Kelly Lee Stinnett
As we watched the closing ceremonies following the final game at Veterans Stadium on September 28, 2003, I thought it a nice touch that the current Phillies team opted to take part in the on-field introductions. Kelly Stinnett entered the field after Rheal Cormier and the photo for this card is taken from that moment. Stinnett was acquired from the Reds for Eric Valent right before the August 31st trade deadline as the Phils were looking for some catching depth behind Mike Lieberthal and Todd Pratt. As it turned out, he was used mostly as a pinch-hitter in his seven games with the Phillies, seeing action as a catcher in a just a few innings in the September 9th game.
Stinnett enjoyed a 14-year career as a backup catcher with eight different teams, reaching a career high in games with 92 for the 1998 Diamondbacks.
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 5'11" Weight: 195
Born: February 14, 1970, Lawton, OK
Drafted: Drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 11th round of the 1989 amateur player draft.
Major League Teams: New York Mets 1994-1995; Milwaukee Brewers 1996-1997; Arizona Diamondbacks 1998-2000; Cincinnati Reds 2001-2003; Phillies 2003; Kansas City Royals 2004; Arizona Diamondbacks 2005; New York Yankees 2006; New York Mets 2006; St. Louis Cardinals 2007
Professional Affiliations: Cleveland Indians 1990-1993; New York Mets 1994-1995; Milwaukee Brewers 1996-1997; Arizona Diamondbacks 1998-2000; Cincinnati Reds 2001-2003; Phillies 2003; Kansas City Royals 2004; Arizona Diamondbacks 2005; New York Yankees 2006; New York Mets 2006; Los Angeles Dodgers 2007; St. Louis Cardinals 2007
7 games - six as pinch-hitter, one at catcher, 3 for 7 (.429)
Acquired: Acquired from the Cincinnati Reds for Eric Valent, August 31, 2003.
Debut: September 1, 2003 - Pinch hit for Mike Williams in the sixth inning against the Red Sox, singling off Jeff Suppan.
Final Game: September 28, 2003 - In the last game ever played at Veterans Stadium, pinch hit for Turk Wendell in the fifth and popped out to first against Greg Maddux.
Departed: October 26, 2003 - Granted free agency. Signed with the Kansas City Royals, December 19, 2003.
2003 Upper Deck 40-Man #735
Other Baseball Cards
First Mainstream Card: 1994 Pinnacle #538
First Topps Base Card: 1995 Topps #71
Last Mainstream Card: 2006 Upper Deck #719
Other Notable Cards: 1990 Star Waterloo Indians #20, 1998 Pacific Online #48, 1999 Fleer Tradition #524, 2000 Topps #347, 2001 Topps #644, 2002 Topps #381
Sources: Baseball Reference and The Trading Card Database
Phillies Missing Links of the 2000s
1 Kirk Bullinger
2 Chris Pritchett
3 Bryan Ward
4 Mark Holzemer
5 Turner Ward
6 P.J. Forbes
7 Matt Walbeck
8 Kelly Stinnett
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. In some cases, the First and Last Mainstream cards listed above have been subjectively chosen if multiple cards were released in that year.