Phillies Madness: An All-Time Phillies bracket
9 Chuck Klein vs 24 Greg Luzinski
Chuck Klein is the Phillies franchise-leader in slugging percentage and OPS and ranks in the franchise’s top-10 for batting average, home runs, hits, doubles, RBI and extra-base hits.
From 1929 to 1933, Klein hit 180 home runs with 1,118 hits and a .359 batting average. He won the National League MVP in 1932 and had for three consecutive years he finished in the top two for the MVP.
Inducted into the Phillies Wall of Fame in 1998, Greg Luzinski ranks seventh in franchise history in home runs and 12th in RBI. He was a valuable power bat in the middle of the Phillies lineup during the 1970s and he capped off his Phillies career with a championship in 1980.
Luzinski is 32nd in WAR for the Phillies and remains a constant fan favorite.
8 Cole Hamels vs 25 Larry Bowa
This is one of the first tough matchups in the bracket with a Phillies lifer and one of the greatest pitchers in franchise history going head to head.
Cole Hamels is responsible for the Phillies’ two most recent no-hitters: a combined no-hitter on Sept. 1, 2014, and a no-hitter of his own in his final Phillies start in Chicago on July 25, 2015.
The kid from Hollywood ranks among the Phillies top-five in career stats in 11 categories and is sixth all-time with 114 wins. Currently, Hamels, Steve Carlton, and Robin Roberts are the only pitchers in Phillies history with 100 wins and 1,800 strikeouts.
Larry Bowa has been in the Phillies organization since they signed him in 1966. He was a tremendous player, manager, and coach and remains an important piece of the organization’s front office as a senior advisor.
Bowa has played the fourth-most games in franchise history and is also fourth in at-bats and plate appearances. His 1,789 hits are the sixth most, more than Chuck Klein and Chase Utley. Bowa also ranks in the Phillies top-10 for career stolen bases, triples, singles and outs made.