Sunday, February 10, 2008

1993 Phillies World Series Team - Amaro to Anderson

I'm going to post baseball cards of Phillies who in one way or another contributed to the Phillies getting to the World Series in 1993. I'll give a brief history of each player and, if I can, what happend to the player after 1993. I'm going to list the players in alphabetical order. This will probably take a few weeks. Later I'll do the same for the 1983 and 1980 teams.

Ruben Amaro, Jr. (infielder)- 1993 Stadium Club

Amaro was acquired from the Angels in 1992 in a trade for Von Hayes. He only played 25 games for the Phillies in 1993 but batted 0.333 with 6 rbis. At the end of the season he was traded to the Indians for Heathcliff Slocumb. I only mention him because of his long term association with the Phillies. His father played for the Phillies in 1960-1965 and Junior was born in Philadelphia in 1965. At some point in the 1990s, Amaro came back to the Phillies organization as a minor league manager, raising through the ranks, until today is the Assistant General Manager of the club.

Larry Anderson (relief pitcher) - 1993 Leaf

Larry Anderson played for the Phillies from 1983 into 1986. He was mainly a middle reliever and had some saves. The Phillies released him in May 1986 and he was signed by the Astros. Anderson was involved in one of the most lopsided trades in baseball history when the Astros traded him to the Red Sox in 1990 for Jeff Bagwell. He re-signed with the Phillies in December 1992 and played in 1993 and 1994 for the Phillies. After 17 years in the game he retired in 1994 with a career record of 40-39 and 49 saves.

He appeared in 64 games for the Phillies in 1993, posting a 3-2 record with no saves and an ERA of 2.92. He wasn't very effective in the playoffs. He appeared in 7 games and gave up 9 earned runs for a combined ERA of 13.5.

Recently, he has been part of the Phillies broadcasting team. When I first heard him on the radio doing a game (this was on a visit back north after we'd moved to Houston), I thought he was Sylvester Stallone doing a guest appearance.

Next: Kim Batiste and Wes Chamberlain

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