Voting for the Phillies Wall of Fame opened this past week and runs through March 24th. Fans can vote for three players among 20 listed and the top five vote-getters will be placed on the final ballot. A "special Wall of Fame selection committee" will ultimately choose this year’s inductee. The 20 players on the list are as follows:
Pitchers: Larry Christenson, Jim Konstanty, Jim Lonborg, Al Orth, Ron Reed, Dick Ruthven, Rick Wise
Catchers: Darren Daulton, Spud Davis
Infielders: Don Hurst, John Kruk, Fred Luderus, Juan Samuel, Pinky Whitney
Outfielders: Lenny Dykstra, Tony Gonzalez, Von Hayes
Manager: Dallas Green, Gene Mauch
Coach: Mike Ryan
For my money, I’m voting for Konstanty, Dykstra and Dallas Green. I feel the Phillies need to honor Lenny Dykstra as much as possible in order to pry him from his Mets legacy. Although he won a World Series with New York he spent the majority of his career in Philadelphia after being traded along with Roger McDowell for Juan Samuel – another notch in the bad decision belt of Mets management. I often say that Jimmy Rollins and other Phillies would do well to adopt Dykstra’s approach to the game. Frank Robinson just recently commented on the dearth of true leadoff hitters. "They’re becoming extinct. We’ve got to protect them, like some of these animals out there in the woods. We don’t groom people in the minor leagues to be true leadoff hitters." For this precise reason, I really wish the Phils would hire Nails as a special hitting coach. Anyway, if you’d like to vote for your favorite Phillies from the list above, use this link.