Tuesday, February 26, 2008

1993 Phillies World Series Team - Duncan to Dykstra

Mariano Duncan (SS-2B) - 1993 Score

Mariano Duncan was drafted by the Dodgers as a free agent in 1982. He made his major league debut in 1985 with the Dodgers. The Phillies signed him as a free agent on 12/10/91 to a 3-year contract worth $6.250 million. In 1993 he hit 0.282 with 11 home runs and 78 rbis. He hit 0.318 in the 1993 playoffs. Even though he was an All Star in 1994, Duncan's playing time decreased significantly in 1994 (he only appeared in 88 games). He was a free agent at the end of the 1994 season. The Phillies offered him $500,000 and he accepted. The Reds picked him off waivers in 1995. He also played briefly for the Yankees and Blue Jays before retiring in 1987. He made $10.275 million in his career, most of it with the Phillies. In 1998 he played in Japan. Duncan appeared in two other World Series, winning with the Reds in 1990 and Yankees in 1996.

Lenny Dykstra (Outfield) - 1993 BowmanDykstra was the Mets 13th round draft pick in 1981 and made his major league debut with the Mets in 1985. Before coming to the Phillies, Dykstra's big moment was a walk-off home run in the third game of the 1986 World Series which propelled the Mets to win the series over the Red Sox. The Phillies traded Juan Samuel to the Mets on 6/18/89, getting Dykstra and Roger McDowell in return. Dykstra had a great 1990 season with the Phillies appearing in the All Star game. He was batting at a 0.400 clip into June, finishing the season at 0.325. His playing time was limited in 1991 and 1992 by injuries. In 1991 he crashed his car into a tree (while driving drunk) breaking his collarbone and injuring teammate Darrin Daulton. In 1992 he was hit by a pitch on opening day which broke his hand. But in 1993 it all came together. As the Phillies lead-off batter, he batted 0.305 and had 129 walks. He led the National League in plate appearances (773), at-bats (637), runs (143), hits (194) and walks. He also stole 37 bases. He hit 4 home runs and hit 0.348 in the World Series but it wasn't enough. Dykstra's playing time in 1994 to 1996 was again limited due to injuries. In 1996 he was forced to retire due to back problems which make it too painful for him to play. He made $36.525 million in his career.

Apparently, Dykstra has been a successful business man since retiring. The following is quoted from his Wikipedia entry. "Today, Dykstra is a columnist for The Street.com, manages his own stock portfolio, and serves as president of several of his privately held companies, including car washes; a partnership with Castrol in "Team Dykstra" Quick Lube Centers; a ConocoPhillips fueling facility; a real estate development company; and a new venture to develop several "I Sold It on eBay" stores throughout high-demographic areas of Southern California. Dykstra has helped bring to the forefront an investment strategy called "Deep in the Money Calls". He has also appeared on Fox News Channel's The Cost of Freedom business shows. With money received in these ventures he was able to purchase Wayne Gretzky's multimillion dollar estate."

Dykstra was accused by several sources in the Mitchell Report of using anabolic steriods during his career. Dykstra did not talk to the investigators who prepared the Mitchell report.

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