A starter on some non-contenders, the aggressive, speedy singles-hitter hit .300 in 1985, his first full season. He stole 24 bases that year and in 1986, but was let go after his average dropped to .249. He came back with Baltimore in 1988 and hit a career-high eight HR, then led the resurgent 1989 Orioles with a .285 average. He lost his only chance to play for a contender when Florida traded him just before their 1997 championship season as part of a deal for Cliff Floyd. (ME/JT)
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FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»September 24, 1984: Rick Sutcliffe pitches a 2-hitter in a 4–1 win over Pittsburgh to clinch the National League East title for the Cubs, who will be making their first post-season appearance since 1945. The win is Sutcliffe's 14th in a row. Sutcliffe strikes out nine Bucs, including Joe Orsulak for the final out.
»September 15, 1991:
In Baltimore's 43 win over Cleveland, O's OF Joe Orsulak -- he starts today in LF and switches to RF -- has an assist, his 6th assist in an 11-day stretch He leads ML outfielders with 20 assists and will finish with 22.
»September 7, 1996:
In the Expos 2–1 win over the Marlins, Marlin LF Joe Orsulak throws out three runners in a span of five batters. He throws out two Expos at the plate on consecutive plays to end the 3rd, and throws out another in the 4th. Mark Leiter, 4–0, since being traded from San Francisco on July 30, picks up the win.