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Phillies All Time Team 2013

Phillies All-Time Team: Right Field

Posted by Pat Gallen, Thu, March 07, 2013 08:56 AM Comments: 42

Where does Callison rank as far as Phillies right fielders go?

It’s up to you to tell us who should be part of the Phillies All-Time team. During the winter, we’ll unveil one position at a time for you to vote on. After all the votes are tallied, and all the position filled, we’ll release the results. Make your vote count!

  • Chuck Klein (15 seasons, 2x All-Star, 1x MVP): .326 avg, .935 OPS, 243 HR, 983 RBI, 33.3 WAR
  • Johnny Callison (10 seasons, 3x All-Star): .271 avg, .795 OPS, 185 HR, 666 RBI, 37.2 WAR
  • Bobby Abreu (9 seasons, 2x All-Star): .303 avg, .928 OPS, 195 HR, 814 RBI, 45.4 WAR

Who were voting for:

Eric Seidman: Delmon Young. In all seriousness, Bobby Abreu. I don’t care if he didn’t run into walls. He stayed healthy year-in, year-out and from 1998-2005, he hit .305/.415/.519 with averages of 23 HR and 29 SB over 157 games. There were problems with those Phillies teams, but he was always unfairly criticized for things that mattered little while not getting recognition, even from his own fanbase, for the areas in which he excelled. He was a 20 HR/20 SB player in 7 of his 8 full season with the Phillies, two of which were 30 HR/30 SB years.

Jon Nisula: For a guy that got so much criticism, you might not think that Bobby Abreu was the best RF in Phillies history. But I think that’s the case. He was producing consistently for the Phils, and actually had the highest cumulative fWAR among all Phillies RFers.

Jay Floyd: The top right-fielder in team history is Chuck Klein, who was the National League MVP in 1932 a year before he locked down the offensive Triple Crown, leading the NL in home runs (28), RBI (120) and batting average (.368). Klein ranks among the all-time team leaders in hits, runs, RBI and home runs. Also, he is the only Phillie to ever have over 100 extra-base hits in a season and he did that twice!

Pat Gallen: It has to be Bobby Abreu, hands down. Plus, who didn’t enjoy listening to Dan Baker announce him. “Now batting for the Phillies…number 53…Bobby A-bre-uuuu.”

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Phillies All-Time Team: Left Field

Posted by Pat Gallen, Thu, February 28, 2013 08:40 AM Comments: 31

Man or machine?

It’s up to you to tell us who should be part of the Phillies All-Time team. During the winter, we’ll unveil one position at a time for you to vote on. After all the votes are tallied, and all the position filled, we’ll release the results. Make your vote count!

  • Ed Delahanty (13 seasons): .348 avg, .942 OPS, 101 HR, 1466 RBI, 455 SB, 58.2 WAR
  • Del Ennis (11 season, 3x All-Star): .286 avg, .823 OPS, 259 HR, 1124 RBI, 30.6 WAR
  • Greg Luzinski (11 seasons, 4x All-Star, 1x WS Champ): .281 avg, .852 OPS, 223 HR, 811 RBI, 17.3 WAR
  • Pat Burrell: (9 seasons, 1x WS Champ): .257 avg, .852 OPS, 251 HR, 827 RBI, 14.8 WAR

Who we’re voting for:

-Ryan Dinger: For over 100 years now, no Phillies leftfielder has served the position quite as well as turn-of-the-century superstar Ed Delahanty, who is my pick for the best left fielder in team history. Sporting a career OPS of .916 and an OPS+ of 152, Delahanty, a Hall of Famer, serves as both a perfect fit for the Phillies all time greatest leftfielder, and as a testament to the decades and decades of futility this team has in its long history.

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Phillies All-Time Team: Shortstop

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, February 26, 2013 10:38 AM Comments: 16

(Philly.com)

It’s up to you to tell us who should be part of the Phillies All-Time team. During the winter, we’ll unveil one position at a time for you to vote on. After all the votes are tallied, and all the position filled, we’ll release the results. Make your vote count!

  • Granny Hamner (16 seasons, 3x All-Star): .263 avg, .689 OPS, 103 HR, 705 RBI, 16.3 WAR
  • Larry Bowa (12 seasons, 5x All-Star, 1x WS Champ): .264 avg., .624 OPS, 13 HR, 421 RBI, 288 SB, 19.4 WAR
  • Jimmy Rollins (13 seasons, 3x All-Star, 1x MVP, 1x WS champ): .270 avg., .760 OPS, 193 HR, 793 RBI, 403 SB, 40.3 WAR

Who we’re voting for:

-Pat Gallen: It’s clear that Jimmy Rollins is the greatest shortstop in team history. I think the better question would be, how high does he rank among all players of this generation? He’s in the Top 40 among active players in WAR, with several players ahead of him being involved in PED’s in one way or another.

-Don M.: On a team with Chase Utley and Ryan Howard it’s sometimes easy to overlook just how good a player Jimmy Rollins has been. J-Roll’s 162 game averages include a .270 batting average, 17 HRs, and 36 steals, all while sporting a plus arm and stellar defense at one of baseball’s premium positions. Rollins never had the On Base Percentage that many fans would’ve liked, and it’s obvious that his range at SS is declining, but I think it’s fair to say that every team in MLB would’ve loved to have Rollins penciled into their lineup for the past 12+ seasons.

-Ian Riccaboni: Jimmy Rollins leads all Phillies shortstops in hits by 226, doubles by 150, triples by 24, home runs by 90, walks by 248, runs by 366, RBIs by 88, stolen bases by 115, and fWAR by 26.5. Rollins has also saved over 40 runs in the field and earned over 79 on the basepaths. Statistically, this one isn’t even close and it doesn’t include his Gold Gloves, All-Star games, his 2007 impersonation of Nostradamus or his 2008 World Series win. This one might be bigger in separation than Mike Schmidt v. the field.

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Phillies All-Time Team: Third Base

Posted by Pat Gallen, Sun, February 10, 2013 07:57 AM Comments: 24

Photo: nndb.com

It’s up to you to tell us who should be part of the Phillies All-Time team. During the winter, we’ll unveil one position at a time for you to vote on. After all the votes are tallied, and all the position filled, we’ll release the results. Make your vote count!

  • Willie “Puddin’ Head” Jones (13 seasons, 2x All-Star): .258 avg., .756 OPS, 190 HR, 812 RBI, 21.1 WAR
  • Dick Allen (9 seasons, 1964 ROY, 3x All-Star): .290 avg, .902 OPS, 204 HR, 655 RBI, 34 WAR
  • Mike Schmidt (17+ seasons, 2x MVP, 1x WS Champ, 12x All-Star, 10x Gold Glove): .267 avg, .908 OPS, 548 HR, 1,595 RBI, 103 WAR
  • Scott Rolen (7 seasons, 1x All-Star, 4x Gold Glove): .282 avg., .877 OPS, 150 HR, 559 RBI, 28.1 WAR

Who we’re voting for:

-Pat Gallen: Dick Allen and Puddin’ Head were way ahead of my time, and I’m sure they were nice players. Scott Rolen actually had the chance at being the next Mike Schmidt in Philly – if he hadn’t been a baby and run himself out of town, which is what he wanted anyway. It’s of course Mike Schmidt, who could also be the best third baseman in MLB history.

-Ian Riccaboni: When I was a kid, Scott Rolen was the player I wanted to be. He had power, killer instincts at third base, and got big hits. Looking at his stats, I was surprised to realize that Rolen actually played more games in Philadelphia than anywhere else, finishing with Phillie numbers 150 HR, 71 SB, .282/.373/.504. All of this is to say he’s my runner up to my vote of Mike Schmidt in this vote.

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Phillies All-Time Team: Second Base

Posted by Pat Gallen, Thu, February 07, 2013 01:33 PM Comments: 0

It’s up to you to tell us who should be part of the Phillies All-Time team. During the winter, we’ll unveil one position at a time for you to vote on. After all the votes are tallied, and all the position filled, we’ll release the results. Make your vote count!

Below are the top choice and their totals as a member of the Phillies. WAR is used from Baseball-Reference.

  • Tony Taylor (15 seasons, 1x All-star): .261 avg., .673 OPS, 75 HR, 598 RBI, 20 WAR
  • Juan Samuel (7 seasons, 2x All-star): .263 avg., .749 OPS, 100 HR, 413 RBI, 10.7 WAR
  • Mickey Morandini (9 seasons, 1x All-Star): .267 avg., .694 OPS, 20 HR, 254 RBI, 5.7 WAR
  • Chase Utley (10 seasons, 5x All-Star): .288 avg., .876 OPS, 199 HR, 739 RBI, 53.5 WAR

Who we’re voting for:

-Amanda Orr: How can you vote against anyone who Harry Kalas called “the man”? During his prime, he was the best second baseman in the league. He could always hit and he improved his defense as years went on. His scrappy play and hustle made him an instant fan favorite.

-Don M.: The first time I heard about Chase Utley he was still in the minors, and the comment was “He can definitely hit, but there are questions about his glove.” The year was 2002; the remark was from my dad as Utley was finishing a AAA-season spent at 3B in which he committed 28 errors in 123 games. Utley was moved back to 2B, his game continued to improve, and for the past decade he’s been the best player in the Phillies organization

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Phillies All-Time Team: First Base

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, January 23, 2013 12:22 PM Comments: 32

Howard is the best 1B in team history...right? (PHOTO: AP)

It’s up to you to tell us who should be part of the Phillies All-Time team. During the winter, we’ll unveil one position at a time for you to vote on. After all the votes are tallied, and all the position filled, we’ll release the results. Make your vote count!

