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The Phillies Nation Top 100: #1 Mike Schmidt

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Fri, February 28, 2014 06:15 PM Comments: 25

The Phillies Nation Top 100 concludes today with #1. Our mission is to assess the Top 100 Phillies players of all time using impact to the Phillies, individual achievement, team achievement, traditional stats, and analytics as our criteria. The list was compiled by Ian Riccaboni and Pat Gallen with input from the rest of the Phillies Nation staff. 

To view the previous 99 players listed thus far, please click here. To view the 2008 iteration of the list of Greatest Phillies of All Time as compiled by Tim Malcolm, please click here.

http://teamtobeat.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/00schmidt.jpg#1 – Mike Schmidt

Years: 1972-1989

.267/.380/.527 with 548 HR, 174 SB in 10062 PA

Previous Rank: 1 (No Change)

fWAR Phillies Rank: 1st among position players, 1st among Phillies

First-Ballot Hall of Fame Selection, 1995

Eight-time NL HR King, Ten-time NL Gold Glove Winner, Six-time NL Silver Slugger Winner

12 NL All-Star Selections

Won three NL MVP Awards (1980, 1981, 1986)

Leads all third basemen in HR (15th all-time), SLG%, RBI (35th all-time)

All-time Phillies leader in games played, PA, hits, HR, runs, RBI, BB, IBB, and FanGraphs’ defensive runs saved

Signature Game: Hit four HR in April 17, 1976 game against the Cubs

Signature Series: Hit .381/.462/.714 against the Kansas City Royals in the 1980 World Series en route to the Phillies winning their first World Series and Schmidt winning the World Series MVP award

Signature Moment: 500th HR at Three Rivers Stadium hit on April 18, 1987

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Rollins, Phillies Get Past Tigers, 10-6

Posted by Pat Gallen, Fri, February 28, 2014 04:59 PM Comments: 6

Jimmy Rollins hit a three-run homer and walked twice as the Phillies beat the Tigers, 10-6, at Bright House Field.

Darin Ruf was the DH and finished 1-for-3 with two RBI after hitting his first home run of the spring on Thursday. Dom Brown, Carlos Ruiz, and Maikel Franco also knocked in a run apiece.

Kyle Kendrick wasn’t all that sharp, giving up three runs in two innings. Of course it’s way early, but the Phillies have given Kedrick a good amount of money this year, so he’ll have to provide more consistency during the regular season.

I continue to be impressed by Darin Ruf and wish the guy could play a better outfield. He can certainly hit, we all know that. Another guy to keep an eye on is Phillippe Aumont, who pitched one clean inning.

Tomorrow, Phillies at Yankees.

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Spring Training Gameday 2014: Phillies (0-2) v. Tigers (SS) (2-0)

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Fri, February 28, 2014 12:30 PM Comments: 3

 Philadelphia Phillies v. Tigers (SS)

Time: 1:05 pm

Brighthouse Field – Clearwater, FL

Weather: 68, Sunny

TV: The Comcast Network, home of Phillies Nation TV

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After two close losses to the Blue Jays, the Phillies come back home to take on half of the Detroit Tigers.

Line-Up: Gwynn CF, Rollins SS, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Byrd RF, Brown LF, Ruiz C, Franco 3B, Ruf DH

The penciled in subs are as follows, in order, and has the makings of a decent IronPigs starting line-up: Gillies, Brignac, Hernandez, Frandsen, Thomas, Collier, Marson, Galvis

Go Phils!

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Jesse’s Journal, Vol 2: Getting Veteran Advice, Compliments From Halladay

Posted by Jay Floyd, Fri, February 28, 2014 07:30 AM Comments: 7

Jesse Biddle, Image- Jay Floyd

With the spring exhibition season underway, top Phillies pitching prospect Jesse Biddle took time this week to share his thoughts from inside big league spring training.

Biddle, who was the Phils’ top draft choice (27th overall) in 2010, represented the organization in the MLB All-Star Futures Game last year.  Now, in his first time in big league camp, Biddle looks to leave a solid impression on coaches and team brass as he targets a Major League  debut this year.

This week, Biddle pitched against his Phillies teammates, as they competed in an intrasquad game.  The outing wasn’t very successful for the 22-year-old, but he took some positives out of surrendering hits to the likes of Ryan Howard, Ben Revere, Kevin Frandsen and others, while showing that he’s capable of competing at this level but striking out Marlon Byrd and Cody Asche.

