Wednesday, February 13, 2008

1993 Phillies World Series Team - Batiste to Chamberlain

Kim Batiste (3rd base/shortstop) - 1993 Ultra

Batiste was the Phillies 3rd round draft pick in 1987. He made his major league debut on 9/8/91. In 1993 he appeared in 58 games at 3rd and 24 at shortstop. He rarely, if ever, was used as a starter, having only 156 at bats. He did hit 0.282 with 5 home runs and 29 rbis. He appeared in 7 games in the playoffs but only had one at bat and got an rbi double. I don't remember this but according to Wikipedia, this hit in the 10th inning of Game 1 of the NLCS won the game. They also say that an error by Batiste in the 9th allowed the Braves to score and tie the game, forcing extra innings. From goat to hero in one inning. He continued as a part-time player through 1994. The Phillies released him in May of 1995. He was signed by the Orioles but did not play in the majors in 1995. The Giants drafted him from the Orioles and he appeared in 54 games for the Giants in 1996. 1993 was by far his best year. He had 658 at-bats in his 5-year career with a lifetime batting average of 0.234. Wikipeda also says he played in independent leagues until 2003. He is now retired and living in Baton Rouge. He's 40 years old. He made $656,500 in his major league career.

Wes Chamberlain (outfield) - 1993 Studio

Wes Chamberlain was the 4th round draft pick of the Pirates in 1987. The Phillies traded Carmello Martinez to the Pirates for Chamberlain on 8/30/90. He made his major league debut the next day. I remember Chamberlain as being someone with promise but never became a starter. He played for the Phillies from 1990 into 1994 and, as with Batiste, 1993 was his best year. He appeared in 96 games, hit 0.282 in 284 at-bats. He blasted 12 home runs and had 45 ribs. I didn't remember this but the Phillies starting outfielders in 1993 (Dykstra, Eisenreich, and Thompson) were all left-handed batters. Chamberlain and Incaviglia provided right-handed power when needed. Chamberlain was 4 for 11 with 3 doubles against the Braves in the NLCS, but was only 0 for 2 in the World Series. In May of 1994 he was traded to the Red Sox for Paul Quantrill and Billy Hatcher. This was his last season in the bigs. From 1995 to 1997 he was variously with the Red Sox, the Royals, the Blue Jays, the Pirates (again) and the Mets but he never appeared in majors again. He made $1, 005, 000 in his major league career, hitting 0.255 with 45 home runs. According to Wikipedia, following his major league career, Chamberlain played for the Gary Railcats and the Winnipeg Goldeyes of the Northern League, being selected an All-Star in 2000 and 2003. After that, he was signed by Japan's Chiba Lotte Marines in 2006 outside the draft. He is 42 years old.

The next entry will feature Darren Daulton.

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