Thursday, October 8, 2015

The First Moves of the 2015-2016 Offseason

2015 Phillies Team Issue 2 #30
While the rest of the baseball world was preparing for the Cubs-Pirates Wild Card game, the Phillies were busy making their first roster moves of the off-season.

Catcher Erik Kratz, infielder Chase d'Arnaud, outfielder Jordan Danks and relievers Justin De Fratus, Adam Loewen and Ken Roberts were all outrighted off the 40-man roster.  Jonathan Pettibone, who was on the 60-day disabled list all season, was activated and also outrighted.  The moves leave the Phillies with 34 players on their 40-man roster and six players still on the 60-day DL.

2015 Choice Lehigh Valley
IronPigs Update #8
2015 Choice Lehigh Valley
IronPigs Update #9
2012 Choice Lehigh Valley
IronPigs Update #13
2007 Topps #78
Given their years of service, d'Arnaud, De Fratus, Loewen and Kratz can all immediately elect to become free agents or they can wait until after the World Series when they'll automatically become minor league free agents.  Danks and Pettibone can become free agents following the World Series and Roberts will be reassigned to a Phillies minor league team.

Of the seven players outrighted, De Fratus had been in the Phillies system the longest, having made his debut with the club in 2011.  He leaves behind a Phillies baseball card legacy that began with the 2011 Bowman set and ended with the 2015 team issued photo card sets.

d'Arnaud, Danks and Loewen could join the ranks of those unfortunate (or fortunate depending on your point of view) Phillies players who never appeared on a Phillies baseball card.  Roberts appears to still have a chance if he's in the mix next season.

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2015 Phillies Team
Issue 2 #12
2015 Phillies Team
Issue 2 #54
2014 Phillies Team
Issue #44
Also of note is the dismissal of two Phillies coaches following the final game of the season.  Third base coach John Mizerock and bullpen coach Rod Nichols were let go and the other four coaches - bench coach Larry Bowa, first base coach Juan Samuel, hitting coach Steve Henderson and pitching coach Bob McClure were all invited back for 2016.  There's been no official word yet if those four will actually decide to return for 2016 and Bowa recently interviewed for the manager's job in Miami.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Phillies Missing Links of the 1980s - #10 Tom Gorman

Thomas Patrick Gorman
Relief Pitcher

The season before he had eight relief appearances with the Phillies, Tom Gorman was on the other end of one of the most memorable games in Phillies history.  Gorman was the starting pitcher for the Mets on June 11, 1985, lasting a third of an inning and allowing six runs including the first of two Von Hayes home runs hit in the first inning.  The Phillies would go on to win the game 26-7.

Gorman was released by the Mets at the end of spring training in 1986, and signed a few weeks later with the Phillies.  He'd spend the bulk of the 1986 season pitching for the Triple-A Portland Beavers, but he'd get the call to the Phillies in early July when the struggling Mike Maddux was sent down.  Gorman struggled in his eight outings and he was sent back to Portland in early August, replaced on the roster by Michael Jackson who would soon make his big league debut and assume Gorman's #33.

Gorman finished out the season in Portland and was released following the 1986 season.

Bats:  Left  Throws:  Left  Height:  6'4"  Weight:  194
Born:  December 16, 1957, Portland, OR
Drafted:  Drafted by the Montreal Expos in the 4th round of the 1980 amateur player draft, June 3, 1980
Major League Teams:  Montreal Expos 1981-1982, New York Mets 1982-1985, Phillies 1986, San Diego Padres 1987
Professional Affiliations:  Montreal Expos 1980-1982, New York Mets 1982-1985, Phillies 1986, San Diego Padres 1987, Minnesota Twins 1987, Oakland Athletics 1988

Phillies Career
8 games, 0-1 and 7.71 ERA in 11 2/3 innings pitched
Acquired:  Signed as a free agent formerly with the New York Mets, April 19, 1986
Debut:  July 5, 1986 - Relieved Tom Hume in the 6th inning and allowed a run over two innings to the Reds
Final Game:  August 5, 1986
Departed:  Released on October 7, 1986.  Signed as a minor league free agent with the San Diego Padres, January 13, 1987

