Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Tue, February 18, 2014 12:00 PM Comments: 4
The Phillies Nation Top 100 continues today with #14. 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 #12.
#13 – Chuck Klein
Years: 1928-1933, 1936-1939, 1940-1944
.326/.382/.553, 243 HR, 71 SB in 5772 PA
Previous Rank: 8 (-5)
fWAR Phillies Rank: 12th among position players, 18th among Phillies
Signature Achievement: Won Triple Crown and led the NL in all triple-slash categories in 1933 but finished second in MVP voting (.368/.422/.602, 28 HR, 15 SB, 120 RBI) one year after winning the NL MVP (.348/.404/.646, 38 HR, 20 SB, 137 RBI)
Single-Season Record Holder for Outfield Assists (44, 1930), Four-time NL HR King (1929, 1931-1933)
In 1928, the Phillies outbid the Yankees to obtain the services of a left-handed outfielder in the Class B Central League. The 23-year old outfielder was hitting .331/.378/.652. No sooner after they acquired him, the Phillies inserted Chuck Klein into their line-up. After all – what did a team that would end up 43-109 have to lose? Klein rewarded them with a .360/.396/.577 line with 11 HR in 275 PA.