|RULED THE PHILLIES' CLUBHOUSE.|
|COMING OFF HIS BREAKOUT SEASON IN '92.|
DEFINING THE PLAYER
- The Macho Row Phillies of the 1990s had a lot of gruff personalities, but the player they snapped to attention for was Darren Daulton, who despite his looks was a down-and-dirty gamer. The oft-injured catcher with the stereotypical bad knees was regarded as their leader and a big reason why they broke the Braves' stranglehold of the NL in '93. In 14 seasons, Daulton hit 137 homers, drove in 588 and slashed .245/.357/.427.
- In the wild Game 4 of the '93 World Series on Oct. 20, Daulton came to bat in the bottom of the fifth with the score 7-7. Facing the Blue Jays' Al Leiter, he crushed a 1-1 pitch deep into the right-field stands. It was the beginning of a five-run outburst that seemingly put the Phillies in control of the game. But this one was a long way from over as the Blue Jays would end up winning 15-14.
- After never hitting more than 12 homers and being an afterthought with the bat, Daulton emerged as a force in '92. He hit 27 homers, drove in an NL-leading 109 and slashed .270/.385/.524. He won the Silver Slugger Award and also stole a career-high 11 bases.
FIVE FINAL FACTS
- Taken in the 25th round of the '80 draft.
- Followed up his breakout in '92 with another All-Star season in '93, slashing .257/.392/.482 while clubbing 24 homers with 105 RBI.
- He was off to the best start of his career the next season, but knee problems ended his season after 69 games after batting .300 with 15 homers and 56 RBI.
- Traded to the Marlins for a minor-leaguer in July '97. Florida went on to win the World Series with Daulton coming off the bench to play first and pinch-hit. He retired after the season.
- On July 31, 2013, Daulton had two cancerous brain tumors removed.