1984 Topps #774
1986 Fleer #82
1986 Topps #414
1986 ProCards
Portland Beavers #7
3 Gorman Baseball Card in My Collection
First Card:  1986 Fleer #82
Last Card:  1986 ProCards Portland Beavers #7

Other Baseball Cards
First Mainstream Card:  1984 Topps #774
First Topps Base Card:  1984 Topps #774
Last Mainstream Card:  1986 Topps #414
Other Notable Cards:  1985 Topps #53, 1991 WIZ Mets #146

I first attempted a Phillies card for Gorman using the photo from his 1986 ProCards Portland Beavers card a few years ago.  This original card can be found here.

Sources:  Baseball Reference and The Trading Card Database

This is a continuing series looking at those players who spent time with the Phillies but possess no baseball card proof of their time in Philadelphia.  I will make my way through the decade of the 1980s first and then work my way forward.  In some cases, the First and Last Mainstream cards listed above have been subjectively chosen if multiple cards were released in that year.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Farewell, 2015 Phillies Season!

Phillies 7, Marlins 2
Game 162 - Sunday Afternoon, October 4th in Philadelphia
Record - 63-99, 5th Place, 27 games behind the Mets

One Sentence Summary:  Aaron Altherr paced the offense and David Buchanan ended on a pitching high note as the Phillies closed out this awful season with a 7-2 win over the Marlins.

What It Means:  The Phils avoided 100 losses, but the 99 losses were still the most in a season since 1969.  Pitchers and catchers report to Clearwater in a little over four months.

What Happened:  Altherr's three-run triple in the seventh broke the game open.  He also had an RBI-double in the fifth, which could have easily been ruled an E4 by the gracious official score keeper.  Andres Blanco capped off his career year with an RBI-double int he fourth to start the scoring.

Buchanan pitched 6 2/3 solid innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on six hits while striking out seven.  He also had seven strikeouts.

Featured Cards/Field Report:  Doug and I got washed out on Friday night, so we exchanged those tickets to tickets to this game.  I finished the 2015 season with an impressive 9-6 record in Phillies games I attended.  Some of the highlights from this game for us:

  • Doug got a retro bobble head at the gate and we both received our 2016 Phillies schedule magnets.
  • Walking past the Ashburn Alley entrance, I noticed Phillies pitcher Colton Murray hanging out pretty much by himself.  He was kind enough to pose for a picture with Doug.
  • A few feet away from Murray, Doug spotted Phillies pitcher Adam Morgan and Morgan signed Doug's baseball and also posed for a picture.  (We missed our chance to get Murray to sign the ball.)
  • At the entrance to the Hall of Fame Club, Phillies braodcasters Scott Franzke and Larry Andersen were chatting with fans entering the ballpark.  They both signed Doug's ball, which was the same ball Franzke had dropped to Doug in August.
  • Carlos Ruiz was honored before the game for having caught four Phillies no-hitters.  Former manager Charlie Manuel was on hand to present Ruiz with an awesome looking painting commemorating his feat.
  • A dead hawk had to be removed from the left field foul area in the middle of the game, temporarily delaying the game.  Can't say I've ever seen that before.
  • Future Hall of Famer Ichiro Suzuki pitched (!) the eighth inning for the Marlins.  He allowed doubles to Odubel Herrera and Darnell Sweeney but escaped having allowed just a run.

Ken Giles faces the final batter of the 2015 season
Memory Lane - Game 162
For the seventh season in a row, I posted on the daily highs and lows of the Phillies and (God willing) I'll be back for an eighth season in 2016.

I'll keep doing this as long as I'm able and as long as it continues to be fun for me.  It's your comments, your e-mails and your participation that make this even more enjoyable for me.  As always, thank you for reading!

