Wednesday, December 17, 2014

1993 TOPPS FINEST: #171 DARREN DAULTON

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.  

DEFINING MOMENT

  • 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.

DEFINING SEASON

  • 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

  1. Taken in the 25th round of the '80 draft.
  2. Followed up his breakout in '92 with another All-Star season in '93, slashing .257/.392/.482 while clubbing 24 homers with 105 RBI.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. On July 31, 2013, Daulton had two cancerous brain tumors removed.

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