Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Sun, March 02, 2014 11:48 AM Comments: 31
First off, a quick thank you to those that followed along with the 2014 version of the PN Top 100. There was a lot of great debate and good discussion. It was as much fun to read your comments and respond as it was to write each entry.
Now that that that has been said, I have always wondered what the ultimate, all-time 25-man roster would be. For fun, if you take the Phillies Nation Top 100, here is how it would shake out with the following criteria:
1. It can only contain folks that made the PN Top 100 and the highest ranked player at each position will get the nod. As an example, despite having one of the greatest pinch-hitting runs in club history, Del Unser would not be able to take a bench spot. Matt Stairs is not eligible, either.
3. Unless a starting pitcher has been used in a swinging capacity in his career and has over 50 relief appearances as a Phil, he must remain a starter and not be slotted in the bullpen.
4. Starting position players must have spent most of their career at their position. For instance, even though Mike Schmidt played first base, he would only be eligible for third despite the fact that Schmidt and Scott Rolen in a line-up could potentially be more potent than Schmidt and Ryan Howard depending on your point of view.
5. You must take a back-up catcher, at least one left-handed reliever, and at least one bench middle infielder.