Dante Bichette

Alphonse Dante Bichette Sr. (/ˈdɑːnteɪ bɪˈʃɛt/; born November 18, 1963) is a former professional baseball player. He played in Major League Baseball as an outfielder for the California Angels (1988–1990), Milwaukee Brewers (1991–1992), Colorado Rockies (1993–1999), Cincinnati Reds (2000), and Boston Red Sox (2000–2001). He was also the hitting coach for the Rockies in 2013. He batted and threw right-handed.

Bichette was a four-time All-Star as a member of the Rockies, and was a member of the 1993 inaugural team. In 1995, he won the Silver Slugger Award and finished second in the Most Valuable Player Award (MVP) voting while leading the National League in home runs, runs batted in, slugging percentage, total bases and hits. The next year, he joined the 30–30 club with 31 home runs and 31 stolen bases, and in 1998, again led the league in hits with 219. Each year from 1993−1998 he batted over .300, and in each year from 1995−1999, drove in at least 100 runs.

Dante Bichette
Right fielder / Left fielder
Born: November 18, 1963 (age 55)
West Palm Beach, Florida
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 5, 1988, for the California Angels
Last MLB appearance
October 6, 2001, for the Boston Red Sox
MLB statistics
Batting average.299
Home runs274
Runs batted in1,141
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Career

Bichette attended Jupiter High School in Jupiter, Florida, and Palm Beach Community College. The California Angels drafted Bichette in the 17th round of the 1984 Major League Baseball draft.

Bichette made his MLB debut with the Angels in 1988, but was a streaky hitter and was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers in 1991. After putting up only average numbers with Milwaukee, he was traded to the new expansion team, the Colorado Rockies. On April 7, 1993 he hit the first home-run in Rockies history, a solo shot off New York Mets pitcher Bret Saberhagen. Bichette was part of the "Blake Street Bombers" which also included sluggers Larry Walker, Andrés Galarraga, and Vinny Castilla.

He finished the Rockies' first season with 21 home runs and a .310 batting average, his personal best for both at the time. Bichette also hit his first home run at the newly constructed Coors Field, a fourteenth-inning smash against the Mets that secured an opening day victory for the Rockies in 1995. Bichette had his best season in 1995, coming very close to the Triple Crown with a .340 batting average, 40 home runs and 128 RBIs and barely lost the MVP voting to the Cincinnati Reds' Barry Larkin.

Bichette, who stood 6 feet 3 inches (191 cm) tall and weighed 215 pounds (98 kg; 15 st 5 lb), began having knee problems in 1996, but was still successful as a hitter, with a .316 average, 31 home runs and 141 RBIs, plus 31 stolen bases. The 1996 season was only the second time ever that two players on the same team hit at least 30 home runs and collected 30 stolen bases, as Ellis Burks accomplished the same feat. Over the next three seasons, Bichette hit 26, 22 and 34 home runs for the Rockies. He remains in the top ten in many offensive categories for the Rockies.[1]

On April 4, 1999, the Rockies made history as they played their Opening Day contest at Estadio de Béisbol Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico, marking the first time Major League Baseball (MLB) commenced the regular season outside of the United States or Canada. Their opponent was the defending National League champion San Diego Padres. Bichette collected four hits, drove in four runs, and homered[2][3][4] as Colorado won 8–2.[5]

But by the end of the 1999 season, his production was beginning to drop and the Rockies dealt Bichette to the Cincinnati Reds. However, his fielding was suffering tremendously and Bichette was eventually traded to the Boston Red Sox[6] for a season and a half and then the Los Angeles Dodgers. Bichette retired before ever playing a game with the Dodgers, on March 22, 2002.

In August 2004, Bichette rejoined professional baseball as a designated hitter, pitcher and occasional outfielder for the Atlantic League's Nashua Pride. Bichette won the Atlantic League's Player of the Month award for August (his first full month back). He completed the month with a .361 average and 13 homers. On August 28, he batted 4-for-5 with two home runs and eight RBIs.

