Picking Your Phillies Franchise Four

Franchise FourWho are the four most impactful players in Phillies history?

There’s a poll going on right now on Phillies.com for fans to make their selections.

There are eight names from which to choose plus an area for a write-in.  Poll ends May 8.  The eight: Ashburn, Bunning, Carlton, Klein, Roberts, Rollins, Schmidt, Utley.

Drum roll……my final four:

Michael Jack Schmidt is obviously my first pick.  He’s the greatest player ever to wear the Phillies uniform.  No brainer.

Steven Norman Carlton.  He’s the greatest pitcher. Again a no brainer.  He simply dominated and was durable.

James Calvin Rollins re-wrote many Phillies career hitting categories in his 14 year years. He and Chase are the only players of the eight not enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame.  They both have a chance.

Robin Evan Roberts was the work horse of the 1950s decade.  He never missed a turn and won 20 or more games six consecutive seasons.  Don’t know if we will ever see that from another Phillies pitcher.

My write-in candidate would have been Phillie Phanatic, the biggest, greenest and most popular Phillie.

Share your four.  Or if you prefer privacy, that’s OK. Make sure you vote.

Each team has the same contest so you can vote for more than one team.

Minor Leagues
Players of the Week (April 9-19)
Player – CF Carlos Tocci, Lakewood…Tocci, 19, earned Phillies Minor League Player of the Week honors after hitting .400 (16-40) with a HR, 5 2B, 5 BB, 9 RBI, a 1.067 OPS and 4 SB in 4 attempts for the Blue Claws… Has six multi-hit games (four two-hit games and two-three hit games)…Signed on August 23, 2011 by Jesus Mendez as an amateur free agent.

Pitcher – RHP Zach Eflin, Reading…Eflin jumped out to a hot start in the Phillies’ farm system, tossing 14 scoreless innings and allowing just seven hits and two walks while striking out seven over his first two starts with the Fightin’ Phils…The 21-year old Eflin was acquired by the Phillies in a trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers on December 19, 2014, and was originally selected by the Padres 33rd overall in the 2012 draft.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (3-9)
Lost their fifth straight, 4-3, on a pair of walks and a one-out single in the 15th inning at at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre . . . 3B Maikel Franco, 0-5 with 3 strikeouts, ending a 9-game hitting streak; hitting .347 . . . Starter Jason Berken, 5-4-2-2-2-6 . . . Hector Neris, 3-4-0-0-0-4 . . . LP: Adam Loewen (0-1), 2.1-2-1-1-5-1.
Next: RHP Severino Gonzalez (0-0, 4.63), 6:35 tonight at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Reading Fightin Phils (7-3)
Won, 9-4, over Akron. 5-run 6th inning lifted the Fightin Phils to their fifth straight win . . . CF Ramon Quin, 3-3 with 3 runs scored; included were his fifth double and eighth stolen base; hitting .425 . . . SS KC Serna, hitting second behind Quinn, 3-3 with an RBI . . . RF Aaron Altherr, a 3-run homer in the first, his first and an RBI single in the third . . .  Starter: LHP Anthony Vasquez, 5-8-4-3-1-5 . . . LHP Elvis Araujo (1-1) picked up the win with 2 scoreless relief innings.
Next: LHP Tom Windle (0-0, 1.50), 6:35 tonight vs. Akron.

Clearwater Threshers (7-5)
Got pounded by Tampa, 12-1.  4 errors contributed to 5 unearned runs out of the 12 allowed by 5 Clearwater pitchers.  INF Angelo Mora pitched the ninth inning for the losers, allowing two walks . . . DH Willians Astudillo, 3 hits, including 2 doubles . . . LP David Whitehead (1-1), 5-6-4-3-2-6, plus a WP.
Injury report: LHP Matt Imhoff placed on DL with a strained left shoulder: RHP Reinier Roibal activated.
Next: LHP Brandon Leibrandt (0-0, 2.25), 7:00 tonight vs. Tampa.
Happy Birthday: Manager Greg Legg (55).

Lakewood  (5-7)

Lost its third in a row, 8-3, at Greensboro . . . 1B Rhys Hoskins, a double and first home run . . . CF Carlos Tocci extended hitting streak to 7 games, 1-4, with 1 RBI; has 10 RBI for the season, 9 coming in his hitting streak . . . LP Elniery Garcia (1-1), 3.1-9-5-4-3-1.
Next: RHP Ricardo Pinto (0-0, 1.28), 7:00 tonight at Greensboro.

Phun Fact
The pitching staff on the 1915 NL Champion Phillies included a Cherokee Indian (Ben Tincup), one of the era’s rare Jewish players (Erskine Mayer), an off-season cartoonist (Al Demaree) and native of Scotland (George Chalmers).



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Just read this … Wanted to wait until I wrote about my choices. Went with Klein over Rollins …. I really liked the fact that Klein wore a bunch of retired numbers in his career.

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