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100 Greatest Phillies: 100 – Randy Lerch

lerch.jpgRandy Lerch
Starting Pitcher
1975-1980, 1986

Career w/Phillies: 734.2 IP / 36-42 / 4.45 ERA / 339 K

Lerch lived up to his name, with a thread-thin 6’5”, 190 pound frame. Picked in the eighth round in the 1973 draft, Lerch made his big-league debut on Sept. 14, 1975, giving up five runs in an inning during a blowout win against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. His best season was 1979 — despite a losing record of 10-13, he recorded a stellar 3.74 ERA. But his most memorable moment? Probably hitting two home runs in the division clinching victory over the Pirates — his two shots proved to be the difference. He also knocked a homer in that wild 23-22 win in Wrigley in 1979. His .206 lifetime average remains a pretty stellar mark for pitchers.

Comment: At No. 100, Lerch gets in because he survived a couple poor years and played a supporting role during the Phils’ dynasty years. His numbers scream average — even a little under that, but he remains a memorable name in Phils’ lore.



  1. Phillies Phan SC

    December 17, 2008 at 2:16 pm

    Interesting pick for #100, but I can go along with that.

  2. phill these nutz

    December 17, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    Dynasty Years??? LMAO

  3. Matt

    December 17, 2008 at 2:32 pm

    What a stellar review!

  4. Harper

    December 17, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    Tim: You meant Phils’ lore, right?

  5. RealMetsFan

    December 17, 2008 at 3:32 pm

    Hey Phillie Phans:
    A common enemy of the Phils and Mets is getting screwed over by one of their own beloved. I’m talking about the Braves and Furcal. BWAHAHAH this is great. Yes I am a Mets fan, and NO as I stated before I DO NOT hates the Phillies( I never hated them). But, I HATE THE BRAVES. Yes this is priceless. The Braves are irrelevant. HAHHAHHAHHA!!! BRAVES S_UCK A_SSS!!!!

  6. J Fire

    December 17, 2008 at 3:32 pm

    hey – this is off-topic, but what about Gabe Kapler as a right-handed OF bat off the bench?

  7. Mark

    December 17, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    I can’t wait to see where Matt Stairs falls in your list.

  8. Tom G

    December 17, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    Loved Randy, but he is not the hitter KEN BRETT was…but both may have been better outfielders than pitchers…

  9. GreysFan

    December 17, 2008 at 3:49 pm

    I was at the game where Lerch hit two homers. A memorable event, but I also remember he gave up four runs in the first inning to put himself in that hole. If he belongs on this list it may be as a great example of one of those many Phils who always seem like they should be better than they are.

  10. joebob2k10

    December 17, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    Went hunting with Randy back in 1990, at the time he was divorced and had sold his WS Ring. Was a good guy though, #100 I can’t believe he is that high.

  11. Phillies Red Pinstripes

    December 17, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    I remember Randy pitching while I was growing up. Randy was a lot better pitcher than his record would indicate, mainly because the Phils’ offense would seem to disappear when he was on the mound. He teneded to keep the Phils in most of his starts. Because of that, everytime a starter for the Phils had a good start, but got no support from the offense, I would say that the Phillies offense has once again Lerched the starter. I would look to see which of the starters were being Lerched by the offense during the entire season. That’s so much fun to do.

  12. Evrybuddy Hits woohoo

    December 17, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    Uh-oh. Not a good start.

    Let’s hope the next 120+ years of Phillies can get Lerch off list of top 1000 let alone top 100.

  13. Pat

    December 17, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    If he is truely in the top 100 of greatest players in Phillies history, then I’m beginning to see why my beloved franchise was the first to reach 10,000 losses.

  14. GM-Carson

    December 17, 2008 at 4:35 pm

    Lerch at #100…well, Wes Chamberlain better have found his way on to this list then too!

  15. Stuart

    December 17, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    Great choice, but can we ban this mets fan guy, hes nothing but problems.

  16. Chuck P

    December 17, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    I guess you would consider Lerch an overachiever… an 8th round pick cracking the franchise top 100 list. Pat nailed it… we can’t even find an above average player for our top 100 list and we have been around for 125 years! I’m sorry to hear that things didn’t work out better for him.

  17. Woodman

    December 17, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    Are you kidding me? This has got to be a joke. RANDY LERCH: one of the Top 100 Phillies of all time? The guy won 36 games for the Phils LIFETIME!!! So much for this list…… it’s bogus!

  18. Wilson

    December 17, 2008 at 5:22 pm

    This list is going to be great! With Lerch at 100 we can only go up! haha!

  19. john of Albuquerque

    December 17, 2008 at 5:25 pm

    If Randy Lerch is number 100, then there should be a spot for Wes Covington, Rickey Jordan, Randy Ready, Rico Brogna, Von Hayes, Charlie Hayes, Roy Seivers, Don Demeter, Art Mahaffey, and lots of others. Randy Lerch , maybe so.

