Phillies Madness: Rd. 2 of the All-Time Phillies Bracket
13 Dick Allen vs 29 Carlos Ruiz
The upset of Carlos Ruiz over Grover Cleveland Alexander came with some heat on social media, but hey, sometimes the 16 seed beats the 1 seed.
Now, the fan favorite catcher faces one of the greatest power hitters in Phillies history.
Dick Allen had a monstrous rookie campaign for Philadelphia in 1964 and was an MVP candidate at the age of 22.
Four additional strong seasons followed for Allen in Philadelphia, averaging 34 home runs per 162 games and a .300 batting average in his first stint with Philadelphia.
Allen remains one of the franchise’s all-time power hitters, remaining in the top-10 in home runs, third in slugging and seventh in oWAR.
Carlos Ruiz would lose a home run derby to Dick Allen on any day of the week. Allen hit 280 more home runs, drove in 704 more runs, and had nearly double as many hits as Ruiz with over 900 more.
Ruiz’s 21.8 WAR is 27th in team history and his 10.4 dWAR is eight-best among all Phillies, though the best among all catchers in Phillies history. Ruiz caught four no-hitters, including Roy Halladay’s perfect game, the most no-hitters caught by a catcher in baseball history,
19 Garry Maddox vs 30 Roy Halladay
Two different generations with equally great, unique talents meet here in round two.
Roy Halladay was a workhorse in an era where being one was rare.
Just in his first year with the Phillies, Halladay was named an All-Star, threw a perfect game, a postseason no-hitter and unanimously won the NL Cy Young award.
Doc would lead the league in wins, shutouts, complete games, innings pitched, strikeout-to-walk ratio, and walks per nine innings.
Halladay will be just the 11th player in baseball history to have a number retired by multiple franchises.
If Halladay was the greatest pitcher of his era, Garry Maddox was equally as great as a defender in the outfield, earning the nickname “Secretary of Defense.”
Maddox is the best defensive center fielder in franchise history with an 11.1 dWAR, seventh-best in team history.
Playing 1,328 games in Philadelphia, Maddox averaged more than a hit per game while stealing more than 22 bags in his first five seasons.