Tuesday, May 6, 2008

1993 Phillies World Series Team: Thompson - West

Milt Thompson - 1993 Topps Stadium Club

Milt was the Cardinals #2 draft pick by the Braves in 1979. He made his major league debut with the Braves on 9/4/84. In December 1985, he was traded by the Braves with Steve Bedrosian to the Phillies for Ozzie Virgil and Pete Smith. This was his first stint with the Phillies. 1987 was his best year when he hit 0.302 and stole 46 bases. In December 1988, the Phillies traded him to the Cardinals for Steve Lake and Curt Ford. He came back to the Phillies as a free agent in 1992 and signed a 2-year contract. In 1993, he batted 0.262 in the regular season. He hit a combined 0.267 in the playoffs. He set a Phillies World Series record by getting 5 RBIs in Game 4 at Vet Stadium.

In mid-1994, the Phillies traded Thompson to the Astros for Tom Eden. He played for the Astros, Dodgers and Rockies from 1994-1996. The Rockies released him in August 1996, ending his career. He joined the Phillies minor league organization in 1998 and in 2003 became the Phillies first base coach and became their batting coach in 2004, a position he still holds.

David West - 1993 Fleer Final Edition

West was the Mets 4th round draft pick in 1983. He made is major league debut with the Mets on 9/24/88. He was traded to the Twins in mid-1989 and pitched there until 1992. Looking at his stats he seems to have been used as both a starter and as a middle reliever. The Phillies acquired him from the Twins in 1992 for pitcher Mike Hartley. He pitched for the Phillies through 1996. He had trouble catching on with a team after that at times with the Astros and Reds before finally being signed by the Red Sox in 1998. He appeared in 6 cames for the Sox before being released in September 1998.

In 1993, West was 6 and 4 for the Phillies, with 3 saves (the only saves of his career) and an ERA of 2.92. He appears to have not pitched well in the playoffs. He pitched a combined 3 2/3 innings with an ERA over 17.

West also pitched in the 1991 World Series for the Twins, posting an ERA of infinity (4 earned runs in 2 appearances while getting nobody out).

The next and last posting in this series will be The Wild Thing, Mitch Williams

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