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Philadelphia Phillies – Awards: At-Bat Champions.

During the team’s previous 127-year history, twelve Phillies players have led the National League in at-bats a total of 20 times, with four of them winning it more than once.

The first Phil to lead the NL in at-bats was Hall of Famer Sam Thompson, who would win it in 1893 with 600 at-bats. The next Phil to lead the NL would be Duff Cooley, who in 1897 ended up in a four-way tie with Gene DeMontreville of the Washington Senators, Fred Tenney of the Boston Beaneaters and George Van Haltren of the New York Giants, who all finished that year with 566 at-bats. The third Phil to lead the NL in at-bats was Eddie Grant, who would do it in two straight seasons, with 598 at-bats in 1908, and leading again in 1909 with 631 at-bats. The fourth Phil to lead the league in at-bats would do so twenty-four years later, as Chick Fullis would have the most at-bats in 1933 with 647 of them. Phils nos. five and six would be tied for the lead in 1949 as Hall of Famer Richie Ashburn and Granny Hamner would both end the season in a tie for first with 662 at-bats. The next Phil to lead the NL was Larry Bowa, who ended the 1971 season with 650 at-bats. Phil no. eight would be Dave Cash, who would lead the league in three straight years, 1974 (687), 1975 (699) and 1976 (666), helping to lead the team to the first of three NL Eastern Division pennants that year. The ninth Phil to lead the league in official at-bats would be Juan Samuel, who, like Cash, would lead the NL in three seasons, 1984 (701), 1985 (663) and 1987 (655). The next Phil to lead the league in at-bats was Lenny Dykstra, who did so in 1993, the year that the Phils won the NL pennant, with 637 at bats. The eleventh Phil to lead the league would be Doug Glanville, who would have 678 at-bats in 1998. The twelfth, and presently last, Phil to lead the NL in at-bats is Jimmy Rollins, who would lead the lead in at-bats in four different seasons, 2001 (656), 2002 (637), 2007 (716), the year that he won the MVP as he help lead the Phils to their first NL Eastern Division title since 1993 and 2009 (672), the season that the Phils would win their first back-to-back NL pennants.

During the twenty times that a Phil had led the league in officials at-bats, three had done so while tied with another player, in 1897 (4-way tie) and 1949 (2-way tie between two Phils). Phils would lead the NL twice in the 19th Century, fifteen times in the 20th Century and four times, so far, in the 21st Century. Two of the Phils to lead the league were Hall of Famers (Sam Thompson in 1893 and Richie Ashburn in 1949). Jimmy Rollins had done it the most times with four, followed by both Juan Samuel and Dave Cash, who have each done it three times, then Eddie Grant, who did it twice. The rest have done it only once. Jimmy Rollins would have the highest total of at-bats with his 716 in 2007 and Duff Cooley would have the least with his 566 official at-bats in 1897.

Who would most likely be the next Phil to lead the NL in at-bats? Most likely Jimmy Rollins, if he can keep from getting injured.

Philadelphia Phillies – Awards: Most Valuable Player Award.

During the almost 70 years that the award has been voted on by the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA), five Phils have won the award a total of seven times.

The first Phil to win the just reformed title (1931) was Hall of Famer Chuck Klein in 1933, the year that he won the batting Triple Crown, by posting a batting average of .368, hitting 28 home runs and knocking in 120 RBIs. The next Phil to win the award would be relief pitcher Jim Konstanty in 1950, as he would appear in 74 regular season games, all in relief, as he had a 16-7 record with a 2.66 ERA, while saving 22 more games, as he help lead the Whiz Kids to the team’s first NL pennant since 1915. The next Phil to be voted MVP by the writers would be Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt in 1980, as he help lead the team to their third NL pennant and their first World Series Championship by batting .286 with 48 home runs and 121 RBIs. He would receive his second MVP, and the team’s fourth, in the strike shortened year of 1981, as he batted .316, hitting 31 home runs, while knocking in 91 RBIs. Schmidt would win his third and final MVP award in 1986, as he batted .290, hitting 37 home runs and knocking in 119 RBIs. The sixth Phil to be elected the NL MVP would be Ryan Howard in 2006, as he hit 58 home runs and knocked in 149 RBIs, while batting .313. The fifth and, at the moment, final Phil to win the award was Jimmy Rollins, who did it in 2007, the year that the Phils made the playoffs for the first time since 1993. In that year, Rollins batted .296, hitting 30 home runs, as he knocked in 94 runs.

Of the seven titles, five were won in the 20th century and two in the 21st. One title was won in the 1930s, one in the 1950s, three in the 1980s and two in the 2000s. Mike Schmidt has won the most MVPs awards won by a Phil player by winning three, with two of them in consecutive seasons. Of the title winners, two are presently in the Hall of Fame. Six of the awards were won by position players, all but one by an infielder, and one by a relief pitcher.

