MLB Playoffs: 10 former Phillies playing in October
The Phillies aren’t in the playoffs, but several alumni are with other teams
For the seventh consecutive season the Phillies failed to reach the playoffs. Since losing the 1983 World Series the team has made the playoffs just six times, most notably during their five-year run from 2007-2011.
While Phillies fans won’t be seeing the stars from this years team on the field, there are plenty of former Phils taking the field in October.
Oakland, Colorado, and Boston are the only playoff teams without former Phillies on their roster. The Dodgers have three former Phillies and/or former prospects that came out of the organization.
Yankees: J.A. Happ
Indians: Carlos Carrasco
Astros: Charlie Morton
Dodgers: Chase Utley, Ryan Madson, Pat Venditte
Cubs: Cole Hamels
Brewers: Erik Kratz, Gio Gonzalez
Braves: Jesse Biddle
Mike Zagurski, Alec Asher, and Peter Bourjos each had small roles for a playoff team at some point in the regular season, but none player beyond the summer.
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Los Angeles looks like the old-timers party with former World Champs Utley and Madson reunited after the Nationals traded Madson in August. Venditte, the famous switch-pitcher, pitched in 52 games for the IronPigs last year but never found a role with the major league team.
Milwaukee used to have former Phillie prospect Jonathan Villar, but they sent him to Baltimore in the Jonathan Schoop deal. Philadelphia signed Villar in 2008 as an amateur free agent and traded him to Houston two years later with Happ in the Roy Oswalt deal.
Carrasco is another former top prospect who was dealt when Ruben Amaro Jr ran the front office. Philadelphia sent then-prospect Carrasco, Jason Knapp, Jason Donald, and Lou Marson, all of whom were once top prospects, to Cleveland in the first Cliff Lee deal.
Biddle was Philadelphia’s first round pick in 2010 and a local product from Germantown Friends High School. While he was one of the the organization’s top prospects for years, things never worked out and he was traded to Pittsburgh.
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