Primarily a reliever, McClure made his ML debut with the Royals in 1975 and was traded
to Milwaukee in the spring of 1977 as the player-to-be-named-later in a deal that
sent Jim Colborn
and Darrell Porter
to Kansas City. McClure pitched well in the Brewers'
bullpen from 1977 to 1980, leading the club in saves twice, then spent almost all
of 1981 on the DL with arm problems. In 1982 McClure was moved to the starting rotation
and went 12-7 for the AL champion Brewers, but with Rollie Fingers
the postseason, McClure returned to the bullpen and saved Games Four and Five of
the WS, but lost Games Two and Seven. McClure
started again in 1983-84 before returning
to the bullpen for good in 1985, and in 1986 he was sold to the Expos, who released
him in July 1988. McClure signed with the Mets two weeks later, where he was reunited
with former Little League and high school teammate Keith Hernandez
and pitched occasionally
for the NL East champions before being released once again following the season.
He is second on the Brewers all-time games pitched list.