Which Phil will next win the award? Depending on how 2011 shapes up, Ryan Howard could regain the title or Chase Utley could gain his first, if either player can regain their form during the off-season.

Philadelphia Phillies – Awards: Triples Champions.

In the Phillies’ 126-years existance as a member of the National League, the team has won only sixteen triples championships. Ten Phils have won those sixteen titles, with four of them winning multiple titles, while one player would win it while playing for two teams and five players won the title while tied with one or more players.

The first Phil to win the triples title was Hall of Famer Ed Delahanty who won his only triples title of his fine career in 1892 with twenty-one triples. No Phil would win the triples title for the next fifty-five years. The next Phillie player to win the triples title was Harry ‘the Hat’ Walker, winning it in 1947 playing for both the St. Louis Cardinals and the Phillies, as he hit sixteen triples. Three years later, the third Phil to win the title was Hall of Famer Richie Ashburn who had fourteen triples in 1950, the year that the Phils won their second National League title. Ashburn won his second triples title in 1958 with thirteen triples. Johnny Callison became the fourth Phillie player to win the title, as he was tied with Willie Davis and Maury Wills of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Bill Virdon of the Pittsburgh Pirates, as all four men hit ten triples in 1962. Two years later, in 1964, Rookie of the Year winner Dick Allen became the fifth Phil to win the title, as he was tied with Ron Santo of the Chicago Cubs, with each man getting thirteen triples. The next year, 1965, Callison won his second triples title, this time by himself, as he hit sixteen three-baggers. In 1972, Larry Bowa won the eighth triples title won by a Phil player, the sixth Phil to do so, by hitting thirteen triples. Dave Cash became the seventh Phil to capture the triples title by getting twelve triples in 1976, the year that the Phillies won the first of their three straight National League Eastern Division titles. In 1984, Juan Samuel won the title, the eighth Phillie player to win it, as he tied with Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg of the Cubs, with each man hitting nineteen triples. Samuel won the title outright four years later in 1987, as he hit fifteen triples. In 1999, Bobby Abreu won the twelfth triples title won by a Phillie player, the ninth Phil to do so, as he tied with Neifi Perez of the Colorado Rockies, with each man hitting eleven three-baggers. The tenth and last Phil to win the triples title, Jimmy Rollins, won the first of his, so far, four triples titles by hitting twelve triples in 2001. He won his second title the following year, 2002, with ten three-baggers. Rollins won his third triples title in 2004, as he was tied with Jack Wilson of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Juan Pierre of the Florida Marlins, with all three men hitting twelve triples. Rollins won his fourth and most recent title, the sixteenth won by a Phil, in 2007, as he hit twenty triples.

Of the sixteen titles wins, only three of them were won by a Hall of Famer (Ed Delahanty (1), Richie Ashburn (2)). Jimmy Rollins has so far won the most triples titles as a Phil with four title victories, followed by Ashburn, Juan Samuel and Johnny Callison with two titles wins each. Delahanty is the Phillie player to hit the most triples while winning the title with twenty-one triples, while Johnny Callison (in 1962) and Jimmy Rollins (in 2002) both won the title with the least triples with ten of them. Callison, Dick Allen, Samuel, Bobby Abreu and Rollins each won the triples title while tied with another NL player, with Callison being involved in a four way tie in 1962 and Rollins in a three-men tie in 2004. The Phillies had one triples title win in the 19th Century, eleven in the 20th Century and so far, four triples title wins in the 21st Century.

Who will win the next triples title as a Phillie? Please, that’s a no-brainer. J-Roll, who else.

Philadelphia Phillies – Awards: Runs Scored Champs.

In 126 years as a National League team, the Phillies have won the runs scored titled only fifteen times. Eleven Phils have crossed the plate more times than other players in the league, with two of them being shared titles.

