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2023 Season

Season Preview:  Can the Phillies make a return trip to the World Series in 2023? That may depend on how quickly Bryce Harper returns to the lineup and whether Kyle Schwarber can come close to the 40-plus homers hit in 2022. Both are crucial because Rhys Hoskins is out for the year with a knee injury, robbing the Phils of power. Fans hope Alex Bohm steps up to fill his shoes as a power hitter, or that newcomer Trea Turner’s power and speed will create the runs they need. The Phillies’ pitching is in good shape, with Aaron Nola and Zach Wheeler leading a solid pitch staff that includes some electric arms in the bullpen.

2022 Season

Season Recap: The Phillies took advantage of the expanded playoffs and grabbed the final Wild Card spot and then went on an amazing run to the NL pennant. They nearly beat the powerhouse Astros in the World Series, falling 4 games to 2. Kyle Schwarber was a home run machine all year, leading the league with 46, and JT Realmuto was a valuable leader all year. Bryce Harper, playing most of the season with an injured elbow, delivered big hits in the playoffs. Aaron Nola and Zach Wheeler gave the team excellent starting pitching.

October 18, 2022: JT Realmuto rounded the bases on a ball that eluded the Padres outfield to become the first catcher ever to hit an inside-the-park home run in a playoff game.

September 30, 2022: J.T. Realmuto stole second base against the Nationals to join Hall of Famer Ivan Rodriguez as the only “20-20” catchers in history. Both player hit 20 homers and stole 20 bases in the same season.

August 16, 2022: The Phillies beat the Reds to become the 9th team in history to win 10,000 games. The Phillies began play in 1883 and were the 1st team to lose 10,000 games.

Season Preview: When the Phillies come to town, a lot of pitchers may be developing “achy” arms. From top to bottom, the club has one of the most power-packed lineups in baseball. Veterans Bryce Harper, Kyle Schwarber, Rhys Hoskins, and Nick Castellanos could easily hit 150 home runs between the four of them. J.T. Realmuto may be the best catcher in the NL, but he will have his hands full this year with a pitching staff that begins with more questions than answers. Aaron Nola, Kyle Gibson, and Zach Wheeler are quality starters. Beyond them, however, there are no sure bets. The hope is that the bullpen will turn things around from 2021, when Philly’s relief pitchers set more fires than they put out.

2021 Season

Season Recap: The Phillies held the top spot in the NL East in early August, but lost 8 out of 10 games and found themselves battling for a Wild Card spot instead. They fell just short, despite an MVP-quality year from Bryce Harper—who led the majors in slugging average—and great pitching by Zach Wheeler. Trades for pitchers Kyle Gibson and Ian Kennedy in July had fans excited, but in the end, the Phillies just did not have the supporting cast to make the playoffs.

June 25, 2021: Aaron Nola struck out 10 Mets in a row to tie the all-time record. The other pitcher to whiff 10 straight was Tom Seaver of the Mets, who struck out 10 San Diego Padres in a row in 1970.

Season Preview: The Phils hope that Archie Bradley will settle down a shaky bullpen and that young infielder Alec Bohm’s fine 2020 season was for real. If so, the team has enough talent to reach the top of the standings. Bryce Harper and Rhys Hoskins provide power for a lineup that also features JT Realmuto, Didi Gregorius, and Andrew McCutchen.

2020 Season

Season Recap: Bullpen problems cost the Phillies precious wins during the short season. Newcomers Didi Gregorious and JT Realmuto had solid years, and rookie third baseman Alec Bohm showed he was ready to be a star. However, no one on the team had the kind of breakout MVP season needed to get the Phillies into the postseason.

Season Preview: The Phillies added the big bats of JT Realmuto and Didi Gregorious to a lineup that already had sluggers Bryce Harper and Rhys Hoskins. If Aaron Nola can return to his 2018 form and newcomer Zach Wheeler stays healthy, the Phillies could be the team to beat in the NL East.

2019 Season

Season Recap: Injuries took a heavy toll on the Phillies in 2019, and they simply could not keep up in a close Wild Card hunt. The team went 81–81 despite solid years from Bryce Harper, J.T. Realmuto, and Aaron Nola. Among the players who stepped up when given an opportunity were Scott Kingery, Adam Haseley, Cesar Hernandez, and Hector Neris. Each will be looking to lock down everyday jobs in 2020.

