the 2003 texas rangers, with mark teixeira and alex rodriquez, won 71 and lost 91, and finished last in the al west.

the rangers then got a salary demand from AROD and decided to unload him on the yanks for alfonso soriano and build around Teixeira.
the next year, the rangers went up 20 games and were in first place most of the year. you have to remember Buck Showalter was manager, a hardass, and he thought arod was lazy.

of course, since arod went to ny, they blew the 3-0 lead to boston in 2004 (arod batted .258), have lost all those series since, he’s been photographed with strippers and ladies of the night in toronto and elsewhere, he’s been CAROUSING with madonna, born in 1958 (older than me), CAVORTING with kate hudson, who was married to a wild rock star (cooties galore in her privies) and of course, he was taking steroids.

plus, he’s now 35 and on the downside of an illustrious career. 7 years ago he was hiting 57 homers a year. now it’s down to 30 or so. He’s still good, but he’s declined with age. It’s obvious he can’t hit the high fastball or the low one the way Teixeira or Matsui can. AROD collects all his hits off bad pitchers. plus he’s ugly.

why did the yanks get good this year? one word: Teixeira. He’s the man. the phils almost drafted him in 1999, but they had scott rolen at 3b, so Texas drafted him instead. T-man was a 3d baseman in college.

can you imagine if the phils had Teixeira now at 3b with Rollins, Utley and Howard?????

the “mighty” yanks have feet of clay. they have three starters and a lousy bullpen.

derek jeter is 40. but has heart and will to win.
jorge posada is 40. but has heart and will to win.
mariano rivera is 40. but has heart and will to win.
andy petitte is 39. but has heart and will to win.
alex rodriguez is 35. no heart, clubhouse cancer. losing mentality. net minus on any ballclub.
melky cabrera is all field no hit.
hideki matsui is 35 but he can still play.
nick swisher is a legit young player.
mark teixeira is a great player with heart.

cc sabathia is great, but he has a psych prob with phils dating back to last year with milwaukee. he’s 0-2 with 3 homers in 11 innings in 2 playoff games. he averages .7 hrs given up a game. but in playoff games v. phils, that number is 4 homers per 9 innings. methinks he chokes in phils games. phils are 2-0 v sabathia in post season play. sabathia has never beaten the phils in a post season game.

aj burnett is great. he was great with the marlins. always had filthy nasty stuff.

johnny damon is nearly 40. he’s done. nothing left. he looks lost as a lamb out there. can’t even field. the guy’s whole game was built on speed. it’s all gone now. bat speed and foot speed.

meanwhile, all of the phillies are around 30 and at their peak, end of discussion. Pedro is the oldest guy, and he’s only 38 and still has a live arm, as you can plainly see.

cole hamels is 25. cliff lee is 31. ryan howard is 29. chase utley is 30. rollins is 31. only ibanez is old at 37, but he was the starting lf for the all start team.

phils lineup:

rollins – nl mvp 2008, gold glove 32
victorino – nl allstar 2009, gold glove 25
utley – nl allstar multiple years, silver slugger multiple years, gold glove 30
howard – nl mvp 2007, nl all star multiple years, silver slugger, home run derby champion 29
werth – nl all star 2009 30
ibanez – starting lf nl all star 2009 37
feliz – gold glove quality defense 34
ruiz – gold glove quality defense, can hit some 30

our lineup is younger and more powerful than the yanks.

and our pitchers are younger and better than the yanks.

also they have arod. no team with arod has ever won anything.

i’ve looked at the yanks pitching stats, and i’m mystified at who their #4 starter will be, because they don’t have one. joba chamberlain’s numbers are horrible and so are everyone else’s, but cc sabathia can’t work on 3 days, plus the phils have a hoodoo on him of some kind dating back to the milwaukee series last year.

the phils by contrast are throwing cole hamels, last years 1 starter, as their 3 starter this year, and joe blanton, who used to be the a’s 1 starter, as their 4 starter, and they still have ja happ, the nl rookie of the year, their 5 starter, available to come in and bail anyone out who can’t get out of the 3d inning.

the phils look a lot deeper in the bullpen and starting rotation to me. plus pedro looked pretty good to me last night. burnett was filthy and nasty but pedro only made two mistakes.

at this point i will note that it’s Teixeira, not ARod, that’s the money player. last year Teixeira was with the Sox, and the Sox went to seven games with the Rays. the yanks were eviscerated.

this year, teixeiras with the yanks, and the yanks get to the series. coincidence, I think not. let’s examine history.

