Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Phillies Missing Links of the 1980s - #5 Alejandro Sanchez

Alejandro (Pimental) Sanchez
Right Field

In his profile in the Phillies 1984 Media Guide, it's noted that Alejandro Sanchez "physically resembles Pedro Guerrero."  The outfielder was a September call-up in 1982 and he made the Phillies opening day roster in 1983 due to Von Hayes' thigh injury.  He'd be sent down to Triple-A Portland when Hayes returned in mid-April and he wouldn't return to the Phillies until rosters expanded in September.  On March 24, 1984, Sanchez was traded to the San Francisco Giants for Dave Bergman and the Phils would flip Bergman that same day to the Tigers with Willie Hernandez for Glenn Wilson and John Wockenfuss.

Bats:  Right  Throws:  Right  Height:  6'0"  Weight:  185
Born:  February 14, 1959, San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic
Signed:  Signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent, April 10, 1978
Major League Teams:  Phillies 1982-1983, San Francisco Giants 1984, Detroit Tigers 1985, Minnesota Twins 1986, Oakland Athletics 1987
Professional Affiliations:  Phillies 1978-1983, San Francisco Giants 1984, Detroit Tigers 1985, Minnesota Twins 1986, Oakland Athletics 1987-1988, Mexican League 1989-1994, Independent League 1997-1998

Phillies Career
15 games, .286 (6 for 21), double, 2 home runs and 6 RBIs
Acquired:  Via free agency
Debut:  September 6, 1982 - Pinch-ran for Bo Diaz in the top of the 8th against the Cubs
Final Game:  October 1, 1983
Departed:  Traded to the San Francisco Giants for Dave Bergman, March 24, 1984

1982 TCMA Oklahoma
City 89ers #7
1982 Topps #PR11
1985 Donruss #43
1986 Topps #563
2 Sanchez Baseball Card in My Collection
First Card:  1982 TCMA Oklahoma City 89ers #7
Last Card:  1983 TCMA Portland Beavers #22

I had previously created a card for Sanchez using the 1982 Topps design and his picture from the 1982 Phillies Yearbook.

Other Baseball Cards
First Mainstream Card:  1985 Donruss #43
First Topps Base Card:  1986 Topps #563
Last Mainstream Card:  1986 Topps #563
Other Notable Cards:  1981 TCMA Reading Phillies #22, 1985 Fleer Update #U-98, 1986 Donruss #415, 1986 Fleer #236

Sources:  Baseball BirthdaysBaseball Reference and The Trading Card Database

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.  I will make my way through the decade of the 1980s first and then work my way forward.  In some cases, the First and Last Mainstream cards listed above have been subjectively chosen if multiple cards were released in that year.

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