Samuel, 47, debuted in 1983 and had an exciting combination of power and speed. His 28 homers in 1987 stood as a record for homers by a second baseman until Chase Utley broke it in 2006.Samuel remained with the Phillies until June 18, 1989, when he went to the Mets in a deal that brought Lenny Dykstra and Roger McDowell to Philadelphia. He was crushed to leave the city, and still considers himself a Phillie nearly 20 years later. "I do," said Samuel, who is the third-base coach for the Orioles. "There's so many people here that I know very well that I keep in touch with. I want this team to go as far as it can and win a championship for those folks. I follow them." Samuel said that most of his memorabilia is from his days with the Phillies -- uniform jerseys, his Silver Slugger Award from 1987, the ball from his first hit and first home run. Memories. "Sammy was the most exciting player on the Phillies in the early '80s. He had power, average, great arm and speed to burn," Schmidt said. "He hit in front of me and created RBI situations every game. He was my young son's favorite player through the '80s." The applause for the popular Samuel seconded that notion. Many came out on 8-8-08 to honor the player who wore No. 8. "Perfect, Samuel said. "Somebody must have planned it that way. This is a good day."
Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.