July 3, 2019: Bryce Harper collected his 1,000th hit and 200th home run on the same pitch against the Atlanta Braves.

Season Preview: It may be a while before the Phillies sink below .500 again. They have young, star-quality talent at multiple positions, including their big winter signing, Bryce Harper. There are some great arms in the Philadelphia bullpen, and a new man behind the plate: J.T. Realmuto, which will help the team squeeze the most out of its starting staff.

2018 Season

Season Recap: The young Phillies started fast and looked like a good bet to make the playoffs, but faded in the second half. Aaron Nola led a talented group of young starters, while slugger Rhys Hoskins paced the offense. The Phillies have exciting talent at almost every position, but a lack of experience doomed them to a mere 80 wins.

Season Preview: The Phillies let their young stars play in 2017, and that experience could help them get off to a good start in 2018. Rhys Hoskins, J.D. Crawford, Jorge Alfaro, Mikael Franco, Aaron Altherr, Aaron Nola, Hecotr Neris, and Jared Eickhoff look like future All-Stars. Top prospect Scott Kingery will also see a lot of playing time. This group will be led by veterans Carlos Santana, Odubel Herrera, and Jake Arrieta.

2017 Season

Season Recap: No one likes to lose 96 games, but fans in Philly had plenty to cheer about. The team gave its top prospects time to play and they were fantastic. Rhys Hoskins, Jorge Alfaro, Nick Williams, Aaron Altherr, and Hector Neris showed they could soon be ready to lead the Phillies back to the top of the NL East.

August 27, 2017: Rookie Rhys Hoskins hit his 11th home run in his 18th major league game. No one in history had reached 11 home runs faster.

July 11, 2017: Reliever Pat Neshek—whom the Phillies acquired for a “Player to be Named Later” in a trade with the Astros—pitched the second inning of the 2017 All-Star Game. Neshek was an All-Star in 2014, with the Cardinals.

2016 Season

November 1, 2016: The Phillies surprised everyone with a strong start, but they could not keep it up through a long summer. By the end of the season, the team managed to put one of baseball’s best young lineups on the field, led by Maikel Franco, Odubel Herrera, Aaron Nola and Vince Velasquez.

October 5, 2016: After an amazing start to the season, the Phillies ran out of gas in the second half and finished 71–91. Mikael Franco was the team’s top hitter and young hurlers Vince Velasquez, Jerad Eickhoff, Jake Thompson, and Aaron Nola got much-needed experience.

2015 Season

October 14, 2015: Philadelphia fans enjoyed a glimpse of the future in 2015, as several young prospects got a chance to play. Maikel Franco, Odubel Herrera, Aaron Altherr, Darnell Sweeney, Aaron Nola, Ken Giles, and Jerad Eickhoff look ready to assumer greater roles in 2016.

July 25, 2015: In his final game as a member of the Phillies, Cole Hamels threw a no-hitter against the Chicago Cubs. He was traded to the Texas Rangers a few days later.

April 5, 2015: Age and injuries caught up with the Phillies in 2014. In 2015, the team is looking for ways to work more young talent into the lineup. Philadelphia fans are hoping to see infield prospects Mikael Franco and J.P. Crawford win starting jobs this season, and keeping their fingers crossed that Chase Utley and the other veteran stars can still perform at All-Star levels.

2014 Season

November 1, 2014: The Phillies had a second straight year of 73 wins. Their aging stars grew a year older, while their younger players showed they were not quite ready to fill leadership roles. Ben Revere was their best offensive player, with 49 stolen bases. Philadelphia’s top pitcher was Cole Hamels, but he only won 9 of 30 starts.

September 1, 2014: Cole Hamels, Jacob Diekman, Ken Giles and Jonathan Papelbon teamed up to no-hit the Braves. It was the 11th “combined” no-hitter in history.

June 14, 2014: Jimmy Rollins singled against the Cubs to become the Phillies’ career leader in hits. Rollins broke the record held by Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt.

June 10, 2014: Jonathan Papelbon notched his 300th career save. He joined 25 other pitchers who had reached the 300-save level.

March 31, 2014: The Phillies have some of the biggest names in baseball on the team—Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins, Rayn Howard, Cliff Lee, Jonathan Papelbon and Cole Hamels. Add up their ages and you get a number around 200. That’s not a good thing. The Phillies need to get great years from their younger stars, including Domonic Brown and Ben Revere, to be successful in 2014.

