Dante Bichette


Full Name: Alphonse Dante Bichette, Sr. 

Date of birth: November 18, 1963 

Place of birth: West Palm Beach, Florida

Batted: Right

Threw: Right

Position: Right fielder / Left fielder

MLB debut: September 5, 1988, for the California Angels

Last MLB appearance: October 6, 2001, for the Boston Red Sox

 

MLB statistics

Batting average .299

Home runs 274

Runs batted in 1,141

 

Teams

California Angels (1988–1990)

Milwaukee Brewers (1991–1992)

Colorado Rockies (1993–1999)

Cincinnati Reds (2000)

Boston Red Sox (2000–2001)

 

Alphonse Dante Bichette, Sr. is a former professional baseball player that played in Major League Baseball as an outfielder. He was born on November 18, 1963 in West Palm Beach, Florida. He attended Jupiter High School in Jupiter, Florida, and Palm Beach Community College. Then the California Angels drafted him in the 17th round of the 1984 Major League Baseball Draft, but he was traded soon to the Milwaukee Brewers in 1991. After putting up only average numbers with Milwaukee, he was traded to the new expansion team, the Colorado Rockies. Here his real career started! On April 7, 1993 Bichette hit the first home-run in Rockies history, a solo shot off of New York Mets pitcher Bret Saberhagen. 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 1995. Bichette had his best season in 1995, coming very close to the Triple Crown with a .340 batting average, 40 home runs and 128 RBIs and barely lost the MVP voting to the Cincinnati Reds' Barry Larkin. Bichette began having knee problems in 1996, but was still successful as a hitter, with a .316 average, 31 home runs and 141 RBIs, plus 31 stolen bases. Over the next three seasons he hit 26, 22 and 34 home runs for the Rockies. He remains in the top ten in many offensive categories for the Rockies but by the end of the 1999 season, his production was beginning to drop and the Rockies dealt Bichette to the Cincinnati Reds. Before retiring he played for Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers. On November 13, 2012, Bichette was hired to be the Colorado Rockies hitting coach, replacing Carney Lansford. Bichette was a four-time All-Star as a member of the Rockies. He also won the Silver Slugger Award in 1995.