April 26, 2005

Ex-Phil report: Wendell Magee


Former Phillie Wendell Magee is back playing with the independent Atlantic League Long Island Ducks this season.

Magee, 33, had a great 2004 season for the Flock, knocking in 86 runs and hitting 13 home runs in 114 games during their run to the league championship. Other names from last year's championship team include OF Kimera Bartee, former R-Phil second baseman Rusty McNamara, former Phillie pitcher Matt Beech and current St. Louis reliever Bill Pulsipher.

Magee was a 12th round selection of the Phillies in the 1994 draft and spent parts of seven seasons playing in the majors.

Originally thought to be the Phillies center fielder of the future, it never quite panned out for him in Philadelphia. He never played more than 33 games a season and was traded in 2000 to the Detroit Tigers for the venerable Bobby Sismondo.

In his last full season in the majors, he hit .271 in 347 at bats for the free-swinging '02 Tigers.

Back with Long Island this season, he joins the likes of former big league pitchers John Rocker, Donovan Osborne, and the always popular third baseman, former R-Phil Pete Rose Jr.

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