As the MLB offseason awards train rolls on, five Philadelphia Phillies have been nominated for inclusion on the 2023 All-MLB Team.
The inaugural All-MLB Team was selected in 2019. The honor recognizes the best players at each position across the league and includes first- and second-team selections.
Unlike the other awards the MLB hands out each year, the All-MLB Team is decided by 50 percent fan vote, with the other half "... coming from a decorated panel of media members, broadcasters, former players and other officials throughout the game," per Per MLB.com's Brent Maguire.
Fans can vote for the All-MLB Team once per day until Nov. 19 at 8 p.m. ET. The winners will be announced on Dec. 16 on MLB Network.
As for the Phillies, there are five players nominated for this year's All-MLB Team honor.
Trea Turner, SS
After his first year in Philadelphia looked like a complete bust, Trea Turner redeemed himself with a 48-game stretch from Aug. 4 through the end of the season. He hit .337 with a 1.057 OPS, 16 home runs, and 42 RBI over those two months and rolled right into the postseason.
The 30-year-old finished the year hitting .266, with a .778 OPS, 26 home runs, 76 RBI, 102 runs scored, and 30 stolen bases.
Turner is up for the All-MLB Team along with eight other top shortstops in the game, including Bo Bichette (TOR), Corey Seager (TEX), and rookie Gunnar Henderson (BAL).
J.T. Realmuto, C
J.T. Realmuto did what he usually does for the Phillies: catch a lot of baseball games. He started the most games behind the plate in the Majors (130) and caught the most innings (1,142).
Realmuto finished the season with a .252/.310/.452 slash line, 20 home runs, 63 RBI, 70 runs scored, and 16 stolen bases (eight more than the second-place Connor Wong from Boston). The 32-year-old backstop was also a finalist for the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger Awards but didn't win either this year.
Fans can vote for Realmuto or six other catchers, including Will Smith (LAD), Sean Murphy (ATL), or Adley Rutschman (BAL).
Bryce Harper, DH
Bryce Harper, who just took home his third Silver Slugger Award, is in tough against seven other top hitters. He is part of a group featuring Shohei Ohtani (LAA), Yordan Alvarez (HOU), and Marcell Ozuna (ATL).
Despite having a shortened season and a career-long power outage of 37 games, Harper finished the year hitting .293 with a .900 OPS, 21 home runs, 72 RBI, 84 runs scored, 11 stolen bases, and a 142 wRC+, all in just 126 games.
Kyle Schwarber, OF
Despite finishing the year as the full-time DH, Kyle Schwarber spent 103 games patrolling left field for the Phillies. He set a new career-high mark in home runs with 47, besting last year's total by one, RBI with 104, and walks with 126.
He also led the Majors in strikeouts with 215 and carried a .197 batting average. Talk about a three-true-outcome hitter. Usually, a leadoff hitter with a .197 average wouldn't last long at the top of the order, but having his .817 OPS make 720 plate appearances was valuable for the Phillies.
Fans can choose three outfielders from 21 nominees. This group includes Ronald Acuña Jr. (ATL), Adolis García (TEX), Kyle Tucker (HOU), Fernando Tatis Jr. (SDP), and Corbin Carroll (ARI).
Zack Wheeler, SP
Staff ace Zack Wheeler, who recently won his first Gold Glove Award, is the lone Phillies pitcher to earn a nomination. The righty led the Majors with a 5.9 fWAR this season but was somehow left off the NL Cy Young finalist ballot.
The 33-year-old pitched to a 13-6 record with a 3.61 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, and 212 strikeouts in 192 innings across 32 starts.
Fans can vote for five starting pitchers from a pool of 26 nominees. Wheeler is up against the best-of-the-best this year, including Gerrit Cole (NYY), Kevin Gausman (TOR), Shohei Ohtani (LAA), and Spencer Strider (ATL).