On November 13, 2012, Bichette was hired to be the Colorado Rockies hitting coach, replacing Carney Lansford.[7] He announced on September 24, 2013 that he would not return for the 2014 season.[8]

Personal life

In August 2005, Bichette's oldest son Dante Jr., participated in the Little League World Series with his Maitland, Florida team. Dante Jr. was drafted 51st overall by the New York Yankees in 2011.[9] Bichette's younger son, Bo, was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2016 draft. Both Bo and Dante, Jr. played for Brazil in the 2017 World Baseball Classic qualifier tournament.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on June 23, 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-01.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ The Official Site of Major League Baseball: Events: Opening Day
  3. ^ ESPN - Baseball Tonight Clubhouse: Weekend preview - MLB
  4. ^ Associated Press (April 5, 1999). "Bichette and Castilla spark Rockies in opener in Mexico". The New York Times. Retrieved June 8, 2017.
  5. ^ "Colorado Rockies at San Diego Padres box score". Baseball-Reference.com. April 4, 1999. Retrieved June 6, 2017.
  6. ^ "Red Sox deal for Bichette". CBS Sports. August 31, 2000. Retrieved June 1, 2010.
  7. ^ Colorado Rockies
  8. ^ Dante Bichette will leave Colorado Rockies as hitting instructor
  9. ^ Hochman, Benjamin (June 8, 2011). "New York Yankees draft Dante Bichette Jr". Denver Post.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Jeff Conine
Mike Piazza
Jeff Bagwell
National League Player of the Month
July 1995
September 1995
June 1996
Succeeded by
Mike Piazza
Barry Bonds
Sammy Sosa
Preceded by
Jeff Bagwell
National League Slugging Percentage Champion
1995
Succeeded by
Ellis Burks
Preceded by
Mike Blowers
Hitting for the cycle
June 10, 1998
Succeeded by
Neifi Pérez
1984 California Angels season

The California Angels 1984 season involved the Angels finishing 2nd in the American League west with a record of 81 wins and 81 losses.

1991 California Angels season

The California Angels 1991 season involved the Angels finishing 7th in the American League West with a record of 81 wins and 81 losses.

1991 Milwaukee Brewers season

The 1991 Milwaukee Brewers season involved the Brewers' finishing 4th in the American League East with a record of 83 wins and 79 losses.

1992 Milwaukee Brewers season

The 1992 Milwaukee Brewers season featured the team finishing in second place in the American League East with a record of 92 wins and 70 losses.

1993 Colorado Rockies season

The Colorado Rockies' 1993 season was the first for the Rockies. They played in the National League West. Don Baylor was their manager. They played home games at Mile High Stadium. They finished 37 games behind the NL West Champion Atlanta Braves with a record of 67-95, sixth in the division, only ahead of the San Diego Padres.

Vinny Castilla was the last player from the Rockies' inaugural season to retire, playing his last game at the end of 2006.

1993 Milwaukee Brewers season

The Milwaukee Brewers' 1993 season involved the Brewers' finishing 7th in the American League East with a record of 69 wins and 93 losses.

1995 Major League Baseball season

The 1995 Major League Baseball season was the first season to be played under the expanded postseason format, as the League Division Series (LDS) was played in both the American and National leagues for the first time. However, due to the 1994–95 Major League Baseball strike which carried into the 1995 season, a shortened 144-game schedule commenced on April 25, when the Florida Marlins played host to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Atlanta Braves became the first franchise to win World Series championships for three different cities. Along with their 1995 title, the Braves won in 1914 as the Boston Braves, and in 1957 as the Milwaukee Braves.

1995 National League Division Series

The 1995 National League Division Series (NLDS), the opening round of the 1995 National League playoffs, began on Tuesday, October 3, and ended on Saturday, October 7, with the champions of the three NL divisions—along with a "wild card" team—participating in two best-of-five series. As a result of both leagues realigning into three divisions in 1994, it marked the first time in major league history that a team could qualify for postseason play without finishing in first place in its league or division. The teams were:

(1) Atlanta Braves (Eastern Division champion, 90–54) vs. (4) Colorado Rockies (Wild Card, 77–67): Braves win series, 3–1.

(2) Cincinnati Reds (Central Division champion, 85–59) vs. (3) Los Angeles Dodgers (Western Division champion, 78–66): Reds win series, 3–0.The higher seed (in parentheses) had the home field advantage, which was not tied to playing record but was predetermined—a highly unpopular arrangement which was discontinued after the 1997 playoffs. Also, the team with home field "advantage" was required to play the first two games on the road, with potentially the last three at home, in order to reduce travel. Had the 1995 NLDS been played under the 1998-2011 arrangement, then Atlanta (1) would've still played against Colorado (4) and Cincinnati (2) would have likewise still faced Los Angeles (3). Under the 2012-present format, which removed the prohibition against teams from the same division meeting in the Division Series, the matchups also would have been Atlanta-Colorado and Cincinnati-Los Angeles.

The Atlanta Braves and Cincinnati Reds went on to meet in the NL Championship Series (NLCS). The Braves became the National League champion, and defeated the American League champion Cleveland Indians in the 1995 World Series.

