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Phillies Nation Top 100 – 2014

The Phillies Nation Top 100: #5 Ed Delahanty

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Mon, February 24, 2014 04:00 PM Comments: 4

The Phillies Nation Top 100 continues today with #5. 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 #4.

#5 – Ed Delahanty

Years: 1888-1889, 1891-1901

.348/.414/.508, 87 HR, 411 SB in 7141 PA

Previous Rank: 4 (-1)

fWAR Phillies Rank: 2nd among position players, 3rd among Phillies

Signature Achievments: Has highest single-season batting average in team history (.410 in 1899), hit over .400 three times, last Phillie to have OBP of .500 or greater (.500, 1895)

Signature Game: Hit four HR in a losing effort on July 13, 1896

Second Phillie ever inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame in 1945 via Old Timers’ Committee 

Is also known for: Mysterious death involving Niagara Falls 

“Big Ed” was one of Major League Baseball’s earliest and most well-known sluggers. At age 20, the future right-handed slugging outfielder Delahanty joined the then-Quakers in 1888 when the team purchased his contract from Wheeling of the Tri-State league. Delahanty jumped to the Cleveland Infants of the Players’ League prior to the start of the 1890 season. Following the 1890 season, the Players’ League’s only season, Delahanty jumped back to the Quakers. By 1892, Delahanty would begin to show flashes of what made him a top power-hitter in baseball, leading the NL in triples and slugging percentage. By 1893, Delahanty had arrived: from 1893 through 1899, Delahanty put together a seven-year stretch matched by very few in baseball history: .384/.457/.568 with 65 HR and 255 SB.

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The Phillies Nation Top 100: #6 Richie Ashburn

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Mon, February 24, 2014 08:00 AM Comments: 13

The Phillies Nation Top 100 continues today with #6. 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 this afternoon for #5.

#6 – Richie Ashburn

Years: 1948-1959

.311/.394/.388, 22 HR, 199 SB in 8223 PA

Previous Rank: 6 (No Change)

fWAR Phillies Rank: 4th among position players, 6th among Phillies

Veteran’s Committee Selection to Hall of Fame (1995)

Made Four NL All-Star Teams as a Phillie (1948, 1951, 1953, 1958)

Won two batting titles and led the NL in OBP four times, led MLB in hits during the 1950s

For many folks that grew up in the Delaware Valley and its surrounding suburbs, it is not uncommon for them to say they knew the voices of Whitey Ashburn and Harry Kalas before they could recognize their own father’s or mother’s voice. So that is certainly hyperbolic, but it isn’t entirely too far off from the truth. And before Whitey excelled at broadcasting, generations before ours remember that Whitey was one of the finest center fielders in Major League Baseball and left the game as one of the finest Phillies of all-time.

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The Phillies Nation Top 100: #7 Grover Cleveland Alexander

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Fri, February 21, 2014 06:15 PM Comments: 6

The Phillies Nation Top 100 continues today with #7. 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 Monday morning for #6.

#7 – Grover Cleveland Alexander

Years: 1911-1917, 1930

190-91, 2.18 ERA, 1.075 WHIP in 2513.2 IP

Previous Rank: 5 (-2)

fWAR Phillies Rank: 3rd among pitchers, 8th among Phillies

First Phillie to be elected to Baseball Hall of Fame (1938)

Signature Accomplishment: Led the NL in Wins Five Seasons, ERA three times, Ks five times, IP six times, CG five times, SO four times, and WHIP twice

Oddball Fact: Was the only Phillies pitcher to have a win in the World Series for 65 years (1915 to 1980, Bob Walk)

Last Phillies Pitcher to win 30+ games (30, 1917) in a season

Won Pitching Triple-Crown as a Phillie from 1915 through 1917

The 6’1″ right-handed pitcher from Elba, NE nicknamed “Old Pete” was born Grover Cleveland Alexander on February 26, 1887, directly in the middle of President Grover Cleveland’s first of two non-consecutive terms. Like President Cleveland having two non-consecutive terms as president, Alexander would have two non-consecutive runs for as a Phillie. And like President Cleveland, Alexander’s first term was a lot more well received than his second.

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The Phillies Nation Top 100: #8 Cole Hamels

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Fri, February 21, 2014 08:00 AM Comments: 6

The Phillies Nation Top 100 continues today with #8. 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 this afternoon for #7.

#8 – Cole Hamels

Years: 2006-Present

99-74, 3.38 ERA, 1.141 WHIP in 1596.2 IP

Previous Rank: 40 (+32)

fWAR Phillies Rank: 8th among pitchers, 21st among Phillies

Signature Season: Posted a 1.80 ERA in 35 IP in the 2008 postseason en route to winning the 2008 NLCS and World Series MVP Awards after leading the NL in WHIP with a 14-10 record and 3.09 ERA.

Three-time All-Star (2007, 2011-2012)

When Philadelphia took a scrawny 6’3″, 18-year old lefty prep pitcher from San Diego with the 17th pick in the 2002 draft, they were taking a considerable risk. The player the Phillies were selecting, Cole Hamels, had broken his humerus bone in his left arm as a sophomore in high school and there was seemingly a few safer picks with considerable talent left on the board, namely the University of Kentucky’s Joe Blanton and Stanford’s Jeremy Guthrie. Yet, the Phillies had Hamels, who had been clocked at 94 MPH in high school, fall into their lap after San Diego, who was believed to have interest in Hamels, selected shortstop with Khalil Greene at pick 13 instead. As we know from Moneyball, this was one of the many moves that allowed the A’s to snag Nick Swisher with the 16th pick and, sub-sequentially, the Phillies Hamels at 17.

