With the Phillies taking part in what would become a down-to-the-wire divisional race, McCarver was signed on September 1, 1980 to return as a player. He would serve as a veteran voice in the clubhouse, a lefty pinch-hit bat, and emergency insurance at first base and catcher.
Rest in Peace, “Irish” Mike Ryan
Former longtime Philadelphia Phillies player and coach Mike Ryan passed away on July 7, 2020. He is the second-longest tenured coach in Phillies history.
Phillies 50: Forgotten 1978 – Dan Boitano
In the final game of the 1978 regular season the Phillies gave former first round draft pick pitcher Dan Boitano his lone inning on the mound with the club.
Phillies 50: Forgotten 1980 – Orlando Isales
The Phillies gave outfielder Orlando Isales his only three games of Major League Baseball experience at age 20 during the final weeks of the 1980 season.
Phillies 50: Forgotten 1981 – Don McCormack
Don McCormack was a longtime catcher in the Phillies minor league system who got cups of coffee with the big club in both 1980 and 1981.