Monday, December 2, 2019

Phillies Missing Links of the 2000s - #34 Paul Hoover

Paul Chester Hoover

Paul Hoover is the rare player who appeared in parts of two different seasons with the Phillies, but still never appeared on a Phillies baseball card.  His first Phillies stint came as a September call-up in 2009, appearing in three games but with his only start coming on September 25th.  On October 4th, in the final game of the regular season, Hoover delivered a 10th inning RBI single to score John Mayberry, Jr. and deliver a 3-2 walk-off win for the Phillies.

He returned to the Phillies twice in 2010.  First, he was recalled on May 9th when back-up catcher Brian Schneider landed on the disabled list with a left Achilles strain.  Hoover appeared in six games, starting three games in a row in mid-May to spell the banged up Carlos Ruiz.  He returned to Lehigh Valley when Schneider was activated on May 24th, but he came back up in September for the second year in a row.

In total, Hoover played in parts of seven big league seasons but never appeared in more than 13 games in any of those seasons.  He had brief tenures with the Devil Rays (8 games in 2001 and 2002), Marlins (20 games in 2006, 2007 and 2008) and Phillies (12 games in 2009 and 2010).

Bats:  Right  Throws:  Right  Height:  6'1"  Weight:  210
Born:  April 14, 1976, Columbus, OH
Drafted:  Drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 23rd round of the 1997 amateur draft, June 3, 1997
Major League Teams:  Tampa Bay Devil Rays 2001-2002; Florida Marlins 2006-2008; Phillies 2009-2010

Phillies Career
12 games, .308 (8 for 26), 3 RBIs
Acquired:  January 7, 2009 - Signed as a minor league free agent formerly with the Florida Marlins organization.
Debut:  September 25, 2009 - Started behind the plate, catching Cliff Lee, and went 2 for 3 with a strikeout against the Brewers.
Final Game:  September 29, 2010 - As the starting catcher for Joe Blanton, went 0 for 4 with a pair of strikeouts against the Nationals.
Departed:  October 28, 2010 - Granted free agency and signed as a free agent with the Boston Red Sox, February 1, 2011

3 Hoover Baseball Cards in My Collection
2009 Choice Lehigh Valley IronPigs #10
2010 Choice Lehigh Valley IronPigs #9
2010 Choice Lehigh Valley IronPigs Update #11

Complete Chachi Checklist
2009 Chachi #56
2010 Chachi #36

1999 Bowman #158
1999 Topps Traded &
Rookies #T19
2008 Topps Updates &
Highlights #UH149
2009 Chachi #56
2010 Choice Lehigh Valley
IronPigs Update #11
Other Baseball Cards
First Mainstream Card:  1999 Bowman #158
First Topps Base Card:  1999 Topps Traded & Rookies #T19
Last Mainstream Card:  2008 Topps Update & Highlights #UH149
Other Notable Cards:  2006 Topps 52 #212, 2006 Upper Deck #1077

Sources:  Baseball Reference and The Trading Card Database

Phillies Missing Links of the 2000s
Gallery - Cards 1 to 34

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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