October 4, 2009 - Catcher Paul Hoover singled in the winning run in the 10th in a 7-6 win over the Marlins.
October 3, 2010 - The Phillies lost 8-7 to the Braves in their final tune-up before facing the Reds in the N.L.D.S.
September 28, 2011 - The Phillies closed out the 2011 regular season with a 13-inning victory against the Braves, setting a franchise record with their 102nd regular season win.
October 3, 2012 - The Phillies closed out their 2012 season with a lethargic 5-1 loss to the N.L. East Champion Nationals.
September 29, 2013 - Zach Miner got the ball for the Phillies and lasted 2 1/3 innings in a 12-5 loss to the Braves.
September 28, 2014 - Cole Hamels pitched another fine game and suffered through another outing with minimal run support.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

2015 Topps Stadium Club #116 Maikel Franco

Marlins 5, Phillies 2 (Game 2)
Game 161 - Saturday Night, October 3rd in Philadelphia
Record - 62-99, 5th Place, 27 games behind the Mets

One Sentence Summary:  In the nightcap of the double header, the bats couldn't get anything going against Marlins starting pitcher Justin Nicolino and Alec Asher ended his season with an 0-6 record.

What It Means:  One more game to go and one more chance to avoid 100 losses.

What Happened:  Marlins left fielder Christian Yelich tied a Marlins record with hits in eight straight at-bats.  He went 4 for 4 in game one and 3 for 4 in game two.  Asher allowed three runs in his his two innings of work.

Featured Card:  Maikel Franco returned to the starting line-up for the first time since breaking his hand on August 11th in Arizona.  He went 2 for 4 with his 14th home run of the season and made a few fine plays at third.  I'm definitely looking forward to featuring more of Franco's cards in 2016.

1998 Multi-Ad Clearwater Phillies #4 Pat Burrell

Marlins 7, Phillies 6 (Game 1)
Game 160 - Saturday Afternoon, October 3rd in Philadelphia
Record - 62-98

One Sentence Summary:  The Phillies dug out of an early hole established by Aaron Harang, but couldn't keep the Marlins off the board in the late innings in a 7-6 loss.

What It Means:  The double header was necessitated by heavy rains on Friday.  At game-time, it looked as if there were at most a few hundred people in the stands.

What Happened:  Harang allowed four runs (three earned) in his 5 2/3 innings of work - most likely his final appearance with the Phillies.  Ken Giles blew the save in the ninth, marking the first time the Phillies had lost a game this season when leading after eight innings.  They had been 47-0.

Cody Asche had a big three-run triple in the third.  Brian Bogusevic hit a solo home run in the fourth to tie up the score and Odubel Herrera had a three-hit game.

Featured Card:  With the Reds winning their game over the Pirates, the Phillies clinched the top spot in the June 2016 draft.  It will be their first #1 overall pick since they took Pat Burrell first in the 1998 draft.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Marlins at Phillies: October 3rd to October 4th

Saturday Double Header 4:05, Sunday 3:05
Citizens Bank Park - Philadelphia, PA

Marlins 69-90, 3rd Place in the N.L. East, 20 games behind the Mets
Phillies 62-97, 5th Place in the N.L. East, 27 games behind the Mets

Marlins Probables:  Justin Nicolino (4-4, 4.16), Tom Koehler (11-14, 4.00), Adam Conley (4-1, 3.84)
Phillies Probables:  Aaron Harang (6-15, 4.86), Alec Asher (0-5, 9.00), David Buchanan (2-9, 7.54)

At the Ballpark:  This is it . . . the final series of the 2015 season.  Sunday is Fan Appreciation Day with "prizes and surprises" promised for all fans in attendance.

