Phillies: Top 10 Home Run Hitters in Franchise History
By George Rider
5. Chuck Klein (243 Home runs in 1,405 games)
Chuck Klein began his Hall of Fame in 1928 with the Phils. Throughout his career he always hit for average and had power to his bat, leading the Majors in home runs four of his first six seasons.
Klein had a consistent career in the MLB, winning a batting title, MVP and completing the Triple Crown in 1933. He won the Triple Crown slashing .368/.422/.602 with 28 home runs and 120 RBIs. Surprisingly he finished second place in MVP voting after winning the award a year prior. After the 1932 season Klein was voted MVP, he hit .348/.404/.646 while leading the league in runs, hits, home runs, stolen bases and total bases. He finished with 98% of the vote for the MVP award.
From 1931-1933 Klein finished top 2 in MVP voting each of the three seasons. During that span he hit .351/.408/.612 averaging 32 home runs per season. He also averaged 14 stolen bases, 126 RBIs, 216 hits and 86 extra base hits.
During his first six seasons in the Majors Klein led the league in Total bases four times, SLG% and runs three times and hits twice. He started his career off on a hot start and propelled himself to a Hall of Fame player.
Chuck finished his Phillies career hitting .326/.382/.553 with 243 long balls.
4. Pat Burrell (251 Home runs in 1,306 games)
Pat Burrell started his Major League career in Philadelphia and cemented himself as a great on base threat with pop during his prime.
Pat started his MLB career on a smooth track, placing 4th in Rookie of the Year voting while hitting .260/.359/.463 with 18 long balls. He drove in 79 runs that season while playing 111 games.
Burrell hit 20 or more home runs eight times in a Phillies uniform including 33 in the 2008 World Series season, the second most in his career (37 in 2002). Pat also finished that season with the second most walks in his career with 102. From 2004-2008 Pat got on base at a .382 clip while averaging 30 home runs a season. He consistently drove in runs during that span as well, averaging 96 RBIs per season.
During his playoff career with the Phillies, Burrell hit 4 total home runs in 17 postseason games.
Burrell finished two seasons top 10 in the league for home runs and top 3 in at bats per home runs. He also finished top 10 in total bases, doubles and WPA (Win Probability Added) once each in his career.
Pat “The Bat” is 11th in Phillies franchise history with 518 extra base hits and 10th in RBIs with 827. Burrell ended his nine year Phillies career hitting .257/.367/.485 with 251 home runs.