2013 Season

October 1, 2013: There is a value in having a team made up of experienced veterans. There is also a downside. In 2013, Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins, and Roy Halladay had terrible years. One of the Philly’s lone bright spots was Dominic Brown, who finally broke out in his fourth season. The Phillies finished in fourth place in the NL East.

March 30, 2013: The Phillies will depend on a core of players who have begun to show their age—including Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, and Jonathan Papelbon. It may fall to younger players like Domonic Brown and Ben Revere to step up and carry the team through the summer.

2012 Season

October 3, 2012: The Phillies knew they would be without Chase Utley and Ryan Howard for much of the 2012 season. However, they did not count on poor seasons from their two aces, Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee. They combined for only 17 wins. The team finished 81–81—17 games out of first place—and traded two of its best players, Hunter Pence and Shane Victorino. The question heading into the winter is Can Philly count on its “Big 4” stars in 2013?

September 22, 2012: Ryan Howard hit his 300th homer in the 1,093rd game of his career. The only player to reach 300 in fewer games was Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner.

June 23, 2012: Jim Thome hit a walk-off home run to beat the Tampa Bay Rays. It was the 13th walk-off homer of Thome’s career, the most in history. He had been tied with Mickey Mantle, Babe Ruth, Frank Robinson, Jimmie Foxx, and Stan Musial.

April, 2012: If Ryan Howard isn’t healthy to begin the season, the Phillies have three first baseman who can take his place—Jim Thome, Ty Wigginton, and John Mayberry. The big news for 2012, however, is the team’s new closer, Jonathan Papelbon. He takes the place of Ryan Madson and Brad Lidge.

More Go-To Guys

This postcard of Sam Thompson came from the Hall of Fame. Thompson was the first player to hit two triples with the bases loaded in the same game. (National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum)

Cy Williams was actually the NL’s all-time home champion for a few years in the 1920s. (Author’s Collection)

Chris Short was the best pitcher on the Phillies when I was growing up. Funny, but the game I remember most is one he lost to the New York Mets, 1–0. The only run of the game was a homer by Ron Swoboda. (Topps, Inc.)

New York Mets fans couldn’t believe it when they traded Lenny Dykstra to the Phillies. He had an amazing year for them in 1993. (Black Book Partner/John Klein)

This Curt Schilling card always makes me do a double-take. Is he pitching or fielding? Hard to tell, right? (Fleer Corp.)

  • Billy Hamilton — Outfielder
    Born: 2/15/1866
    Died: 12/15/1940
    Played for Team: 1890 to 1895
    “Sliding” Billy Hamliton got his nickname because he was the most daring baserunner of his time. He led the NL in runs scored three times with the Phillies and was league batting champion twice.

  • Sam Thompson — Outfielder
    Born: 3/5/1860
    Died: 11/7/1922
    Played for Team: 1889 to 1898
    Sam Thompson was one baseball’s great sluggers in the 1800s. He led the NL in hits, doubles, home runs, and RBIs with Philadelphia. “Big Sam” could run, too. He was the first player with 20 homers and 20 stolen bases in the same season.

  • Sherry Magee — Outfielder
    Born: 8/6/1884
    Died: 3/13/1929
    Played for Team: 1904 to 1914
    Few hitters have ever been better than Sherry Magee with men on base. He led the NL in RBIs three times with the Phillies and was the NL batting champion in 1910.

  • Cy Williams — Outfielder
    Born: 12/21/1887
    Died: 4/23/1974
    Played for Team: 1918 to 1930
    Cy Williams was already 30 years old when the Phillies traded for him. The left-handed slugger took aim at Philadelphia’s short right field fence and was among the NL’s Top 10 home run hitters nine times from 1918 to 1927.

  • Del Ennis — Outfielder
    Born: 6/8/1925
    Died: 2/8/1996
    Played for Team: 1946 to 1956
    Del Ennis was the left fielder for the 1950 Whiz Kids. He was also their most feared hitter. Ennis led the NL with 126 RBIs that season and topped 100 six times from 1949 to 1955.

  • Chris Short — Pitcher
    Born: 9/19/1937
    Died: 8/1/1991
    Played for Team: 1959 to 1972
    Chris Short was one of baseball’s top lefties during the 1960s. He won 20 games in 1966 and was an All-Star twice. Short once struck out 18 batters in a game.

