling his last name “Lightenberg”.
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