The following fans favorites were selected by the staff@baseballhistorian for their role in their teams success in 1986.
Rich Gedman, Boston Red Sox Catcher RH, the popular backstop lined 45 extra base hits, 29 doubles and 16 homers in 1986. And, posted a solid .994 fielding average. Rich Gedman provided Red Sox pitchers with leadership which played a role in the Red Sox winning the pennant.
Mike Witt, California Angeles Pitcher, RH. He fashioned together his best season in MLB in 1986, going a remarkable 18-10. Mike Witt finished in the top 10 in the American League in wins, in shutouts with 3, in games completed with a resounding 14 and with a stingy 2.84 ERA. Mike Witt started as a rookie with the Angeles back in 1981.
Kevin Bass, Houston Astros Right Fielder, Switch-hitter. His 20 homers and 79 RBI were second highest on the Astros in 1986. Kevin Bass batted .311, the 4th best in the NL, and his 184 hits and 33 doubles were career highs. The hustling right fielder was highly regarded by Houston fans during his playing days with the Astros, 1983-1989, 1993-.
Bob Ojeda, New York Mets Pitcher LH. A native of Los Angeles the 6 ft 1 inch, 190 pound Bob Ojeda posted a sparkling 18-5 record during the regular season. His 1986 numbers included a low 2.54 ERA, completed 7 of 30 starts, hurled two shutouts, allowed just 185 hits in 217 1/3 innings, and had the best winning percentage in the NL .783. Bob Ojeda finished 4th in the Cy Young balloting. Baseball History