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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Second base: Chase Utley (59.3 fWAR)

Not long after his first major league season in 2003, it became apparent the Phillies had a talented player in, "The Man," Chase Utley. After the club traded infielder Placido Polanco to the Detroit Tigers in 2005, the Pasadena, California native became the full-time second baseman. He didn't disappoint during his run with the club.

In addition to his 59.3 fWAR, Utley finished with a career .282 batting average and a .847 OPS in 1,551 games with the franchise. Between the 2005 and 2008 seasons, the infielder finished with four consecutive years of over 100 RBI (105, 102, 103, and 104, respectively). He also tallied a career-best in doubles during this period with 39, 40, 48, and 41.

He leads all Phillies second baseman with 233 home runs, 949 runs scored, 916 RBI, 346 doubles, 625 walks and 1,623 hits.

Utley appeared in the All-Star game six times as a member of the Phillies from 2006 to 2010 and in 2014. Along with shortstop Jimmy Rollins and first baseman Ryan Howard, he was a member of the homegrown trio. The three stars helped propel Philadelphia to back-to-back World Series in 2008 and 2009, including the team's second championship in 2008.

The all-time Phillies great received a retirement ceremony in 2019 and spoke about what he misses the most from his playing days, per MLB.com's Todd Zolecki: "I miss playing in [Citizens Bank Park]. I miss the fans. How energetic and intense and loud they were. I miss winning with a Phillies jersey on.”

Phillies fans associate Utley with one of the most successful periods in the franchise's history. Although the team has experienced several years of struggles since its establishment, the fanbase remembers him fondly for his individual accomplishments with Philadelphia. They also recall the effort he brought to the ball club that helped the team be exciting from 2007 to 2011.

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