Thursday, August 9, 2018

Phillies Missing Links of the 2000s - #26 T.J. Bohn

Thomas Joseph Bohn

In the years since the Phillies won the 2008 World Series, I've honestly occasionally wondered, "Did T.J. Bohn receive a World Series ring?"

Bohn was claimed off waivers from the Braves on September 24, 2007 and came to spring training in 2008 as a member of the team's 40-man roster.  Chris Snelling was the first outfielder to join the club when Shane Victorino landed on the disabled list on April 12th, but when Snelling himself got hurt a week later Bohn got the call.  Bohn was sent down once Victorino was healthy, but got another shot when Jayson Werth landed on the disabled list on May 24th.  When Snelling was activated on June 2nd, Bohn was sent back to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, never to return.

Manager Charlie Manuel used Bohn very sparingly in the limited time he was on the roster, only entering 14 games as pinch-hitter, pinch-runner or late inning defensive replacement.  He never entered a game before the 6th inning, tallying 5 total at-bats and collecting 2 hits.

Bohn was let go following the 2008 season and was out of baseball for all of 2009.  He played the 2010 and 2011 seasons with the Sioux City Explorers of the independent American Association before calling it a career.  But did he receive a World Series ring?

Bats:  Right  Throws:  Right  Height:  6'5"  Weight:  200
Born:  January 17, 1980, St. Louis Park, MN
Drafted:  Drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 30th round of the 2002 amateur draft, June 4, 2002
Major League Teams:  Seattle Mariners 2006; Phillies 2008
Professional Affiliations:  Seattle Mariners 2002-2006; Atlanta Braves 2007; Phillies 2008; Sioux City Explorers (Independent) 2010-2011

Phillies Career
14 games, 2 for 5 with 3 RBIs, 1 strikeout, pinch-ran for Pat Burrell 5 times
Acquired:  September 24, 2007 - Selected off waivers from the Atlanta Braves.
Debut:  April 20, 2008 - Pinch hit for Chad Durbin, striking out against the Mets' Jorge Sosa.
Final Game:  June 1, 2008 - Pinch ran for Pat Burrell in the 7th inning, playing the remainder of the game in left field.
Departed:  November 3, 2008 - Granted free agency.

1 Bohn Baseball Card in My Collection
2008 Multi-Ad Lehigh Valley IronPigs #4

Complete Chachi Checklist
2008 Chachi #33

2003 Bowman #180
2006 Topps 52 #48
2006 Upper Deck #1177
2008 Multi-Ad Lehigh
Valley IronPigs #4
2008 Chachi #33
Other Baseball Cards
First Mainstream Card:  2003 Bowman #180
First Topps Base Card:  N/A
Last Mainstream Card:  2006 Upper Deck #1177
Other Notable Cards:  2003 Topps Total #917, 2006 Topps 52 #48, 2010 Sioux City Exployers Team Issue #4

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
9 Valerio de los Santos
10 Josh Hancock
11 Brian Powell
12 Paul Abbott
13 Todd Jones
14 A.J. Hinch
15 Ramon Martinez
16 Matt Kata
17 Aquilino Lopez
18 Adam Bernero
19 Jose Hernandez
20 Randall Simon
21 Anderson Garcia
22 Russell Branyan
23 John Ennis
24 Kane Davis
25 Pete LaForest
26 T.J. Bohn

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.


Steve F. said...

Speaking of "getting a ring," it's 10 years later, so my memory could be off, but I believe Adam Eaton rode on a car around CBP for the in-stadium ceremony on October 31--the one where Chase uttered his famous, should-have-been-bleeped-out line. And my recollection is that he was actually booed when his name was announced. I think I heard someone yell "Give back the ring, Adam." Given that he had a 5.80 ERA that year with a 1.636 WHIP and a 4-8 record (following up on 6.29, 1.627 and 10-10 the year before for the Phils), it seemed a fitting reaction from the crowd....

Jim said...

Eaton was definitely there in 2009 for the pre-game ring ceremony as I believe he, Geoff Jenkins and Pat Burrell all showed up wearing street clothes. Burrell was with the Rays at that point and somehow he was able to come to town for the ceremony.

I was there, and it was kind of a little funny that Eaton would show up.

Matthew Veasey said...

This piece from the Sioux City Journal, where Bohn wrapped his playing career, says that he did indeed get a 2008 ring:
",,,the athletic outfielder with a World Series ring from the 2008 Philadelphia Phillies."

Jim said...

Thank you for posting this . . . I had always assumed/hoped he received a ring so it's nice to know he actually did.