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All-Time Team – Philadelphia Phillies
First Base – Ryan Howard
Dolph Camilli and Dick Allen were also considered, but Howard’s prodigious slugging since first joining the Phillies midway through the 2005 campaign earned him the honor – 253 home runs in only five-and-a-half seasons.
Second Base – Chase Utley
A solid fielder and easily the most productive offensive second baseman in team history, Utley has surpassed 30 home runs three times, driven in more than 100 runs four times, and scored more than 100 runs four times in his six full seasons as a regular.<
Shortstop – Jimmy Rollins
Scrappy Larry Bowa played more games for the Phillies at shortstop than Rollins, but the latter is far superior to Bowa as an offensive player. Rollins has more speed, much more power, and is better as a run-producer, having scored more than 100 runs five times for the Phillies, while Bowa tallied as many as 90 runs only twice.
Third Base – Mike Schmidt
The greatest third baseman in Phillies history is also the greatest player to ever don the team’s uniform.
Left Field – Ed Delahanty
Del Ennis’ 259 home runs stood as the team record until Mike Schmidt eventually shattered that mark, but Ed Delahanty may well have been the greatest right-handed hitter to grace a baseball diamond prior to Rogers Hornsby. Delahanty played for Philadelphia from 1888 to 1901, when the team was known as the Quakers. During that time, he batted over .400 on three separate occasions, compiling a mark in excess of .360 three other times. Delahanty also led the league in home runs twice, while finishing first in runs batted in three times.
Center Field – Richie Ashburn
Billy Hamilton also excelled for the Quakers during the 1890s, leading the league in batting twice, batting over .400 once, and topping the senior circuit in stolen bases four times. But Hamilton spent only six years in Philadelphia. That left Richie Ashburn as the only logical choice for the starting center field job. The Hall of Famer batted over .300 eight times for the Phillies, leading the National League with averages of .338 in 1955 and .350 in 1958. He also topped the circuit in hits and on-base percentage three times each, stole more than 30 bases twice, and played a brilliant center field.
Right Field – Chuck Klein
This was a close call between 19th century star Sam Thompson and Chuck Klein, who was perhaps the National League’s finest all-around player over a five-year stretch from 1929 to 1933. Thompson was one of the game’s great sluggers prior to 1900, leading the league with 20 home runs in 1889, before topping the circuit again in 1895, with 18 homers. He batted a lusty .415 in 1894 and led the league in runs batted in, hits, doubles, and slugging percentage two times each while wearing a Philadelphia uniform. Thompson, though, spent only eight full seasons in Philadelphia. Klein spent even less time with the Phillies, joining the team midway through the 1928 campaign and leaving the club at the conclusion of the 1933 season. However, the left-handed hitting slugger was one of the game’s most complete players during his time in Philadelphia, batting at least .337, hitting at least 28 home runs, and surpassing 100 runs scored and 200 hits in each of his five full seasons, while also leading all National League outfielders in assists three times. Klein topped the senior circuit in a major offensive category a total of 19 times while with the Phillies, leading the league in home runs in four of his five years with the team and winning the Triple Crown once. It’s a split decision, but we’ll give the starting job to Klein for his greater level of dominance.
Catcher - Bob Boone
Darren Daulton had two of the finest seasons ever compiled by a Phillies catcher, combining for 51 home runs and 214 RBIs in 1992 and 1993, while posting on-base percentages of .385 and .392, respectively. But those were Daulton’s only two standout seasons. Bob Boone wasn’t as much as an offensive threat as Daulton, but he provided the Phillies with a dependable bat, excellent defense, and outstanding on-field leadership during his time with the team. Boone won two Gold Gloves and earned a spot on the N.L. All-Star Team three times while with the Phillies.
Starting Pitcher – Grover Cleveland Alexander
A record of 190-88 in his seven full seasons in Philadelphia, three 30-win campaigns, and another two seasons with at least 27 victories made Alexander an obvious selection for the starting staff. As if that wasn’t enough, Pete, as he came to be known, won consecutive Triple Crowns in 1915 and 1916, throwing an all-time single-season record 16 shutouts in the second of those campaigns.
Starting Pitcher – Steve Carlton
Lefty rivals Alexander as the greatest pitcher in team history. An overall record of 241-157, four Cy Young Awards, and ownership of one of the most amazing individual seasons in baseball history (27-10, 1.97 ERA, 310 SO, 30 CG, 346 IP in 1972 for a last-place team that won only 62 games during the regular season) combine to give Carlton a resume second to no other pitcher in team history.
Starting Pitcher – Robin Roberts
Pitching for a mediocre Phillies team for much of his career, Roberts posted six consecutive 20-win campaigns, during which time he won a total of 138 games. He threw more than 300 innings and completed more than 20 games in each of those seasons, leading all N.L. pitchers a total of five times in each category during his time in Philadelphia. Roberts also topped the senior circuit in wins on four separate occasions, en route to winning a total of 286 games over the course of his career, 234 of which came as a member of the Phillies.
Starting Pitcher – Jim Bunning
After winning 118 games in nine years with the Detroit Tigers, Bunning joined the Phillies in 1964. The Hall of Fame right-hander then proceeded to post three consecutive 19-win campaigns for the Phillies, en route to compiling an overall record of 89-73 in six full years with the team. Along the way, Bunning put together seasons in which he finished with records of 19-8, 19-9, 19-14, and 17-15, while compiling ERAs of 2.63, 2.60, 2.41, and 2.29.
Starting Pitcher – Curt Schilling
Although he had his greatest seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Boston Red Sox, Schilling pitched extremely well during his time in Philadelphia, posting an overall record of 101-78 for the Phillies from 1992 to 2000. Pitching mostly for weak teams, Schilling won at least 14 games five times, surpassing 16 victories on two separate occasions. He also posted back-to-back 300-strikeout campaigns in 1997 and 1998, leading all N.L. hurlers in that category both times.
Closer – Tug McGraw
McGraw gained much of his notoriety while pitching for the New York Mets, but he actually had many of his finest seasons coming out of the Phillie bullpen. The offbeat lefthander compiled an ERA below 3.00 on five separate occasions during his time in Philadelphia, posting a mark of 1.46 with 20 saves for the 1980 world championship club.
Manager – Gene Mauch
Although The Boy Wonder received much of the blame for blowing a seemingly insurmountable lead late in 1964, thereby costing the Phillies a trip to the World Series, Mauch knew the game as well as anyone. He was among the most innovative managers of his time, even though he failed to win a pennant with any of the teams he piloted during his career.
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