As the Red Sox and Rockies battle it out for the 2007 MLB Championship, I decided to go back and look at the first Rockies team in 1993. And who do I see logging 157 games at third base? None other than Charlie Hayes.
Although no relation to Von, Charlie Hayes was a fourth round pick by the Giants in 1983. He made it over to the Phils in 1989 with Dennis Cook and Terry Mulholland for Steve Beard-rosian.
He was here 3 years before being traded to the Bronx. He ended up in Colorado after the expansion draft. He had repeat stints with the Phils ('95) and Yanks ('96-'97) and also played for Houston, Milwaukee and Pittsburgh (Phucco!).
He finished 16th in MVP voting with the Phils in '95 (.276-11-85 got you top 20 in the MVP, my how times have changed...) but his best statistical year was in '93, hitting in the thin air of the Rockie Mountains. [Hayes wasn't alone in Colorado. There were at least 5 former Phillies on that original Rockies team. I'll look at that more in future Fridays.]
A career .262 hitter, Hayes provided a steady bat and steady glove. He wasn't spectacular and couldn't do much for a bad team, but the '08 Phils could use a guy like Hayes.