Wednesday, April 16, 2008

1993 Phillies World Series Team: Mulholland - Rivera

Terry Mulholland - 1993 Topps Gold

Terry was the Giants 1st round draft pick in 1984. The Phillies acquired Mulholland, along with Dennis Cook and Charlie Hayes for Steve Bedrosian in June 1990. Prior to 1991, Mulholland seems to have been used as a middle reliever and spot starter. The Phillies made him a starter in 1991 and he responded with a 16-13 record in '91, 13-11 in '92 (including 12 complete games to lead the league), and 12-9 in '93. He was the starting pitcher in the 1993 All Star game, was 10th in the league for ERA and 2nd in complete games (with 7). He won one game in the Division series and lost one in the World Series with a combined ERA of about 7.

In February 1994, the Phillies traded him and Jeff Patterson to the Yankees for Bobby Munoz, Ryan Karp, and Kevin Jordan. Terry played for a number of teams from 1994 until he retired at 43 in 2006. He played for the Yankees, Giants, Phillies (again), Mariners, Cubs, Giants, Cubs, Braves, Pirates, Dodgers, Indians, Twins and Diamondbacks. Most years he played for 2 teams. He lasted 2 years with the Twins. As before 1991, he seems to have been used as a spot starter and reliever. He finished his 20-year career with a 124-142 record and an ERA of 4.41. He earned over $13,000,000 during his career.

Mulholland pitched the first no-hitter in Veterans Stadium history on 8/15/90. He faced the minimum 27 batters. His other claim to Phillies fame is that he started the last World Series game in 1993, the one Joe Carter won with a walk-off home run off Mitch Williams.

Ben Rivera - 1993 Upper Deck

Ben was signed as an amateur free agent by the Braves in 1986. The Braves traded him to the Phillies in 1994 for Donnie Eliot. Rivera was 13-9 for the Phillies in 1993 with an ERA of 5.02. He only pitched 2 1/3 innings in the playoffs. In his World Series outing he gave up 4 earned runs in 1 1/3 innings. He was 3-4 in 1994 and spent two months on the DL. He was a free agent after the 1994 season and not signed by anyone.

Next up is Curt Schilling.

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