in 2003, the Texas Rangers had ARod and Teixeira. they won 71 and lost 91. they finished last, dead last, in the al west.

and that team had rafael palmeiro and some other big boppers on it too.

in feb 2004 they traded arod to ny for soriano to build around Teixeira.

the next year, 2004, texas rangers, the awful texas rangers, who everyone thought stunk, well, they improved by 20 games. remember, buck showalter was a hard ass who thought arod was a playboy who was ruining the clubhouse.

guess what, he was right.

the rangers almost won the al west without arod and led by teixeira, who had a monster year. because texeira is about baseball, not partying or steroids.

arod meanwhile reversed the curse for the sox, blowing the 3-0 lead (and batting only .258 in the alcs in 2004) (see fever pitch) and led the yankees to five years of division and alcs losses. you might as well tatoo “loser” on arod’s arm or something.

also a divorce, pictures with strippers and hookers, an affair with madonna, born in 1958, an affair with kate hudson, who was married to a filthy drug addicted rock star from the black crowes (so shes a skank too) and he’s outed as a steroids user.

plus he’s 35 and on the downside of his career. he’s hitting 30 homers, but remember, this is a guy who used to hit 47, 57, 59 a year in texas when he was younger. he’s in age-related decline, and he can’t hit the fastball anymore like he used to. he hits bad pitchers only now. he looked awful against lee and worse against pedro martinez the last two night, legit aces both.

plus he’s ugly.

it’s teixeira who’s the ballplayer–and when the yanks needed someone to step up–he did. that was as clutch a homer as you’ll ever see a guy hit. and matsui’s was even better, on an unhittable pitch.

but i like the phils to sweep at home and close these yanks out.

by the way the phils almost drafted teixeira in 1999–he was a college 3d basemen–but they had scott rolen at the time and took a pass so texas had him.

can you imagine if we had an infield with teixeira at 3b, with rollins utley and howard?

the yanks won one legit last night. matsui hit an unhittable pitch, so did texeira, plus burnett was filthy and nasty. the yanks still pedro’s daddy. but the phils were playing with house money since they won game one. they have cole hamels, last year’s #1, pitching third in the rotation, and the yanks have 39 year old andy pettitte, which is not great for them. and they have no #4 starter. we have joe blanton and rookie of the year ja happ.
the phils will sweep at home.

bank it. jro had it right.

also the birds beat the giants sunday to make it a clean sweep of new yawk.

art kyriazis philly home of the world champion phillies
nl pennant winners 2008
nl pennant winners 2009
2-0 vs cc sabathia in post season play
world series champions 2008
3-0 at citizens bank park in world series play

THE PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES HAVE SUCCESSFULLY DEFENDED THEIR NATIONAL LEAGUE PENNANT BY DEFEATING THE COLORADO ROCKIES 3-1 IN THE NLDS AND THE LA DODGERS 4-1 IN THE NLCS. RYAN HOWARD WAS NAMED NLCS MVP WHILE JA HAPP WAS NAMED NL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR. NEITHER SERIES WAS AS EASY OR AS LOPSIDED AS THEY SEEMED. THE ROCKIES PLAYED LIKE THE 2007 PENNANT WINNERS THEY WERE; THEY WERE TOUGH; WHILE THE DODGERS VERY NEARLY TOOK GAME 4 TO TIE THE SERIES AT 2-2; ONLY A 2-OUT JIMMY ROLLINS DOUBLE IN THE BOTTOM OF THE 9TH SAVED THE PHILS AND PLATED TWO RUNS FOR A WALK-OFF WIN THAT PUT THE PHILS UP 3-1 AND SEEMINGLY TORE THE HEART OUT OF THE DODGERS, WHO WERE WINNING GAME FOUR ALL THE WAY.

FORMER PHILLIES RANDY WOLF, VINCENTE PADILLA AND JIM THOME ALL PLAYED WELL, EXCEPT FOR PADILLA’S FINAL START IN CITIZENS BANK PARK IN GAME 5, WHERE HE WAS ROUGHED UP A BIT, BUT PADILLA WAS BRILLIANT OUTDUELING PEDRO MARTINEZ IN GAME TWO TO GET THE DODGERS THEIR ONLY WIN. SOME MIGHT WONDER WHY JIM THOME WAS NOT PLAYING FIRST IN CITIZENS BANK PARK WHERE HE HIT AROUND 25 HOMERS IN 2004; LONEY IS NOT AS MUCH OF A POWER THREAT AND COULD HAVE COME IN AS A DEFENSIVE REPLACEMENT AND BEEN THE PINCH HITTER.

