Thursday, March 6, 2008

1993 Phillies World Series Team - Eisenreich to Greene

Jim Eisenreich (OF) - 1993 Ultra
Jim Eisenreich was drafted originally by the Twins in 1980 and made his major league debut in 1982. He went into voluntary retirement from 1984 to 1987 to undergo treatment for Tourette Syndrome. TS is a neuropsychiatric disorder characterized by multiple physical tics and at least one vocal tic. It has no cure but can be controlled. The medication Eisenreich had to take made it difficult for him to play but by 1987 he had it under control and returned to baseball with the Royals in 1987. After he left the Twins he was replaced by Kirby Puckett.

The Phillies signed Jim in 1993 as a free agent. Although his playing time was always limited due to his condition, when he played he was a pretty consistent player. He had one of his best seasons in 1993, playing a career high 153 games in the outfield. He batted 0.318 for the season with 54 RBIs and 51 runs scored. He didn't hit well in the play-offs, hitting a combined 0.195, but he did have 7 RBIs in the World Series.

In 1997 he was signed as a free agent by the Marlins and, along with former team mate Darren Daulton, was part of the 1997 Marlins World Series winning team in 1997. Eisenreich was part of the great breakup of that Marlins team when he was traded with Gary Sheffield, Bobby Bonilla, and Charles Johnson to the Dodgers for Mike Piazza and Todd Zeile.

Jim retired at the end of the 1998 season. He now lives in Kansas City where he and his wife operate the Jim Eisenreich Foundation for Children with Tourette Syndrome. My recollection is that while still a player, Jim would visit children in hospitals who were being treated for TS.

Jim made more than $10,000,000 in his career.

Jim Fergosi (Manager) 1993 Topps
Before he was a manager, Fergosi had an 18 year career (1961-1978) as an infielder for various teams. He was a 6-time All Star and a Gold Glove winner. He never appeared in a post season game as a player. He has the distinction of having been involved in what some call one of the worst trades ever. On December 10, 1971, the Angels traded him to the Mets for a young Nolan Ryan and 3 other players.

Fergosi went right from playing to managing. He managed 15 years in the big leagues between 1978 and 2000. He compiled a a career record of 1028 wins and 1098 loses. He took two teams to the post season. In 1979 his Angels lost the ALCS to the Orioles. And of course 1993. In what seems to be a theme of the 1993 Phillies team, Fergosi had his best year by far as a manager as the Phillies finished the season with a record of 97-65. This is even more remarkable when you consider that the 1992 Phillies lost 92 games.

Tommy Greene (Pitcher) 1993 Upper Deck
Tommy Greene was the Braves #1 draft pick (14th pick overall) in 1985. After having a 2-2 record with the Braves in 1989 and 1990, the Braves traded him and Dale Murphy to the Phillies for Jim Vatcher and Victor Rosario on August 9, 1990. Greene was 13-7 in 1991 with a no-hit, no-run game (he walked 7) against the Expos. But he was only 3-3 in 1992 being on the disabled list from May to September. In 1993 he had his best season (of course). He was 16-4 with 7 complete games, 2 shut-outs, 167 strikeouts and an ERA of 3.42. Many remember Curt Schilling as the ace of the 1993 Phillies staff but an argument could be made that Greene had a better season. He did not pitch well in the play-offs. He was 1-1 against the Braves in the NLCS but got lit up by the Blue Jays in Game 4 for 7 runs in 2 innings of work.

Greene was not an effective pitcher after 1993. He was 2-5 with only 13 starts in '94-'95 spending most of those seasons on the DL. He started (and lost) 1 game for the Astros in 1996.

He made $4,800,000 in his career.

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