Friday, May 29, 2009

1994 Ultra #252 Ben Rivera

1993 Phillies - Starting Rotation

Uniform Number: 34
1993 Stats: Ben managed a 5.02 ERA and a 13-9 record in 30 games with the Phils, 28 of which he started.
1993 Notable: On August 31st against Chicago, Big Ben threw his first career shutout, striking out a career high 9 Cubbies. He pitched 3.1 innings in relief in the Postseason, yielding 5 runs.
How Acquired: Acquired from the Atlanta Braves for Donnie Elliott, May 28, 1992
Phillies Career: 1992-1994
How Departed: Granted free agency, December 23, 1994 (Signed with the Montreal Expos' organization)

Ben's best stretch as a Phillie came in late 1992 after his acquisition from the Braves, when he went 7-3 with a 2.82 ERA. Unfortunately, he never recaptured that kind of effectiveness during the remainder of his Phillies tenure. Ben played a few seasons in Japan (1998-1999) and more recently (2005), attempted a comeback in the Mexican League.

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