Phillies Madness: Rd. 2 of the All-Time Phillies Bracket
1 Mike Schmidt vs 17 Johnny Callison
There really is no contest in this one and it could be the second unanimous vote in our poll thus far.
Johnny Callison had a respectable, long career with the Phillies with a .271/.338/.457 line, 185 home runs, 666 runs batted in, 774 runs scored, 1,438 hits and a 122 OPS+ in 10 years.
Among all players in franchise history he’s eighth with a 39.5 WAR and is in the top-20 for nearly every offensive category in team history.
Then, there’s Michael Jack Schmidt. The greatest player in franchise history and the greatest third baseman in the history of baseball.
Where do you start with Schmidt’s numbers? He leads all third basemen in baseball history with 548 home runs and is ninth all-time in home runs by a Hall of Famer.
Schmidt resides at the top of 22 all-time lists in Philadelphia Phillies history, including home runs, WAR, games played, plate appearances, RBI, walks and extra base hits. Until recently, he was the all-time hits leader until Jimmy Rollins surpassed him.
24 Greg Luzinski vs 8 Cole Hamels
One of the great home run hitters in franchise history matched up with one of the great pitchers in franchise history. Two critical pieces of their respective World Series runs and both fan favorites.
Greg Luzinski ranks seventh in franchise history in home runs with 253 and 12th in RBIs with 811. Inducted into the Phillies Wall of Fame in 1998, Luzinski was a valuable power bat in one of the greatest eras of baseball in the 137 years of playing in Philadelphia.
Then, there’s Hollywood Hamels. The second-greatest left-handed pitcher in Phillies history. The kid who carried the pitching staff to a World Series win.
Cole Hamels 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.
He’s got a no-hitter and a combined no-hitter on his resume along with 1,844 strikeouts.