I would say the move worked out pretty well for them.

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The Phillies Nation Top 100: #9 Jimmy Rollins

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Thu, February 20, 2014 05:00 PM Comments: 6

The Phillies Nation Top 100 continues today with #9. 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 #8.

#9 – Jimmy Rollins

Years: 2000-Present

.269/.327/.426 with 199 HR, 425 SB in 8902 PA

Previous Rank: 19 (+10)

fWAR Phillies Rank: 7th among position players, 10th among Phillies

Signature Season: Led the league in PA, AB, runs, and triples in 2007 with .296/.344/.531 line with 30 HR and 41 SB en route to winning the 2007 MVP after proclaiming in Spring Training the Phillies were the “team to beat” in Spring Training.

Three-time All-Star (2001-2002, 2005), Four-time Gold Glove Winner (2007-2009, 2012)

The word swagger, and in turn, its slang equivalent “swag”, has been around for years and is defined by Merriam Webster as “a very confident and typically arrogant or aggressive gait or manner.” It is often associated with persons who exhibit a certain savoir-faire, a confidence exhibited when one knows exactly what to do. Some times someone with swagger often can have savoir-faire but the two are often mistaken for each other. In Spring Training 2007, Jimmy Rollins displayed both.

“”I think we are the team to beat in the NL East — finally. But that’s only on paper,” Rollins told reporters. How right he would be.

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The Phillies Nation Top 100: #10 Dick Allen

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Thu, February 20, 2014 08:00 AM Comments: 8

The Phillies Nation Top 100 continues today with #10. 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 this afternoon for #9.

#10 – Dick Allen

Years: 1963-1969, 1975-1976

.290/.371/.530 with 204 HR, 86 SB in 4511 PA

Previous Rank: 7 (-3)

fWAR Phillies Rank: 10th among position players, 14th among Phillies

1964 Rookie of the Year, Three-Straight All-Star Selections (1965-1967)

Bursting on to the scene in 1964 with one of the greatest rookie seasons of all-time, Dick Allen was one of the most feared hitters of the 1960s. Allen hit an incredible .318/.382/.557 in his rookie year of 1964, leading the Major Leagues in runs scored and triples, while his 8.3 fWAR is fourth-best among rookie years, ever. During the Phillies’ historic collapse in 1964 where the Phillies blew a 6.5 game lead with 12 to play, Allen hit .429/.462/.796 with 5 2B, 2 3B, and 3 HR.

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The Phillies Nation Top 100: #11 Bobby Abreu

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Wed, February 19, 2014 06:00 PM Comments: 31

The Phillies Nation Top 100 continues today with #11. 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 #10.

#11 – Bobby Abreu

Years: 1998-2006, Present

.303/.416/.513, 195 HR, 254 SB in 5885 PA

Previous Rank: 10 (-1)

fWAR Phillies Rank: 6th among position players, 9th among Phillies

Signature Moment: Hit 41 total home runs, including 24 first-round homers, to win the 2005 Home Run Derby

Back-to-Back All-Star Selections (2004-2005), Won Silver Slugger (2004), Won Gold Glove (2005)

For someone who ranks fourth in team history in doubles, 11th in home runs, ninth in runs scored, tenth in RBI, seventh in steals, third in BB%, 24th in batting average, ranks 9th in SLG, leads all Phillies with 1500 or more PA in OBP after 1910, and ranks second in OPS under the same criteria, Bobby Abreu gets very little respect from Phillie fans. Continue reading The Phillies Nation Top 100: #11 Bobby Abreu

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The Phillies Nation Top 100: #12 Jim Bunning

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Wed, February 19, 2014 11:30 AM Comments: 1

The Phillies Nation Top 100 continues today with #12. 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 this afternoon for #11.

#12 – Jim Bunning

Years: 1964-1967, 1970-1971

89-73, 2.93 ERA, 1.111 WHIP in 1520.2 IP

Previous Rank: 14 (+2)

fWAR Phillies Rank: 5th among pitchers, 15th among Phillies

Signature Accomplishment: Won 17 or more games in four straight seasons (1964-1967)

Signature Moment: Threw seventh Perfect Game in Major League History on June 21, 1964

All-Star (1964, 1966)

If you asked Jim Bunning what his signature achievement in life has been, he would likely tell you that it has nothing to do with baseball. Senator Bunning spent two full terms, or twelve years, serving the people of Kentucky in the United States Senate from 1999 through 2011, elected just three years after his after his Baseball Hall of Fame induction in 1996. Bunning was a Veteran’s Committee selection in 1996 after fifteen years on the ballot and was elected as a Tiger. But make no mistake: Bunning was one of the finest pitchers in Phillies history. Continue reading The Phillies Nation Top 100: #12 Jim Bunning

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The Phillies Nation Top 100: #13 Chuck Klein

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.

http://www.ootpdevelopments.com/board/attachments/ootp-mods-rosters-photos-quick-starts/180856d1266572419-gambo-t_wil1-photopack-chuck_klein-phillies-.jpg#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.

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The Phillies Nation Top 100: #14 Sherry Magee

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Tue, February 18, 2014 08:00 AM Comments: 1

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 this afternoon for #13.

#14 – Sherry Magee

Years: 1904-1914

.299/.371/.447, 75 HR, 387 SB in 6314 PA

Previous Rank: 11 (-3)

fWAR Phillies Rank: 5th among position players, 7th among Phillies

Signed as a 19-year old amateur free agent, Sherry Magee of Clarendon, PA made his Phillies debut two days after signing with the club in 1904. Magee would replace Shad Berry in the outfield and become one of best outfielders in club history.

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