Thursday, March 20, 2014

#180 Darren Daulton

About the Front: The light blue-on-purple (or is it navy?) name bars for Phillies players are kind of hard on the eyes.

About the Back: In 1992, Darren Daulton became the fourth catcher to ever lead the National League in RBI, following Roy Campanella, Johnny Bench, and Gary Carter.

Triple Play:

1. Multiple knee injuries throughout Darren's career made him a "what-if" case. As it was, he topped 100 games played five times in 14 seasons, making three All-Star Games.

2. "Dutch" had a batting line of .281/.413/.516 in 22 career postseason games with the Phillies and Marlins, including three homers and 10 RBI.

3. For an interesting and surreal read, check out the "Personal Beliefs" section of Daulton's Wikipedia page. For example, he believes he's had multiple out-of-body experiences.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: When I was younger, I would read pretty much anything baseball-related - newspaper articles, magazines, books, encyclopedias - you name it. I wonder if my adolescent self would have been able to wrap his brain around Daulton's 2007 book, If They Only Knew.

Bill James Said: "Batted 136 times in double-play situations, but grounded into only two double plays (1.5%), by far the lowest percentage in the National League."

On This Date in 1993: March 20. The Mets sign Dominican pitcher Octavio Dotel as an international free agent. 21 years and 13 MLB teams later, Dotel has not yet caught on with a team for the coming season.

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