The first Phil to win the title would be Hall of Famer Billy Hamilton, who would cross the plate 141 times in 1891. He would win the title two more times, in 1894 and 1895, when he would cross the plate 192 and 166 times respectively, setting both the Phillies and Major League records for the most runs scored by a player in a season in 1894. The second Phil to win the title would be Roy Thomas, who would score 132 runs in 1900. The next Phillie player to win the crown would be Sherry Magee, who, in 1910, would score 110 times. The fourth Phil, and the six title winner over all, would be Gavvy Cravath, who would do it in 1915 as he would score 89 times. The fifth Phil to win the title would be Hall of Famer Chuck Klein, who, in 1930, would score 158 times. Klein would then make it two years in a row as he would tie with fellow Hall of Famer Bill Terry of the New York (now San Francisco) Giants, as he would score 121 runs in 1931. He would make it three years in a row as he would score 152 times in his MVP season of 1932. It would be 32 years before another Phillie player would win the title. Richie Allen would become the sixth Phil to win the team’s tenth runs scored title as he would score 125 runs in his NL Rookie of the Year season of 1964. Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt would become Phil number seven to win the title as he would score 78 times in the strike shorten season of 1981. The next Phil to score the most runs in a season would be Von Hayes, as he would tie with Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn of the San Diego Padres, as he would cross the plate 107 times in 1986. The ninth Phillie to win the title would be Lenny Dykstra as he would cross the plate 143 times in 1993, as he help lead the Phillies to the National League pennant that year. Phillie number ten to win the title would be Chase Utley, as he would cross the plate 131 times in 2006. A year later, Jimmy Rollins would win the title as he would become the eleventh Phil to win it, as he would touch home plate 139 during his MVP season, while helping to lead the Phils to the National League Eastern Divison pennant.

Of the eleven men to win the title, so far only three are Hall of Famers: Billy Hamilton, Chuck Klein and Mike Schmidt. Hamilton would score the most runs to win the title, setting both the Phillies and Major League records, as he crossed the plate 192 times in 1894, a feat more than like never to be reached. Mike Schmidt would score the least number of runs to win the title, scoring only 78 times in 1981, thanks to the strike. Hamilton and Klein have won the most titles, each winning three titles, although Klein would share one of his titles with another ballplayer. The rest would win the title only one time each.  

Who would most likely be the next Phil to win the title? Utley and Rollins are the most likely candidates to win the title during the next several years, as long as they can stay healthy and get on base in front of the big man, Ryan Howard.

Live Journal: Several things that I didn’t say before now…

Originally post November 28, 2007 and edited from a longer post with some non-Phillies elements removed:

Okay, let’s begin….

I hated seeing the Phils get swept in the playoffs by the Rockies. I hated it even worst when they did the same things to the Diamondbacks. But, when I saw the Red Sox defeat the Indians the same way they defeated the New York Yankess back in 2004, coming from behind with a 3 games to 1 deficit, I had a feeling that somebody somewhere was rewinding the film and it was 2004 again, only this time it would be the Rockies playing the part of the NL champ that would be swept in four games by the boys from Beantown. And boy, was I right. The Rockies went down in flames losing to the BoSox 4 games to 0. Anyway, congrats Red Sox. Just please, do not become the 21st Century version of the Yankees..

M.V.P.!!! M.V.P.!!! M.V.P.!!! Need I say more? :) Let’s see, Rollins now owns a Gold Glove, a Silver Slugger and the M.V.P. for the year, while Aaron Rowland won a Gold Glove for his work in the outfield and Chase Utley won a second Silver Slugger at Second. Boy, that’s a lot of bling this year, isn’t it? ;p But, I agree with JayRoll. I rather have the World Series trophy. Pssst, message for the secret cabal running the Phils: Spend some money on real talent, you morons!!! This team have shown that it can win. Now go out there and get somebody who can get them into the World Series and win it, you idiots, and please, no more of those bargain basement crap players that you guys keep bringing us. I, and a lot of other Phillies fans want to see some Grade-A studs coming here. Is that too much to ask? Oh, and that would incude getting off your collective ***** and get Rowland resigned. Idiots!!!

Live Journal: Phils, meet your opponent…

Originally posted October 1, 2007:

The Phillies opponent for Wednesday’s Divisional Championship match is the Colorado Rockies, after they’d defeated the San Diego Padres in 13 innings, 9-8.

The Phils will be facing the Rockies at Citizens Bank Park this Wednesday afternoon at 3 pm, with Cole Hamels, the team’s young ace, being the Phils’ starter. The Rockies’ starter is yet to be announced.

Live Journal: Well, the Phils Divisional Playoffs opponent is….

Originally posted September 30, 2007:

Noone. At least for now. It seems that a funny thing has happen on the way to the Playoffs. There is presently no National League Wild Card Winner. How did that happened? Well, it seems that first, the San Diego Padres lost what was suppose to be their final game of the season to the Milwaukee Brewers in Milwaukee, 11-6. At the time, they had a record of 89-73 with a .5 game lead over the Colorado Rockies who were finishing their season by facing the Western Division Champs, the Arizona Diamonbacks, in Denver. Of course, the Padres were praying for the Diamondbacks to defeat the Rockies, thus allowing them to get into the playoffs through the backdoor. Well, a funny thing happened along the way as Colorado instead defeated Arizona 4-3, thus meaning that now both San Diego and Colorado are now tied for the Wild Card, both with records of 89-73. So, now the two will be having a one game playoff tomorrow night, with San Diego having to go to Denver to meet the Rockies for the game that will start 7:37 eastern time. So, we won’t know who will be the Phils opponent until late tomorrow night.

