One was tall, lean, and fleet of foot; the other stocky and powerful. Who? Brian Hunter and Brian Hunter. What? Yes, you read that correctly, today we flashback on both Brian Hunters.
Brian L. Hunter started his career out in Houston shagging fly balls in the Astrodome. He came into fame in 1997 with Detroit leading the American League with 74 stolen bases. Never much of a hitter for average or power, nor did he have great on base skills, speed and defense seemed to be his only attributes. In 1000 career games, Hunter swiped 260 bases, but only 14 of those were with the Phillies back in 2001. He did pull of one of the greatest feats I've ever seen, by scoring from 2nd base on a sacrifice fly...now that's fast! All in all, he played 10 seasons posting a .264/.660 line.
The other Brian Hunter was a first baseman who started his career in Atlanta spent part of the 2000 season with the Phightins. He popped 7 homeruns while in Philly, but batted a disappointing .210. The Phils ended up being his final stop in his 9 season MLB career. Of note, this Hunter was a Phucco, as he played in Pittsburg in the strike shortened season of 1994. Career line of .234/.728.