Bob Boone was a rock solid catcher for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Wednesday 24 August 2016 at 2:33 pm

Righty swinging catcher Bob Boone was the classic defense first type of catcher for the Philadelphia Phillies.  But, he also had the knack of getting a clutch hit from time to time.  Boone played in 1,125 games in his 10 years with the Phillies and he was 957 of 3,690 (.259 avg, .695 OPS) with 349 runs scored, 65 homers, 456 RBIs and 23 stolen bases.  Boone also played in 24 games in the post-season for the Phillies and he was 19 of 68 (.279 avg) with 5 runs scored, 0 homers and 7 RBIs.  Boone helped the Phillies win the 1980 World Series over the Kansas City Royals.  Boone played in 6 games in the 1980 World Series for the Phillies and he was 7 for 17 (.412 avg, 1.029 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 0 homers and 4 RBIs.  Boone was an All-Star three times in his time with the Phillies and he won two Gold Glove Awards while playing for them.  Boone’s best year for the Phillies came back in 1977 (when he was not an All-Star).  Boone played in 132 games for the Phillies in 1977 and he was 125 of 440 (.284 avg, .780 OPS) with 55 runs scored, 11 homers, 66 RBIs and 5 stolen bases.  Boone is still #28 in games played in Phillies’ history with 1,125 of them.  He is also #35 in hits (957), #40 in doubles (172), tied for #41 in homers (65), #34 in RBIs (456) and he is also #35 in walks (365) in Phillies’ history!

Ron Reed was a solid reliever for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Friday 22 July 2016 at 12:41 pm

Righty reliever Ron Reed was a rock solid reliever for the Philadelphia Phillies.  Reed pitched in 458 games (0 starts) in his 8 years with the Phillies and he was 57-38 with 90 saves, a 3.06 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP.  He gave up 702 hits and 229 walks while whiffing 547 batters in his 809 1/3 innings with the Phillies!  Reed also pitched in 21 games (0 starts) in the playoffs for the Phillies in which he was 0-1 with 1 save, a 4.15 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP.  Reed gave up 33 hits and 11 walks while whiffing 23 batters in his 30 1/3 innings in the playoffs for the Phillies.  Reed was a reliever for the World Series champion 1980 Philadelphia Phillies’ team that beat the Kansas City Royals.  Reed’s best season with the Phillies came way back in 1976, when he worked in 59 games (0 starts) in which he was 8-7 with 14 saves, a 2.46 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP.  Reed gave up 88 hits and 32 walks while whiffing 96 batters in 128 innings for the Phillies in 1976.  Reed is still #7 in Phillies’ history with his 90 saves.  Reed is also #21 in ERA (3.06), #39 in wins (57), #10 in WHIP (1.15), #6 in games (458), #50 in innings pitched (809 1/3) and he is tied for #29 in strikeouts (547) in Phillies’ history!

Patience paid off for the Philadelphia Phillies with Darren Daulton

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Tuesday 31 May 2016 at 10:32 am

Lefty swinging catcher Darren Daulton didn’t show much in his first 8 years with the Philadelphia Phillies (except in 1990)….but the patience they showed in him started to pay off in 1992.  He played in 145 games for the Phillies in 1992 and he was 131 of 485 (.270 avg, .908 OPS) with 80 runs scored, 27 homers, a National League leading 109 RBIs, 11 stolen bases and 88 walks.  He was an All-Star, won a Silver Slugger Award and he finished 6th in the voting for the MVP Award in 1992.  He followed the 1992 season with a huge 1993 season!  In 1993, Daulton played in 147 games for the Phillies in which he was 131 of 510 (.257 avg, .875 OPS) with 90 runs scored, 24 homers, 105 RBIs, 5 stolen bases and 117 walks!  He was an All-Star in 1993 and he finished 7th in the voting for the MVP Award!  Daulton also played in 12 games in the post-season for the Phillies in 1993 and he was 10 for 42 (.238 avg) with 6 runs scored, 2 homers and 7 RBIs.  The Phillies lost the World Series in six games to the Toronto Blue Jays in 1993.  Daulton also made the All-Star team in 1995 for the Phillies.  Daulton played in 1,109 games in his 14 years with the Phillies and he was 858 of 3,504 (.245 avg, .783 OPS) with 489 runs scored, 134 homers, 567 RBIs and 48 stolen bases.  Daulton is still #16 in Phillies’ history with his 134 homers.  He is also still #30 in games played (1,109), tied for 42nd in OBP (.357), tied for #50 in SLG (.427), #45 in OPS (.783), #39 in runs scored (489), #32 in doubles (189), #26 in RBIs (567) and #12 in walks (607) in Phillies’ history!

Larry Christenson had his time in the sun for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Friday 17 May 2013 at 4:19 pm

From 1975-1978, righty starting pitcher Larry Christenson won at least 10 games for the Philadelphia Phillies in each season.  His best season for the Phillies came back in 1977.  He pitched in 34 games (all starts) for the Phillies in 1977 and he was 19-6 with a 4.06 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP.  Christenson pitched in 243 games (220 starts) in his 11 years with the Phillies and he was 83-71 with 4 saves, a 3.79 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP.  Christenson is still #7 in Phillies’ history in games started with 220 of them.  He was a good #2 starter for a few years behind the legendary lefty Steve Carlton.

