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Ken Phelps was a baseball player, who played primarily with the Seattle Mariners. Baseball is a team sport, in which a fist-sized ball is thrown by a defensive player called a pitcher and hit by an offensive player called a batter with a round, smooth stick called a bat. ... The Seattle Mariners are a Major League Baseball team based in Seattle, Washington. ...


Amateur/Minor Leaguer

Phelps was born August 6, 1954 in Seattle, Washington. After attending Seattle's Ingraham High School and Arizona State University, the lefty-hitting first baseman was selected by the Kansas City Royals in the 15th round of the 1976 baseball amateur draft. Phelps became a good minor league hitter, clubbing a combined 43 HR from 1980-81 for Kansas City's Omaha affiliate in the American Association. Nonetheless, the Royals traded him to the Montreal Expos in the 1981-82 offseason for pitcher Grant Jackson. Phelps proceeded to demolish the American Association in 1982, hitting .333 with 46 homeruns and 141 RBI for Montreal's Wichita affiliate. However, the Expos still saw fit to give him only eight major league at-bats that year. That gave him a grand total of 32 in his career. There was no room on a very talented Montreal roster for Phelps to break in. Phelps' hometown club, Seattle, purchased him from the Expos during the 1982-83 offseason. August 6 is the 218th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (219th in leap years), with 147 days remaining. ... 1954 was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... City nickname Emerald City City bird Great Blue Heron City flower Dahlia City mottos The City of Flowers The City of Goodwill City song Seattle, the Peerless City Mayor Greg Nickels County King County Area   - Total   - Land   - Water   - % water 369. ... State nickname: The Evergreen State Other U.S. States Capital Olympia Largest city Seattle Governor Christine Gregoire (D) Official languages None Area 184,824 km² (18th)  - Land 172,587 km²  - Water 12,237 km² (6. ... Ingraham High School is a public high school serving grades 9-12 located in north Seattle, Washington. ... Arizona State University (ASU) is one of the largest universities in terms of enrollment in the United States with a main campus student body of over 47,000. ... The position of the first baseman First base, or 1B, is the first of four stations on a baseball diamond which must be touched in succession by a base runner in order to score a run for that players team. ... The Kansas City Royals are a Major League Baseball team based in Kansas City, Missouri. ... 1976 is a leap year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ... Minor leagues in the sense intended in this article are professional sports leagues which are not regarded as the premier leagues in those sports. ... Location in Nebraska Founded  -Incorporated 1854 1857  County Douglas County Mayor Michael Fahey Area  - Total  - Water 1290. ... The American Association was a minor baseball league at the Class AAA (Triple-A) level of baseball in the United States from 1902 to 1962 and 1969 to 1997. ... The Washington Nationals is a Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise based in Washington, D.C.. It relocated to Washington from Montréal, Québec, Canada after the 2004 season. ... A baseball pitcher delivers the ball to home plate In baseball, the pitcher is the player who throws the baseball from the pitchers mound toward the catcher to begin each play, with the goal of retiring a batter who attempts to either make contact with it or draw a... 1982 is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... In baseball, a home run is a base hit in which the batter is able to circle all the bases, ending at home plate and scoring a run, with no errors on the play that result in the batter achieving extra bases. ... RBI is a three-letter abbreviation with multiple meanings, including Reserve Bank of India Run batted in, in baseball Radio Berlin International This page concerning a three-letter acronym or abbreviation is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... The Wichita are a Native American tribe. ... In baseball statistics, an at bat (AB) is used to calculate other data such as batting average. ...

Phelps, a mediocre defensive player, was better suited to play with Seattle in the American League, as he could serve as the designated hitter there. The pitiful Mariners franchise also had plenty of room for advancement. Phelps split time in 1983 between Seattle and its Pacific Coast League affiliate in Salt Lake City. Again, he destroyed minor league pitching (.341 with 24 HR and 82 RBI in 74 games), but did not play much in the majors. In 1984, he played a bit more for Seattle, clobbering 24 HR in only 290 at-bats. And yet, the Mariners still refused to give him playing time. He received a mere 116 major league at-bats in 1985. The American League (or formally the American League of Professional Baseball Clubs) is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in the United States of America and Canada. ... A designated hitter, or DH, is a baseball player who is chosen at the start of a game to bat in place of the pitcher. ... 1983 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Pacific Coast League (PCL) is a minor league baseball league operating in the West and Midwest of the United States. ... The Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Salt Lake Citys top tourist draw. ... 1984 is a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1985 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Finally, in 1986, at the age of 31, Phelps got into the major league lineup on a more-or-less regular basis. Although he was normally platooned against left-handed pitchers, Phelps still clocked 51 HR from 1986-87. It was at this time that Phelps' career travails inspired author Bill James to create the "Ken Phelps All-Star" team. As James described it: 1986 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about Bill James, the baseball writer and father of sabermetrics. ...

