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Phillies fan poll choice as next Wall of Famer



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Carlos Ruiz is the fan favorite to become the next enshrinee on the Phillies Wall of Fame.

A couple of weeks ago here at Phillies Nation, I published a piece speculating on which non-2008 players might be worthy of a place on the Phillies Wall of Fame. Fans responded by tossing out a number of their own choices as commentary, either directly at the website or via social media.

Names not mentioned in my piece but suggested by fans included 1960’s-era players Rick Wise, Tony Gonzalez, and Cookie Rojas. The National League Most Valuable Player in 1950 and a key pitcher with the NL champions that year, Jim Konstanty was also mentioned. There was even someone who brought up a few early-1900’s names such as Dave Bancroft, Jack Clements, and Jimmie Wilson.

As a result of the comments, I decided to actually reach out and poll the wider fan base to see who the favorite might be to become the next Phillies Wall of Famer.

I decided to run the polling in a two-phase process. I would run a pair of four-player semi-final polls to kick things off. Then would take those receiving the most support and put them into a three-player finals poll. This was a simple Twitter poll, so I am claiming no special scientific method used.

As criteria, I left out most of the early-1900’s players. Fact is, those players historically receive little to no support from modern fans in such polls. Though this recency factor working against them is unfair, it is also a genuine phenomenon. However, I’ve always been a big supporter for 1910’s first baseman Fred Luderus, so put him into one of the semis polls.

The results in those semis with 241 total fans responding were as follows:

Poll #1: Carlos Ruiz 55%, Pete Rose 35%, Bobby Abreu 8%, Fred Luderus 2%

Poll #2: Shane Victorino 39%, Dan Baker 27%, Cliff Lee 18%, Manny Trillo 16%

As you can see, the two 2008 players received the greatest support, something that I anticipated. I decided to move Chooch and The Flyin’ Hawaiian into the final poll.

As the third choice, I made it public address announcer Dan Baker, who now has nearly 50 years with the organization and whose voice is recognizable to generations of Phillies fans. I also factored in that the club is not likely to actually consider Rose again any time soon, if at all.

That final poll resulted in tremendous response as 2,107 individuals cast ballots. The final voting result was a little more lopsided than I had anticipated:

Based on my little non-scientific polling it would appear that Carlos ‘Chooch’ Ruiz, the catcher for the 2008 World Series champions who played with the club from 2006-16, is the clear fan favorite to become the next honoree on the Phillies Wall of Fame.

If he does get selected by the team, Chooch would become the fourth backstop to be so honored. He would join Bob Boone (2005), Darren Daulton (2010), and Mike Lieberthal (2012) as catchers previously enshrined on the Wall of Fame.

If the usual timing is followed this year, the Phillies can be expected to announce the 2019 Wall of Fame honoree in late-February. There has been no announcement at this time as to whether fans will be included as part of the process for selection of that honoree.

 

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4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Pat

    January 29, 2019 at 4:54 am

    No question. Chooch should be on the wall.

  2. Alex

    January 31, 2019 at 1:07 am

    I would say ruiz is deserving no doubt but there are equally deserving players like rolen , abreu, moyer and others. Plus , you need to be retired for two years before going into the wall and i dont think ruiz has reached that yet. I would put rolen in before ruiz . Rolen is a borderline hall of famer and played before chooch .

    • Matthew Veasey

      January 31, 2019 at 1:29 am

      Actually, there is no two-year retirement criteria. The Phillies have been fairly flexible in regards to eligibility.

      Abreu was part of this polling process, and didn’t fare well.

      Personally, I agree that Abreu and Rolen should go in before the 2008 run begins. Also still support a Rose enshrinement, and feel Dan Baker, Many Trillo and a couple early-1900’s guys are deserving as well. But the fans chose Chooch by a wide margin.

      • schmenkman

        January 31, 2019 at 11:38 am

        I agree about Abreu and Rolen.

        Just curious, why was Chooch the only one included in the poll from the recent run? Is it simply because it’s assumed Utley/Rollins/Howard will go on the wall this summer?

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