Writer’s Roundtable: Players Past and Present – Phillies Nation

Writer’s Roundtable: Players Past and Present


Q: Who was your favorite non-Phillies player growing up? And who is your favorite non-Phillie today?

Amanda Orr:

Ken Griffey, Jr. was my favorite non-Phillie player as a kid. He was always my top pick in Backyard Baseball on the computer.
Now, my favorite non-Phillie is David Wright. He plays the game the right way. He’s talented. Id say he has been loyal to his team despite how bad the Mets have been.

Jon Nisula:

My favorite non-Phillies player growing up was Ken Griffey Jr. He had such a sexy swing and had the numbers to go with it. Whenever I would hit batting practice as a kid, I’d turn my hat backwards to be like Griffey Jr. He’s probably my favorite of all-time as well.My favorite non-Phillie today has got to be Mike Trout. Again, he has somewhat of a local connection, and he absolutely mashed the ball last year. I hope he had a long, successful career.

Don McGettigan:

My favorite player growing up was Ken Griffey Jr. He was the most exciting player in the game for years, with one of the sweetest swings of all time, and the ability to make a defensive highlight every single night. Injuries robbed Griffey Jr of some of his prime years, but he’ll still be one of the best ever in my mind.

The current player that I love to watch is from a team we love to hate, Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees. He’s played about an entire extra season worth of postseason games in his career and Jeter always seemed to turn his game up when it mattered most. I’m going to miss him when he’s gone.

Ian Riccaboni:

Ken Griffey Jr. was absolutely my favorite non-Phillies baseball player growing up. He had it all: power, speed, highlight reel catches. He was the man. I used to blow huge Big League Chew bubbles with my hat turned backwards – I wanted to be just like The Kid.

My current favorite non-Phillie? I love watching Craig Kimbrel pitch. There’s not a better closer in the game – he’s fearless! When you see Kimbrel come in the game, you know the game is over. As a Phillie fan, it’s disheartening to watch knowing that a division rival has the best closer in the game since Mariano Rivera.

Eric Seidman:

My favorite player of all-time, regardless of team affiliation, is Greg Maddux. To borrow a wrestling nickname, he was the excellence of execution, and I always enjoyed watching him dissect an opponent with guile and acumen more than brute pitching force.

As for active non-Phillies, I would have to go with Bryce Harper. He seems like the kind of guy we’re supposed to dislike, but he is flat out awesome, plays the game the way it should be played and displays maturity and smarts beyond his years.

Brian Michael:

My favorite player growing up was Roger Clemens. My first little league team at Torresdale Boys Club was the Red Sox, so I started following them and the Rocket was clearly one of their best players. I collected hundreds of his baseball cards and loved how dominating he was as a pitcher. Once he left the Red Sox, I stopped rooting for him so much.

My favorite non-Phillie currently is Mike Trout. I like watching someone dominate the game and perform new and unique feats, especially in the field. And of course, you always root for the local guys.

Jay Floyd:

As a youngster I watched baseball as much as I could and that meant watching the Mets on New York’s WWOR channel 9. As a fan of hitters, I recall Howard Johnson striking me as a guy that seemed likeable and easy to root for. Johnson was an All-Star slugger and a leader on those Mets teams of the late 80’s and early 90’s.

I don’t particularly have favorite players at this point (curse the media side of things for making me try to act professional!), but a player I would pay money to see is Derek Jeter. He’s a stand out. A class act. A legend. And besides, Jim Thome isn’t considered active right now, so I can’t answer with him, right?

Ryan Dinger:

Growing up, my favorite non-Phillie was The Big Hurt, Frank Thomas. Kids tend to marvel at the long ball, and no one did it better than Thomas in the 90s. As time goes on, and we learn more and more about the era in which he played, Thomas’ name has stayed out of the papers. I cannot recall a single steroid accusation against him. That makes his impressive bat all the more amazing.

Today, my favorite non-Phillie is Mike Trout (I love the local guys). But a close second is Miguel Cabrera. Miggy has put up year after year of Hall of Fame caliber numbers, and, until his Triple Crown last year, he always seemed to be flying under the radar–at least for how good he is.