Marlins Leaders
Average:  Dee Gordon - .329
Runs:  Dee Gordon - 83
Home Runs:  Giancarlo Stanton - 27
RBIs:  Justin Bour - 71
Stolen Bases:  Dee Gordon - 56

Wins:  Tom Koehler - 11
ERA:  Tom Koehler - 4.00
Strikeouts:  Tom Koehler - 132
Saves:  A.J. Ramos - 30

Phillies Leaders
Average:  Odubel Herrera - .290
Runs:  Odubel Herrera - 62
Home Runs:  Ryan Howard - 23
RBIs:  Ryan Howard - 77
Stolen Bases:  Cesar Hernandez - 19+

Wins:  Ken Giles, Aaron Harang and Aaron Nola - 6*
ERA:  Aaron Harang - 4.86
Strikeouts:  Aaron Harang - 106*
Saves:  Ken Giles - 15^

+Ben Revere, now with the Blue Jays, is the overall team leader with 24 stolen bases.
*Cole Hamels, now with the Rangers, is the overall team leader with 6 wins (tied) and 137 strikeouts.
^Jonathan Papelbon, now with the Nationals, is the overall team leader with 17 saves.

1985 Topps #379
1985 Topps #763
1985 Topps Traded #62T
1985 Topps Appreciation:  I've got a post coming up which will tally up all the Phillies-related cards in the 1985 Topps set.  The three cards shown here are the last remaining 1985 Toopps Phillies cards that had no logical fit in any series preview posts throughout the season.  Sorry guys.

I'm looking forward to doing these series preview posts in 2016 looking back at Phillies-related cards in the 1970 Topps set.  I've already put together a list of former and future Phillies in the 1970 Topps set, and there were quite a few I wasn't familiar with.  Just one more reason to look forward to the 2016 season!

Friday, October 2, 2015

2013 Choice Myrtle Beach Pelicans #14 Jerad Eickhoff

Phillies 3Mets 0
Game 159 - Thursday Afternoon, October 1st in Philadelphia
Record - 62-97, 5th Place, 27 games behind the Mets

One Sentence Summary:  Jerad Eickhoff and the Phillies completed the sweep of the Mets in a near empty Citizens Bank Park.

What It Means:  The unexpected sweep means that the Phillies have just a one game lead over the Reds for sole possession of last place and the #1 pick in June's amateur player draft.  It also means they'll need to win just one game against the Marlins this weekend to avoid a 100 loss season.  It's the little things.

This game was moved up to a noon start time to get ahead of the storms expected to hit our area beginning Thursday night.  The paid attendance of 13,238 was the lowest attendance in Citizens Bank Park history and various Tweets I read had the actual attendance at around 1,500 die hard fans/lost souls.

What Happened:  Eickhoff had another fantastic outing, throwing seven shutout innings and striking out 10.  In his final four starts of the season, Eickhoff owns a 0.96 ERA over 28 innings pitched with 33 strikeouts to just seven walks.

Home runs from Darin Ruf (two-run shot in the fourth) and Andres Blanco (solo home run in the eighth) provided more than enough offense for the win.

Featured Card:  Again, I'll need to resort to posting a card I don't actually own.  I listed Eickhoff's complete baseball card checklist in this post, and this is one of his two cards I haven't featured yet. The Pelicans were the Rangers' High-A affiliate in 2013, but they switched affiliations to the Cubs beginning with the 2015 season.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

2015 Topps Heritage High Number #596 Freddy Galvis

Phillies 7, Mets 5
Game 158 - Wednesday Night, September 30th in Philadelphia
Record - 61-97, 5th Place, 28 games behind the Mets

One Sentence Summary:  The Phillies improbably came back from an early, five-run deficit to defeat the Mets behind great relief pitching and a clutch single from Freddy Galvis.

What It Means:  The Phillies waited until the final week of the season to start playing consistently well.

What Happened:  Starting pitcher Alec Asher was chased after 2/3 of an inning, having allowed two home runs and five runs overall.  The Phillies got back into the game on an RBI double from Darin Ruf and RBI singles from Cody Asche and Galvis in the fifth and sixth innings.  Four Mets wild pitches contributed to the win.

There were also a bunch of hit batters and Mets reliever Hansel Robles, who caused some angst last month, was ejected in the sixth after throwing at Cameron Rupp's head.

