Greatest Phightins: Philadelphia Phillies' All-Time Team
I saw that another writer created his own All-Phillie team, but I have to disagree with a few of his players. Here's Mine:
Other Writer's Pick: Mike Lieberthal
My Pick: Bob Boone
Reason: Just to make things clear, Mike Lieberthal would be another great choice, but there are a few reasons why I selected Boone.
(1) Boone made three All-Star teams and won two Gold Gloves with the Phillies.
(2) He knew what pitches to call for the pitchers.
(3) He helped lead the Phillies to a World Series. If Lieberthal played in a better Phillies era, maybe he'd be up there.
Other Writer's Pick: John Kruk
My Pick:Ryan Howard
Reason: What's there to say? After just four full seasons with the Phils, he already is 11th on the franchise record and should be at least seventh by the end of the 2009 season. He's averaging 50 homers and 141 RBI a year. No question about it.
Other Writer's Pick: Chase Utley
My Pick: Chase Utley
Reason: Another obvious choice. He's just the complete player. He'll hit ya 30 homers a year with 100 RBI and can hit over .300 easily. He can even swipe a few bags and is without a doubt the best fielding second baseman right year. No one has as good a drive as Utley. By the time his career's over, he'll be among the greatest to play the game.
Other Writer's Pick: Mike Schmidt
My Pick: Mike Schmidt
Reason: Not much to say here. Phillies' franchise leader in home runs, RBI, hits, total bases, and won the MVP award three times. He made the all-star team even after he retired!
Other Writer's Pick: Jimmy Rollins
My Pick: Jimmy Rollins
Reason: This one was tough. Rollins or Bowa. I chose Rollins because he is a better hitter. Fielding wise, he's just a notch below Bowa. Great speed and glove.
Other Writer's Pick: Chuck Klein, Richie Ashburn, and Bobby Abreu
My Pick: Richie Ashburn, Ed Delahanty, and Billy Hamilton
Reason: This was the main area I feuded with.
(1) Ashburn is an obvious choice. Fan favorite, great spray hitter, good glove and excellent speed.
(2) I picked Delahanty because he's probably the greatest all-around player in Phillies history. He's second in batting average (fifth all-time) and RBI and leads in doubles and triples.
(3) I picked Hamilton because he holds the record for batting average and stolen bases (third all-time). He had amazing speed and was a good fielder.
I didn't pick Klein because he played at the Baker Bowl, which had an extremely shallow right field wall so the easiest fly balls would leave the yard.
Right-Handed Starting Pitcher
My Pick: Robin Roberts
Reason: Holds franchise records for games pitched, complete games, and innings pitched. These are amazing feats because he pitched in the 1950s when managers started taking pitchers out earlier. Only flaw was giving up the gopher ball. Barely beat out Pete Alexander.
Left-Hander Starting Pitcher
My Pick: Steve Carlton
Reason: Carlton was the greatest pitcher in Phillies history, without a doubt. He holds franchise records for wins, games started, and strikeouts.
My Pick: Brad Lidge
Reason: Honestly, there haven't been too many great relief pitchers in Phillies history but Lidge is still amazing. Went 48-for-48 in save opportunities in 2008, becoming only the second player to do so. Threw final out to clinch the Phillies second World Series.
Left Handed Reliever
My Pick: Tug McGraw
Reason: Great athlete and an amazing pitcher. He threw the final out in the Phillies first World Series win with a blown arm. One of the greatest fan favorites to play for the Phils.
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