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Position: P      Born: Sep 28, 1963      Bats: Right      Throws: Right

A ringleader of the "Coneheads" during his meteoric rise and fall through the major leagues, the bulky reliever from Nevada was a first-round pick of the Astros in 1982 and came up as a 21-year-old in 1985.

His career year was 1986 when he posted an 11-2 record with seven saves and a 2.86 ERA. The next season, Kerfeld hurt his arm and was ineffective. He returned to the majors with Houston in 1990, but he flopped in a five-game trial and was dealt to Atlanta for two minor leaguers. He finished the year with the Braves, ending his career with an 18-9 mark, nine saves and a 4.24 ERA.

But numbers alone didn't tell the whole story. Kerfeld was a bubbly, bouncy bear of a man who became the set-up pitcher for Dave Smith during that magical 1986 campaign. Kerfeld and Larry Andersen donned coneheads to keep the clubhouse laughing.

After his pitching career ended, Kerfeld became a scout who worked with the Philadelphia Phillies among other teams.