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|Right fielder / Left fielder|
Born: November 18, 1963|
West Palm Beach, Florida
|September 5, 1988 for the California Angels|
Last MLB appearance
|October 6, 2001 for the Boston Red Sox|
|Runs batted in||1,141|
Career highlights and awards
Alphonse Dante Bichette, Sr. (/ /; born November 18, 1963) is a former professional baseball player. He played in Major League Baseball as an outfielder for the California Angels (1988–1990), Milwaukee Brewers (1991–1992), Colorado Rockies (1993–1999), Cincinnati Reds (2000), and Boston Red Sox (2000–2001). He was also the hitting coach for the Rockies in 2013.
Bichette made his MLB debut with the Angels in
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- REDIRECT Template:Baseball year. After putting up only average numbers with Milwaukee, he was traded to the new expansion team, the Colorado Rockies. On April 7, 1993 he hit the first home-run in Rockies history, a solo shot off of New York Mets pitcher Bret Saberhagen. Bichette was part of the "Blake Street Bombers" which also included sluggers Larry Walker, Andrés Galarraga, and Vinny Castilla. During his time in Colorado, his at-bat music was Sledgehammer by Peter Gabriel.
He finished the Rockies' first season with 21 home runs and a .310 batting average, his personal best for both at the time. Bichette also hit his first home run at the newly constructed Coors Field, a fourteenth-inning smash against the Mets that secured an opening day victory for the Rockies in
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Bichette began having knee problems in
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In August 2005, Bichette's son Dante Bichette, Jr. participated in the Little League World Series with his Maitland, Florida team. The Maitland team featured a second son of a former major-leaguer is Tanner Stanley who currently plays for University of Richmond, son of Mike Stanley. In 2011, Bichette, Jr., was drafted 51st overall in Comp Round A by the New York Yankees, who are managed by Bichette, Sr.'s close friend Joe Girardi.
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- Little League World Series 2005 Coach Photograph
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