|San Diego Padres – No. 28|
January 27, 1969 |
Manchester, New Hampshire
|Batted: Left||Threw: Right|
|August 21, 1990 for the Boston Red Sox|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 28, 1997 for the St. Louis Cardinals|
|Runs batted in||292|
Phillip Alan Plantier (born January 27, 1969 in Manchester, New Hampshire) is a former Major League Baseball player who played in the major leagues primarily as an outfielder from 1990-1997. Plantier is most often remembered for his rookie season performance.
Plantier was an 11th round draft pick of the Boston Red Sox in the 1987 Major League Baseball Draft. He developed a knack for hitting home runs in the minor leagues and skipped the Double-A level altogether. Plantier first entered the major leagues in 1990 after a midseason call-up from the Pawtucket Red Sox and primarily served as a pinch hitter, but did not play enough for it to be considered his rookie year. In 1991 he was first called up to Boston in June, and played in 11 games, but was sent back down to Pawtucket two weeks later. He was finally called back up to Boston on August 10th and went on a very impressive run over 42 games. In 53 total games and 148 at-bats, he hit 11 home runs and 35 RBI while hitting .331, for an average of a home run hit every 13.38 at-bats. As a result, Plantier finished 8th in Rookie of the Year voting.
Plantier was unable to repeat his rookie performance in 1992, and was traded to the San Diego Padres during the following offseason. He enjoyed his best full season in 1993 wherein he hit 34 home runs with 100 RBI, both career highs.
After an injury plagued 1994 season, Plantier was part of an eleven player offseason trade between the Padres and the Houston Astros that brought Ken Caminiti and Steve Finley to San Diego while sending Derek Bell to Houston, among others. He was later traded back to the Padres in July of 1995 after roughly half a season with the Astros.
Prior to the 1996 season, Plantier signed with the Detroit Tigers. However, during spring training he was traded to the Oakland Athletics for infielder Fausto Cruz and pitcher Ramon Fermin. Plantier spent the 1996 season as a reserve outfielder and designated hitter for the A's.
Plantier signed with the San Diego Padres for the 1997 season, his third stint with the team. He was traded mid-season to the St. Louis Cardinals, where he again spent time as a reserve outfielder and finished out his major league career. Plantier signed as a free agent with Toronto Blue Jays in 1998, but did not appear in any major league games with the club.
In 2010, Plantier was the Minor League Hitting Coordinator for the Seattle Mariners.
In 2011, Plantier was named Hitting Coach, then assigned to Manager during mid-season for the Lake Elsinore Storm, a Single-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres.
Plantier holds the MLB record for most career home runs by a player born in New Hampshire.
Plantier was named hitting coach of the San Diego Padres on October 31, 2011.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube