All-time all-defensive team in Phillies franchise history

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 14: Shortstop Jimmy Rollins #11 of the Philadelphia Phillies hits a single in the bottom of the fifth inning against the Chicago Cubs and is congratulated by former Phillies third baseman Mike Schmidt #20 on June 14, 2014 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This single makes Jimmy Rollins the all-time Phillies career hit leader with 2,235 hits. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 14: Shortstop Jimmy Rollins #11 of the Philadelphia Phillies hits a single in the bottom of the fifth inning against the Chicago Cubs and is congratulated by former Phillies third baseman Mike Schmidt #20 on June 14, 2014 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This single makes Jimmy Rollins the all-time Phillies career hit leader with 2,235 hits. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /
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MIAMI, FL – JULY 15: Philadelphia Phillies batting helmets sit in the dugout before the start of the game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on July 15, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images) /

Jim Kaat – pitcher

Kaat’s career spanned part of four decades from 1959 through 1983. During a 25-year career, Kaat played for Minnesota, St. Louis, Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees as well as four years with the Phillies. Having already won 14 Gold Glove awards before pitching for the Phillies in 1976, Kaat won his final two with them in 1976 and 1977.

Kaat’s best defensive season was in 1978, not committing an error in 24 starts.  His 16 Gold Glove Awards is tied with Brooks Robinson for second all-time behind Greg Maddux, who has won the award 19 times.  Despite 283 wins and a 3.45 ERA, Kaat has not received the call to the Hall of Fame.

Bob Boone – catcher

Boone played the first 10 years of a very successful 19-year career with the Phillies. He won the first of two consecutive Gold Glove awards with the Phillies in 1978.  His fielding percentages of .991 and .985 during that time was above the league average and he threw out 40 percent of would be base stealers during that period.

While Boone was the best defensive catcher in franchise history, his best defensive play was later in his career. He won five Gold Glove awards after the age of 34 while with the  Angels and Royals, including four consecutive, his last at age 41 in 1989.

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