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Mike Schmidt was the greatest player in the history of the Philadelphia Phillies

1. MIKE SCHMIDT, 3rd Baseman

Michael Jack Schmidt was the Phillies 2nd Round pick in the 1971 Draft out of Ohio University. He would make his MLB debut a year later, and by 1973 he was the Phillies starting 3rd baseman, a position he would occupy for the better part of 16 seasons.

Schmidt grew to become the most feared power-hitter in all of baseball. In 13 of 14 seasons between 1974-87 he hit 30 or more homeruns, and hit 4o or more 3x, including hitting 48 bombs in 1980, a franchise record that would stand for over a quarter century.

In that same 1980 season, Schmidt helped lead the Phillies to their first-ever World Series championship. His 48 homerun, 121 rbi, 104 runs season earned him the first of 4 NL MVP awards, and 5 other times he finished in the top five of the voting.

Schmidt’s homerun in extra-innings in Montreal clinched the 1980 NL East crown for the Phillies that year. Following a disappointing performance in the NLCS in which he was nearly non-existent as the Phils outlasted the Astros in 5 dramatic games, he busted out in the World Series. He hit .381 with 2 homers and 7 rbi vs the Royals, and was named World Series MVP. 

Schmidt was a 12-time NL All-Star, a 10x Gold Glove winner, and a 6x Silver Slugger. He was the franchise all-time Hits leader until passed by Rollins this past season. He remains on top of the club Games, Runs, Homeruns, RBI and Walks lists.

He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility of 1995, and was enshrined that summer along with fellow longtime franchise icon Rich Ashburn, who had been voted-in by the Veteran’s Committee. Schmidt is considered by most to be the all-around greatest 3rd baseman in baseball history.

Since his retirement, Mike Schmidt has remained close to the team. He has been an instructor with the team at Spring Training most years. This past season, Schmidt joined the broadcast team, doing TV work on every Sunday home game telecast.

 

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