Featured Card:  It was Galvis' hit that tied the game up and he'd come around to score the go-ahead run on a wild pitch.  This is his 1966 Topps inspired card from the recently released Topps Heritage High Number set.

Meeting The Bull (Again)

Phillies 4, Mets 3
Game 157 - Tuesday Night, September 29th in Philadelphia
Record - 60-97, 5th Place, 29 games behind the Mets

One Sentence Summary:  Darin Ruf's three-run home run in the first along with excellent relief pitching gave the Phillies the 4-3 win.

What It Means:  The Phillies will need to go 3-2 the rest of the way to avoid 100 losses.

What Happened:  Ruf's home run was key but it turned out the Phillies also needed the insurance run delivered with an Aaron Altherr RBI single in the seventh.  Adam Loewen retired the final batter of the fifth inning which made him the pitcher of record.  He recorded his first win since 2007 and also recorded his first hit since 2011 when he was an outfielder for the Blue Jays.

Featured Card/Field Report:  The paid attendance was 15,227, but I'd estimate there were much fewer than half of that actually at the game.  Doug and I were at this game, along with a few thousand of our closest friends and a lot of empty blue seats.  We got a little wet from a steady rain in the later innings, but overall we had a good time.

The sparse crowd gave us just about all of Section 315 to ourselves and allowed us to leisurely browse the concourse and the various merchandise stores and kiosks prior to and during the game. The Phillies are now an improbable 8-6 this season in games I've attended.  A few other observations:
  • Greg Luzinski was perched in his usual seat by Bull's BBQ and Doug had brought along a 1972 Ticketron Phillies card for The Bull to sign.  Luzinski obliged with an autograph and a picture, although he did seem a little cranky.  I guess sitting through 70+ Phillies home games this season will do that to a guy.
  • Darnell Sweeney has an official giant line-up card, but Brian Bogusevic does not.
  • I bought a $3 second series photo card set solely to confirm there were no new cards added to the set.  Suspicion confirmed.
Memory Lane
Bull Meeting #1 - April 2010
Bull Meeting #2 - August 2013

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Phillies Double Dippers - 1973 to 2015

This particular post has been lingering in my draft post folder since way back when the Phillies signed Marlon Byrd in November 2013.  Since we're quickly approaching the two-year anniversary of my first drafting this post, I decided to add this season's double dipper and finally hit the orange Publish button.

Here's my original text from November 2013 . . .

There's been a lot written and said over the past week with regards to the recent Marlon Byrd signing. The majority of the local media and most Phillies fans tend to absolutely despise the deal, and those of us who are taking a wait and see approach are in the minority.  By nature, I'm an optimistic person so I have to believe that General Manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. and his staff of advisers has to have some clue as to what they're doing.  But this post isn't about Amaro and his questionable moves, and I'm not about to delve into the pros and cons of the recent Byrd signing.

What does interest me however, is the fact that Byrd is the latest in a long line of ex-Phillies who have made their way back into red pinstripes after a stint elsewhere.  In a comment to this post, Jim from Downingtown made the excellent suggestion that I dedicate a post to Phillies making multiple appearances with the franchise over the years.  I'm sure fans of most teams feel the same way, and this is a very regional way to view the world, but it seems to me as if the Phillies dip back into their alumni pool more than most teams.  Garvey Cey Russell Lopes has an excellent feature on his blog where he looks at Dodgers Double Dippers, and my initial thought upon reading through these series of posts was, "So the Phillies aren't the only team to do this over and over?"

Rather than run this out over a series of several posts, and sticking with my theme of looking back over the last 40 years, I decided to just capture in one place those players who have made multiple appearances with the Phillies since 1973.  It was interesting for me to realize that most of the Phillies two-timers came during the 1990s.  Some of these reunions went well, and some were just plain awful.  Only time will tell on which side Byrd's return will fall.

