Friday, June 30, 2017

Phillies Missing Links of the 1990s - #19 Robert Dodd

Robert Wayne Dodd
Relief Pitcher

In need of another left-handed reliever after Yorkis Perez was placed on the disabled list, the Phillies recalled Robert Dodd from the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons on May 27, 1998.  He'd make his major league debut a day later with a scoreless inning against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.  Pitching only three more times before being demoted back to Scranton, Dodd got his first and only big league win on June 16th when he pitched a scoreless ninth inning against the Pirates in a game the Phillies were trailing, 7-1.  The Phillies would miraculously score seven times in the bottom of the inning, capped by a walk-off, three-run home run from Mike Lieberthal.  Dodd was sent back down the following day when Perez was activated off the DL.

Dodd pitched two more full seasons in Reading and Scranton in 1999 and 2000, never getting the return call to the majors.  He wrapped up his professional career pitching three seasons (2001-2003) with the independent Somerset Patriots.

Bats:  Left  Throws:  Left  Height:  6'3"  Weight:  195
Born:  March 14, 1973, Kansas City, KS
Drafted:  Drafted by the Phillies in the 14th round of the June 1994 amateur player draft.
Major League Teams:  Phillies 1998
Professional Affiliations:  Phillies 1994-2000; Somerset Patriots (independent) 2001-2003

Phillies Career
4 games, 1-0, 7.20 ERA, 5 innings pitched, 4 strikeouts
Acquired:  Via draft
Debut:  May 28, 1998 - Relieved Curt Schilling in the sixth inning of a game against the Cubs, allowing no runs and striking out Brant Brown.
Final Game:  June 16, 1998
Departed:  Departed the organization following the 2000 season and signed with the Somerset Patriots of the independent Atlantic League.

1996 Best
Reading Phillies #3
1997 Best
Reading Phillies #13
1998 Q Cards Scranton/
Wilkes-Barre Red Barons #9
1999 Multi-Ad
Reading Phillies #5
4 Dodd Baseball Cards in My Collection
First Card:  1996 Best Reading Phillies #3
Last Card:  1999 Multi-Ad Reading Phillies #5

Other Baseball Cards
First Mainstream Card:  N/A
First Topps Base Card:  N/A
Last Mainstream Card:  N/A
Other Notable Cards:  1997 Best Reading Phillies #13, 1998 Q Cards Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons #9, 2003 Multi-Ad Somerset Patriots #9

Sources:  Baseball Reference and The Trading Card Database

Phillies Missing Links of the 1990s
1 Louie Meadows
2 Dave LaPoint
3 Darrin Chapin
4 Mickey Weston
5 Bob Wells
6 Tom Edens
7 Omar Olivares
9 Jim Deshaies
10 Chuck Ricci
11 Dennis Springer
12 Manny Martinez
13 Rafael Quirico
14 Bronson Heflin
15 Glenn Dishman
16 Rob Butler
17 Mike Robertson
18 Matt Whiteside
19 Robert Dodd
20 Joel Bennett
21 Joe Grahe
22 Domingo Cedeno
23 Torey Lovullo

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.

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