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. 1: Chase Utley

The top spot on this list was always going to be Chase Utley. "The Man," as he was affectionately known, is the epitome of Philadelphia.

While he was with the Phillies from 2003 to 2015, Utley was a quiet leader who always left everything he had out on the field. He was the definition of giving 110 percent, and the teammates who played with him and the fans who watched him knew how much he put into it. But besides giving it his all, he was also quite the ball player.

Over his 16-year career, Utley slashed .275/.358/.465 with 259 home runs, 1,885 hits, 1,025 RBI, and 1,103 runs scored. During his peak from 2005 to 2009, he slashed .301/.388/.535 and averaged 29 home runs, 101 RBI, 111 runs, and 15 stolen bases per year — a ridiculous run of five years where he was arguably the top second baseman in the league.

During his 12-year Phillies tenure, he made the All-Star Game six times, won the Silver Slugger Award four times, and garnered MVP votes in five seasons.

With Utley, statistics alone don’t tell the whole story. He was a winner, it’s all he cared about, and he did whatever it took to win. With Utley, the Phillies won five straight division titles from 2007 to 2011, appearing in two World Series in back-to-back years in 2008 and 2009, winning the one in 2008, their second in franchise history.

In the 2009 World Series, he hit a total of five home runs, which still stands today as the most in any single World Series. Utley is beloved by the Philadelphia faithful and will, undoubtedly, go down as the greatest second baseman in Phillies history.

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