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mike difelice, 1998 pacific collection #408, cardinals

Player: DiFelice, Mike

Card: 1998 Pacific Collection #408

Position: C

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Michael William DiFelice (born May 28, 1969 in Philadelphia, PA) is a former Major League Baseball journeyman catcher. He was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 11th round of the amateur draft. He made his major league debut in 1996 with the Cards. On April 17, 1997, he recorded his first stolen base with a steal of home against pitcher Kevin Brown who threw a wild pitchout.

Mike was chosen by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays with the 20th selection of the 1997 MLB Expansion Draft. During his time with the Devil Rays (00:00:26), he caught 38% of base stealers, a club record. On July 25, 2001, he was traded with Albie Lopez to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Jason Conti and Nick Bierbrodt. His time in Arizona was short and tumultuous.

In a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on August 14, DeFelice got into a fight with Kevin Young at home plate. He was suspended for two games but appealed the suspension. Before the appeal, on August 21, DiFelice was arrested after getting thrown out of a Pittsburgh nightclub. Police said he assaulted two women in the club, then punched a valet in the parking lot. In 2002, he signed as a free agent to play with the St. Louis Cardinals. Later, he played for the Kansas City Royals, Detroit Tigers, was sent to the Chicago Cubs as part of a conditional deal, then signed with the Florida Marlins, New York Mets, Washington Nationals, and again with the Mets.

He saw his last action at the major league level in April, 2008 with the Tampa Bay Rays. On February 5, 2009, DiFelice was named the manager of the Rookie-level Kingsport Mets in the New York Mets organization. Mike and Dan Wheeler are the only Tampa Bay players to suit up in all three of the franchise's uniforms. Overall, Mike played for eight teams (and twice for Tampa Bay - Devil Rays and Rays).

(excerpted from Baseball Almanac, BR Bullpen & Wikipedia)


2002 Upper Deck Victory #293


Mike DiFelice is part of the St. Louis Cardinals Players Tour – Go to the Next Stop

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See all of DeFelice’s baseball cards at TCDB

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