Phillies history: Top ten seasons by role players since 1980
1996 – Jim Eisenreich
Eisenreich was a nine-year veteran when the Phillies signed him as a free agent in January 1993. He provided veteran experience, solid outfield play and great left-handed bat to the lineup. As a platoon player in right field with Wes Chamberlain, Eisenreich was one of many vital components to the 1993 NL Championship team. All four of his seasons in Philadelphia could have made this list, but his 1996 season was the best of the bunch.
During his final year with the team, Eisenreich hit a lofty .361 with 24 doubles, 11 stolen bases and only 32 strikeouts in 338 at-bats. During his four-year stretch in Philadelphia, Eisenreich batted .324 with a .381 on-base percentage and .833 OPS.
A fan-favorite, Eisenreich received standing ovations in Philadelphia over the next two seasons while a member of the Florida Marlins and then with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
2002 – Jeremy Giambi
The Phillies acquired Giambi in a trade with the A’s for John Maby on May 22, 2002. Before the trade, Giambi had played his first four-plus seasons with the Royals and A’s. It turned out his 2002 season was the most productive of his relatively short major-league career.
Primarily used as a first baseman, backup outfielder and pinch-hitter, Giambi provided significant power from the left side of the plate. He had 22 extra base hits, including ten home runs and 52 walks. Giambi has an impressive .435 on-base percentage which was more remarkable considering his batting average was a pedestrian .244. His slugging percentage of .538 and OPS of .974 were the best of his career.
Giambi was out of Philadelphia the following season and hit .197 with the Red Sox in 156 at-bats in 2003. Following two seasons in the Minor Leagues, Giambi retired at the age of 30.