The Phillies have announced that 15 former Phillies have been nominated for this year’s Wall of Fame Class. Fans will vote the list down to five, which will then be voted upon by a Wall of Fame selection committee. Full press release here.
I thought I’d go through the list and just give my thoughts. Mind you, I”m only 23, so a few of these names aren’t very relevant to me unless I’ve done my research, which I’m doing as I write this. This will be a long post. Bear with me.
Pitchers: Jack Baldschun, Ricky Bottalico, Larry Christenson, Gene Garber, Jim Konstanty and Rick Wise
Jack Baldschun was a reliever for the Phils from 1961-1965, compiling a 39-34 record with 59 saves. Decent numbers, but he was best remembered for not being used down the stretch in ’64 because Mauch thought he caved under pressure, and we all know what happened to the Phillies in ’1964. My Take: Probably won’t make ti to the top 5 in the fan vote. Not big enough name recognition.
Ricky Botallico was a pretty good reliever for the Phillies from 1994-98. Put up decent numbers and was the sole representative of the Phillies in the `96 All-Star game held at Veterans Stadium. Now he’s on CSN as a Phillies analyst. My Take: Decent shot in the fan vote, but in the end, not enough numbers to justify a place on the WOF.
Larry Christenson pitched for the Phillies from 1973-1983. He had his best seasons from `76 to `78, with his best season being 19-6 with a 4.06 ERA in 1977. Pitched Game 4 of `80 World Series, but was knocked out after 1 inning. My Take: Not enough good seasons to get him out of the fan vote.
Gene Garber pitched for the Fightins’ from 1974-78. Claim to fame is that in 1977, he won the first postseason game for the Phillies in 62 years, a major league record. My Take: Nice win, but not enough for the WOF.
Jim Kostanty pitched for the Phillies from 1948-54. He was the National League MVP in 1950, when the Whiz Kids went to the World Series. He won 16 games and had 22 saves. He was also name Athlete of the Year by the AP and started game one of the World Series against the Yankees. My Take: I think he’s the only “old-time” player that makes the list and the committee puts him on the wall.
Rick Wise pitched for the Phillies in 1964 as an 18 year old and from 1966-71. His highlight as a Phillie came when he no-hit the Reds in 1971 while also hitting two home runs. After the ’71 season, he was traded for Steve Carlton, one of the most one-sided deals in history. My Take: He might make it out of the fan vote, but needed more than one good season to make the WOF.
Players: catcher Darren Daulton; infielders John Kruk and Fred Luderus; outfielders Lenny Dykstra, Doug Glanville, Greg Gross, Von Hayes and Roy Thomas;
Darren Daulton was a member of the Phillies from 1985-1997. He was one of the leaders of the club during their run to the World Series in 1993, finishing in the top 10 in MVP voting. Injuries derailed his career at that point and won a World Series with the Marlins after being traded in 1997. He’s gone off the deep end with his personal beliefs recnetly, so the Phillies better get him in the WOF before the Mayan calendar expires in 2012 My Take: Daulton overwhelmingly makes it out of the fan vote and has a good chance of making the WOF. He was the face of the Phillies while he was here.
John Kruk was on the Phillies from 1989-1994. He along with fellow nominees Daulton and Dykstra, were the leaders of the `93 pennant wining team. A three time all-star with the team, he was a very memorable personality on the team, with this at-bat against Randy Johnson in the ASG being a top memory of mine. He’s carved out a very good niche for himself as an analyst on ESPN. My Take: Kruk definitely makes it out of the fan vote and has a very good shot at making the WOF.
Fred Luderus played for the Phillies from 1910-20. Was a member of the 1915 pennant winning team. My Take: Too long ago to make it out of the fan voting.
Lenny Dykstra came over from the stinkin’ Mets in 1989 and stayed with the Phillies until retiring in 1996. A fan favorite throughout his time here, Had some injury issues, but in the World Series in ’93, put up MVP numbers. he probably would have been MVP if not for Joe Carter.My Take: Even though he’s been more connected with the Mets recently, he’ll easily make it out of the fan voting and will most likely make the WOF.
Doug Glanville was a Phillie from 1998-2000 and again in 2004. He was a pretty good outfielder for the team, but nothing special. Major claim to fame being one of 5 Upenn alumni to play in the Major Leagues. My Take: With better players on this list, I don’t think Glanville makes it out of the fan vote.
Greg Gross was a member of the Phils from 1979-88. He was best known as a very good pinch hitter (Gregg Dobbs is the modern-day equivalent.) He is the Phillies’ career record holder in PH with 117. My Take: A career pinch-hitter doesn’t really deserve to be on the WOF, even though it’s a valuable asset. I don’t think he makes it out of the fan vote.
Von Hayes was on the team from 1983-91. Most known for the infamous ‘five-for-one” trade in which the Phillies acquired Hayes for five players. He made one all-star team in 1989 and finished 9th in MVP voting in 1986. My Take: Hayes put up good numbers during his years with the Phillies and will probably make it out of the fan voting and has a chance at the WOF.
Roy Thomas played for the Phillies from 1899-1908 and again in 1910-11. He is the only major league regular to score three times as many runs as he drove in. My Take: While it’s nice to see the Phillies recognize early players, I just don’t see him making it out of the fan voting.
Manager: Jim Fregosi
Jim Fregosi managed the Phillies from 1991-1996. His best season clearly came in 1993, when the team played in the World Series. That was his only season as a Phillies manager over .500. My Take: He’ll likely make it out of the fan voting, but I don’t see him getting added to the Wall.
Whew. Time to take a breath. That was a long list.
Now, my votes:
You can vote here
I’m going to guess that the fan voting is going to come up with a dominance of `93 players. That’s fine, but I’d like to see some of the older players get recognition.
I’m interested to see what others vote for, and what the final votes are.