1976 Topps #624
1981 Donruss #153
1982 Fleer #261
1989 Topps Tiffany #418
Name First Dip, Double Dip
Tony Taylor 1960-1971, 1974-1976
Dick Allen 1963-1969, 1975-1976
Joe Hoerner 1970-1972, 1975
Tim McCarver 1970-1972, 1975-1980
John Vukovich 1970-1971, 1976-1977, 1979-1981
Dick Ruthven 1973-1975, 1978-1983
Mike Anderson 1971-1975, 1979
Del Unser 1973-1974, 1979-1982

Ed Farmer 1974, 1982-1983
Willie Montanez 1970-1975, 1982
Bill Robinson 1972-1974, 1982-1983
Randy Lerch 1975-1980, 1986
Bob Dernier 1980-1983, 1988-1989

1994 Stadium Club Phillies #223
2000 Stadium Club Chrome #97
2002 Nabisco Phillies #15
2004 McDonald's Phillies #22
Dickie Noles 1979-1981, 1990
Rick Schu 1984-1987, 1991
Jay Baller 1982, 1992
Larry Andersen 1983-1986, 1993-1994
Mark Davis 1980-1981, 1993
Milt Thompson 1986-1988, 1993-1994
Randy Ready 1989-1991, 1994-1995
Kyle Abbott 1992, 1995
Charlie Hayes 1989-1991, 1995
Ruben Amaro, Jr. 1992-1993, 1996-1998
Pete Incaviglia 1993-1994, 1996
Terry Mulholland 1989-1993, 1996
Jeff Parrett 1989-1990, 1996
Gary Bennett 1995-1996, 1998-2001
Toby Borland 1994-1996, 1998

Andy Ashby 1991-1992, 2000
Mickey Morandini 1990-1997, 2000
Ricky Bottalico 1994-1998, 2001-2002
Dennis Cook 1989-1990, 2001
Todd Pratt 1992-1994, 2001-2005
Dave Hollins 1990-1995, 2002
Mike Williams 1992-1996, 2003
Doug Glanville 1998-2002, 2004
Terry Adams 2002-2003, 2005
Jose Mesa 2001-2003, 2007
Tadahito Iguchi 2007, 2008

2011 Topps Target
Throwback #89
2013 Topps Chasing
History #CH-39
2014 Bowman Chrome #162
2015 Topps Opening
Day Blue #190
Nelson Figueroa 2001, 2010
Placido Polanco 2002-2005, 2010-2012
Cliff Lee 2009, 2011-2014
Brian Sanches 2006, 2012
Jim Thome 2003-2005, 2012
Chad Durbin 2008-2010, 2013
Marlon Byrd 2002-2005, 2014
Erik Kratz 2011-2013, 2015

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

September 29th to October 1st: Mets at Phillies

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 7:05
Citizens Bank Park - Philadelphia, PA

Mets 89-67, 1st Place in the N.L. East, 9 1/2 games ahead of the Nationals
Phillies 59-97, 5th Place in the N.L. East, 30 games behind the Mets

Mets Probables:  Bartolo Colon (14-12, 4.15), Steven Matz (4-0, 2.27), Logan Varrett (1-1, 2.70)
Phillies Probables:  David Buchanan (2-9, 7.96), Alec Asher (0-5, 7.52), Jerad Eickhoff (2-3, 3.07)

At the Ballpark:  There are no promotions or giveaways scheduled.  The N.L. East champs will most likely trot out their B or C team while the Phillies will do their best to stave off the inevitable 100 loss season.

Mets Leaders
Average:  Daniel Murphy - .285
Runs:  Curtis Granderson - 96
Home Runs:  Lucas Duda and Curtis Granderson - 25
RBIs:  Lucas Duda and Daniel Murphy - 70
Stolen Bases:  Curtis Granderson - 11

Wins:  Bartolo Colon and Jacob deGrom - 14
ERA:  Jacob deGrom - 2.60
Strikeouts:  Jacob deGrom - 198
Saves:  Jeurys Familia - 42

Phillies Leaders
Average:  Odubel Herrera - .287
Runs:  Odubel Herrera - 60
Home Runs:  Ryan Howard - 23
RBIs:  Ryan Howard - 77
Stolen Bases:  Cesar Hernandez - 19+

