Saturday, July 1, 2017

Phillies Missing Links of the 1990s - #9 Jim Deshaies

James Joseph Deshaies
Starting Pitcher

Jim Deshaies was at the end of his 12-year major league career when the Phillies came calling in need of starting pitching depth.  In the midst of the 1994-1995 player's strike, the Phillies signed Deshaies in late February 1995 and he started the season with the team's AAA affiliate in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.  The Phillies needed a starting pitcher in late July when Curt Schilling went on the disabled list and Deshaies, who had started 19 games for the Red Barons, got the call.  It didn't go well.  Deshaies started two games, giving up six runs in each outing, and he was promptly released.

Deshaies' best years came with the Houston Astros, where he was a 15-game winner in 1989.

Bats:  Left  Throws:  Left  Height:  6'4"  Weight:  222
Born:  June 23, 1960, Massena, NY
Drafted:  Drafted by the New York Yankees in the 21st round of the 1982 amateur draft.
Major League Teams:  New York Yankees 1984; Houston Astros 1985-1991; San Diego Padres 1992; Minnesota Twins 1993; San Francisco Giants 1993; Minnesota Twins 1994; Phillies 1995
Professional Affiliations:  New York Yankees 1982-1985; Houston Astros 1985-1991; Oakland Athletics 1992; San Diego Padres 1992; Minnesota Twins 1993; San Francisco Giants 1993; Minnesota Twins 1994; Phillies 1995

Phillies Career
2 games, 0-1, 20.25 ERA, 5 1/3 innings, 12 earned runs, 15 hits, 1 walk, 6 strikeouts
Acquired:  Signed as a free agent formerly with the Minnesota Twins, February 26, 1995
Debut:  July 25, 1995 - Started against the Rockies at Veterans Stadium, allowing six runs on 10 hits, including a three-run home to Dante Bichette.
Final Game:  July 30, 1995
Departed:  Released, July 31, 1995

1986 Donruss Rookies #34
1987 Topps #167
1995 Pacific #246
1995 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre
Red Barons Team Issue #6
4 Deshaies Baseball Cards in My Collection
First Card:  1987 Sportflics #156 (with Mike Schmidt and Don Sutton)
Last Card:  1995 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons Dunkin' Donuts #7

Other Baseball Cards
First Mainstream Card:  1986 Donruss Rookies #34
First Topps Base Card:  1987 Topps #167
Last Mainstream Card:  1995 Pacific #246
Other Notable Cards:  1987 Topps #2 RB, 1990 Donruss #7 DK, 1993 Upper Deck #648

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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