MLB's Class of 1985 in the SI Vault

Waiting To Splash Down By Jill Lieber, March 21, 1988 A novel, sometimes even watery, regimen has helped make the Mets' Gregg Jefferies the best prospect in the minors.

Not Just A Tall Tale By Hank Hersch, March 20, 1989 Montreal's 6-foot-10 Randy Johnson, the loftiest major leaguer ever, is the giant of 1989's stellar class of rookie pitchers.

30/30 Vision By Hank Hersch, June 25, 1990 Pittsburgh's Barry Bonds sees those numbers coming.

Picture Perfect Pitcher By Richard Hoffer, May 4, 1992 Randy Johnson, the Seattle Mariners' 6-foot-10 southpaw, is one of baseball's most explosive -- and eccentric -- moundsmen.

The Importance of Being Barry By Richard Hoffer, May 24, 1993 The Giants' Barry Bonds is the best player in the game today -- just ask him.

Sweet Swinger By John Garrity, July 18, 1994 Hyperactive, Elvis-loving Gregg Jefferies is happily hitting a ton for the St. Louis Cardinals.

An Armful By Tom Verducci, July 7, 1997 Despite a bad back, Seattle's Randy Johnson has outpitched Grove and Koufax.

A Star In The Shadows By Johnette Howard, September 8, 1997 Though a top hitter of the 1990s, the Orioles' Rafael Palmeiro remains relatively obscure.

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