Wins:  Ken Giles, Aaron Harang and Aaron Nola - 6*
ERA:  Aaron Harang - 4.86
Strikeouts:  Aaron Harang - 106*
Saves:  Ken Giles - 13^

+Ben Revere, now with the Blue Jays, is the overall team leader with 24 stolen bases.
*Cole Hamels, now with the Rangers, is the overall team leader with 6 wins (tied) and 137 strikeouts.
^Jonathan Papelbon, now with the Nationals, is the overall team leader with 17 saves.

1985 Topps #677
1985 Topps #302
1985 Topps Appreciation:  We've reached the penultimate series of this dreadful season, and I've got two cards of mustachioed former Mets and Phillies to feature.  Before checking his Baseball Reference page, I had forgotten that Wally Backman played two seasons for the Phillies in 1991 and 1992.  I had thought he was only around for a single season, but he did in fact suit up in both the maroon pinstripes of 1991 and the red pinstripes of 1992.  Backman of course started his career with 9 seasons with the Mets.

Tim Corcoran was a teammate of Backman's on the 1986 Mets team for all of six games.  He accumulated seven at-bats with the Mets in April and June going 0 for 7 before being released on June 9th.

Phillies Missing Links of the 1980s - #9 Mike LaValliere

Michael Eugene LaValliere

By the time Mike LaValliere was Major League ready for the Phillies, Ozzie Virgil had inserted himself as the team's everyday catcher with John Russell and Darren Daulton waiting in the wings. LaValliere was a September call-up in 1984, appearing in six games and starting only two.

"Spanky" found much more success with the Pirates, winning a Gold Glove in 1987 and helping them win the N.L. East pennant in 1990, 1991 and 1992.  He would later speak of his desire to exact revenge against his first team for letting him go following the 1984 season.  During his years with the Cardinals and Pirates, LaValliere hit .303 (70 for 231) with four home runs against the Phillies including a blast against Kevin Gross on June 19, 1986 in his first meeting against his original team.

Bats:  Left  Throws:  Right  Height:  5'10"  Weight:  180
Born:  August 18, 1960, Charlotte, NC
Signed:  Signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent, July 12, 1981
Major League Teams:  Phillies 1984, St. Louis Cardinals 1985-1986, Pittsburgh Pirates 1987-1993, Chicago White Sox 1993-1995
Professional Affiliations:  Phillies 1981-1984, St. Louis Cardinals 1985-1986, Pittsburgh Pirates 1987-1993, Chicago White Sox 1993-1995

Phillies Career
6 games, 0 for 7
Acquired:  Via free agency
Debut:  September 9, 1984 - Entered in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Phillies catcher, replacing Virgil who had been pinch-run for in the top of the inning.
Final Game:  September 30, 1984
Departed:  Signed as a free agent with the St. Louis Cardinals, January 23, 1985

1983 TCMA Reading Phillies #12
1986 Donruss Rookies #35
1987 Topps #162
1995 Flair #26
0 LaValliere Baseball Card in My Collection
First Card:  N/A
Last Card:  N/A

Other Baseball Cards
First Mainstream Card:  1986 Donruss Rookies #35
First Topps Base Card:  1987 Topps #162
Last Mainstream Card as Player:  1995 Flair #26
Most Recent Mainstream Card:  2006 Fleer Greats of the Game Nickname Greats #NG-ML
Other Notable Cards:  1983 TCMA Reading Phillies #12, 1987 Topps Traded #61T, 1992 Topps #312, 1993 Upper Deck #120, 1994 Topps #147

Sources:  Baseball Reference and The Trading Card Database

This is a continuing series looking at those players who spent time with the Phillies but possess no baseball card proof of their time in Philadelphia.  I will make my way through the decade of the 1980s first and then work my way forward.  In some cases, the First and Last Mainstream cards listed above have been subjectively chosen if multiple cards were released in that year.