In the fifth round of the 1984 MLB Amateur Draft the Pittsburgh Pirates made Chicago high school product Wes Chamberlain their choice. The youngster also had a choice, and chose not to sign, instead deciding to attend Jackson State University in Mississippi.
Three years later the Bucs tried again, taking Chamberlain with their fourth round selection. This time they succeeded in signing him, but he would never play a single game for the Pirates.
The Phillies easily got the better of this deal, even though Peguero and Longmire would never pan out. Martinez turned 30-years-old in his first season with the Pirates, who shipped him away in early May. He would bounce between three teams in what was Martinez’ ninth and final year in Major League Baseball.
Chamberlain turned out to be the best piece in the deal. He would enjoy a six-year big-league career, five of those with the Phillies during which he became an important member of the 1993 National League championship team.
During that 1993 season, the right-handed hitting Chamberlain was used as part of a fairly strict right field platoon by manager Jim Fregosi, alternating play at the position with left-handed hitting Jim Eisenreich.
A week ago, Corey Seidman at NBC Sports Philadelphia published a piece in which he explored Bryce Harper‘s five biggest home runs from his first Phillies season in 2019. That prompted a humorous reply on social media inquiring as to Travis Lee’s five greatest Phillies home runs. So, on March 31, I obliged with that piece.
That reflection on the Phillies’ 2000-02 first baseman spurred a Twitter request for the same on Chamberlain. And so, here goes – Wes Chamberlain’s five biggest home runs. They are presented here in chronological order.