|2000 MLB Showdown 1st Edition #337, 1999 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons Team Issue #21 and #6,|
1999 Multi-Ad Reading Phillies #6
I'm enjoying researching these Missing Links posts almost as much as I'm enjoying researching and composing my Topps Phillies series of posts. I plan on continuing these posts through the 2000s, but with the caveat that I may need help as I move through that decade. My baseball card collection from the '90s is much more comprehensive than what I currently own from the '00s.
But before we get to Y2K, here's a look at those members of the 1999 Phillies team with sparse to non-existent Phillies cardboard representation. There were 41 different players to suit up with the Phils in 1999.
|1999 Phillies Team|
Steve Montgomery (53 games in 1999) - 1999 Phillies Team Issue #57 and 2000 MLB Showdown 1st Edition #337
Tom Prince (4 games in 1999 and 46 games in 2000) - 1999 Phillies Team Issue #12 and 2000 Phillies Team Issue #22
This will sound very strange to all but a few of my readers, but I was beyond thrilled when I tracked down Montgomery's Phillies card from the MLB Showdown set. It drove me batty that this guy appeared in so many games for the Phillies in 1999, yet he didn't have a proper (regular sized) baseball card.
Steve Schrenk (32 games in 1999 and 20 games in 2000) - 2000 Phillies Team Issue #52
Scott Aldred (29 games in 1999 and 23 games in 2000) - 2000 Phillies Team Issue #30Jim Poole (51 games in 1999) - 1999 Phillies Team Issue #41
Paul Spoljaric (5 games in 1999) - 1999 Phillies Team Issue #50
If not for the Phillies team issued postcard set, this quartet of relievers would have no Phillies baseball cards to their names.
Domingo Cedeno (32 games in 1999)
Torey Lovullo (17 games in 1999)
Joe Grahe (13 games in 1999)
Joel Bennett (5 games in 1999)
Cedeno never had a chance for a Phillies card as he falls into that black hole category of players acquired and released by the team within the same year. He was acquired by the Phillies in early July from the Mariners as an emergency back-up for shortstop Alex Arias, who was forced into starting duties when Desi Relaford tore ligaments in his wrist. Upon Relaford's return in September, Cedeno was unceremoniously released after posting a .152 average in 32 games.
|1994 Topps #776|
Like Lovullo, Grahe was a veteran who had previously played in parts of six seasons with the Angels and Rockies. He spent the 1999 season, his last in the Majors, between the Phillies and their Triple-A affiliate in Scranton.
Bennett was briefly forced into the starting rotation in May when Spoljaric was traded away to the Blue Jays in exchange for Robert Person.
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