Komminsk was the Braves’ greatest disappointment of the 1980s. A first-round pick in June 1979, he homered in his first pro at-bat and reached double figures in homers for four consecutive minor-league seasons. But he hit just .227 with four homers while spending all of 1985 with Atlanta.
The Braves gave up on Komminsk in 1987, sending him to Milwaukee for Dion James. He resurfaced with the 1989 Indians, hitting .237 but driving in 33 runs in 198 at-bats. After struggling through two more seasons with the Giants, Angels, and Athletics, Komminsk’s once-promising career ended at age 30 after eight major-league seasons.