Philadelphia Phillies: 50 greatest players of all-time
The Phillies acquired Tony Gonzalez from the Cincinnati Reds during the 1960 season. He made a positive impact on the team immediately. In 78 games that year, he hit six home runs, drove in 33 runs and had a .299/.337/.485 line.
Gonzalez’s peak came between 1962 and 1967. In 1962, he hit a career-high 20 home runs, drove in 63 runs, stole 17 bases, hit .302 and posted an .865 OPS. He earned MVP votes the next year with a .306/.372/.436 line and 133 OPS+. His worst OPS+ during this time was 105, finishing with an OPS+ at or above 127 in four out of six seasons.
Gonzalez picked up MVP votes again in 1967 with career-highs in OPS+ (147), hits (172), batting average (.339), on-base percentage (.396) and wins above replacement (5.4). He finished second in the NL in batting average, fifth in on-base percentage, seventh in triples and ninth in OPS and wins above replacement.
Gonzalez spent one more year in Philadelphia before being selected by the San Diego Padres in 1968 Expansion Draft. He split the year between the Padres and the Atlanta Braves, finishing with an OPS+ above 100 for the last time in his career. The Braves traded him to the then-California Angels the next year, retiring after the 1971 season.
During nine seasons with the Phillies, Gonzalez played in 1,118 games, racking up 1,110 hits, 103 home runs and 438 runs batted in. He posted a .295/.359/.433 line with a 123 OPS+ in Philadelphia.
In franchise history, he ranks 18th in offensive wins above replacement, 24th in OPS+, 25th in batting average, 28th in total bases and 29th in hits.