The Major League career of Brian Bark consisted of just three games pitched with the Red Sox in 1995. Bark had come up through the Braves system, as shown by the minor league card shown, but he was released in early June of 1995 and picked up by the Red Sox. The left-hander made his Major League debut in July and pitched in two games before being sent back down. He was recalled in September but only pitched in one game. All told, his career numbers were 2.1 innings, with just one walk and a 0.00 ERA. He never made it back to the Majors after 1995.
There was a time when Juan Bell was expected to step in and move Cal Ripken Jr. off of the shortstop position in Baltimore. That of course did not happen. The younger brother of former Blue Jays slugger George Bell bounced from team to team for a few years until landing in Boston in 1995. Just 27 years old, he only made it into 17 games in his final Major League season. He did hit a home run, but managed just three other hits in 29 plate appearances. He played every infield position except first base. Bell did spend the 1996 season in Boston's system but did not make it back to the Majors with any other team after 1995. Bell does have a couple of cards with the Pawtucket Red Sox.
After a fairly successful season with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1993 at the age of 26, Johnston looked like he could have been a good reliever for a long time. He had come up through the Royals system and was the major piece in the deal that brought Jose Lind to the Royals. Johnston was good in 1993, but only managed to pitch in four games in 1994 and had a 29.40 ERA. Johnston showed up for four games with the Red Sox in 1995 and was marginally better, with an 11.25 ERA and one loss. Johnston was released but never made it back to the Majors.
Another southpaw that spent a brief amount of time in Boston, Brian Looney pitched in four games over two seasons for the Montreal Expos before being sent to Boston in 1995. Looney pitched in three games, starting one, though he only lasted 1.2 innings, giving up five runs in a loss to the Angels. Looney ended the season at 0-1 with a 17.36 ERA in 4.2 innings. He was later the player-to-be-named in the deal that brought Pat Mahomes, another player with no Red Sox cards, to Boston.
After the strike in 1994, and with the baseball season in 1995 in jeopardy, teams started turning to players languishing in the minors to try and start a baseball season without the regular players. A number of these replacement players eventually made it back to the Major Leagues, though not without some controversy. Ron Mahay was one of the first players I remember to make it to the Major Leagues despite being a replacement player. One of the consequences of being a replacement player was that said players were not members of the Major League Baseball Players' Association, so most card companies could not produce cards of them. Mahay was an interesting player. He spent parts of three seasons with the Red Sox. He is most known for being a decent southpaw reliever, but he started out in Boston as an outfielder. Mahay played in five games for Boston in 1995 and managed to hit a home run and drive in three runs. He would not make it back to Boston until 1997, but by that time he was a pitcher. He does have some minor league cards with the Red Sox organization and the same postcard as Joe Hudson, but no real cards with Boston.
Once considered a top pitching prospect for the Braves, Matt Murray was sent to the Red Sox as player-to-be-named in the deal that also brought Mike Stanton to Boston. Murray was in the midst of a strong 14-3 season in AAA. He made it into four games for the Atlanta Braves prior to the trade and then two with the Boston Red Sox after the trade. Murray ended up going 0-1 with an 18.90 ERA for the Red Sox. That was it for his Major League career though.
As a young Dodgers pitcher in 1984, Alejandro Pena led the league in ERA (2.48) and shutouts (4). Injuries disrupted his career though and he was soon moved into the bullpen, where he flourished. Pena put together several good seasons out of the bullpens for the Dodgers, Mets, Braves, and Pirates before joining the Red Sox in 1995. Pena was one of three pitchers involved in no-hitter for the Braves against the Padres. Pena finished off the game in relief of Kent Mercker and Mark Wohlers. Pena joined the Red Sox shortly before the 1995 season but only pitched in 17 games with a 7.40 ERA before being released and joining the Marlins. On the plus side he did pick up more than a strikeout per inning for the Red Sox.
Like Brian Bark above, Jeff Pierce's only Major League action came in a short stint with the Red Sox in 1995. Pierce originally came up through the White Sox system but made his Major League debut with Boston, pitching in 12 games, going 0-3 with a 6.60 ERA. He struck out 12 in 15 innings, but walked 14. Pierce stayed in the Red Sox system for one more season and does have a minor league card with the Red Sox organization.
Karl "Tuffy" Rhodes is mostly known for hitting three home runs on opening day for the Cubs in 1994. Prior to that, Rhodes had been one of a trio of good prospects for the Houston Astros in the early 1990's. Rhodes had trouble sticking in the Majors though, but finally looked like he was ready to break out in 1994. He ended that season with just eight home runs in 95 games and started the next season with the Cubs. It was clear he was still not ready to be a regular and was placed on waivers. Boston picked him up and he played in just 10 games for the Red Sox, spending most of the season in Pawtucket. Rhodes hit just .080/.179/.210 with Boston. It was his last Major League action, though he went on to a very successful career in Japan.
The Royals are the closest team to me geographically, so I have always paid a little bit of attention to them. I remember Terry Shumpert being a pretty terrible-hitting second baseman for the Royals in 1991 when he hit .217/.283/.322. He was not really THAT good in the field either. Shumpert was never a regular with Kansas City again and was largely absent from the Major Leagues in 1992 and 1993. He wound up in Boston in 1995 and hit just .234/.294/.298 in 21 games. He did steal three bases and played second, third, and short in his brief stint with Boston. He later became a halfway decent player for the Rockies. Shumpert's nephew has been far more successful with the Red Sox though. His name: Mookie Betts.
1995 was definitely a big year for missing Red Sox players. Most of the players above played briefly with Boston, but there were a few that played a decent-sized chunk of the season. Players like Joe Hudson, Derek Lilliquist, Chris Donnels, and Matt Stairs likely would have been included on cards had companies been releasing sets the size of those that came out in the early 1990's. As a kid, I was most disappointed that Dave Hollins had no Red Sox cards. Joe Hudson and Ron Mahay are pretty egregious snubs as well due to their three seasons each with the Red Sox. And of course not having a manager card of Kevin Kennedy is a pretty big deal. I look back on it now though and Matt Stairs is probably the player I most want a card of with the Red Sox.