You probably forgot that these 10 MLB players were once Philadelphia Phillies
The Philadelphia Phillies have been around longer than most MLB teams, but they’ve certainly not experienced as much success as they should have over their near-century-and-a-half. The franchise is almost 20 years older than the New York Yankees, who have 27 championships; the Phillies have two.
The root of many of their struggles is roster construction and of course, money. The Phillies became famous over the years for trading players for cash and then watching those players thrive elsewhere. They’ve also made some plain old bad signings; it’s a franchise far from perfection.
One of the side effects of being a poorly-run franchise is that a lot of great players passed through so briefly you may never have even known they were here.
Here are 10 MLB players you probably forgot (or never knew) were Phillies…
1. Fergie Jenkins, Phillies
Trading Fergie Jenkins to the Cubs will forever be one of the biggest blunders in Phillies history.
The rookie had only pitched in eight games for the Phillies between 1965-66 before the Phillies traded him to the Cubs. He went on to lead the NL and MLB in starts and complete games several times, make three All-Star appearances, and win a Cy Young award.
Jenkins also pitched for the Rangers, Red Sox, and Cubs again, before retiring. The beloved pitcher became the first Canadian player to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1991.