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Phillies Claim Brian Hunter

April 21, 2000

MIAMI (AP) _ Brian Hunter was claimed on waivers by the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday from the Atlanta Braves.

The 32-year old outfielder-first baseman hit .249 for the Braves last year with six home runs, and 30 RBIs.

``Brian gives us more sock off the bench,″ Philadelphia general manager Ed Wade said. ``He did a fine job in that role last year. His ability to play some outfield and first base adds to the depth of this club.″

Hunter pinch hit twice for the Braves this season and had one hit, a game-winning home run against the Phillies on Tuesday night at Atlanta. The Braves activated outfielder Brian Jordan after that game and placed Hunter on waivers in an attempt to send him outright to the minor leagues.

Hunter is a .236 career hitter with 60 home runs and 287 RBIs. As a pinch hitter, he has a .245 average with six home runs, 37 hits and 29 RBIs.

The Phillies are Hunter’s sixth major league team. He originally was taken by Atlanta in the eighth round of the 1987 amateur draft. He’s also played for Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Seattle and St. Louis.

To make room for Hunter, Philadelphia designated infielder Tomas Perez for assignment. The Phillies have 10 days to trade him, release him or send him outright to the minor leagues.

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