Top individual Phillies seasons ages 35 and over
Right field: Jim Eisenreich (1996, age 37)
Eisenreich is quite a story, noted for his Tourette Syndrome, which kept limited him in his first several seasons and kept him out of baseball entirely in 1985 and 1986. In 1987, Eisenreich was back in a Major League uniform, hitting .238 for the Royals in 44 games.
He became a starter in 1989 and had three solid seasons with the Royals, including a .293 average with nine home runs, 59 RBI and 27 stolen bases in 1990. Following the 1992 season, the Phillies brought Eisenreich aboard and he didn’t disappoint. In fact, he became a fan favorite.
During the 1993 NL Championship season run, Eisenreich platooned in right field with Wes Chamberlain, hitting .318 in 394 at-bats. Eisenreich became one of the most consistent and reliable all-around hitters on the team over the next four seasons, hitting above .300 every year.
His best season was in 1996 when he hit .361 with 22 doubles, 10 home runs, 55 RBI and 10 stolen bases in as many attempts. He also had a .413 on-base percentage and .889 OPS, both career highs.
Eisenreich’s best season was also his last with the Phillies. He went on to be part of the Florida Marlins World Series championship team and played with them through part of 1998, before hitting .197 in 127 at-bats with the Dodgers in the second half of the 1998 season.
During his time with the Phillies, Eisenreich hit .324 with a .381 on-base percentage and .833 OPS in 499 games. One of the most disciplined hitters of his era, Eisenreich struck out only 435 times in 4391 plate appearances.