Phillies All-Decade Team of the 2010s: Breaking down the legends

Game One of the 2009 MLB World Series at Yankee Stadium on October 28, 2009 (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
Game One of the 2009 MLB World Series at Yankee Stadium on October 28, 2009 (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images) /
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PHILADELPHIA, PA – AUGUST 5: Former catcher Carlos Ruiz #58 of the Philadelphia Phillies waves to the crowd prior to the game against the Miami Marlins at Citizens Bank Park on August 5, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA – AUGUST 5: Former catcher Carlos Ruiz #58 of the Philadelphia Phillies waves to the crowd prior to the game against the Miami Marlins at Citizens Bank Park on August 5, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

As the decade comes to a close, we recognize the great Phillies of the 2010’s.

The Phillies of the 2010’s symbolized three eras in the organization’s history, featuring some of the greatest, weakest, and young cores ever seen in the city. There were legends, bridges, diamonds, busts, and emerging young stars hoping to build another championship run in Philadelphia.

Here we break down the greatest players at each position who spanned each era from 2010 through 2019.

Carlos Ruiz

Perhaps not the greatest catcher in Phillies history, Carlos Ruiz is among the franchise’s most beloved players and has gone down as one of the great game-callers of his time.

During the 2010 decade, Ruiz leads all catchers in games played, hits, doubles, home runs, and batting average among players with at least 110 plate appearances. Among all Phillies in the decade, Ruiz has the most doubles and is fifth in hits and RBIs.

Ruiz also caught four no-hitters, two from Roy Halladay (one a perfect game), one from Cole Hamels, and a combined no-hitter featuring Hamels, Jake Diekman, Ken Giles, and Jonathan Papelbon.

In 2012 Ruiz made his only All-Star team, finishing the season with a .325 batting average, 32 doubles, 16 home runs, and 68 RBI, all career-highs for the Panamanian catcher.

Among Phillies catchers, Ruiz is among the top-five in games played, hits, and doubles. His 10.4 dWAR is second in Phillies history behind Clay Dalrymple.

The Phillies will now hope that J.T. Realmuto carries the torch of great Phillies catchers forward into the next decade, leading the same way Ruiz did at and behind the plate.

Honorable Mention: Cameron Rupp, J.T. Realmuto

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