Alex Lee:

Kirby Puckett for me, without a doubt. I was seven years old for the 1991 World Series, which was an all-time great Fall Classic and the first one I can vividly remember following. Between his amazing catch against the Plexiglas wall and his walk-off home run in Game 6… not to mention beating the hated Atlanta Braves… I was hooked. His reputation was tarnished a bit before his death, but I will always remember him for his playing days.

Today my favorite player is Troy Tulowitzki. The guy just flat out does it all at a premium position. An infielder with that type of power and plate discipline is usually destined for third base. Not only did Tulow stick at shortstop, but he is a plus defender there. If he can get his health in check, he is a perennial MVP candidate.

Corey Seidman:

Favorite non-Phillie ever? The easy answer is Ken Griffey Jr. because every kid born around my time (1989) grew up idolizing Griffey. But for novelty’s sake I’ll go with Roberto Alomar, the smoothest second baseman of his day and one of the best ever. His prime lasted a decade and he hit .315 during it.

Pat Gallen:

My favorite non-Phillie growing up was Edgar Martinez. As a kid, my friends and I would follow the Mariners because of Ken Griffey Jr., but for some reason Edgar Martinez always stood out. It was that smooth stroke and odd batting stance. Martinez being a DH also drew me to him. As a 10 year old kid, that was something cool and different, something we didn’t have in the NL. Weird, I know. But I was 10.

Favorite non-Phillie presently is a two-horse race. Joey Votto doesn’t wow you, but he does everything so well. And Andrew McCutchen is a guy I’d love to see on the Phils. His hard-nosed style stands out to me. Sorry I can’t pick just one.



  1. Lefty

    April 25, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    My favorite Non Phillie growing up was Frank Robinson, now it’s the Millville Meteor.

  2. Double Trouble Del

    April 25, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    Favortite non-Philly was Dwight Evans closely followed by Fred Lynn.

  3. pamikedc

    April 25, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    I only luv Phillies 🙂

  4. Bruce

    April 25, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    My favorite non-Phillies player growing up? That’s an easy one to answer. Willie “Say Hey” Mays. No explanation or description needed for this Hall of Famer.

    I really can’t think of one that excites me today as much as the truely great players of the past, However, I’ll keep an eye on two..Matt Harvey and Bryce Harper.

  5. Ken Bland

    April 26, 2013 at 5:34 am

    I guess al answers were challenged to represent singular identity. Don’t think I could do that.

    Favorite Phils players, and over the years, instead of the growing up phase…







    And believe me, I left a few off that I could have mentioned (Pedro, Schmidt, Allen, Gonzalez,

    Non Phils








    Bonds (for a long time)

    Topic could drive one nuts.

    • Lefty

      April 26, 2013 at 7:54 am

      You left off one Phillie !!!!!!!! GRRRRRR !!!!!!

      • Ken Bland

        April 26, 2013 at 2:49 pm

        I always liked Lefty, just for some reason, strange as it is, the word favorite was not 1 I remember associating with him Not like I don’t hold him in the right up there guys.

    • Johanna

      April 26, 2013 at 8:27 am


  6. George

    April 26, 2013 at 7:43 am

    Ah, youth!

    I have mixed feelings here, having grown up before any of the staff picks ever became household names. Some hadn’t even been born yet! It makes me feel old, but it also feels nice having seen more hall of fame guys in my lifetime.

    I can’t pick a favorite from the past, because there have been so many good ones: Mays, Clemente, Koufax, Gibson, and some lesser talents that never were very famous, but played the game well. Players who fought for every bloop single they ever got and every strike they threw.

    Perhaps I’m jaded, but I just don’t find the modern players all that captivating. There’s something missing, probably the expectations and optimism of being young. So I really can’t pick a current favorite, either. They’d lose out consistently to all those players I was familiar with as a kid with dreams. These modern guys are talented, but for me, they’ve yet to be seen through those rose-colored glasses of nostalgia and maybe never will.

  7. Johanna

    April 26, 2013 at 8:08 am

    Favorite non-phillie growing up Dave Kingman. Pete Rose too – but then he became a phillie. Favorite non Phillie now David Wright…sorry, I know he’s a Met but I think he is a solid player and I wish we had him.

