Monday, September 15, 2014

Phillies at Padres: September 15th to September 18th

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 10:10, Thursday 9:10
Petco Park - San Diego, CA

Phillies 69-80, 5th Place in the N.L. East, 16 1/2 games behind the Nationals
Padres 68-80, 3rd Place in the N.L. West, 16 1/2 games behind the Dodgers

Phillies Probables:  Jerome Williams (3-1, 3.44), A.J. Burnett (8-16, 4.34), Cole Hamels (807, 2.51), Kyle Kendrick (9-12, 4.72)
Padres Probables:  Andrew Cashner (3-7, 2.40), Ian Kennedy (10-13, 3.77), Eric Stults (7-16, 4.49), Tyson Ross (13-14, 2.81)

At the Ballpark:  There are no giveaways scheduled, but according to the promotions calendar on the Padres' website, tomorrow night is Taco Tuesday at the ballpark.

Phillies Leaders
Average:  Ben Revere - .309
Runs:  Jimmy Rollins - 78
Home Runs:  Marlon Byrd - 25
RBIs:  Ryan Howard - 92
Stolen Bases:  Ben Revere - 45

Wins:  Kyle Kendrick - 9
ERA:  Cole Hamels - 2.51
Strikeouts:  Cole Hamels - 178
Saves:  Jonathan Papelbon - 37

1988 Topps #284, #693, 1988 Topps Traded #121T and 1988 Topps #482
1988 Topps Appreciation:  Larry Bowa has spent his life in baseball and has had two manager's gigs over his long professional career.  His second stint as a manager came with the Phillies, and he managed the team to a 337-308 record between 2001 and 2004.  As rough as that was, his first stint as a manager of the San Diego Padres was much, much rougher.  Bowa took over for Steve Boras following the 1986 season, and the 1987 Padres finished with the National League's worst record at 65-97.  Bowa lasted 46 games into the 1988 season, going 16-30, before he was relieved of his duties.

The three players featured here all played briefly for Bowa, and they all also spent time playing for the Phillies.  Benito (don't call me Benny) Santiago spent one season in Philadelphia in 1996, bridging the catching gap between Darren Daulton and Mike Lieberthal.

Dickie Thon played one season in San Diego before the team sold him to the Phillies in January 1989.  Thon played three seasons in Philly, hitting .259 in 431 games.

Finally, Mark Davis double dipped with the Phillies, coming up with the Phils in 1980 before heading to the Giants in the December 1982 Al Holland deal.  He'd play five seasons with the Giants before hitting his career peak with the Padres between 1987 and 1989.  In his final season with the Padres, Davis won the National League Cy Young Award when he saved 44 games and pitched to a 1.85 ERA in 70 games.  He'd never recapture his 1989 form, bouncing around for the next seven seasons and briefly appearing again with the Phillies in 1993.


Steve F. said...

Mark Davis and Larry Bowa are two of the three Phillies I have a picture of myself with as a 10-12 year old. Ozzie Virgil is the third. My uncle was a LL coach and organized a baseball clinic at the Reading Phillies. After the clinic, he had my brothers, cousins and I gather around Ozzie for one photo and Mark for another, and both ended up becoming All Stars. Too bad he didn't also bring in their 1980 RPhils teammates Ryne Sandberg, George Bell and Bobby Dernier!

Larry Bowa was at Boscov's or somewhere in about 1978 along with Garry Maddox and we got a picture with Bowa and another of (but not with) Maddox, something I remedied 35 years later at his BBQ Challenge.

Jim said...

Cool stuff. It's amazing how we always remember meeting players in our youth.