100 Greatest Phillies

Note: The 100 Greatest Phillies

Starting Wednesday, I’ll be counting down my list of the top 100 Phillies of all-time, “The 100 Greatest Phillies.”

Each day I’ll present a new name, counting down to the finale just before Opening Day.

Keep a lookout, and start predicting who makes my list.



  1. JMus

    December 15, 2008 at 4:43 pm

    1. Pat Burrell

  2. EastFallowfield

    December 15, 2008 at 4:44 pm

    Steve Jeltz!

  3. MA Phanatic

    December 15, 2008 at 4:46 pm

    I don’t envy you coming up with this list….I’m interested to see how the current players, who’s careers have not been completed yet, stack up to the glory days players.

  4. MA Phanatic

    December 15, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    #100 should be Billy Wagner. Earned some saves in Philly and then sucked for the Mets…who else helped the Phillies so much while wearing a different uniform?

  5. TheDipsy

    December 15, 2008 at 4:50 pm

    1. Mike Schmidt
    2. Steve Carlton
    3. Robin Roberts
    4. Ed Delahanty
    5. Richie Ashburn
    6. Del Ennis
    7. Jimmy Rollins
    8. Chase Utley
    9. Ryan Howard
    10. Curt Simmons

    Was Grover Alexander a Phillie?

    That wasn’t hard.

  6. Ribbie3b

    December 15, 2008 at 4:54 pm

    JAMIE MOYER IS A PHILLIE FOR 2009!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Kevin

    December 15, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    I wonder if managers make the cut. If so then Charlie Manuel may have to be in there somewhere, right?


  8. Rob Cowie

    December 15, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    Steve Jeltz will be on this list. Just because there have been so many BAD Phillies, his perentially Mendoza-esque averages should be team tops for the last 125 years.

  9. Don M

    December 15, 2008 at 5:08 pm

    #3. Chan Ho Park

  10. Tom G

    December 15, 2008 at 5:15 pm

    bobby molinaro at 87th…

    Steve Jeltz narrowly missed the list at 102

  11. Manny

    December 15, 2008 at 5:35 pm

    #1 Adam Eaton

  12. NJ

    December 15, 2008 at 5:36 pm

    No love for David ‘Canseco’ Bell…?

  13. From Section 113

    December 15, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    I wonder where Benito Santiago will fall on this list, I mean he had 1 year better than many players had careers on this team.

  14. Johnson

    December 15, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    rick schu at 9

  15. RichieAllen

    December 15, 2008 at 5:42 pm

    Yea……Moyers back….2 years…

  16. RichieAllen

    December 15, 2008 at 5:45 pm

    #4 Kiko Garcia

  17. Pat

    December 15, 2008 at 5:53 pm

    Dipsy… no Chuck Klein?

    An MVP and a triple crown doesn’t crack the top ten?

  18. JohnKruksLoveChild

    December 15, 2008 at 5:56 pm

    Sal Fasano better be on there, for the mustache ALONE.

  19. Jason B

    December 15, 2008 at 6:00 pm

    JK Love child, couldn’t agree with you more. He would be number 1 on any list involving facial hair for such a wickedly awesome Fu-manchu! Moyer is back for 2 years! That’s awesome.

  20. john of Albuquerque

    December 15, 2008 at 6:04 pm

    Let’s not overlook Pancho Herrera, Rip Ripulski, Roger Freed, Joe Koppe, Ted Lipcio, Valmie Thomas, Harry Anderson and Bo Belinski.

  21. G.Maddox

    December 15, 2008 at 6:05 pm

    Sixto Lezcano

  22. saj

    December 15, 2008 at 6:06 pm

    #1 danny tartabull
    #2 kim batiste
    #3 joe cowley

  23. G.Maddox

    December 15, 2008 at 6:12 pm

    Alan Knicely
    Tom Hume

  24. Justin

    December 15, 2008 at 6:40 pm

    Mark Lewis, Eric Valent, Tony Baron, TOBY BORLAND, Wayne Gomes, Yorkis Perez, his brother Tomas, Ben Rivera, Mark Whitten, RON GANT

  25. Doug

    December 15, 2008 at 6:40 pm

    Jim Thome
    Curt Schilling
    Scott Rolen

  26. Stock

    December 15, 2008 at 6:51 pm

    #17 Todd Pratt

  27. Rick

    December 15, 2008 at 6:54 pm

    Yes, Grover Cleveland Alexander pitched for the Phillies! I believe in 1915 he pitched two games in one day and won both of them.

