The 10 famous Phillies baseball players come from three distinct eras of Phillies baseball. All three eras showed the Phillies as contenders, but without these ten players, things may have turned out very differently.
- Darren Daulton. “Dutch” Daulton didn’t earn a starting spot until 1989 but immediately became a force on the team, becoming a fan favorite and peaking in ’92 and ’93 much like teammates Dykstra and Kruk. Despite staying with the team for so long, Daulton never won a championship until he played for Jim Leyland and the Florida Marlins in 1997.
- Lenny Dykstra. Lenny “Nails” Dykstra played with Philadelphia for eight years, hitting his prime from 1991 to 1993 as a pillar of the 1993 World Series team. He averaged a respectable .288 but was never known as an offensive powerhouse. Instead, he was consistent as he built one of the best slugging and on-base percentages during his tenure.
- John Kruk. John Kruk has proven to be one of the most famous Phillies baseball players. He had his best seasons from 1991 to 1993, including a run at the World Series that the Phils eventually lost to the Toronto Blue Jays. He hit .290 or better four of his six seasons in Philly (finishing with a .306 average) and earned a spot on the All-Star team three times.
- Bobby Abreu. Abreu had the bat, if not the glove, to make him a Phillies standout. An outfielder for Philadelphia from 1998 to 2006, Abreu hit over .300 and batted in 100 runs or more six times, finished with a .400 or better on-base percentage eight of his nine years, clocked more than 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases seven times, and hit 30 home runs and bagged 30 stolen bases two times.
- Chase Utley. Utley’s averages are already proving Hall-of-Fame worthy. He has consistently averaged more than 100 RBIs and 20 home runs every season with Philly. His power at the plate isn’t Utley’s trademark, however, as his fielding abilities have made him one of the best second basemen in baseball.
- Jimmy Rollins. Rollins’ sterling defensive play at shortstop has earned him acclaim, but his offensive numbers aren’t anything to sneeze at, either. He’s led the league in triples four times, has consistently hit double digit home runs, and has averaged over 30 stolen bases a season. He’s also gone to the All-Star game three times, won the Gold Glove twice, and won the MVP in addition to helping the Phillies win the Series in 2008.
- Ryan Howard. Ryan Howard is undoubtedly the most famous Phillies baseball player on the current team. He’s hit 40 or more homers three times, taking home an MVP award for his efforts. His popularity was cemented when he exploded in the 2008 postseason, helping the Phillies win the Series. He’s currently averaging 35 home runs and 100 RBIs per season.
- Robin Roberts. From 1951 to 1955, Roberts won 21 games or more and led the National League in wins four of those seasons. He never walked more than 77 batters in a season, an incredibly low total. A famous Phillies baseball player and the most dominant pitcher of his era, he helped the Phillies capture a pennant and totaled 234 wins, 199 losses, and registered a 3.46 ERA.
- Steve Carlton. As a starting pitcher with the Phillies for 15 years, Steve Carlton amassed a 241-161 win-loss record, an excellent 3.09 ERA, and pitched 3,031 strikeouts. He also earned four Cy Young Awards and went 3-0 in 1980, the year the Phillies won the World Series. Carlton is routinely mentioned as one of the best pitchers of all time.
- Mike Schmidt. For 18 seasons, Mike Schmidt played third base for the Philadelphia Phillies and has come to be known as the greatest and most famous Phillies baseball player of all time. He averaged a modest .267 during this time, compiled 548 home runs with 1,595 RBIs and 174 stolen bases. Even more impressive, he garnered ten Gold Glove awards, three league MVPs and led Philadelphia to a championship in 1980, winning MVP honors there as well. To this day, Mike Schmidt is the gold standard for Phillies baseball players.
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