Some major story lines from the 1985 season:
Who's At Short?
Dale Berra had been traded to the New York Yankees in the off season. Former Buc Tim Foli was reacquired in that deal. But questions arose almost immediately about his physical condition. During Spring Training skipper Chuck Tanner stated that he wanted healthy bodies playing and that if Foli could only play somewhere in the neighborhood of 100 games, then so be it. Apparently, he was worse off than everyone thought. Foli only managed to play in 19 games and made just 8 starts at short. His last game of the season and in his ML career was 6-15-85.
Apparently GM Pete Peterson must've been counting on Foli to be healthy, because the Pirates had nobody capable of playing shortstop at an acceptable level. Rafael Belliard was up brief...
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