Philadelphia Phillies: 50 greatest players of all-time
The Cleveland Indians traded Von Hayes to the Phillies after his first full season in the majors in 1982. He was a serviceable bench player during the 1983 World Series run, but his best years came during the dog days of the mid-to-late 1980s.
Hayes became a starter in 1984 and produced 4.1 wins above replacement that year. He finished the season with a .292/.359/.447 line, 16 home runs, 67 runs batted in, 85 runs scored and 48 stolen bases, a career-high. He finished the year fifth in the NL in stolen bases.
After a slight dip in 1985, Hayes was back and better than ever in 1986, posting a career-high up to that point with 5.0 wins above replacement. He finished eighth in MVP voting, leading the league in doubles (46) and runs scored (107), along with finishing in the top-10 of numerous other categories. He posted career highs in hits (186), batting average (.305), slugging percentage (.480), RBI (98) and total bases (293).
Hayes earned the first and only All-Star appearance of his career in 1989, finishing the year with a career-high 26 home runs, 140 OPS+ and 5.1 wins above replacement. He also had 78 RBI, 28 stolen bases, 140 hits, and 101 walks.
From 1984 until 1991, his final year as a Phillie, Hayes played in 1,084 games, posted a .273/.365/.432 line, 120 OPS+, 118 home runs, 536 runs batted in, 1,080 hits, and 182 stolen bases.
Hayes finished his Phillies career 10th in stolen bases, 11th in walks, 17th in home runs, 21st in doubles and extra-base hits and 25th in hits and total bases.