Jim Bunning was awesome in his short time with the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Monday 22 April 2013 at 11:11 am

Righty starting pitcher Jim Bunning was only with the Phillies for six seasons, but they were good ones.  He pitched in 226 games (208 starts) in his six years with the Phillies and he was 89-73 with 4 saves, a 2.93 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP.  He was an All-Star twice with the Phillies and he won 19 games three times and 17 games once in his six year with the team.  In 1967, Bunning finished 2nd in the N.L. Cy Young Award voting.  He pitched in 40 games (all starts) in 1967 for the Phillies and he was 17-15 with a 2.29 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP.  Bunning pitched 302 1/3 innings in 1967 and he gave up 241 hits, 73 walks and he whiffed 253 batters.  Despite only pitching six years for the Phillies, Bunning is still #9 in games started (208) in franchise history.  He is also #5 in WHIP (1.11), #10 in innings pitched (1,520 2/3), #7 in strikeouts (1,197) and #5 in shutouts (23) in Phillies’ history.  Bunning was elected into Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1996.

Dick Ruthven was a solid starting pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Saturday 7 July 2012 at 2:25 pm

Righty starting pitcher Dick Ruthven was with the Phillies for nine seasons, working in 207 games (198 starts) in which he was 78-65 with a 4.00 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP. His best season with the Phillies came back in 1978 when he worked in 20 games (all starts) in which he was 13-5 with a 2.99 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP. When the Phillies won the World Series in 1980, Ruthven pitched in 33 games (all starts) in which he was 17-10 with a 3.55 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP. Ruthven made it to his only All-Star Game with the Phillies in 1981 as he was 12-7 with a 5.15 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP. Ruthven is tied for #9 in Phillies’ history in games started with Tully Sparks with 198 of them. Ruthven was a solid starting pitcher for the Phillies.

Curt Schilling was a pretty solid pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Friday 1 June 2012 at 12:09 pm

Righty starting pitcher Curt Schilling had a nice run with the Philadelphia Phillies. He pitched in 242 games (226 starts) in his nine years with the Phillies and he was 101-78 with 2 saves, a 3.35 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP. He broke onto the scene with the Phillies in 1992. Schilling pitched in 42 games (26 starts) for the Phillies in 1992 and he was 14-11 with a 2.35 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP. Schilling’s best season with the Phillies came in 1997 when he finished 4th in the N.L. Cy Young Award Voting. Schilling pitched in 35 games (all starts) in 1997 and he was 17-11 with a 2.97 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP. Schilling whiffed 319 batters and he only gave up 208 hits in 254 1/3 innings in 1997! Schilling was an N.L All-Star three times in his nine years with the Phillies. Schilling is #6 in games started (226), #6 in wins (101), #6 in WHIP (1.12), #8 in innings pitched (1,659 1/3) and #4 in strikeouts (1,554) in Phillies’ history.

Greg Luzinski was a rock solid player for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Saturday 21 April 2012 at 2:09 pm

Righty swinging outfielder Greg “The Bull” Luzinski was a masher for the Phillies. He played in 1,289 games in his 11 years for the Phillies and he was 1,299 of 4,630 (.281 avg, .852 OPS) with 618 runs scored, 223 homers, 811 RBIs and 29 stolen bases. Luzinski finished 2nd in the MVP Voting in the National League in both 1975 and 1977. In 1975, Luzinski played in 161 games in which he was 179 of 596 (.300 avg, .934 OPS) with 85 runs scored, 34 homers, 120 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. In 1977, Luzinski played in 149 games in which he was 171 of 554 (.309 avg, .988 OPS) with 99 runs scored, 39 homers, 130 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. Luzinski is #6 in Phillies’ history with his 223 homers and he is also #10 in RBIs in franchise history with 811 of them. Luzinski was a very underrated player in his time with the Phillies and he was literally as strong as a bull.

The Philadelphia Phillies sign Pat Burrell to a 1-day minor league contract

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Thursday 12 April 2012 at 1:59 pm

The Philadelphia Phillies have signed 35-year old righty swinging outfielder Pat Burrell to a 1-day minor league contract so that he could retire as a Phillie. Burrell played nine seasons for the Phillies, appearing in 1,306 games in which he was 1,166 of 4,535 (.257 avg, .852 OPS) with 655 runs scored, 251 homers, 827 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. He is currently #4 in career homers with the Phillies with 251 of them. He is also #8 in RBIs (827) and #5 in walks (785) in Phillies’ history. Burrell hit 30+ homers in a season four times in his nine years with the Phillies and he had more than 115 RBIs twice. Burrell isn’t one of the best players in Phillies’ history, but he was a very solid one.

Von Hayes was Mr. five for one for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Thursday 23 June 2011 at 3:47 pm

On December 9th, 1982 the Phillies traded 2B Manny Trillo, SS Julio Franco, C Jerry Willard, OF George Vukovich and relief pitcher Jay Baller to the Cleveland Indians for lefty swinging 1B/OF Von Hayes. He became known around Philly as Mr. 5 for 1. Hayes best season for the Phillies came back in 1986. He played in 158 games in 1986 and he was 186 for 610 (.305 avg, .859 OPS) with 107 runs scored, 19 homers, 98 RBIs and 24 stolen bases. Hayes led the league in runs scored (107) and doubles (46) in 1986. He also was 8th in the voting for the N.L. MVP Award. Hayes played in 1,208 games for the Phillies in his 9 years with them and he was 1,173 of 4,306 (.272 avg, .789 OPS) with 646 runs scored, 124 homers, 568 RBIs and 202 stolen bases. Hayes is #10 in Phillies’ history in stolen bases with 202 and he is also #8 in walks with 619. Hayes wasn’t too bad of a player for the Phillies, but he was nowhere near as good as Julio Franco turned out to be.

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