    The story goes something like this, they had a game in the afternoon and he was just finishing cleaning up between games when the coach came over to talk to him. So the skipper asks him if he would mind pitching the second game of the double-header. His response of course was something to the sort of, “Sure, I guess so.”. The coach responds, “Great! By the way, we have a train to make in an hour and a half so make it quick!”.

    He proceeded to pitch a shutout in 58 minutes! Unbelievable!

    It’s pretty disconcerting that he ended up working for a flea circus after he retired for baseball.

  28. saj

    December 15, 2008 at 6:55 pm

    the biggest debate will be which one of the abbotts makes the list – kyle or paul?

  29. matthew

    December 15, 2008 at 7:01 pm

    how about Lenny Dykstra and John Kruk and Darren Daulton

  30. Doug

    December 15, 2008 at 7:11 pm

    Kim Bastiste, Dave Hollins, Bobby Abreu, Mike Lieberthal, Rico Brogna

  31. MA Phanatic

    December 15, 2008 at 7:21 pm

    Anna Benson…

  32. The Dipsy

    December 15, 2008 at 7:21 pm

    Sorry Pat. Thanks for the oversight. Put him in at 4 and drop Simmons off. Thank you.

  33. Jh

    December 15, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    Maybe Cliff Polite and Roger McDowell mixed with some Kevin Gross


  34. Ryan Kotarski

    December 15, 2008 at 7:52 pm

    Yes Burrell has to be in the top five! Eleven straight years with a club is almost unheard of these days. I’ll always remember Pat as one of the great Phills.

  35. NEPA

    December 15, 2008 at 8:07 pm

    If there’s going to be a Worst Phillies list, I fully expect Alex S. Gonzalez to easily top it. He single-handedly lost us a handful of games in less than 40 something at bats. He barely was able to .100 and was so god awful he decided to retire from the game of baseball midway through the season. Obviously the Eaton deal is worse simply because of the amount of money he’s earning, but not considering $$, Alex S. Gonzalez would top that list.

  36. Greg V.

    December 15, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    My Top Ten – I’m not really ranking anyone here though Lefty definately takes the number 1 spot. Cole Hamels should be on here as well, and I left him off on the grounds that he still faces the bulk of his career. Though he’s looking good and could very well knock someone off.

    1. Steve Carlton
    2. Richie Ashburn
    3. Mike Schmidt
    4. Darren Daulton
    5. Chase Utley
    6. Robin Roberts
    7. Lenny Dykstra
    8. Pat Burrell
    9. Greg Luzinski
    10. Brad Lidge

  37. hamels' left hand

    December 15, 2008 at 9:36 pm

    no love for Toby Borland? what’s a playa gotta do, yo?

  38. Chutley

    December 15, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    Greg V. really brad lidge #10? i think i can think of someone better than a guy who’s been on the team a year.

  39. Jack

    December 15, 2008 at 9:53 pm


  40. MadSon

    December 15, 2008 at 11:30 pm

    My Top Ten looks a little like this:

    1. Von “Two in the First” Hayes
    2. Pat “The Bat” Burrell
    3. Randy “Always” Ready
    4. Jose Dejesus
    5. Manny Trillo
    6. Ryne “Oh what could have been” Sandberg
    7. Jim Eisenreich
    8. John “One Nut” Kurk
    9. John Christopher Vukovich
    10. Mitch “Wild Thing” Williams

  41. Greg V.

    December 15, 2008 at 11:47 pm


    Knew it would be controversial but a perfect season in save opportunites that concluded with a World Series win, deserves top ten recognition.

  42. SteveM

    December 16, 2008 at 12:04 am

    Nobody mentioned Von Hayes yet? Come on!

  43. MikeMc26

    December 16, 2008 at 12:11 am

    Turk Wendell anybody? hahha

  44. Brendan

    December 16, 2008 at 12:38 am


    Rod Booker
    Kiko Garcia
    Ramon Aviles
    Floyd Youmans
    Robert Person
    Len Matuszak
    Lance Parrish
    Juan Bell
    Joe Cowley
    Ryan Franklin

  45. Bill

    December 16, 2008 at 12:47 am

    #100 – Sil Campusano.

    For no other reason that breaking up a Doug Drabek no-hitter in 90 or 91. Two outs in the ninth, two strikes, strokes a base-hit into left center.

  46. Chutley

    December 16, 2008 at 12:53 am

    Greg V., Lidge isnt even top five from the team this past year. Hamels, Howard, Rollins, Utley and Burrell all beat him.