Biddle talked about the silver lining of a rough appearance, Phillies spring instructor Larry Andersen, being complimented by Roy Halladay and much more.  Read ahead for our latest exclusive entry from Jesse.

On pitching against veteran players in the Phillies’ intrasquad game this week-

“The experience was great.  It was a pretty awesome moment.  You had a guy like Ben Revere leading off, uh, Chooch batting second.  That’s a really cool lineup and we have a lot of really good talent, obviously.  It’s nice to be able to compete against those guys.  Numbers wise, I gave up a few singles and some hits, but I was really happy with my ability to throw strikes and attack the zone.  I left a couple pitches up to some really, really good hitters and that’s what happens, so it’s just a learning process.”

On the feedback that some of the opposition in that game shared with him-

“I got some feedback from Ryan Howard and Kevin Frandsen, among some others guys, and, you know, they were just talking to me about some little mechanical things that they saw, that they were able to pick up on some different pitches.  The kind of stuff that, you know, you have to learn those things and learn those little nuances that help you become a big league pitcher. Continue reading Jesse’s Journal, Vol 2: Getting Veteran Advice, Compliments From Halladay

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The Phillies Nation Top 100: #2 Steve Carlton

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Thu, February 27, 2014 06:00 PM Comments: 28

The Phillies Nation Top 100 continues today with #2. Our mission is to assess the Top 100 Phillies players of all time using impact to the Phillies, individual achievement, team achievement, traditional stats, and analytics as our criteria. The list was compiled by Ian Riccaboni and Pat Gallen with input from the rest of the Phillies Nation staff. 

From this point forward, each weekday, we will reveal two Phillies from the PN Top 100 in separate posts. To view the players listed thus far, please click here. To view the 2008 iteration of the list of Greatest Phillies of All Time as compiled by Tim Malcolm, please click here.

Please check back tomorrow for the Greatest Phillie of All Time.

http://www.netbrawl.com/uploads/4069fa62c7448a08f76fc0716f32a428.jpg#2 – Steve Carlton

Years: 1972-1986

241-161, 3.09 ERA, 1.211 WHIP in 3697.1 IP

Previous Rank: 2 (No Change)

fWAR Phillies Rank: 1st among pitchers, 2nd among Phillies

First-Ballot Hall of Fame Selection in 1994 as a Phillie

Won Four Cy Young Awards as a Phillie (1972, 1977, 1980, 1982)

Seven NL All-Star Selections as a Phillie, Won Gold Glove (1981)

Won 20 Games five times and 13 games or more in 13-straight seasons as a Phillie

All-Time leader in games started, wins, and strikeouts in Phillies history,

Signature Season: Went 27-10 for the 59-97 Phillies in 1972 with a career-low 1.97 ERA en route to his first Cy Young

Signature Series: Went 2-0 with a 0.66 ERA in 13.2 IP in the 1983 NLCS

Signature Game: Went seven innings, giving up only one earned in the 1980 Series-clinching Game Six en route to a win and the Phillies’ first World Series victory

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Martin Leaves with Shoulder Issue

Posted by Pat Gallen, Thu, February 27, 2014 03:45 PM Comments: 2

Thankfully, the Phillies signed AJ Burnett. Because if they had not done so, they’d be looking at little to no room for error when it comes to the starting rotation.

Ethan Martin left Thursday’s game against the Blue Jays with shoulder discomfort, according to the Daily News. Already without Cole Hamels and Jonathan Pettibone, the rotation is looking a wee bit thin.

Martin had an outside chance at making the team out of Clearwater, but this would be a major blow for him should the ailment push him to sidelines. The 24-year-0ld righty struggled mightily in his short stint with the big club last season, posting a 6.08 ERA in 15 games (8 starts).

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Prospect Nation 2014: #7 SS Roman Quinn

Posted by Jay Floyd, Thu, February 27, 2014 02:55 PM Comments: 0

Roman Quinn, Image- Tug Haines

Selected in the 2nd round of the 2011 draft out of Port St. Joe High School, speedster Roman Quinn was immediately a prospect that many thought would be on a fast track upward in the Phillies system.  Hampered by injuries last year, it could be a difficult road back for the athletic shortstop.

Listed at five feet ten inches tall and weighing 170 pounds, Quinn showed great improvement during his first year as a pro.  After signing late, he did not play in his first official minor league game until 2012.  With short-season Class A Williamsport, Quinn sported a .281 average with nine doubles, a league-leading 11 triples, one homer and 23 RBI while swiping 30 bases in 36 opportunities.