NOT SINCE THE 1929-31 PHILADELPHIA ATHLETICS HAS A PHILADELPHIA BASEBALL TEAM REPEATED AS PENNANT WINNERS. THAT TEAM FEATURED HALL OF FAMERS LEFTY GROVE, AL SIMMONS, JIMMY FOXX AND MICKEY COCHRANE, AND MANAGER CONNIE MACK.

NOT SINCE 1996 HAS A NATIONAL LEAGUE TEAM REPEATED AS NL PENNANT WINNERS; THE BRAVES DID IT IN 1995-96 AND 1991-92, FEATURING THEIR ROTATION OF SOON TO BE HALL OF FAMERS JOHN SMOLTZ, TOM GLAVINE AND GREG MADDUX. CAN WE FORGET SID BREAM ON FIRST BASE IN 1991?

NOT SINCE 1976 HAS AN NL TEAM REPEATED AS WORLD SERIES CHAMPS TWO YEARS IN A ROW, AND LIKE 1976, THE PHILS WILL LIKELY HAVE TO DO IT AGAINST THE YANKEES, AS THE REDS DID IN 1976. THE 1975-76 REDS FEATURED HALL OF FAMERS TONY PEREZ JOE MORGAN JOHNNY BENCH AND SHOULD BE HALL OF FAMER PETE ROSE. THE 1976 REDS BEAT THE 1976 PHILLIES TO GET TO THE WORLD SERIES, AND THE 76 PHILS WON MORE THAN 100 GAMES.

OTHER NL REPEATING TEAMS;

1967-68 CARDS (WON WORLD SERIES 67, LOST IN 68)
1965-66 DODGERS (WON SERIES IN 65, LOST IN 66)
1957-58 MILWAUKEE BRAVES (WON SERIES IN 57, LOST IN 58)
1952-53 & 55-56 BROOKLYN DODGERS (WON SERIES IN 1955 ONLY)
1942-43-44-46 ST LOUIS CARDS (WON SERIES 42, 44 & 46)
1939-40 CINCINNATI REDS (WON SERIES IN 40 ONLY)
1936-37 NY GIANTS (LOST TO YANKEES BOTH YEARS)
1930-31 ST LOUIS CARDS (WON SERIES IN 1931 ONLY)
1921-22-23-24 NY GIANTS (WON SERIES IN 1921 & 1922)
1911-12-13 NY GIANTS (LOST ALL THREE SERIES)
1906-07-08 CHICAGO CUBS (WON IN 1907 & 1908 SERIES)
1904-05 NY GIANTS (WON 05 SERIES, NO SERIES IN 04)
1901-02-03 PITTSBURGH PIRATES (LOST 03 SERIES, NO SERIES O1 02)

WHAT WE SEE FROM ALL THIS IS THE LIST OF NATIONAL LEAGUE TEAMS THAT HAVE REPEATED AS WORLD CHAMPIONS IS VERY SHORT:

1) 1975-76 CINCINNATI REDS
2) 1921-22 NY GIANTS
3) 1907-08 CHICAGO CUBS

THAT’S IT. THREE TEAMS. IN THE ENTIRE HISTORY OF THE WORLD SERIES, ONLY THREE NATIONAL LEAGUE TEAMS HAVE WON THE WORLD SERIES, AND THEN COME BACK THE NEXT YEAR AND DONE IT AGAIN, AND SINCE 1950, ONLY ONE TEAM HAS DONE IT–THE REDS. THE ATLANTA BRAVES HAD THE VERY BEST SHOT AT IT–BUT THEY LOST THE 1996 WORLD SERIES TO THE YANKEES.

THESE TEAMS WERE TRULY GREAT.

THE 1907-08 CUBS WERE THE CUBS OF TINKER TO EVERS TO CHANCE.

THE CUBS HAVE BEEN CURSED SINCE THEN, OF COURSE.

THE 1921-22 GIANTS FEATURED FRANKIE FRISCH “THE FORDHAM FLASH”, ROSS YOUNGS, GEORGE KELLY AND PITCHER ART NEHF–FRISCH, YOUNGS AND KELLY ALL IN THE HALL OF FAME. THE 1922 GIANTS ARE EVEN MORE FAMOUS BECAUSE FUTURE YANKEES MANAGER CASEY STENGEL PLAYED OUTFIELD FOR THEM, AND HE WAS PRETTY DARN GOOD, BATTING .368 AND SLUGGING .564. AND OF COURSE, THE LEGENDARY HALL OF FAME MANAGER JOHN MCGRAW MANAGED THE NEW YORK GIANTS.