    • Patrick

      April 26, 2013 at 11:37 am

      my choices exactly!

  8. Bart Shart

    April 26, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Nick Punto, Bobby Wine, Wes Covington, Ray Culp, Cookie Rojas

  9. Patrick

    April 26, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Non-Phillie of the past – PETE ROSE – charlie hustle baby!

    Present Day Non Phillie – David Wright – even tho he is a MET

  10. Mark

    April 26, 2013 at 11:43 am

    Willie Stargell

  11. Brian

    April 26, 2013 at 11:59 am

    Ozzie Smith

    Troy Tulowitzki

  12. MW

    April 26, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Growing up: Nomar Garciaparra
    Now: Bryce Harper

  13. Bart Shart

    April 26, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    Clay Dalrymple — he made being bald very fashionable.
    Kevin Stocker —- he came to do a job and did it well for part of a season
    Pete Incoviglia — insurance on the bench in the event of a brawl.

  14. Don M

    April 26, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    I like David Wright too … It was tough to try to pick one guy, but baseball and Derek Jeter are still a perfect pair to me. While the Phillies stunk it up, it was commonplace to have the Yankees on TV almost every night in October… I’ll always remember that.

    Other guys I liked growing up were Randy Johnson, Roberto Alomar, Tony Gwynn, and Greg Maddux ……………. and I even like(d) Chipper Jones.

  15. Brooks

    April 26, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    NL kids.
    I’d go with the Mick. Frank Robinson, Eddie Murray, Brooks Robinson and Ken Griffey, Griff being the most talented of them all that I have ever seen play.

    Favorite all time Phillie – Chase followed by Ryan Howard
    Favorite current non-Phillie – Big Al.

  16. Ken Bland

    April 26, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    A large part of an attachment as a favorite to a player is the point of career he’s at. Now a distant memory, if you followed Lefty Carlton from the outset of his Phillie career, you loved the guy. People that started following the Phils off the ’83 pennant year were closer to just a dreadful trip out the door that gave Lefty a baseball card with a vagabiond spirit.

    Overreaction as it is these days, those that bring the kiddies, bring the wife all across New York town and tell Mike Francessa they have been Mets fans for 51 years might think Matt Harvey is the best Met pitcher ever, but even when they come to their senses and think it’s Tom Terrific, they STILL are wrong.

    Quite similar to Lefty’s pitch til they tear the uni off approach, and no disrespect to Pedro, the best pitcher in Mess history might be the great Warren Spahn. The funny thing about Spahn was the Mets acquisition of him, and a quote recalled like it was 20 miinutes ago. After a storied career with the Bravos, Spahn was sent to the Mets, and I think John McHale ran the Braves at the time, and his parting words were “Winning 12 games for the Mets is like winning 16 games for the Braves, and if we thought he’d do that, we’d have kept him.” That of course was in reply to some rocket scientist predicting Spahn would bang the win column 12 times for Amazins.

    Spahn won 4 for the Mets, who in season dealt him to the Giants where he won another 4.
    7 ain’t 12, and I can just imagine veteran Giant fans pulling their hair out 20 some years later when the future 2 of 3 World Champs tried to drain a final ounce out of another lefty named Carlton. .

    At age 42, Spahn was putting a wrap on 7 of 8 20 or more win seasons, 18 being the only interruption. As Lasorda said when asked about Kingman’s performance, Jesus F’ing Christ.
    4 man rotations or not. Spahnnie might not have pitched well for Mets are really sockin’ the ball, but if he pitched tonight, he’d probably throw a 3 hitter. Not bad for a cat who’s been dead for about 20 years. Not great, considering the comp, but not bad.

  17. jeff orbach

    April 26, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    favorite Phillies – Greg Luzinski-Jim Kaat-John Kruk – Jamie Moyer & Glenn Wilson

    Favorite non Phillies- Ron Santo-Harmon Killebrew-Willie Mc Covey -Rusty Staub and Ken Holtzman.

    Great names guys keep it up

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