April 13, 1966 |
|August 31, 1990, for the Philadelphia Phillies|
|Last MLB appearance|
|June 7, 1995, for the Boston Red Sox|
|Runs batted in||167|
Wesley Polk Chamberlain (born April 13, 1966) is a former professional baseball right fielder/left fielder. He played all or part of six seasons in Major League Baseball from 1990 through 1995 for the Philadelphia Phillies (1990–95) and Boston Red Sox (1995). He also played one season in Nippon Professional Baseball for the Chiba Lotte Marines in 1996. Listed at 6' 2", 210 lb., he batted and threw right-handed.
A 4th round pick in the 1987 draft, Chamberlain, who played high school baseball at Neal F. Simeon H.S. in Chicago, was signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates out of the Jackson State University. In 1990, he was sent by Pittsburgh to Philadelphia in the same transaction that brought Carmelo Martínez to the Pirates. His most productive season came in 1991 with the Phillies, when he posted career-highs in home runs (13), RBI (50), runs (51), hits (92), stolen bases (9) and games played (101), including three four-hit games. The effort earned him the 5th place in the NL Rookie of the Year Award vote. He also appeared in the 1993 World Series, won by the Toronto Blue Jays in six games. During the 1994 midseason, he was sent by Philadelphia to Boston in exchange for Paul Quantrill and Billy Hatcher.
Following his major league career, Chamberlain played for a number of independent league teams, including the Gary SouthShore RailCats and Winnipeg Goldeyes of the Northern League, being selected an All-Star in 2000 and 2003.