THE GIANTS HAVE NOT ENJOYED AS MUCH BASEBALL SUCCESS SINCE THEY SNUCK OUT OF TOWN IN THE DARK OF NIGHT IN 1957 TO GO TO SAN FRANCISCO. THEY WON A LOT MORE BEFORE 1957 THAN SINCE, DESPITE HAVING GREAT PLAYERS LIKE WILLIE MAYS AND JUAN MARICHAL AND BARRY BONDS.

NO NATIONAL LEAGUE TEAM HAS EVER WON THREE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS IN A ROW, ALTHOUGH THE 1940S CARDINALS, WITH HALL OF FAMERS ENOS “COUNTRY” SLAUGHTER AND STAN “THE MAN” MUSIAL CAME THE CLOSEST, WITH THREE TITLES IN FIVE YEARS. THEY WERE MANAGED BY THE LEGENDARY BILLY SOUTHWORTH, ANOTHER HALL OF FAME MANAGER.

AND OF COURSE THE 1975-76 REDS WERE MANAGED BY HALL OF FAME SKIPPER SPARKY ANDERSON.

SO IF THE PHILLIES REPEAT AS WORLD CHAMPS, IF THEY BEAT THE YANKEES–WHICH OF COURSE IS A BIG IF–BUT IF THEY DO IT, THEY WILL BE MAKING HUGE, ENORMOUS, EARTHSHATTERING HISTORY.

THEY WILL BECOME ONLY THE FOURTH NATIONAL LEAGUE TEAM IN HISTORY TO ACHIEVE THIS FEAT, AND ONLY THE SECOND SINCE 1922.

–ART KYRIAZIS, PHILLY, HOME OF THE WORLD CHAMPION AND 2008/2009 NL CHAMPION PHILLIES

the phils have wrapped up the nl east for the third consecutive year as the braves lost again and the phils won in style blowing out the astros 10-3 behind PEDRO MARTINEZ and the incredible hitting of everyone in their lineup. JIMMY ROLLINS AND SHANE VICTORINO hit triples, RAUL IBANEZ hit a towering two run homer into the upper deck, and nearly everyone had a run scored or an RBI as Martinez got the win.

BRAD LIDGE came on to get the final out, and in an emotional scene, the entire team came out to touch the HK HARRY KALAS WALL in a sign of devotion to the late harry kalas.

For all the Mets’ money, they’ve only gotten one division crown, while the Braves won 11 NL East crowns, and the Phils now have four (including 1993) sandwiched around the Braves various crowns, along with one world series title (2008) to match the Braves lone world series title (1995).

If you look at it, the Braves really underperformed their talent in the postseason, while the Phils have over performed theirs. But this year, the Braves put on a real race, and pressed the Phils to the end.

This is the first Phils threepeat since the NL East Division champs of 1976-78 won three NL East pennants in a row, and also won division titles in 1980 and 1983, as well as a first half title in the strike season of 1981, which makes that team into the playoffs six out of eight years from 1976-1983 inclusive.

Let’s also look at the 1993 Phils while we’re at it, just for fun.

So which is the better team? Most of us who remember both teams believe it is the current phillies, but let’s go down position by position:

catcher
1976-83 phils – Bob Boone
1993 phils – Darren Arthur Daulton
2007-2009 phils – Carlos Ruiz/Chris Coste/Paul Bako

Ruiz has been very fine defensively. Daulton led the NL twice in RBIs and was a fine defensive player. Boone was and is a borderline HOF candidate; he had outstanding defensive skills and caught a record number of games for both the Phillies and Angels, and also was on many more Angels teams that won Division titles. It’s close between Daulton and Boone, but defense gives a slight edge to Boone in his prime, though as a manager I’d probably like them both, and platoon them.

