Sunday, August 12, 2018

Phillies Missing Links of the 2000s - #29 Les Walrond

Leslie Dale Walrond
Relief Pitcher

Les Walrond had already been playing professional baseball for 10 seasons, including very brief parts of two seasons with the Royals and Cubs, when the Phillies purchased his contract from the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs on August 2nd.  Reliever Rudy Seanez had landed on the disabled list and the Phillies went with the lefty Walrond to fill his spot.  He got knocked around a little in four appearances and was sent back down when Seanez returned.  Walrond was then one a slew of September call-ups for the club but he'd appear in just two more games that season.

Walrond was a 13th round draft pick of the Cardinals and his 15 year odyssey saw him spend time with the Cardinals, Royals, Marlins and Cubs before his six games with the Phillies.  He pitched for two seasons in Japan and Korea in 2009 and 2010 before coming back to the Phillies organization and appearing in 33 games for the Reading Phillies and IronPigs in 2011.

Bats:  Left  Throws:  Left  Height:  6'3"  Weight:  205
Born:  November 7, 1976, Muskogee, OK
Drafted:  Drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 13th round of the 1998 amateur draft, June 2, 1998.
Major League Teams:  Royals 2003; Cubs 2006; Phillies 2008
Professional Affiliations:  St. Louis Cardinals 1998-2003; Kansas City Royals 2003-2004; Florida Marlins 2005; Chicago Cubs 2006-2008; Phillies 2008; Yokohama Bay Stars (Japan) 2009; Doosan Bears (Korea) 2010; Phillies 2011; Lancaster Barnstormers (Independent) 2011-2012; Toronto Blue Jays 2012

Phillies Career
6 games, 10 1/3 innings, 1-1, 6.10 ERA, 13 hits, 9 walks, 12 strikeouts
Acquired:  May 3, 2008 - Signed as a minor league free agent formerly with the Chicago Cubs organization.
Debut:  August 5, 2008 - Relieved Clay Condrey in the 7th inning of a game against the Marlins.  Faced 5 batters, recording a strikeout and then allowing a walk, a wild pitch, another walk and a single to Alfredo Amezaga before he was pulled in favor of Ryan Madson.
Final Game:  September 28, 2008 - Was the winning pitcher the day after the Phillies had clinched the division, relieving Kyle Kendrick in the 5th and pitching 2 scoreless innings.
Departed:  November 4, 2008 - Selected off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays.

2 Walrond Baseball Card in My Collection
2008 Multi-Ad Lehigh Valley IronPigs #24
2011 Choice Lehigh Valley IronPigs #27

Complete Chachi Checklist
2008 Chachi #44
2009 Chachi Transactions #3

2001 Donruss Class
of 2001 #127
2006 Topps 52 #28
2008 Multi-Ad Lehigh
Valley IronPigs #24
2008 Chachi #44
2011 Choice Lehigh
Valley IronPigs #27
Other Baseball Cards
First Mainstream Card:  2001 Donruss Class of 2001 #127
First Topps Base Card:  N/A
Last Mainstream Card:  2006 Topps 52 #28
Other Notable Cards:  2002 Ultra #272, 2002 Upper Deck 40-Man #599, 2006 Upper Deck #1042

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
27 R.J. Swindle
28 Mike Cervenak
29 Les Walrond

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...

Lowest-selling Steiner Sports Memorabilia item ever:

"2008 Phillies team ball, starter version -- Celebrate the 2008 Phillies World Championship with this Rawlings Official Major League Ball (Selig), signed by the following members of the championship team:

Adam Eaton
T.J. Bohn
Lou Marson
R.J. Swindle
Mike Cervenak
Les Walrond
Chris Snelling
Drew Carpenter
Andy Tracy
Brad Harman
Ramon Henderson/Roly de Armas (joint sweet spot signatures)

All signatures in black sharpie.

Just a few more autographs needed to complete your team ball--and this ball has the 'tough signers' already! Act now--limited quantities available. Price now reduced by 10% in honor of the team's 10th anniversary--was $799, now just $719."

wileybb said...

LOL- Ramon and Roly get the sweet spot!

wileybb said...

And seeing as how Brad Harman is Australian, he might be a tough get.

Steve F. said...

I'm thinking Ramon signed it but only took up half the sweet spot so, like in the regular season, Roly stepped in and finished it off for him!

BTW, on my own 2008 ball (in progress for 9+ years), I asked Charlie Manuel to sign the sweet spot and add "2008 WS Champions"--he did, but to my chagrin he didn't do it under his name but instead used much of the side panel to do it. So if I ever get the ball more or less complete, it's going to have a lot of players squeezing in their names around Charlie's writing. Arghhh! Well, at least it will be a unique one...