So, I was reading another article that a gentlemen did on an all-time Phillies team. I disagreed with a lot so I figured why not give it a shot.
I will start with the Catcher.
Top 3-Bob Boone, Mike Leiberthal, Darren Dalton
Starter- Bob Boone
I know some Phillies fans who didn't have the privilege of seeing Mr. Boone play will like most people just look at stats and say that Leiberthal leads the Phillies Catchers in HR, RBI, and hits or other hoopla. But this is the problem with comparing era's. I feel if Boone played when Leibe did he would have smashed those records but hey, that's just an opinion.
Backup- Mike Leiberthal
Lets move on to first base now as there are really only a couple stand out players in Phillies history.
Top 3- Ryan Howard, Pete Rose, Jim Thome
Starter- Pete Rose
Get out of here with everyone's Ryan Howard is the best thing since sliced bread. Sure he can hit home runs which is fantastic but he can't catch a cold. I've never seen suck pathetic fielding in my life. For this reason and the fact that he was arguably the best in his era, Pete Rose will be my first basemen
Backup- Ryan Howard
Ah Yes, the second basemen, where Phillly fans will scream and shout a unanimous "Utley". Who knows maybe I will too.
Top 3-Chase Utley, Manny Trillo, Juan Samuel
After these three there really is a major drop off. Chase Utley is a fan favorite for many reasons. One of these is hustling. There is nothing more I love to see (other than a Hit) than a guy bust his butt down the first base line on a ball grounded to second. It let's me know "hey, this guys here to play and win" and this is the reason he would be on my team......but not as the starter. Behold, starting second basemen Manny Trillo. THE best fielding second basemen I have ever seen. The Ozzie Smith of the right side. Combine that with his .278 average as a Phillie and over .320 OBP he is the guy that would anchor my right side of the infield.
Starter- Manny Trillo
Backup- Chase Utley
Next we move top Shortstop where I think that there are only two possibilities.
Top 2- Larry Bowa, Jimmy Rollins
If i had my choice I think I wouldn't take either but I guess I have to. Besides for Jimmy Rollins MVP year last year he's been nothing but average his whole career, usually swinging and popping up the first pitch he sees. L-Bow was good but he couldn't hit the ball out if his life depended on it. But because J- Roll covers more ground and is stronger he would be my starting Shortstop
Starter- Jimmy Rollins
Backup- Larry Bowa
Third base...where to begin. Another position where there have only been two standouts in my mind
Top 2- Scott Rolen, Mike Schmidt
Let me just start by saying that I absolutely HATE Mike Schmidt with a passion. He is an ass hole and the least clutch hitter in the history of Philadelphia baseball. All you had to do was yell "Hey Mike, there's a guy on 2nd" and he would strike out. And people think that his 500+ homers are great. Well yes they are but most of them were when they were up 10-2 and didn't need it. Come through in the clutch a little, please Mike
Scott Rolen, probably the best fielder in his era and very close to Schmidt in this category but his overal talent level is a little below Schmidt's
Starter- Mike Schmidt
Backup- Scott Rolen
Outfielders...I'm not gonna lie. I read the other persons article and was dying laughing on his 1 outfielder section (not trying to be a dick bud, just one mans opinion)
Top Outfielders- Richie Ashburn, Garry Maddux, Greg Luzinski, Gary Matthews, Cluck Klein
These people are studs. Its pretty tough to pick 3 but here I go
In Center- Richie Ashburn
The best leadoff hitter of all time and the best Phillie of all time so he is my outfield leader.
In Left- Gary Maddux
Yes, i know this is not his normal position but he is too good of an outfielder to not be on the team.
In Right- Greg Luzinski
Once again I know its not his position but Maddux is playing left for me so Greg is gonna take one for the team and move to right.
Lets move on to the Starting Pitching
Ace- Steve Carlton
The phillies all time leader in....pretty much everything gets the call on the first day of the season.
2nd- Grover Clevelend Alexander
An official beast. I would be honored to have this hall-of-famer be on my pitching staff.
3rd- Jim Bunning
Man, my team must be good if he is 3rd in the rotation
4th- Robin Roberts
He was always my grandfathers favorite pitcher. I can always remember growing up and him telling me how great of a pitcher he was and he could pitch 30 innings a game if the phillies needed him to. So for this reason, he is in my rotation.
5th- Curt Shilling
Its a shame his head was bad. He could had a great full career here and we would have a World Series title to prove it.
This is the part that really cracked me up. A guy picked Brad Lidge. I'm sure if he waited a couple of years, he could be right. But the guy hasn't pitched a full season for us yet and already hes the best...come on.
I would only have to take 2 because these pitchers arent babies and can pitch more than 6 innings a game
Reliever 1- Tug McGraw
He closed out are last championship, you can pitch for me anyday Tug.
Reliever 2- Mitch Williams.
Its a shame that all of his positives are out shined by Joe Carter's HR in the 1993 World Series.
Manager- Terry Franconia
Manager- Dallas Green
Well here is my team. I think that I made all the right decisions to lead my team to a Championship