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The Phillies Nation Top 100: #8 Cole Hamels

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Fri, February 21, 2014 08:00 AM Comments: 11

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: 8

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: 32

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.

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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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The Phillies Nation Top 100: #15 Billy Hamilton

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Mon, February 17, 2014 02:30 PM Comments: 8

The Phillies Nation Top 100 continues today with #15. 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 #14.

#15 – Billy Hamilton

Years: 1890-1895

.361/.468/.459 with 23 HR, 510 SB in 3629 PA

Previous Rank: 13 (-2)

fWAR Phillies Rank: 9th among position players, 13th among Phillies

Signature Season: Hit .403/.521/.523 with a professional baseball-leading 100 steals and 128 walks with an all-time, single season-record 198 runs in 1894. Was one-fourth of group of Phillies’ outfielders, including Sam Thompson, Ed Delahanty, and Tuck Turner, to all hit over .400.

Signature Accomplishments: Owns single-season, MLB runs scored record (198, 1894), is Phillies’ all-time steals leader (508), is Phillies’ all-time leader in batting average for players over 1500 PA (.361), all-time Phillies leader in OBP, owns single-season Phillies records for steals and OBP

Sliding Billy arrived in Philadelphia via Kansas City, being purchased from the American Association’s Kansas City Cowboys for $6,000 prior to the 1890 season. It may have been the best $6,000 the then-Quakers, future Phillies had or would ever spend. Hamilton wasted no time adjusting to the National League, hitting .325/.430/.399 with 102 SB in his first season with the Quakers. The following season, Hamilton would win the batting title, lead the league in OBP, runs, hits, walks, and steals. In all, Hamilton would win two batting titles with the Quakers, lead the league in runs and walks three times, and steals four times. Hamilton is the franchise’s all-time leader in steals and OBP. Continue reading The Phillies Nation Top 100: #15 Billy Hamilton

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The Phillies Nation Top 100: #16 Curt Schilling

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Mon, February 17, 2014 07:30 AM Comments: 2

The Phillies Nation Top 100 continues today with #16. 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 #15.

#16 – Curt Schilling

Years: 1992-2000

101-78, 3.35 ERA, 1.120 WHIP in 1659.1 IP

Previous Rank: 12 (-4)

fWAR Phillies Rank: 4th among pitchers, 10th among Phillies

Signature Season: Went 17-11 with a 2.97 ERA and MLB-best 319 K in 1997 for the 68-94 Phillies

Signature Moment: Threw a complete-game shutout in Game 5 of the 1993 World Series at Veterans Stadium to force a Game 6

Made three-straight All-Star teams (1997-1999), 1993 NLCS MVP

After losing Game 1 of the 1993 World Series, Curt Schilling found himself taking the mound at the Vet, his team down three-games-to-one, and less than 24 hours removed from one of the toughest-to-swallow losses in franchise history. Just one night earlier, Larry Andersen and Mitch Williams had combined to cough up a 14-9 lead in the 8th inning of Game 4, a sequence that concluded in a go-ahead two-run triple off the bat of Devon White. If the Phillies wanted to have any chance of winning the 1993 World Series, they needed to turn to an ace, someone to stop the bleeding.

Luckily, they had just the guy.

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The Phillies Nation Top 100: #17 Curt Simmons

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Fri, February 14, 2014 05:00 PM Comments: 9

The Phillies Nation Top 100 continues today with #17. 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 #16.

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Years: 1947-1960

115-110, 3.66 ERA, 1.332 WHIP in 1936.2 IP

Previous Rank: 27 (+10)

fWAR Phillies Rank: 6th among pitchers, 16th among Phillies

Signature Season: Returned to the Major Leagues for 1952 season after being called to active military service in September 1950 and had best statistical year of career (2.82 ERA, 1.192 WHIP, named an All-Star)

Three-time All-Star (1952-1953, 1957)

Oh, what might have been in 1950.

The pride of Egypt, PA, Curt Simmons, pitching for Whitehall High School at the time, struck out eleven Phillies in a 1947 exhibition game. Simmons had been on the Phillies radar after leading the Whitehall Zephyrs to three-straight league titles and the Coplay American Legion team to two state titles and was signed shortly after the game to a $65,000 signing bonus. By the end of 1947, the 18-year old Simmons was in a Phillies uniform, pitching the Phillies to a 3-1, complete game victory in his only start of the season. Continue reading The Phillies Nation Top 100: #17 Curt Simmons

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