100 Greatest Phillies

100 Greatest Phillies: 91 – Dave Hollins

Dave Hollins
Third Baseman
1990-1995, 2002

Career w/Phillies: .257 AVG / 67 HR / 273 RBI / 14 SB

Dubiously the cleanup hitter for the 1993 National League champions, Hollins was a weirdly solid, but often injured, player for the Phillies. After socking six home runs to a .298 average at age 25 in 1991, Manager Jim Fregosi handed Hollins an everyday role at third. He didn’t disappoint, co-leading the team with 27 HR, and driving in 93, in 1992. Staying healthy enough in ’93, he put up similar numbers as part of a wickedly strong lineup. His full potential would go unrealized, however, as he only played 44 games in 1994 and 70 in 1995. The Phils traded him to Boston during that season for Mark Whiten (a good trade for the Phils). In 1996, the Twins traded him to Seattle for a player to be named later. That player? David Ortiz.

If only he remained healthy. Hollins was never a bad player in Philadelphia, anchoring those 1993 Phillies and getting chip-shot RBI since Lenny Dykstra usually waited in scoring position. I don’t mind him low on the list.



  1. Rosco

    December 26, 2008 at 3:29 pm

    In the book “More Then Beards, Bellies & Biceps,” there is a great story John Kruk tells about taking “Hedley” to a charity event in Las Vegas. Hollin spots Greg Maddux and storms over to tell him, if he ever hits Hollins or one of his teammates again, he will kill him.

    Later Maddux asked Kruk if Hollins was serious, Kruk said he was…Maddux never hit Hollins again.

  2. Brooks

    December 26, 2008 at 4:36 pm

    Hollins was a fan favorite in 92 & 93, too bad he was a terrible fielder. Lots of grit!


    December 26, 2008 at 7:03 pm


    Happy Holidays

  4. Brooks

    December 26, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    I would imagine that close to 20 out of the 25 man active roster from 2008 S/B on this list… = )

  5. Robert Kreider

    December 26, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    Hollins was one of my favorite players from the 1993 team. I remember thinking he should be in the top 100, but he doesn’t have many at bats as a Phillie. If he makes this team then most of the ’93 team should be up for consideration.

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  7. john of Albuquerque

    December 26, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    I always thought Hollins was a poster boy for steroids and “roid rage.” Him and Dykstra.

  8. KM

    December 27, 2008 at 12:58 am

    Another roided up guy.

  9. KM

    December 27, 2008 at 1:00 am

    I forgot that he came back in 2002.

  10. clktwr

    December 27, 2008 at 1:01 am

    91 Tim, you better not go to any 93 Phillies funcations for awhile “Head” might be looking at you like he did Maddux… *LOL*

  11. Mickey D

    December 27, 2008 at 6:05 pm

    Probably was roided, but who wasn’t? I always liked him – roids or not, he had a onfield presence that, to me, indicated a strong work ethic and serious approach to the game. He wasn’t as phsyically gifted as Scott Rolen, but had Rolen had his demeanor…

  12. ryan

    December 27, 2008 at 10:43 pm

    headley is one of my all time favorite phils. he’s a true nutcase. a full fledged psychopath. there are so many hilarious stories about him in the 93 phillies book. the whole team was completely scared of him

  13. Jerri S

    January 8, 2009 at 2:24 am

    Is Hollins still coaching?

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