Today in Phillies History

Featured Card: 1992 Topps Debut 1991, #27.

Looking for an easy way to make a quick post today, I decided to visit Broad and Pattison to find a tidbit in “Today in Phillies History” I could use to my advantage. You’re looking at what I found right now: 20 years ago, today, Amalio Carreño made his Major League Debut. Given his exceptionally short MLB career (he appeared in just three MLB games), his baseball career was over after the 1991 season, and the fact he appeared on just two cards (Topps thought so little of him that he did not appear in their 1992 set), he appeared to be the perfect pick from the list of players to make their Phillies debut on this date. But, when I checked his page on Baseball-Reference.com, I found something that absolutely clinched the decision: he was whom the received when trading Luis Aguayo to the Yankees. That’s right, the Phillies actually got something in return when they gave up on Aguayo! (You’d have to have been a fan in the ’80s to understand why I found this so amazing.)

Anyway, I’ve already spent more time on this post than I intended. Nonetheless, it was great to get an excuse to highlight a card for a player whose Phillies stint was so short that I have no recollection of it.

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2 responses to “Today in Phillies History

  1. The very first thing GM Lee Thomas did when he took over the team – trade Aguayo for Carreno. I’ll admit, I was a little sad to see Aguayo go, if for no other reason than he was one the last remaining links (other than Schmidt) to the ’80 team.

    • I hadn’t realized it was the first transaction of the Thomas era. In retrospect, I realize I was a bit harsh in my assessment of Aguayo — his OPS+ while with the Phillies was a very respectable (for a bench player) was 98. Most backup infielders/utility players don’t do that well. He clearly was the type of player that contending teams find very useful, as I’m sure the Phillies did during the first part of the decade. He deserved a better on the backside of his career.

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