Those excellent offensive efforts came while learning to switch hit and adapting to a defensive switch to the infield after playing mostly outfield in high school.

Comfort was a big factor for Quinn in 2013, according to his Class A Lakewood coaches, who saw things get easier for him at the plate as the season went on.  Quinn opened last season as a 19-year-old.  He got off to a rough start, batting .202 with a .556 OPS in 22 April games.  In May, things began to look up offensively for Quinn as he tallied a .304 average with an .874 OPS in 26 contests.  His season would not last much longer, as the Florida resident was hit by a pitch that resulted in a broken left wrist in June. Continue reading Prospect Nation 2014: #7 SS Roman Quinn

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Spring Training Gameday 2014: Phillies (0-1) at Blue Jays (1-0)

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Thu, February 27, 2014 08:50 AM Comments: 2

 Philadelphia Phillies at Toronto Blue Jays

Time: 1:05 pm

Florida Auto Exchange Stadium – Dunedin, FL

Weather: 60, 60% chance of rain

TV: MLB Network

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A day after the first game was interrupted by rain, the Phils head to Dunedin for a re-match against the Jays. Cliff Lee will take the hill with Ethan Martin to follow in relief.

Line-Up: Revere CF, Galvis SS, Abreu DH, Ruf LF, Franco 1B, Frandsen 2B, Asche 3B, Mayberry RF, Nieves C

Go Phils!

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Phils Drop Shortened Opener to Jays, Watch Santana Throw

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Wed, February 26, 2014 06:43 PM Comments: 12

The Phillies lost their Grapefruit League opener today 4-3 to the Blue Jays in a rain-shortened, seven inning affair. The Jays got out to an early 1-0 first inning lead off of a Jose Bautista homer off Robert Hernandez. The Phillies answered right back, scoring two in the first on singles by Ryan Howard and Marlon Byrd on four hits and a walk off J.A. Happ. Hernandez and Phillippe Aumont, who replaced Hernandez for the third inning, each gave up two earned. Non-roster invitee Jeff Manship pitched a scoreless fourth and fifth, striking out three, while Antonio Bastardo gave up a hit but no runs in the sixth, and Rule 5 pick Kevin Munson gave up a walk and a hit but also allowed no runs.

While the Phils were competing against the Jays, they were also apparently one of a handful of teams to scout former Cy Young winner Johan Santana, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Heyman quotes reports that say while Santana looked to be in great shape, he was only topping out at 81 on the radar gun.

The Phillies will be in action tomorrow in Dunedin in a rematch against the Jays. The Phillies will send Cliff Lee to the mound followed by Ethan Martin in relief.

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The Phillies Nation Top 100: #3 Robin Roberts

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Wed, February 26, 2014 06:30 PM Comments: 11

The Phillies Nation Top 100 continues today with #3. Our mission is to assess the Top 100 Phillies players of all time using impact to the Phillies, individual achievement, team achievement, traditional stats, and analytics as our criteria. The list was compiled by Ian Riccaboni and Pat Gallen with input from the rest of the Phillies Nation staff. 

From this point forward, each weekday, we will reveal two Phillies from the PN Top 100 in separate posts. To view the players listed thus far, please click here. To view the 2008 iteration of the list of Greatest Phillies of All Time as compiled by Tim Malcolm, please click here.

Please check back tomorrow morning for #2.

#3 – Robin Roberts

Years: 1948-1961

234-199, 3.46 ERA, 1.171 WHIP in 3739.1 IP

Previous Rank: 3 (No Change)

fWAR Phillies Rank: 2nd among pitchers, 4th among Phillies

Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1976

Won 20 games or more in six-straight seasons (1950-1955), led MLB in games started in six-straight seasons (1950-1955), threw 20 or more complete games in seven-straight seasons

Ranks first in Phillies history in IP, CG

Made seven-consecutive NL All-Star teams (1950-1956), Five Top 7 NL MVP finishes

There isn’t a whole lot to say about Robin Roberts, the greatest right-handed pitcher in Phillies history, that hasn’t already been said. Roberts is the all-time leader in Phillies’ history in appearances, innings pitched, and complete games and ranks second in wins, strikeouts, and games started, and third in shutouts. Roberts also was selected to seven-straight NL All-Star teams and started on the hill for five of those teams. But it is perhaps his link to one of the biggest underdog stories of all-time that helps Roberts rank so highly on this list.

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