Outfielder Dante Bichette is one of the most storied players in the history of the Rockies franchise. He finished second in the N.L. MVP balloting in 1995 after helping Colorado reach the playoffs in only its third year of existence with a .340 batting average, 40 home runs and 128 RBI. In 1996, Bichette became a member of the rare 30-30 Club with 31 home runs and 31 stolen bases.
Bichette began his Major League career with the Angels as an original 17th round selection in the 1984 Free Agent Draft. And at age 38, Bichette’s career ended in a Dodger uniform, although he never played a game.
Entering 2002 Spring Training, Bichette reported to Vero Beach as a non-roster invitee after appearing in 107 games with the Red Sox the previous season. His chances of making the team appeared solid, especially with the team poised to make Bichette the first Dodger to wear uniform No. 6 since Steve Garvey in 1982. But on March 22, Bichette announced his retirement. That opened the door for a sixth-string outfielder coming over from the Cleveland Indians organization to make the Dodger roster – Dave Roberts.
Bichette finished with a lifetime .299 batting average with 274 home runs in 1,704 games.
— Mark Langill
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