|1998 Pacific Online #569, 1998 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons 10th Anniversary (#15),|
1995 Topps #254 and 1998 Q Cards Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons #9
40 players suited up with the Phillies during the 1998 season. Without checking Baseball Reference, I would have pegged that number a little higher, but 40 it is.
3 Cards or More
Relievers Jerry Spradlin, Yorkis Perez and Billy Brewer all made the cut with exactly three Phillies cards. Each of those guys were featured in a few Phillies Team Issue sets and the 1998 Pacific Online set. When I was trying to create my Phillies Wall back in the late-90s, the 1998 Pacific Online set was a necessity. Weighing in with 780 different cards, the set featured middle inning relievers and back-up catchers during an era when the other card manufacturers were ignoring those guys. It's not a pretty set, but it definitely served its purpose.
Darrin Winston (7 games in 1997 and 27 games in 1998) - 1998 Pacific Online #576 and 1998 Phillies Team Issue #58
Winston already made the list in 1997.
|1999 Sports Illustrated #61|
Mike Welch (10 games in 1998) - 1999 Sports Illustrated #61
Jon Zuber (30 games in 1996 and 38 games in 1998) - 1998 Phillies Team Issue (Special Edition)*
Welch had to share his sole Phillies card with Marlon Anderson and Gary Bennett. Welch, a right-handed reliever was acquired from the Mets in December 1997 for minor leaguer Hector Mercado.
*See the comment after this post from reader Steve F. for more information.
Matt Whiteside (10 games in 1998)
Robert Dodd (4 games in 1998)
Pitchers Whiteside and Dodd join the infamous list. Whiteside had been a mainstay in the Rangers bullpen for the better part of the '90s before the team unceremoniously released him in Spring Training 1998. The Phils signed him a few days later. He spent the bulk of the '98 season with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons, although he does not appear in the Red Barons team set; most likely because he actually opened the season on the Phillies active roster. So Whiteside is the classic case of a player caught in the middle - he was acquired too late to be included within the team issued postcard set, and he was still with the Phillies when the Red Barons were compiling the checklist for their team set.
Dodd does appear in the Red Barons set, and he took Whiteside's spot in the bullpen when the team designated Whiteside for assignment in late May. Dodd appeared in four games with the Phillies in late May/early June, winning a game, but allowing four earned runs in five innings (7.20 ERA).
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