Top individual Phillies seasons ages 35 and over
Third base: Mike Schmidt (1986 and1987, ages 36 and 37)
The greatest player in franchise history and best all-around third baseman in MLB history was at the tail end of his career in 1987. However, he was still near the top of his game. Schmidt hit .293 with 35 home runs, 113 RBI and a .936 OPS. In fact, his batting average was second highest of his career behind his .316 mark in the strike-shortened 1981 campaign.
Schmidt’s career started all but smoothly, hitting only .196 with 18 home runs and 136 strikeouts in 367 at-bats. However, Schmidt quickly became the elite slugger of his time, leading the league in home runs the next three seasons.
Schmidt arguably became the top offensive threat in the game from 1979 through 1981, twice leading the league in both home runs and RBI. His 48 home run 121 RBI season of 1980 and 31 home run, 91 RBI season in 1981 were good for MVP honors.
Schmidt also took home MVP honors in 1986, belting 37 home runs, 119 RBI, .547 slugging percentage and .937 OPS, tops in the league. A shoulder injury limited Schmidt to 12 home runs in 108 games in 1988 and just six in 42 games before abruptly retiring in 1989. Despite ending his season early, he still wound up an All-Star.
All told, Schmidt is the franchise leader in runs, home runs, RBI and walks. He was named to 12 All-Star teams and won 10 Gold Glove awards, second all-time among third basemen. Schmidt retired with 548 home runs, 1595 RBI, 1507 walks and 1506 runs scored.