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Alphonse Dante Bichette ( , born November 18, 1963 in West Palm Beach, Floridamarker) is a former American Major League Baseball player.

He began his career with the California Angels in , but was a streaky hitter and was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers in . After putting up only average numbers with Milwaukee, he was traded to the new expansion team, the Colorado Rockies. It was with the Rockies where he shined as a player. At least some of his slugging success can be attributed to the home run-friendly ballparks in Denvermarker, Mile High Stadiummarker and Coors Fieldmarker. The dry air in the Colorado capital made the baseball drier and harder, and thus able to travel much further upon contact, though an unusually expansive outfield was included in the design of Coors Fieldmarker as a mitigating and equalizing factor against the dry air.

He finished the Rockies' first season with 21 home runs and a .310 batting average, his personal best for both at the time. Bichette also hit his first home run at the newly-constructed Coors Fieldmarker, a fourteenth inning smash against the Mets that secured an opening day victory for the Rockies in . Bichette had his best season in 1995, coming very close to the Triple Crown with a .340 batting average, 40 home runs and 128 RBIs and barely lost the MVP voting to the Cincinnati Reds' Barry Larkin.

Bichette began having knee problems in , but was still successful as a hitter, with a .316 average, 31 home runs and 141 RBIs, plus 31 stolen bases. The 1996 season was only the second time ever that two players on the same team hit at least 30 home runs and collected 30 stolen bases, as Ellis Burks accomplished the same feat. Over the next three seasons, Bichette hit 26, 22 and 34 home runs for the Rockies, respectively. He remains in the top ten in many offensive categories for the Rockies.[50169] But by the end of the season, his production was beginning to drop and the Rockies dealt Bichette to the Cincinnati Reds. However, his fielding was suffering tremendously and Bichette was eventually traded to the Boston Red Sox for a season and a half and then the Los Angeles Dodgers. Bichette retired before ever playing a game with the Dodgers on March 22, 2002.

Dante Bichette was part of the "Blake Street Bombers" which also included sluggers Larry Walker, Andres Galarraga, and Vinny Castilla.

In August , Bichette rejoined professional baseball as a pitcher and first baseman for the Atlantic League's Nashua Pride. It took little time for Bichette to play back into form as he won the Atlantic League's Player of the Month award for August (his first full month back). He completed the month with a .361 average and 13 homers. On August 28, he batted 4-for-5 with two home runs, eight RBIs and his first professional save.

In August 2005, Bichette's son Dante Bichette, Jr. participated in the Little League World Series with his Maitland, Floridamarker team. The Maitland team featured a second son of a former major-leaguer in Tanner Stanley, son of Mike Stanley.

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