2. Greg Luzinski, 1977 Phillies
Greg “The Bull” Luzinski formed half of the feared duo in the middle of the Phillies lineup during the mid-to-late 1970s.
Luzinski began the first of four-straight All-Star seasons in 1975 in which he hit 34 home runs and knocked in 120 runs, but it was his 1977 season that earned him 2nd-place votes for NL MVP and second on this list.
For the 1977 season, Luzinski set career-highs in batting average (.309), home runs (39), RBI (130), slugging percentage (.594), and OPS (.988). Luzinski was part of the 1980 World Series Championship team before playing four seasons with the White Sox. He retired with 307 home runs, including 223 in a Phillies uniform, putting him seventh on the franchise leaderboards.
1: Mike Schmidt (1981)
Is it really a surprise that Schmidt tops this list? The best player in franchise history blasted 548 home runs in his career and hit 30 or more home runs in a season 13 times and at least 40 three times. Many may think his 48 home run, 121 RBI season in 1980 was his best, but Schmidt actually performed better during the strike-shortened 1981 season. In just 102 games, Schmidt hit 31 home runs, 91 RBI, 78 runs, 73 walks, a .435 on-base percentage, .644 slugging percentage, and 1.080 OPS. All those numbers lead the league. In addition, Schmidt took home his second consecutive NL MVP Award.