Ranking the Top 5 greatest second basemen in Phillies franchise history

There have been many great second basemen who have played for the Phillies. Who makes the cut for the top five greatest second basemen in franchise history?
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Ranking the greatest second basemen in Philadelphia Phillies franchise history proved to be more difficult than expected. While the top second baseman is unanimous, there are a number of possibilities for the second through fifth spots.

Because of the Phillies' long history and because there were so many options, the difference between some of these rankings is incredibly minute.

In this particular ranking, we’ll weigh the players' overall careers, the specific time they spent with the Phillies, the success of the teams they were on, and lastly, what they mean to the city of Philadelphia and the fans.

In case you missed it, we also ranked the five greatest catchers in Phillies history and the five greatest first basemen in Phillies history.

Before we get into the top five greatest second basemen, here are a few honorable mentions that just missed the list.

Mickey Morandini, probably known best for how Harry Kalas said his name, played for the Phillies from 1990 to 1997 and then again in 2000. Morandini played 965 total games as a Phillie, accumulating 911 total hits. He appeared in one All-Star game in 1995.

Otto Knabe was with the Phillies from 1907 to 1913, and while not known for his bat — he had a career .247 batting average — he was a stellar defensive second baseman.

César Hernández doesn't jump off the page for most Phillies fans, but the second baseman spent seven seasons with the organization from 2013 to 2019. He slashed .277/.352/.382 as a Phillie while playing a solid second base defensively.

Now let’s jump into the the top five greatest second baseman in Phillies history.