  20. bull

    December 17, 2008 at 5:51 pm

    side note…rocco baldelli’s new diagnosis make him more attractive as the rh bat for the bench and some OF time?

  21. Mark

    December 17, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    BREAKING NEWS: Adam Eaton traded to a minor league club for a bucket of brand spanking new baseballs, already rubbed and sealed with that rich dirt from NJ.

    That trade is obviously one sided. I would take a bucket of new baseballs over Eaton any day.

  22. David, the Mets fan from Queens

    December 17, 2008 at 6:54 pm

    INTELLIGENT predictions for the NL East this year?

    My take on the 2009 NL East Division:

    1. Mets
    2. Phillies
    3. Braves
    4. Nationals
    5. Marlins

    Anyone else care to express their opinion on the outcome of the NL East this coming year?

  23. Don M

    December 17, 2008 at 6:59 pm


  24. Don M

    December 17, 2008 at 6:59 pm

    Who’s going to close for the Mets when Putz and KRod are on the DL together??

  25. David, the Mets fan from Queens

    December 17, 2008 at 7:00 pm

    You weren’t very diplomatic Don M, but you made a fair assessment of thr NL East Division.

  26. MikeMc26

    December 17, 2008 at 7:08 pm

    This countdown is gonna be awesome

  27. PhilsFanHbg

    December 17, 2008 at 7:13 pm

    I was at Jack Russell Stadium one day with my younger brother (who was probably 13 at the time). It was early in the morning, and Lerch had finished a warmup session. There was no one else around, and my brother asked for his autograph. Lerch brushed him off, with the attitude that he had a Cy Young award to prepare for.

    To me, the only list he makes is one of chumps.

  28. Georgie

    December 17, 2008 at 7:17 pm

    I hope my crush of all crushes is on this list somewhere- the handsome, cooler than cool- “Gentleman Jim Lonborg”. The former Cy Young winner is now a dentist in the Boston area, I believe, but talk about your class acts.

    I did embarrass myself at the Vet one time though involving Jim- I went to the bullpen to watch him before the game, and he looked up and smiled at me and waved. I was so excited, I turned around and proceeded to fall up the steps, every one laughed, just hope Jim didn’t see it!

  29. phillyhater

    December 17, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    dynasty years?…LOL thats funny. You never had any dynasty years.

  30. hamels' left hand

    December 17, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    I took “dynasty years” as tongue firmly in cheek…

    but I have to admit, if Lerch is truly our 100th greatest player, why don’t we (for the sake of our own embarrassment) cut our list down to the top 50?

  31. Matt Kwasiborski

    December 17, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    Dude, Jeff Parret must be in the Top 20 then. And I cannot wait to see where Al Holland and Kent Tukulve (both traded for each other) wind up!

  32. Johnny Fire

    December 17, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    Ah, Kent Tukulve… remember when he appeared in NINETY games for us in ’87. Awesome…

  33. Jim

    December 17, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    The 1976-1978 Phillies were a dynasty of the national league east. They werent exactly the atlanta braves, though they did the same thing in the playoffs each year, lose.

    you have to remember in the seventies there werent as many teams, and free agency was still a new thing, so there was not asmuch parity as it is today. Winning an average o f 100 games each year, that was the first, and only, phillies dynasty;

  34. Jason B

    December 17, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    I agree with Hamels left hand… If Randy Lurch will make a list of top 100, than we have had a misreable franchise.

  35. KM

    December 17, 2008 at 11:02 pm

    never heard of him – at 23, he was around a little before my time.

  36. Greg V.

    December 17, 2008 at 11:48 pm

    Is Adam Eaton number 99?

  37. Megary

    December 18, 2008 at 10:28 am

    Name the 11 Phillies starting pitchers since 1969 to win 10 games 3 straight years.

  38. MDefl

    December 19, 2008 at 6:05 pm

    You might as well have picked Terry Harmon, Tommy Hutton or Mike Rodginski (sp?). Lerch?!? He was a horrible pitcher. His 4.45 era was compiled during the days when pitchers still reigned supreme for the most part.

    As stated in the post, Lerch’s best year was a losing season? This team has been around for over 120 years. There is absolutely no reason why Randy Lerch would crack the top 1000 much less 100.

  39. ja75

    October 9, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    u have no idea what ur talkin about!! Randy is my step dad and no he didn’t sell his ring. i doubt u ever went hunting with him.

  40. David

    August 15, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    Not sure how Randy Lerch makes the Top 100. Posted a losing record on good Phillies teams. And the high ERA is with defensive stalwarts like Gary Maddox, Manny Trillo, Larry Bowa and Mike Schmidt. If you want impact on a penant race as a criteria, why not Bob Walk, J.A. Happ, Marty Bystrom or Cliff Lee? Or compare his 36-42 record to Gene Garber’s 33-22 record over 5 years with 51 saves. Lerch does not belong on the list.

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