Seventeen-year MLB veteran infielder Manny Trillo was supposed to be inducted onto the Philadelphia Phillies Wall of Fame last summer, as part of the organization’s 40-year anniversary celebration of the 1980 World Series championship team.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, the 1980 World Series champion and NLCS MVP’s special night — among other 2020 events, such as the late Roy Halladay‘s No. 34 retirement ceremony — was postponed.
According to the Phillies promotions schedule, Manny Trillo Wall of Fame Night has been rescheduled to Saturday, August 7, home against the New York Mets.
The Phillies’ Manny Trillo Wall of Fame Night has a new date.
“Manny was an integral part of the historic 1980 team and his indelible performance over the years has led him to take his rightful place on the Toyota Phillies Wall of Fame,” Phillies President Andy MacPhail said at the time of the initial announcement that Trillo would be inducted. “We’re excited to join our fans, as well as Manny’s teammates, as this amazing player is bestowed with one of our highest honors.”
Trillo, 70, played in four seasons with the Phillies from 1979 to 1982. Spanning more than 500 games and 2,022 plate appearances, he slashed .277/.321/.369 with 85 doubles, 14 triples, 19 home runs and 160 RBI. In field, Trillo played solely at second base with the team, committing only 33 errors across 4,368 1/3 innings.
During his four-season Phillies tenure, Trillo led all NL second basemen in games (501), hits (516), doubles (85) and total bases (686). In 1982, he led all major league second basemen with a .994 fielding percentage.
In total during his career, Trillo earned four All-Star nods, three Gold Glove Awards, and two silver Slugger Awards. In the 1980 NLCS, the Venezuela native slashed .381/.364/.571 with eight hits and four RBI in 24 plate appearances, helping him earn MVP honors. Trillo also won the World Series with the Oakland Athletics, six years prior in 1974.
Trillo was supposed to be inducted last August, when Gabe Kapler and the San Francisco Giants came to town as part of Alumni Weekend. The former Phillies manager instead made his return to Citizens Bank Park this past April.
It is good to see Trillo’s Wall of Fame induction ceremony get rescheduled, with hopefully thousands of fans in attendance to celebrate his career.
(H/t Destiny Lugardo)