Phillies Wall of Fame candidate: Placido Polanco
Placido Polanco isn’t a sure-fire member of the Phillies Wall of Fame, but he deserves a long look
Phillies fans have the opportunity to vote for the next member of the Phillies Wall of Fame, and the 10 person ballot released in February has some interesting options.
While not a headline candidate, Placido Polanco comes in as more than a throw-in to fill the ballot.
Polanco’s candidacy comes months after he fell off the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot on his first year of eligibility. While clearly not a Hall of Fame player Polanco did receive two votes from former New York Daily News writer Bill Madden and Dennis Georgatos of the Associated Press.
Throughout his career, Polanco was never more than an above average starter who had some very good hitting seasons. During his two stints with the Phillies Polanco played multiple positions and was a decent stopgap at third base before Maikel Franco came up.
Polanco ended up playing seven seasons in Philadelphia, the most in one place in his 16-year career despite not starting with the Phillies.
At the 2002 trade deadline Polanco was sent from St. Louis to Philadelphia in the Scott Rolen deal that has haunted the Phillies’ hot corner for nearly two decades.
Here’s a closer look at whether Polanco is worthy of the Wall of Fame.