The Phillies struggled in most offensive categories this season. Looking back, here are the top ten offensive players in Phillies franchise history.
The Phillies clearly improved from their 2017 campaign with 14 more victories this past season. However, they were generally poor offensively, finishing last in the league in batting average and 22nd in runs scored. Looking for more productive offense in 2019, we look back at the top ten offensive players in Phillies history. Note that only production while in a Phillies’ uniform is considered.
Williams played his first six Major League seasons with the Chicago Cubs before a 13 year run with the Phillies. In his first season in Philadelphia in 1918, Williams hit a mediocre .276 with six home runs and 39 RBI. He led the league in home runs with the Phillies in 1920 with 15. Williams pounded a league-leading 41 homers in 1923 and 30 in 1927. He hit over .300 six times and earned MVP consideration in 1924 and 1927.
Williams is eighth in franchise history with 217 home runs, 10th in hits and in the top 15 in both runs and RBI. A .306 career hitter with the Phillies, Williams retired with a .292 average and 251 home runs.
Burrell played his first nine of 12 Major League seasons with the Phillies. As a rookie in 2000, Burrell hit 18 home runs and knocked in 79, good for fourth in the Rookie of the Year voting. Two years later, he had his first of four 30-plus home run seasons, belting 37 and knocking in 116. Burrell finished seventh in the MVP voting in 2005 when he hit .281 with 32 home runs and a career-high 117 RBI.
A key member of the 2008 World Series championship team, Burrell blasted 33 home runs and drove in 86. Burrell ranks fourth in franchise history with 251 home runs and tenth in RBI with 827. Following his days with the Phillies, Burrell played for the Rays and Giants, retiring with 292 home runs and 976 RBI.