Tim Crews, technically still a rookie, ably filled a middle relief role for the 1988 Dodgers, took the ball whenever asked, and soaked up nearly 72 innings despite not being with the big club for the first thirty games of the year.
Ken Howell, currently the assistant pitching coach of the Los Angeles Dodgers, was both reinventing himself as a starter and recovering from off-season surgery when 1988 began. That put him in position to serve in one small role for the big club.
Jesse Orosco was a proven stalwart reliever, but was his most valuable contribution to the 1988 Dodgers a prank gone wrong? Our profile of the 1988 Dodgers continues with the left-handed part of the back end of the bullpen.
John Tudor played on two St. Louis Cardinals teams that just missed winning it all, but finally got his ring with the 1988 Los Angeles Dodgers, despite being a non-factor in the LA post-season success.