People often say that the Philadelphia Phillies field a team of All-Stars.
Of course, that is normally a backhanded statement about the state of the club's spending and payroll, and about how easy it is for the Phillies to pay for All-Star caliber players, but at its core, that's a true statement. The Phillies do field a team full of players with All-Star experience.
Every one of the Phillies' everyday players outside of catcher and left field have been to the All-Star Game, and there is an argument to be made that Carlos Ruiz should have been there at least once.
Three starting pitchers of the Phillies' five-man rotation have been to the All-Star Game, and new closer Jonathan Papelbon has been there four times.
The Phillies' two biggest contributors off of the bench this season against right-handed and left-handed pitching, Jim Thome and Ty Wigginton, respectively, have each been to the All-Star Game at least once.
So when people say that the Phillies can field an All-Star team, it's true. Though they may indeed have a bloated payroll, 12 of the 25 players on their active roster have been to the Midsummer Classic. With that kind of roster, you expect the Phillies to send plenty of players to Kansas City this summer to represent the National League, but who will they be?
Well, it's time to find out.
This slide show will look at each Phillie's chances of making an All-Star appearance this summer. To do so, we will break down the case for or against each player and assign a percentage chance to represent the possibility (or probability) of All-Star representation.
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