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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.

The Philadelphia Phillies place Brian Schneider on the D.L.

Blogged under Blast from the Past, Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Injuries by chinmusic on Monday 25 June 2012 at 6:36 pm

The Phillies have placed 35-year old lefty swinging catcher Brian Schneider on the 15-day disabled list due to a sprained ankle. Schneider has played in 26 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 16 for 69 (.232 avg, .656 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 2 homers and 5 RBIs. 31-year old righty swinging Erik Kratz has been called up to replace Schneider as Carlos Ruiz’ backup. Kratz played in 5 games for the Phillies earlier this year and he was 1 for 4 (.250 avg, 1.250 OPS) with 1 run scored, 1 homer and 1 RBI. Kratz has now played in 16 games in his first three years in the majors and he is 7 for 44 (.159 avg, .446 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 1 homer and 2 RBIs.

UPDATE: (6/26/2012) - The Phillies will be without Brian Schneider for the next 3-5 weeks.

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.

Mitch Williams has a dubious place in Philadelphia Phillies’ history

Blogged under Blast from the Past, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Thursday 26 May 2011 at 4:54 pm

Lefty closer Mitch “Wild Thing” Williams definately had a place in Phillies’ and World Series’ history. He pitched in 65 games (0 starts) during the regular season in 1993 and he was 3-7 with 43 saves, a 3.34 ERA and a 1.61 WHIP. But, he is most known for his meltdown in the World Series against the Blue Jays. He pitched in 3 games (0 starts) for the Phillies in that World Series and he was 0-2 with 1 save, a 20.25 ERA and a 3.38 WHIP. He gave up 5 hits and he walked 4 batters in only 2 2/3 innings in that World Series. Williams gave up a walkoff homer to Joe Carter of the Jays in Game #6, which ended the World Series! Williams was then jettisoned out of town. He pitched in 200 games (0 starts) in three years with the Phillies and he was 20-20 with 102 saves, a 3.11 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP. Williams is still #3 in Phillies’ history in saves.

Jim Kaat passed through Philadelphia for four years with the Phillies

Blogged under Blast from the Past, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Tuesday 24 May 2011 at 12:39 pm

Lefty starting pitcher Jim Kaat played four years with the Phillies (1976-79). He worked in 102 games (87 starts) in his four years with the Phillies and he was 27-30 with a 4.23 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP. He won the last of his fifteen Gold Gloves (two of them) with the Phillies. Kaat won 283 games in his major league career, as his better days weren’t spent with the Phillies.

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