1st base
1976-83 phils – Dick Allen, Richie Hebner, Pete Rose
1993 phils – John “Krukker” Kruk
2007-2009 phils – Ryan Howard

Again, this is tough. On the other hand, you have near HOF credentials in Dick Allen and HOF credentials in Pete Rose, plus John Kruk was a great hitter, and walked a hundred times a year and was a career .300 hitter when he was here. But Ryan Howard has been MVP and averaged close to 50 homers and 135 RBI each of the three years the Phils have won–so Howard wins–he is the greatest of several great phillies to have played at this position.

second base
1976-83 phillies dave cash (1974-76) ted sizemore manny trillo
1993 mickey morandini mariano duncan
2007-2009 chase utley

it’s hard to remember, but once upon a time larry bowa was actually platooning chase utley with placido polanco at second base before polanco was traded for half a season of ugueth urbina. that seems nutty now. chase utley is clearly destined for the hall of fame. his defensive ability is incredible–he is the best second baseman in the league defensively, by far, and offensively, he walks a hundred times a year, hits for average, hits for power, and drives in a hundred runs a year while hitting 40 doubles, 30 homers and stealing 20-30 bases. In short, he is a modern Eddie Collins, Charlie Gehringer or Frankie Frisch–and like those great second basemen, at the heart of a winning ballclub.

The second basemen of the older phils teams weren’t bad–they were good players for shorter periods of time–Dave Cash got 200 hits a year for three straight seasons before his salary demands drove him out of town–ted sizemore was not very good, but manny trillo after him was a gold glove second baseman. The 93′ phils had mickey morandini, who was a good fielder and an above-average hitter, and he platooned with mariano duncan another good hitter who had played on the championship 1990 Reds team. But none of these players were as consistent as utley has been overall in all departments, especially in power and walks.

shortstop
1976-1983 phils larry bowa
1993 phils kevin stocker
2007-2009 phils jimmy rollins

all three switch hitters, all three some speed, all three a lot of leather. But only one has the MVP award, and this year, even in an off year, jimmy rollins will get 40 doubles, 20 homers, 30 stolen bases, and score 100 runs. That’s pretty good work for a guy batting .250 on the year. Plus J Ro has that MVP award and all those gold glove awards– he’s easily the best shortstop in the NL.

Larry Bowa was a great shortstop. He set league records for fewest errors in a season, worked at making himself into a .300 hitter (from being a very poor hitter as a rookie) and he was a fiery competitor. Bowa was one of the key ingredients of the 1976-83 phils, and when he was traded to the Cubs, he helped the Cubs win the 1984 NL East playing alongside Ryne Sandberg, with Rhino at 2d and Bowa at short. So Bowa was a winner, like Rollins. Bowa also famously stole 2d on the KC Royals when the Phils were down 4-0 in game one, which was definitely a Rollins type in your face play. It inspired the phils to come back and win the game.

But Bowa didn’t have the range of Rollins, or the power of Rollins, nor did he walk very much. Most of Bowa’s hits were singles. Rollins is a better hitter than Bowa because Rollins can drive the ball over the fence, into the gap and down the line for doubles, triples and homers. Bowa just never had that power, even though he and Rollins both could run and both could turn the double play.

So I vote for Rollins as the better shortstop. Kevin Stocker was a good shortstop for a few years, but he wasn’t in the same class as these two other fellas.

third base
1976-1983 phils – mike schmidt
1993 phils – dave hollins (kim batiste defense)
2007-2009 phils – david bell then pedro feliz

this one is easy. Michael Jack Schmidt, who is the greatest third baseman ever to play the game both defensively and offensively bar none. Won 3 MVPs and could have won six. Should have won in 1974 and 1981. Incidentally, if you normalize Mike Schmidt’s to the 5 runs a game baseball of the 2000-2010 era, he would have hit 620 homers easily, and hit 50 homers 3 different times.

here’s Schmidt’s actual stats:

18 Seasons G 2404 PA 10062 AB 8352 R 1506 H234 2B 408 3B 59 HR 548 RBI 1595 SB 174 CS 92 BB 1507 SO 1883 BA.267 OBP .380 SLG .527 OPS.908 OPS+ 147 TB 4404 GDP156 HBP79 SH 16 SF108 IBB 201

162 Game Avg. 162 678 563 101 151 27 4 37 107 12 6 102 127 .267 .380 .527 .908 147 297 11 5 1 7 14

now let’s convert Schmidt’s career numbers to the 2008 phillies playing nearly five run a game baseball instead of four run a game baseball like in 1974-1989;

All seasons are converted to 162-game seasons &
average team scoring of 757 total runs (4.67 R/G)

Year Age G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO HBP SF BA OBP SLG OPS RC Gact
Career 2457 10641 8751 1707 2508 456 60 614 1813 199 1694 1920 86 110 .287 .403 .563 .966 1997 2404
162g Avg 162 702 577 113 165 30 4 40 120 13 112 127 6 7 .287 .403 .563 .966 132 159

you can see right away that if Schmidt were playing today, he’d have had a career batting average of .287 instead of his actual.267, a career on base average of .403 instead of his actual .380, and a career slugging average of .563 instead of his career .527. His career OPS would have been a monstrous .966 and he would have clubbed 614 home runs in his career instead of merely 548, an increase of nearly 20%; the career extrapolation has him hitting 49, 52 and 53 home runs in his three peak years. see http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/schmimi01-bat.shtml

So comparing apples with apples, we see pretty quickly that if mike schmidt played in 21st century baseball, he’d pretty much hit like Albert Pujols, as well as field better than anyone in the game.

