Robert Person

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Robert Person
Pitcher
Born: (1969-10-06) October 6, 1969 (age 45)
Lowell, Massachusetts
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 18, 1995 for the New York Mets
Last MLB appearance
June 7, 2003 for the Boston Red Sox
Career statistics
Win–Loss 51–42
Earned run average 4.64
Strikeouts 773
Teams
Not to be confused with Robert Persons.

Robert Alan Person is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who played 9 seasons in Major League Baseball: two for the New York Mets, two and a half for the Toronto Blue Jays, three and a half for the Philadelphia Phillies, and only 7 games pitched for the Boston Red Sox in the last year of his career.

Person was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 25th round of the 1989 Major League Baseball Draft and eventually traded to the Chicago White Sox in 1991. In the 1992 MLB expansion draft, the Florida Marlins drafted him 47th overall, he then became a free agent, and signed again with the Marlins.

In 1994, Person was traded from the Marlins to the New York Mets, who, in 1996, traded him to the Blue Jays for John Olerud. Person became a Phillie in 1999 when the Blue Jays swapped him for Paul Spoljaric. Granted free agency after the 2002 season, he joined the Red Sox for a short and unsuccessful stint.

Person tried joining the White Sox out of spring training in 2004 and 2005, but was unsuccessful. Injuries were the Achilles heel (quite literally), preventing Person from achieving sustained success.

Person's most memorable feat came with the Philadelphia Phillies on June 2, 2002. He not only threw five strong innings in which he allowed three hits and one unearned run while striking out five, but he also hit two home runs against the Montreal Expos.[1] The first home run was a three-run home run to left field off Masato Yoshii with two outs in the first inning;[2] the second was a grand slam to left field off Bruce Chen with one out in the fifth inning.[2] In between those home runs, he came up again with the bases loaded and drove a ball far enough for a second slam, but it was foul and he ended up striking out.[2]

Person's best season as a pitcher came in 2001 when he went 15-7 with a 4.19 ERA and 183 strikeouts in 20813 innings.

Before Person's grand slam, Jeff Juden was the last Phillies pitcher to hit a grand slam: August 25, 1995, against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Randy Lerch had been the last Phillies pitcher before Person to hit two home runs in a game, a feat that he accomplished on September 30, 1978.

While in Philadelphia, Person had his own fan club named "Person's People".[3]

Person played college baseball for the University of Arkansas.[4] He played high school baseball at University City High School in St. Louis.


References[edit]

  1. ^ Smith, Christopher. "Obscure Spotlight: Robert Person". http://obscureathletes.com. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c Baer, Bill (2012). 100 Things Phillies Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die. United States: Triumph Books. p. 256. ISBN 9781617496189. 
  3. ^ http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/20091020_Mixed_emotions_for_Wolf_Pack.html
  4. ^ "Arkansas Razorbacks Baseball". hogwired.com. 

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Preceded by
Omar Daal
Philadelphia Phillies Opening Day
Starting Pitcher

2002
Succeeded by
Kevin Millwood