Which Phillies right-handed hitters had the best single-season performances in franchise history?
As the middle of winter approaches, thoughts turn to the warmer weather of spring and the crack of the bat. With the start of the baseball season up in the air due to the lockout, time to reflect on the past. There have been plenty of great individual seasons at the plate over the history of the Philadelphia Phillies.
We’ve already covered the best single-seasons by lefty bats, so it’s time to run down the top performances by right-handed hitters in Phillies history over the past 45 years. It must be noted that I choose 45 years because a criterion is that I had to have seen the player in action and that each player can appear on the list only once. If not, Mike Schmidt could arguably occupy all five spots on the list.
5. Mike Lieberthal, 1999 Phillies
A somewhat surprising member of this list, Mike Lieberthal had a career year in 1999.
Entering his sixth season and third as the Phillies starting catcher, Lieberthal’s previous highs in home runs and RBI were 20 and 77 in 1997. He went on to obliterate those personal bests by belting 31 home runs and knocking in 96.
In addition, Lieberthal had a career-best 33 doubles, a .300 average, and .916 OPS. He made his first of two All-Star teams as a member of the Phillies and retired as the Phillies’ all-time leader in many offensive categories by a catcher.