LF
1976-83 phils – Greg “bull” Luzinski, Lonnie “skates” Smith, Gary “sarge” Matthews
1993 phils – milt thompson/pete incaviglia
2007-2009 phils pat burrell then raul ibanez

this one is pretty close. But if you run normalized, neutralized numbers for all of them, the best three are Luzinski, Matthews and Burrell for power, walks and RBIs, and Lonnie Smith for on base average, speed and batting average. Of course, we all know that Luzinski and Smith were horrendous left fielders, and Burrell wasn’t much better after his foot injuries, but offensively, Luzinski wasn’t called the “bull” for nothing. He was a steady 30 homer, 100 rbi, .300 hitter in the scare run environment of the 1970s, and he hit cleanup behind mike schmidt for many seasons, and effectively so. Pitchers rarely, if ever, intentionally walked mike schmidt–only 200 times in schmidt’s career–that’s less than 10 times a year over 20 years–because they’d have to face Luzinski for about ten of those years. Not a pleasant plan b.

If you adjust Luzinski to five run a game baseball, he has an oba of .382, a career batting average of .292, knocks in 100 rbi eight different times, hits 30 homers five or more times, hits 20 homers six more times, and has a career OPS of .889. that’s what Luzinski would have hit if he played today. on average he’d hit 30 homers, drive in 111 runs a year, hit 33 doubles, and create 114 runs. not shabby.

i don’t want to diminish what raul ibanez has done this year, or what great hitters milt thompson and pete incaviglia and gary matthews were. Also, Pat Burrell and Greg Luzinski are very, very similar in their skills and statistics. But Luzinski is slightly better.

cf
1976-2003 phils – garry maddox
1993 phils – lenny “nails” dykstra
2007-2009 phils – aaron rowand then shane victorino

here, i have to distinguish between defense and offense, and between peak and career value. at peak value, Lenny Dykstra is the man. In 1990 and 1993 he was awesome. His 1993 season was unbelievable; he drew 129 walks and scored 143 runs. to go with 44 doubles and 19 homers and a pile of other amazing stats, plus he played a great CF.

unfortunately, dykstra got hurt a lot and so you can’t say he was a great career offensive player.

Careerwise, defensively, i give it to garry maddox. based on the early returns, you’d have to say victorino, but it’s early still.

Offensively, careerwise, it’s a tough call. probably we have to go back to richie ashburn and the 1950 phils for now.

aaron rowand wins for team spirit. his running thru the wall in 2007 got this threepeat going.

rf
1976-83 phils Jay Johnstone then Bake McBride
1993 phils Jim Eisenreich
2007-2009 phils shane victorino then jayson werth

this one is also pretty close. for speed and defense you have have to like victorino and mcbride; for power, walks and rbis, you have to like werth, by far. for heart and team spirit, you have to like eisenreich.

bobby abreu patrolled rf for the phils for around ten years prior to the NL east crowns, but even though he was a terrific ballplayer and won the home run derby, he didn’t have heart, and the phils actually improved when he was traded.

and he was traded by the yankees after only a season or two. that should tell you something.

pitching
1976-83 phils carlton, mcgraw, ron reed, gene garber
1993 phils curt schilling, danny jackson, tommy greene, mitch williams
2007-2009 phils cole hamels, jamie myers, kyle kendrick, brett myers, pedro martines, brad lidge, jc romero, joe blanton, cliff lee, etc.

the 1976-83 phils always seemed a bit short on pitching after carlton–they’d throw out larry christenson or jim kaat or jim lonborg but it was definitely third rate. the 93 phils had starting depth, on the other hand, but no bullpen. the 2007-2009 phils have had both starting depth and bullpen depth. though the 2007 team was a bit thin, with trades and acquisitions, adding cliff lee, pedro martinez, brad lidge, jamie moyer, and joe blanton, the phils have deep starting pitching and also deep relief pitching. even with their closer issue this year with lidge, they have answers.

I give the pitching edge to the phils this year and the last two as well.

–art kyriazis philly
home of the world champion phillies
nl east champs 2007-2009