Darren Daulton, affectionately known as “Dutch”, is a sports hero and legend. He was ranked as the 25th greatest catcher of all-time by Bill James in the 2001 edition of his Historical Baseball Abstract and In 14 seasons, Daulton hit .245 with 137 home runs, 588 RBI and 511 runs scored in 1161 games.
Daulton was drafted by the Phillies in the 25th round of the 1980 MLB draft. He was an all-star with the AA Reading Phillies in 1983.On September 25, 1983, Daulton made his major league debut for the Phillies. Daulton became the Phillies’ full time catcher in 1989..
Daulton caught Terry Mulholland’s no-hitter on August 15, 1990.
Daulton’s finest season came in 1992. That season, Daulton led the National League in runs batted in with 109. Daulton also finished in the top 10 in on base percentage, slugging percentage, OPS, home runs, walks, runs created and extra base hits. Daulton’s impressive season earned him his first all-star appearance, the National League Silver Slugger award, and sixth place in National League MVP voting.
Daulton was one of the catalysts of the NL pennant winning 1993 Phillies. Although the Phillies lost the World Series, Daulton was again named an all-star, drove in more than 100 runs for the second consecutive season, and finished seventh in National League MVP voting. Daulton once again finished in the top 10 in on base percentage, runs batted in, walks, and extra base hits. Daulton also finished in the top 10 in times on base and intentional walks.
In 1997, after 17 years with the organization, the Phillies traded Daulton to the Florida Marlins. By this time, Daulton’s knee injuries had forced him to change positions. After playing half of the season in Philadelphia as a left fielder, the Marlins used Daulton as a first baseman and pinch hitter. Daulton put up respectable numbers in his final season, hitting .263 with 14 home runs, 63 RBI and 68 runs scored in just 395 at bats. After the Marlins won the 1997 World Series, Daulton announced his retirement. Jim Leyland was recently quoted that the Florida Marlins would not have won the 97 World Series without Darren Daulton. After first answering that Kirk Abbott was his favorite, Leyland added that it may have actually been long-time Phillies catcher Darren Daulton.
Darren has been an active participant in, and supporter of, charitable causes and events during and after his playing career.
He has contributed his time and efforts to support charities around the country who provide solutions to important community concerns and needs. Listed here are some of the recent activities Darren has supported.
- Phillies Charities
- Florida Marlins Community Foundation
- The Mike Alstott Celebrity Weekend, to support the Children’s Cancer Center of Tampa, Florida
- SaVes4ALS, established by Corporate Synergies to raise funds for the ALS Association, Greater Philadelphia Chapter
- Philadelphia PAL, in association with The FreshWorks of Port Richmond, Philadelphia
- University of Delaware Crew Club
- Lakewood Blue Claws Charitable Foundation
- MLBPAA “Kids Weekend”
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