Dodgers: Top 5 Players that you Forgot Played for the Dodgers
Number 4: Dave Stewart
Dodger fans might remember Stewart from his time with the mighty Oakland Athletics. He was the ace of that staff that was undervalued because of that unreal lineup and bullpen. It was no question that Oakland road their offense to the World Series, but Stewart was stellar that season and was the workhorse of the staff.
Stewart’s tenure with the Dodgers technically started in 1978. However, he threw just 2 innings that season. After 1978, Stewart would not see a lick of big league action until the 1981 season. He was a reliever for that 1981 title run in Los Angeles. Stewart pitched in 32 games and even collected 6 saves.
In 1982, as a 25-year-old, Stewart finally saw some action as a starter. Stewart started 14 games and appeared in 45 total games over the course of his second full season in the bigs. Stewart was pretty average with the Dodgers. He had 3.81 ERA in just over 146 innings of work in 1982. Overall his tenure with the Dodgers was not bad, but not great. Thus making him forgettable in the minds of fans.
After his average season in 1982, Stewart started the following season with the Dodgers before being traded to the Texas Rangers mid-season. The Dodgers would acquire Rick Honeycutt in that deal. After just over 2 seasons with Texas, Stewart was dealt to Philadelphia. Stewart was woeful with the Phillies and was released after pitching in just 12 games.
Stewart would go on to sign with the Oakland Athletics later in the 1986 season. This is where his career would turn. Stewart was very good over the course of eight seasons in Oakland. He will always be remembered as an Oakland Athletic and his time with the Dodgers is often forgotten.