Twenty years ago this summer, Charlotte Knights outfielder-designated hitter Brian Daubach terrorized opposing International League pitchers, putting together a remarkable season at the plate.
On Thursday night, the Knights will honor Daubach by inducting him into the Charlotte Baseball Round Table of Honor.
The ceremony is scheduled before the 7:04 p.m. start of the Knights’ game against the Syracuse Chiefs, for whom Daubach is now the hitting coach.
Daubach was playing in the Florida Marlins’ farm system in 1997 and ’98, when the Knights were the Class AAA affiliate of the Marlins. In 1997, he hit 21 home runs, 40 doubles and drove in 93 runs in 136 games.
But that was just a warmup for 1998, when he led the International League with 35 home runs, 45 doubles and 124 RBIs. He was fifth in hits that season, with 157, batting .316.
Daubach was called up by the Marlins in September 1998. A year later, he signed with Boston and played with the Red Sox from 1999-2002 and again in 2004, earning a World Series ring. He also played with the Chicago White Sox in 2003 and the New York Mets in 2005.
Now 46, Daubach managed in the minors for several seasons before being hired by the Washington Nationals’ organization as hitting coach with Syracuse.
He will be the sixth person in the Baseball Round Table of Honor, joining former players Jim Thome and Drungo LaRue Hazewood, former manager Charlie Manuel, former Charlotte O’s owner Frances Crockett, and current Knights owner Don Beaver.
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