Boy, the National League is really being a wild league this year.

Live Journal: Say Hello to the 2007 NL Eastern Division Champion Phils!!!!

Originally posted September 29, 2007:

That’s right, the Phils have just captured the Eastern Division flag of the National League with a 6-1 victory over the Washington Nationals while the Florida Marlins, obviously woken up by that bench clearing fight yesterday afternoon, defeated the New York ‘Chokes’ Mets, 8-1. Jamie Moyer, who step up, unlike Adam Eaton, pitched 5 1/3 innings, giving up only 1 run, unearned, while Jimmy Rollins, who should be the MVP, unless the baseball writers are real jerks, scored a run in the first inning with a single, two steals and coming in on a sacrifice fly, while knocking in a run of his own in the sixth with a triple, making him a member of the very exclusive 20-20-20-20 club (stolen bases, doubles, triples and home runs), while Ryan Howard knocked in what turned out to be the game winners with a two run single in the third inning with the bases loaded and one out and later hitting a home run, number 47, which was a monster of a shot into the right field upper desk, giving him the RBI lead (I hope he can hold on and win it.). Charlie Manuel should be this year’s manager of the year, considering the mostly lousy pitching staff he was given this year by the management, and with the number of injuries that hit the team (20 people placed on the disable list). So, the Phils are finally in the playoffs after 14 years of choking and losing and just plainly blowing it, while the New York Mets, the team that everyone expected to be in the playoffs as the division champs, choked at the end.

Nelson: Ha Ha, New York choked.

Oh, guess what people. The Ghosts of ’64 has been put to rest!!!! And, I’m sure the Cubs fans are all thinking that the Ghosts of ’69 has been put to bed for them, since it was because of their team collapse that year that allowed the Miracle Mets of ’69 to get into the post season for that season while the present team has won the Central Division on Friday.

Now, to just wait for their opponent for the Divisional Playoffs.

Edit: I’d just discovered that this was the first time the Fightin’s have won a Regular Season Championship of any kind at home. SWEET!!!!!

Live Journal: How do I spell screw-up?

Originally posted September 28, 2007:

A-D-A-M E-A-T-O-N. That’s right. Adam Eaton. He’s done it again. What is it with this guy? He can’t hold a lead and can’t seem to get out of the first couple of innings without giving up runs. Aaarrrggghhhh? Mainly because of him the Phils are now once again tied for first place with the Mets. Ggggggrrrrr!!! The Phils need to dump him during the off season, three years contract be damn!!!! This guy was suppose to help the Phils get into the playoffs. Well, he certainly step up today, didn’t him? I know, I know, those two runs that the Nationals scored late in the game was what did the Phils in, but if Adam had come out and do his job in the first place, the Phils would probably never have been in the situations that lead to those two runs being scored in the second place. GGGGGGGGGRRRRRRRRRR!!!! I don’t think Adam’s problem is physical as much as mental. Why do I think that? How else do you explain him not going for the third out in the top of the second inning so that Washington’s pitcher would be the first one coming to bat in the third inning. But NNNNNOOOOOO!!! He walked the 8th batter, and then the pitcher, the pitcher, got a hit. Luckily, he was able to get out of the inning, thanks to a foul pop. But, I knew it was only a matter of time before he was removed by the manager. And, he was, in the third.

I am poed, I am angry, I am so…Did I mentioned that I was mad??? AAAARRRRGGGGGHHHH!!!!!

Anyway, I am going to be hoping that the players will be coming out tomorrow on fire and tear the Nationals apart while the Mets drop another one so that the Phils will win the pennant and prevent the need for a one game playoff.

GGGRRRRRR!!!!!

Live Journal: If I’m sleeping, please don’t wake me up.

Originally posted September 27, 2007:

Good god, hell must be freezing over tonight because the unthinkable has just happened. The Phils are now leading the National League East. Let me repeat that. The Phils are now leading the National League East!!!! The Phils behind now 15 games winner Cole Hamels have defeated the Washington Nationals tonight 6-0. Hamels pitched 8 shut-out innings while striking out 13 Nats and Ryan Howard has knocked in 2 of the 6 Phils runs with a 2 run homer, his 45th of the season. Meanwhile, in New York, the Mets are still in free fall as they lost to the Florida Marlins 7-4. Damn, this is the first time the Mets have been out of first place since May. Looks like Jimmy Rollins might have been right after all when he said that the Phils were the team to beat. You seems to have been right, MR. MVP! And now, the Magic Number to win the East is now 2! Oh boy, I can’t wait!!!! Oh, by the way, hey, NY, take that!!!!

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