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Travis Adrian Chapman

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In his only career Major League at-bat, Travis Chapman pinch hit for Tomas Perez in the 7th inning of a September 9, 2003 blowout against the Atlanta Braves. He flew out to right field in his only plate appearance of the game, which saw the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Braves 18 to 5. He also played three innings at third base in that game. Injuries then derailed his career after that.

Chapman had some decent seasons in the minor leagues after being a 17th round choice outy of Mississippi State University in the 2000 amateur draft, for example hitting .307 in 96 at Class-A Clearwater in 2001, and .301 in 136 games with the Reading Phillies in 2002. However, he had the misfortune to be a third baseman in the Phillies' organization when Scott Rolen was entrenched at the position with the big league club. Then, after Rolen was traded away late in 2002, the Phillies signed David Bell to a big contract, blocking the position for a few more years. Chapman's big break should have come in 2003; in the previous December's 2002 Rule V draft, he had been picked up by the Cleveland Indians, who immediately sold him to the Detroit Tigers. There was a big opening at third base for Detroit, given that both Craig Paquette and Chris Truby had hit below .200 the previous year. However, Chapman did not impress enough during spring training in 2003 and was returned to the Phillies, while top draft pick Eric Munson got the starting job for the Tigers.

Back with the Phillies' organization, Chapman hit .272 with 36 homers and 12 doubles for the AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons, which earned him a call-up in September, but he hardly played. He signed as a free agent with the Kansas City Royals in 2004, but missed almost the entire season to injuries, playing only 44 games, none at a level higher than Class A, hitting .262. He could not play defense properly and was confined to a DH role. In 2005, he was in the Cincinnati Reds' organization, but it was the same story: 13 games with the Sarasota Reds, a decent batting average at .271, but an inability to play defense. In 2006, he played in the Pittsburgh Pirates' system. he made it back to AA Altoona for 11 games, where he hit .275, but that was it. He retired after that season.

After retiring as a player, Chapman became a high school coach. He was then a coach for the GCL Yankees 2 in 2013 and manager of the GCL Yankees 1 in 2014.

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