Phillies all-time best starting lineup based on WAR

The Phillies' all-time starting lineup based on WAR includes players from their two championship teams and a current superstar.
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First base: Dick Allen (37.7 fWAR)

Dick Allen had two stints with the Phillies from 1963 to 1969 and 1975 to 1976. Beyond his 37.7 fWAR, the infielder has a career slash line of .290/.371/.530 in 1,070 games with the franchise. After debuting in 10 games during the 1963 season, the utility infielder made a solid impression the following season.

In 162 games in 1964, he hit .318 with a .939 OPS and led the league with 125 runs, the most he tallied in a single season. The Wampum, Pennsylvania native also finished with a career-high 38 doubles and finished with 29 home runs and 91 RBI, winning the NL Rookie of the Year Award and finishing seventh in MVP voting.

However, Phillies fans expressed their dismay with Allen during his rookie season as he finished with a career-high 41 errors at third base. His errors decreased the next year as he totaled 26 in 160 contests at the position. He didn't play first base until 1969 and then played there when he returned to Philadelphia in 1975.

Aside from his first full year in the majors, Allen wasn't a member of many Phillies teams that competed for a championship. During his second stint with the club in 1976, Philly finished first in the NL East with 101 wins but was swept in three games by the Cincinnati Reds in the NLCS.

Allen also persevered through racial tensions in America during the '60s. He worked through adversity on and off the baseball diamond to become one of the all-time great Phillies players. The organization retired his number during the 2020 season, and he is a member of the Phillies Wall of Fame. A mural is also being created in his honor in South Philadelphia.

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