  47. Brett

    December 16, 2008 at 1:10 am

    1. Ashburn
    2. Carlton
    3. Schmidt
    4. Utley
    5. Dykstra
    6. Alexander
    7. Roberts
    8. Delahanty
    9. Burrell
    10. Rollins

    I’m almost definitely forgetting some people.

  48. metsblow4show

    December 16, 2008 at 8:55 am

    Just a few names I haven’t heard mentioned:

    Larry Bowa
    Jim Bunning
    Pete Rose
    Chris Short
    Johnny Callison
    Tug McGraw
    Richie Allen
    Garry Maddox
    Tony Taylor

  49. Rick

    December 16, 2008 at 9:50 am

    Ed Delahanty definitely has to be in the top ten! It was unfortunate that he had to go over Niagara Falls. He apparently was one of the most promising baseball players of his time until his untimely death.

  50. Woodman

    December 16, 2008 at 11:19 am

    JOHNNY CALLISON in the top 25 for sure!

  51. Drew

    December 16, 2008 at 11:26 am

    Ricky. Jordan. Or as we called him back then, R-Jor.

  52. MadSon

    December 16, 2008 at 11:27 am

    I can’t put Mike Schmidt on the my simply becasue when I went to a Phillies Wifes Fight for Lives event in the late 80’s early 90’s he was the only player past or present who was charging for autographs, that left a really bad taste in my mouth since he was the only player who autograph my grandfather wanted. It was fitting; however, that he only signed about 10 that day.

  53. Brett

    December 16, 2008 at 1:30 pm

    Schmidt is without a doubt, a punk, but he’s one of the ball players of all time. He was a career Phillie and was with us for the playoff runs of the seventies, and the series’ in ’80 and ’83.

  54. Kenny

    December 16, 2008 at 3:14 pm

    Some others that should make the list!!
    Bob Boone
    Gary Matthews
    John Kruk
    Mike Lieberthal
    Curt Shilling
    Scott Rolen
    Gary Maddox
    Jaun Samual
    Chris Short

  55. Tom G

    December 17, 2008 at 1:05 am

    how about…
    Ron Jones
    Nino Espinosa
    Bob Zebra
    Bake McBride
    Richie Hebner
    Willie Montanez
    Wayne Twitchell
    Dave Phillie
    Jeff Stone
    Randy Lerch
    Wes Chamberlain
    Alejandro Sanchez
    Porfio Altamarano (sp)
    Don Carmen
    Gregg Legg

    OK…this is fun…just sitting and thinking about moments in your mind!

  56. Phillies Phan SC

    December 17, 2008 at 5:37 am

    I HAVE to comment on a few…

    MA Phanatic – I’ll give you that on Wagner…

    Tom G – Gregg Legg? No, no, no… I liked Don Carmen a lot, and he is one of my personal favorites, but no, no, no…

    MadSon – Mitch “Wild Thing” Williams??? Gosh no. Great post-game show man, but nooooooooooooo. He is on my personal favorites after 15 years now. Mike Schmidt is without a doubt one of the most pompous, arrogant people in the game. I also believe though he should be #2 regardless (Steve Carlton first). I don’t have to like him, but he is absolutely the best third basemen EVER to play the game, I believe. His attitude should not keep him off the list, regardless how he is with PR. Lastly, your comment on Sandberg is accurate. Oh, what could have been… 1983 and 1993 MAY have had a different ending for us with him…

    My opinion – we’re not MLB so Pete Rose MUST make the list. I still say if Bonds makes it into the hall, than Pete should too, as Bonds’ allegation is worse than Pete’s.

    The other names look good. I cannot add anything right now…

  57. Malcolm

    December 18, 2008 at 8:34 pm

    All-Time Phillies Line-up

    Darren Daulton (C)
    Ryan Howard (1B)
    Chase Utley (2B)
    Jimmy Rollins (SS)
    Mike Schmidt (3B)
    Greg Luzinski (OF)
    Lenny Dykstra (OF)
    Richie Ashburn (OF)
    Steve Carlton (SP)
    Brad Lidge (RP)

  58. Blankbook19

    July 30, 2009 at 10:19 am

    Players like Jim Thome, yeah he was real good but been a phillie for like 2 years, which I am fine with putting him on the list if he helped us get to a play off, or win the division, or beat a franchise record. How did you come up with this list? Did you look at basic stats? ;or how I am interested. I am a librarian, and we like order, and information.

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  60. Herb Ober

    May 16, 2010 at 6:40 am

    Wow…seeing the names on this list makes you realize how little talent the Phillies have had over the years. Ron Reed, Jay Johnstone, Randy lerch, Bobby Abreau#10?? WTF. Is this the best we can do???

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