Philadelphia Phillies Hall of Fame announcer Harry Kalas was such a gifted broadcaster that you often began to pronounce certain player’s names in his voice. One of those names was Bobby Abreu. Abreu, who spent eight-and-a-half seasons with the Phillies, will join Kalas on the Phillies Wall of Fame, the Phillies announced Wednesday.
Now 45, Abreu didn’t reach the postseason once with the Phillies from 1998 until his trade to the New York Yankees in July of 2006, but it certainly wasn’t his fault. The Venezuelan baseball icon hit over .300 in six seasons for the Phillies, posting four 100 plus RBI seasons, seven seasons with over 100 walks and an fWAR just shy of 50.
It would be misleading to suggest that the Phillies were a bad team for all of Abreu’s tenure – the Phillies averaged over 85 wins between 2001 and 2005, Abreu’s last full four seasons in red pinstripes. But given that they didn’t reach the postseason with Abreu, his most notable moment came when he won the 2005 Home Run Derby at Comerica Park, home of the Detroit Tigers.
Abreu will be the 41st inductee onto the Wall of Fame, with the Phillies having inducted former general manager Pat Gillick and the late Roy Halladay a year ago.
The Phillies will induct Abreu onto the Hall of Fame on Saturday Aug. 3, prior to their 7:05 game against the Chicago White Sox. A day later, as part of alumni weekend, the Phillies will honor the 10-year anniversary of their 2009 team, which won the National League pennant.
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