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Sparky Lyle

Sparky Lyle

Lyle looked like your prototypical reliever, with the chew and bubblegum wadded in his cheek, bushy mustache, and confident swagger. Certainly one of the biggest free agent busts of the 1970s, or else he'd rank higher on this list. He was good enough that the Yankees used Gossage as a setup man for a while when both were in the Yankee bullpen. He could absolutely confound certain left-handed batters: Carl Yastrzemski was 5-for-34 (.147) against Lyle. John Mayberry was 6-for-33 (.182) and Tony Oliva was 6-for-28 (.214) with no extra-base hits off Lyle. Most Saves, 1970-1979 American League Sparky Lyle ... 190 Rollie Fingers ... 124 John Hiller ... 115 Dave LaRoche ... 113 Bill Campbell ... 95