Cole, Chase Impact Phillies History
We all know the impact Cole Hamels and Chase Utley had on Phillies history. Paul Hagen captured that and more in a terrific article posted on http://www.phillies.com/alumni. It is must reading.
The Baseball Writers Association of America members are having their major awards announced at this time of the baseball calendar.
The Cubs, understandingly so, are dominating the awards. That’s what happens when you win. They have the rookie of the year, manager of the year and Cy Young winner. Joe Maddon is an outstanding manager. He’s won the award three times now, the first two in Tampa. He’s won one pennant and lost that World Series.
Five division titles, two pennants and one World Series ring. During that five-year run, zero manager of the year awards. Say hello to Charlie Manual. I’ll never understand the thinking of the voters back then.
These days in Phillies history have been dominated by the announcements of the National League Most Valuable Players Awards:
November 18: 1981 Mike Schmidt‘s second consecutive . . . 1986 Schmidt wins third
MVP award to match the NL record shared by Stan Musial and Roy Campanella . . .
November 20, 2007: Shortstop Jimmy Rollins succeeds teammate Ryan Howard . . .
November 22, 2006: First baseman Ryan Howard is the MVP after his first full season in
The Arizona Fall League ends play today with three day games. Leagues in the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Mexico, Australia and Puerto Rico continue. Look for Maikel Franco, Freddy Galvis, Odubel Herrera, Jorge Alfaro and possibly Cesar Hernandez to begin playing soon.
Strength up–the-middle catcher, shortstop-second base and center field–is key on championship teams. Over a six-week period, we’re examining the players at these positions on Phillies pennant winners. So far, the 1915, 1950 and 1980 teams have been reviewed. This week, the 1983 Wheeze Kids, a team that included seven left-overs from the ’80 World Champions, a mixture of veterans and two managers. Winning a club-record 22 games in September, they reached the playoffs and lost the World Series to Baltimore.
C Bo Diaz, SS Ivan DeJesus, 2B Joe Morgan, CF Garry Maddox.
Diaz, 30, caught 134 games in his second season with the Phillies. A solid catcher, he was second in the league in assists, putouts, base-runners caught but had the most errors (14). His range factor (7.46) was the NL’s best. He was third on the club in homers (15) and second in RBI (64) while hitting .236. Was behind the plate when Steve Carlton won his 300th game.
DeJesus, also 30, led the club in triples (7) while batting .254 in his second of three seasons with the Phillies. His .966 fielding percentage in 158 games was fourth-best in the NL.
39-year-old Morgan played just this one season with the Phillies at the tail end of a Hall of Fame career. Play 117 games at second base with a 5.51 range factor, fourth-best in the NL. Carried the team during the last 24 games of the season, seven doubles, five home runs, 18 RBI and a .337 average. For the season, .230 with 16 home runs.
Maddox, 33, injuries limited him to 97 games, 80 in centerfield. A career .285 hitter, he batted .275 this season. Others who started in CF: Bobby Dernier (37), Von Hayes (27) and Greg Gross (19)
Next: the 1993 Phillies “misfits”, December 3.