Below are the top choice and their totals as a member of the Phillies. WAR is used from Baseball-Reference.

  • Ryan Howard (7+ seasons, 2005 ROY, 2006 MVP, 3x all star, 1 WS champ): .271 avg, .915 OPS, 300 HR, 920 RBI, 16.8 WAR
  • John Kruk (6 seasons, 3x all star): .309 avg, .861 OPS, 62 HR, 390 RBI, 17.3 WAR
  • Pete Rose (5 seasons, 4x all star, 1 WS champ): .291 avg., .726 OPS, 8 HR, 255 RBI, 0.3 WAR

Who we’re voting for:

-Ian Riccaboni: For me, Ryan Howard is the Phillies Greatest First Baseman ever, primarily based on his impressive first five seasons in the Major Leagues. Yet Howard’s body of work is less important in Philadelphia than, say, his comparative longevity – Howard already has played the second most games at first base among Phillies all-time despite not reaching the Majors until age 25, which is either a testament to Howard’s durability up until 2012 or a tribute to the fact that the Phillies almost never had a consistent threat at first base.

-Pat Gallen: The numbers above speak loudly. Ryan Howard helped change the face of the Phillies franchise, helping lead them to a title in championship-starved town. He put up one of the best offensive seasons ever by a first baseman in 2006. Pretty easy choice.

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Phillies All-Time Team: Catcher

Posted by Pat Gallen, Fri, January 18, 2013 08:59 AM Comments: 33

It’s up to you to tell us who should be part of the Phillies All-Time team. Once a week during the winter, we’ll unveil one position for you to vote on. After all the votes are tallied, and all the position filled, we’ll release the results. Make your vote count!

Below are the top choice and their totals as a member of the Phillies. WAR is used from Baseball-Reference.

  • Carlos Ruiz (6+ seasons, 1x All Star): .275 avg, .781 OPS, 52 HR, 299 RBI, 15.2 WAR
  • Bob Boone (10 seasons, 3x All Star): .259 avg, .695 OPS, 65 HR, 456 RBI, 11.5 WAR
  • Mike Lieberthal (13 seasons, 2x All Star) .275 avg, .783 OPS, 150 HR, 609 RBI, 13.6 WAR
  • Darren Daulton (14 seasons, 3x All Star) .245 avg, .783 OPS, 134 HR, 567 RBI, 20.9 WAR
  • Andy Seminick (12 seasons, 1x All Star) .244 avg, .770 OPS, 123 HR, 411 RBI, 15.9 WAR
  • Stan Lopata (11 seasons, 2x All Star) .257 avg., .814 OPS, 116 HR, 397 RBI, 15.6 WAR

Who we’re voting for:

-Ian Riccaboni: My vote for best Phillies catcher is Stan Lopata. Lopata, like so many other Phillies catchers, such as Leiberthal and Ruiz, lacked longevity but had extreme peaks, and in my opinion, the highest peaks of any Phillies catcher. Lopata’s three year stretch from 1954 through 1956 is better than any other Phillies’ catcher’s best three years and helped him earn the starting job from Seminick. Lopata was pretty putrid defensively but much of that was corrected once he became the first catcher to wear corrective, and tinted, eye wear in the 1950s.

-Ryan Dinger: I Vote for Carlos Ruiz. When this question was first posed, my initial inclination before checking the numbers was to say Darren Daulton was the best catcher in Phillies history. But after researching, it’s hard to argue against Chooch. Not only has he been a stellar defensive catcher, guiding the team through what has been their best era of pitching (and in general), but he has also become a solid offensive player. His career .781 OPS with the team is just two points behind Dutch, and he’s produced nearly double the amount of fWAR per season.

-Jay Floyd: I know that Mike Lieberthal is the best catcher in Phillies organization history.  After reviewing those stats, however, it’s easy to see that Liebey topped all others in games caught, HR, RBI, OPS, batting average and nearly all other crucial categories.  Despite the fact that his Phils career spanned the exact years between the ’93 pennant winning team and the franchise’s next playoff appearance in 2007, the Phillies’ 1st round draft pick from 1990 should rank atop the list of best catchers in team history.

-Don M.: My vote for Catcher goes to Bob Boone.  Bob Boone had little power and even less speed, but what he lacked offensively, Boone more than made up for with the gear on.  He managed to produce enough with the bat at the ultimate defense-first position to hold down a starting spot on some of the best teams in the Phillies’ history, including the 1980 World Series Championship team.

-Pat Gallen: My heart says go with Chooch because of everything he’s meant to this team recently. But one of the true leaders over the last 30 years was Darren Daulton. He helped catapult the Phillies to a run in ’93 that will forever stick with me. He was also a pretty good offensive catcher for a few seasons. Perhaps he, and other Phillies, was aided by a little juice, but so what. It was a fun run led by Dutch.

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