Monday, July 27, 2009
Darren Daulton, 1B, OF
Played for Marlins: 1997
Other Teams: Philadelphia (1983-1997)
Marlins fans know him because: Daulton was one of a handful of players acquired in mid-1997 to shore up a team heading to the playoffs, acquired from Philadelphia in July of that year for prospect Billy McMillon. Daulton started 38 games for the Fish down the stretch and also provided a strong left-handed bat off the bench.
Everyone else knows him because: A three-time All-Star, Daulton was a mainstay of the early-90s Philadelphia teams that reached the World Series in 1993, losing to Toronto. After his baseball career was over, Daulton made headlines for his drinking and marriage troubles, and later claimed to have taken more drugs than anyone else in baseball history.
Best Marlins moment: Daulton went out the way many baseball veterans would like to go out, as a champion, though not on the team for which he played most of his career. Daulton hit a home run in Game 3 of the World Series, and 7-for-18 with seven runs and two doubles during the series.