2000 Boston Red Sox season

The 2000 Boston Red Sox season was the 100th season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished second in the American League East with a record of 85 wins and 77 losses, 2½ games behind the New York Yankees. The Red Sox did not qualify for the postseason, as the AL wild card was the Seattle Mariners who had finished second in the American League West with a record of 91–71.

2000 Cincinnati Reds season

The Cincinnati Reds' 2000 season was a season in American baseball. It consisted of the Cincinnati Reds attempting to win the National League Central, although coming short at 2nd place. They had 85 wins and 77 losses. They were only the 2nd team in the modern era of baseball to not be shut out an entire season.The Reds were managed by Jack McKeon.

2005 Little League World Series results

All times shown are US EDT.

Colorado Rockies

The Colorado Rockies are an American professional baseball team based in Denver, Colorado. The Rockies compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the National League (NL) West division. The team's home venue is Coors Field, located in the Lower Downtown area of Denver. The Rockies won their first National League championship in 2007, after having won 14 of their final 15 games in order to secure a Wild Card position. In the World Series they were swept by the American League (AL) champion Boston Red Sox in four games.

Coors Field

Coors Field is a baseball park located in downtown Denver, Colorado. It is the home field of the Colorado Rockies, the city's Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise. It is named for the Coors Brewing Company of Golden, Colorado, which purchased the naming rights to the park prior to its completion in 1995. The Rockies played their first two seasons, 1993 and 1994, in Mile High Stadium before moving to Coors Field, two blocks from Union Station in Denver's Lower Downtown neighborhood. The park includes 63 luxury suites and 4,526 club seats.

Dante Bichette Jr.

Alphonse Dante Bichette Jr. (born September 26, 1992) is an American professional baseball third baseman and first baseman in the Washington Nationals organization. He was drafted by the New York Yankees in the first round of the 2011 Major League Baseball draft.

Florida Collegiate Summer League

The Florida Collegiate Summer League (FCSL) is a six-team wood bat collegiate summer baseball league located in the Central Florida region of the southeastern United States. The league was founded in the fall of 2003 and began play in the summer of 2004. It is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to "advance college players toward their futures in professional baseball." 360 players have been drafted in the first thirteen seasons including 33 in the 2016 MLB Draft. FCSL has had 16 alumni play in Major League Baseball including New York Mets pitcher Jacob DeGrom, Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy, Miami Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon, Colorado Rockies pitcher Mike McClendon, Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Jimmy Nelson, and San Francisco Giants pitcher Chris Heston. The FCSL is one of twelve leagues in the National Alliance of College Summer Baseball.

List of Major League Baseball players investigated for domestic violence

Major League Baseball (MLB) and the MLB Players Association (MLBPA) announced the creation of a domestic violence policy in August 2015. According to the policy, the Commissioner can place any player suspected of domestic violence, sexual assault, or child abuse on administrative leave for up to seven days while conducting an investigation. The Commissioner can choose to suspend or reinstate the player, or can defer judgment until after criminal proceedings conclude. The policy does not include minimum or maximum punishments.Under baseball’s collectively bargained policy, players undergo mandatory domestic violence training once a year in spring training. MLB conscripted a San Francisco-based nonprofit, Futures Without Violence, to spearhead its training program. The nonprofit is also part of MLB’s joint committee on domestic violence, a collaboration between the players’ union and the commissioner’s office.Prior to MLB's 2015 policy on domestic violence, the league office and individual clubs did not take disciplinary action against players and managers who were either arrested or accused of domestic violence. Players and managers who had been arrested or accused of domestic violence while active but did not face an investigation or suspension from MLB include: Jose Canseco, Dante Bichette, Barry Bonds, Bobby Cox, Wil Cordero, Pedro Astacio, Julio Lugo, Brett Myers, Milton Bradley, and Josh Lueke.

Mike Stanley

Robert Michael Stanley (born June 25, 1963) is an American former college and professional baseball player who was a catcher in Major League Baseball for fifteen years. Stanley played college baseball for the University of Florida, and thereafter, he played professionally for the Texas Rangers (1986–1991), New York Yankees (1992–1995, 1997), Boston Red Sox (1996–1997, 1998–2000), Toronto Blue Jays (1998) and Oakland Athletics (2000). Stanley was a 1995 American League All-Star, won the 1993 Silver Slugger Award at catcher, and was a member of the Yankees' 1995 Wild-card team and the Athletics' 2000 AL Western Division Championship team.

Palm Springs Angels

The Palm Springs Angels were a minor league baseball team of the Class A California League from 1986 to 1993 and an affiliate of the California Angels. They began in 1986 when the Redwood Pioneers relocated to Palm Springs and they relocated to Lake Elsinore, California after the 1993 season and became the Lake Elsinore Storm.

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