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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No. 5: Tony Taylor

Tony Taylor played a total of 15 seasons with the Phillies and was truly a fan favorite. He had two stints with the Phillies, one from 1960 to 1971 and another from 1974 to 1976. Taylor wasn’t the greatest hitter but held his own at the plate, slashing .261/.321/.352 and accumulating 14.2 fWAR as a Phillie, ranking him fifth among Phillies second basemen.

He made the All-Star game in 1960, the first year he was with the team, and gained MVP votes in 1963, easily his best season with the team. He slashed .281/.330/.367 with 23 stolen bases, 180 hits, 10 triples, and 102 runs scored in that campaign.

He was smooth with his glove and left his mark with his defense at second base. The fans fell in love with him over his two stints with the Phillies, but because of the rebuilding effort during his first period with the team, he was traded during the 1971 season.

Similar to the rest of the players on this list, Taylor didn’t have a ton of team success. In the 15 seasons he spent with the Phillies, the team only made the playoffs one time, in 1976, when they lost in the NLCS. The organization elected to induct him into the Wall of Fame in 2002.