Ken Phelpses are just available; if you want one, all you have to do is ask. They are players whose real limitations are exaggerated by baseball insiders, players who get stuck with a label -- the label of their limits, the label the things they can't do -- while those that they can do are overlooked... The Ken Phelps All-Stars [are] a whole teamful of guys who are wearing labels, but who nonetheless can play major-league baseball, and will prove it if they ever get the chance.[1]

The Buhner Trade

Phelps banged 14 more homeruns in half a season in 1988. Impressed by his continued onslaught, George Steinbrenner and his New York Yankees made a trade that the Yankee franchise would soon regret, shipping youngster Jay Buhner to Seattle in exchange for the now aging slugger. The trade made little sense to begin with for the Yankees, who already had Don Mattingly and Jack Clark to play first base and DH. It got even worse when Phelps' production quickly screeched to a halt, while Buhner went on to become an All-Star. A Seinfeld episode depicted Yankee fan Frank Costanza as more upset about the Buhner trade than about the death of his own son George. Phelps only hit 17 homeruns for the Yankees before finishing his career with the Oakland A's and Cleveland Indians. 1988 is a leap year starting on a Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... George Michael Steinbrenner III (born July 4, 1930), often known simply as The Boss, is best known as the principal owner of the New York Yankees. ... The New York Yankees are a Major League baseball team based in The Bronx, New York City. ... Jay Campbell Buhner (born August 13, 1964, in Louisville, Kentucky), nicknamed Bone, was a powerful right-handed hitter in Major League Baseball. ... Donald Arthur Mattingly (nicknamed Donnie Baseball and The Hit Man) (born April 20, 1961) was a star left-handed baseball player (first baseman) for the New York Yankees in the 1980s. ... Jack Anthony Clark (born November 10, 1955 in New Brighton, Pennsylvania), also known as “Jack the Ripper”, is a former Major League Baseball player. ... Seinfeld is a television sitcom, considered to be one of the most popular and influential of the 1990s in the U.S., to the point where it is often cited as epitomizing the self-obsessed and ironic culture of the decade. ... Frank Costanza (played by Jerry Stiller) is a fictional character on the US television sitcom Seinfeld (1989-1998). ... Jason Alexander as George Costanza Spoiler warning: George Louis Costanza is a fictional character on the US television sitcom Seinfeld (1989-1998), played by Jason Alexander. ... Oakland Athletics American League AAA Sacramento River Cats AA Midland RockHounds A Stockton Ports Kane County Cougars Vancouver Canadians R Phoenix Athletics The Oakland Athletics are a Major League Baseball team based in Oakland, California. ... The Cleveland Indians are a Major League Baseball team based in Cleveland, Ohio. ...


Phelps' career .239 batting average hides the things that, as James pointed out, he could do. Thanks to outstanding power and strike zone judgment, his career OPS is an excellent 854. Phelps hit 123 homeruns in 1854 career at-bats, the 28th best ratio in major league history through 2004 (min. 1500 plate appearances). In baseball statistics, on-base plus slugging (denoted by OPS) is defined by the sum of on base percentage (OBP) and slugging percentage (SLG). ...

External links

Ken Phelps at baseball-reference.com

Ken Phelps at The Baseball Cube


  1. ^  James, Bill (1987). The Bill James Baseball Abstract 1987. Ballantine: New York. ISBN 345-34180-5. p. 233.

  Results from FactBites:
The Ballplayers - Ken Phelps | BaseballLibrary.com (551 words)
Though Phelps was something of a defensive liability, playing just 115 games in the field in his eleven-year career, he became a respected pinch-hitter and designated hitter when he wasn't platooning at first.
Montreal sold the promising Phelps to his hometown Seattle Mariners in the offseason, and in 1983 the blossoming slugger hit.341 in the Pacific Coast League, inducing a mid-season call-up during which he connected for seven homers.
Phelps' power was well-suited to the hitter-happy Kingdome, but when he ironically began to receive publicity about being underpublicized, the Mariners shipped him to the power-hungry New York Yankees for Jay Buhner in July 1988, a deal the Bombers would come to regret.
Ken Phelps - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (709 words)
Phelps was born August 6, 1954 in Seattle, Washington.
Phelps, a mediocre defensive player, was better suited to play with Seattle in the American League, as he could serve as the designated hitter there.
Phelps' nickname, used often by usual broadcast partner Greg Schulte, is "Digger." However, he should not be confused with noted college basketball broadcaster Digger Phelps.
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