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Three Phillies fall short in HOF voting
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01/06/2003  2:14 PM ET 
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Darren Daulton hit 137 home runs in his Major League career. (Chris Gardner/AP)
PHILADELPHIA -- Dutch, Wild Thing and D.J. struck out together in the pursuit of baseball immortality.

Darren Daulton, Mitch Williams and Danny Jackson, three members of the 1993 World Series runner-ups, were denied entry into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday, as Gary Carter and Eddie Murray received election. None of the former Phillies received at least five percent of the vote, meaning they won't be on the 2004 ballot. In fact, Daulton got the only vote from among the three.

If Cooperstown or the BBWAA asked for input from Phillies fans and Daulton's teammates, a plaque for Daulton would already be on its way to the engravers. Dutch spent 13 1/2 of his 14 seasons in a Phillies uniform, and was the unquestioned inspiration of the '93 team that lost the World Series to the Toronto Blue Jays in six games.

Given the nickname "Dutch" early in his playing career because his teammates saw a striking resemblance to the Dutch Boy on paint cans, he was also called "Bubba." Mostly he was called "leader."

"The bottom line is that Dutch had the rare ability to make people around him better than they were," said former outfielder Pete Incaviglia, an outfielder on the '93 team, in the book More than Beards, Bellies and Biceps: The Story of the 1993 Phillies. "Dutch got along with everyone as a friend. But he could separate himself from that role and motivate and get tough too. He was the only player I ever met in my career who could take an interest in every player on the team -- who could sit down and talk to anyone in the clubhouse about their problems."

Final results
 Player Votes   %
 Murray  423  85.3
 Carter  387  78
 Sutter  266  53.6
 Rice  259  52.2
 Dawson  248  50
 Sandberg  244  49.2
 Smith  210  42.3
 Gossage  209  42.1
 Blyleven  145  29.2
 Garvey  138  27.8
 *Kaat  130  26.2
 John  116  23.4
 Morris  113  22.8
 Trammell  70  14.1
 Mattingly  68  13.7
 Murphy  58  11.7
 Concepcion  55  11.1
 Parker  51  10.3
 Valenzuela  31  6.3
 Hernandez  30  6
 Kile  7  1.4
 Coleman  3  0.6
 Butler  2  0.4
 Fernandez  2  0.4
 Honeycutt  2  0.4
 Pena  2  0.4
 Daulton  1  0.2
 Davis  1  0.2
 Tartabull  1  0.2
 Jackson  0  0
 Tettleton  0  0
 Williams  0  0
 Worrell  0  0
*Jim Kaat final year on ballot
Daulton did all that while clubbing 24 home runs, driving in 105 runs and playing in a career-high 147 games. A 25th round pick in the 1980 First-Year Player Draft, Daulton -- who reportedly phoned the Phillies draft room each day begging the team to select him -- arrived for two games and seven at-bats in the 1983 season at age 21.

He hit .298 with Triple-A Portland the next season, then endured a series of injury-plagued seasons that limited him to no more than 144 at-bats from 1985-88. Philly fans were then outraged when, after hitting .201 in 131 in 1989, he signed a three-year, $6.75 million contract.

After a solid campaign in 1990 (.268, 12 HR, 57 RBIs), he stumbled to .198 in 1991, due largely to injuries sustained in a car crash while a passenger in a car driven by Lenny Dykstra. He rebounded in 1992 with career highs in homers (27) and RBIs (109), and was poised for his greatest season as a Phillie.

"I could tell you a lot about Darren Daulton, but I'd bore you with superlatives," said Ruben Amaro Jr., a teammate on the '93 team, in the book. "He never sought admiration, but I never saw a leader like him in baseball. Eddie Murray and Dave Winfield were good leaders, but even they couldn't match Darren Daulton for leadership."

This included nurturing young pitchers Curt Schilling and Tommy Greene, two vital cogs, when they began to doubt themselves midway through that season. Both pitchers finished with 16 wins.

"You need a guy like Dutch on your team if you're going to win," said teammate John Kruk, in the book.

When Daulton went to Florida in a 1997 trade, the Marlins did just that, winning the World Series. Jim Fregosi, his manager in Philadelphia, wasn't surprised.

"I don't believe the Florida Marlins would have won that championship if Dutch hadn't been there." he said.

The Phillies also needed Williams, who saved a career high 43 games in 1993, but his extreme wildness always gave fans and teammates an uneasy feeling whenever he entered the game.

"I knew when Mitch came in, I'd have someone to talk to at first base," said Kruk, in the book. "I just hoped the guy who led off the inning was a nice guy to talk to."

Or better yet, as authors Robert Gordon and Tom Burgoyne put it: "The Phils skipped through that '93 season like a hurricane and Mitch was the eye."

Hall of Fame 2003

Induction Ceremony
Sunday, July 27
Cooperstown, New York

The inductees
Gary Carter | Eddie Murray

Schedule of weekend events
Complete coverage

Williams began his career with the Rangers in 1986 and walked 94 men in 108 2/3 innings in 1987. Texas dealt him the Cubs, who eventually dealt him to Philadelphia. On Dec. 2, 1993, six weeks after Joe Carter hit a low, inside fastball for a home run, the Phillies sent Williams to the Astros for pitchers Doug Jones and Jeff Juden.

Jackson, the team's No. 2 pitcher for the '93 season, went 12-11 with a 3.77 ERA. He pitched for the Royals, Reds, Cubs, Pirates, Cardinals and Padres during a 15-year career. His best year was in 1988, when he went 23-8 for the Reds.

Phillies fans remember when he ripped his uniform shirt off on the night the team upset the Braves for the NL Pennant. Bare-chested, Jackson struck and held a "strongman" pose in celebration.

Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com and can be reached at philliesfans2002@yahoo.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.





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