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Kim Batiste,’93 NLCS hero, dies at age 52

Former Phillies infielder Kim Batiste, who is best known for knocking in the game-winning run in the tenth inning of Game 1 of the 1993 NLCS, died Wednesday at 52.

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His family said Batiste passed away due to complications from an emergency kidney surgery, per Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Batiste was drafted by the Phillies in the third round of the 1987 MLB draft. He made his debut for the club in 1991 and played four seasons in Philadelphia. He was released by the Phillies in May 1995, signed with the Baltimore Orioles a month later and was selected by the San Francisco Giants in the Rule 5 draft later that year.

In his first career postseason appearance, Batiste replaced Dave Hollins at third base in Game 1 of the 1993 NLCS. He threw a potential double-play ball into right field, which eventually led to the visiting Atlanta Braves tying the game at three.

With John Kruk on second base with one out in the bottom of the tenth, Batiste lined a base hit to left field to win the game for the Phillies at Veterans Stadium.

Mickey Morandini reacted to the passing of his former teammate on Instagram.

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RIP my friend #KimBatiste #1993Phillies

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  1. Ken Bland

    October 8, 2020 at 3:34 pm

    No disrespect to Kim Batiste for writing this, but it’s sad how so many things in sports fandom views are based on observation based on the point in time from which the opinionist started following the subject.

    Jay Johnstone passed away about 3 weeks ago. Jay was an entertaining guy, played in The Show in excess of 10 years, including about 3 with the Phils, and went a robust 7 for 9 in the playoffs in either ’77 or ’78. While his time with the Phils was short, his ability as a platoon player was impactful, and he was a popular guy with both teammates and fans.

    His passing was worth some publicity by Philly media folks, and if I thoroughly searched to see who may have mentioned it, even in passing, I’d probably come up close to empty.

    If memory serves, Jaybird platooned with another good guy vagabond, the infamous “Downtown” Ollie Brown.

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