  • Jim Bunning — Pitcher
    Born: 10/23/1931
    Played for Team: 1964 to 1967
    Jim Bunning threw a fastball with a sweeping sidearm motion that made batters flinch when the ball left his hand. He was just the second pitcher to throw a no-hitter, win 100 games, and strike out 1,000 batters in both leagues.

  • Greg Luzinski — Outfielder
    Born: 11/22/1950
    Played for Team: 1970 to 1980
    Greg Luzinski was nicknamed “Bull” because of his great size and strength. He hit 30-plus homers and topped 100 RBIs three times for the Phillies. Luzinski finished second in the NL MVP voting to Joe Morgan in 1975 and George Foster in 1977.

  • Darren Daulton — Catcher
    Born: 1/3/1962
    Played for Team: 1983 to 1997
    Darren Daulton was a good catcher who struggled for many years to find his batting stroke. Once he did, few players were more dangerous in the clutch. Daulton led the NL in RBIs in 1992 and was an All-Star three times for the Phillies.

  • Len Dykstra — Outfielder
    Born: 2/10/1963
    Played for Team: 1989 to 1996
    Little Lenny Dykstra was a hit with Philadelphia fans from the moment he first trotted onto the field. When he was healthy, Dykstra was the game’s most dynamic leadoff hitter. In 1993, he led the NL with 194 hits, 129 walks, and 143 runs. “Nails” finished second in the MVP voting that season.

  • Mitch Williams — Pitcher
    Born: 11/17/1964
    Played for Team: 1991 to 1993
    No one could pitch their way into—and out of—trouble like Mitch “Wild Thing” Williams. He saved 102 games in three years with the Phillies. In the 1993 NLCS, Williams won two games and saved two others.

  • Curt Schilling — Pitcher
    Born: 11/14/1966
    Played for Team: 1992 to 1999
    When the Phillies swapped Jason Grimsley for Curt Schilling in 1992, it turned out to be one of the great trades in club history. Schilling led the team to the World Series in 1993 and struck out 300 batters in 1997 and 1998.

  • Cliff Lee — Pitcher
    Born: 8/30/1978
    Played for Team: 2009 to 2014
    The Phillies traded for Cliff Lee during the 2009 season, and he won four games in the playoffs and World Series. They traded him away after the season but signed him as a free agent in 2011. He went 17–9 for the club upon his return and led the NL with 6 shutouts.

  • Bryce Harper — Outfielder
    Born: 10/16/1992
    First Season with Team: 2019
    The Phillies made headlines when they signed Bryce Harper in 2019. He topped the team in runs, homers, and RBIs that year and led the NL in walks during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season.

More Fun Facts

Shane Victorino is very good about signing for fans before Phillies games. (Topps, Inc.)

    In the eighth inning of a 1949 game against the Cincinnati Reds, Philadelphia hit five home runs, a double, and a triple. No team has ever piled up more extra bases in one inning.

    Sam Thompson was an RBI machine. He was the only player in the 1800s to drive in more than 150 runs in two different seasons.

  • J-ROLL
    Jimmy Rollins hopes to be a music producer after his baseball career. He wrote and performed the song “Wish List,” which was a part of Major League Baseball’s 2008 Oh Say Can You Sing CD, which raised money for charity.

    Shane Victorino may be nicknamed “The Flyin’ Hawaiian,” but his family tree also includes Chinese, Japanese, and Portuguese ancestors. Victorino was flyin’ long before he got to the big leagues. He was a state champion in the 100-, 200-, and 400-meters for his high school track team.

League Leaders

This oversized Ed Delehanty card is called a “cabinet” because fans used to put them in a cabinet to display to their friends. (Author’s Collection)

Ryan Howard hurt his Achilles’ Heel on the last play of the 2011 playoffs. Phillies fans hope he’ll be back at first base in 2012. (Black Book Partners)

This Richie Ashburn card came packed with Red Heart Dog Food. (John Morrell & Co.)

Don Hurst was one of the NL’s top sluggers for a few years in the 1930s. They Phillies traded him for Dolph Camili, which turned out to be a smart deal. (Goudey Gum Co.)

Jimmy Rollins is pictured here working out with Team USA before the World Baseball Classic. (Black Book Partners)

Tom Seaton warms up before a game in the Phillies’ old ballpark. (Author’s Collection)

Steve Carlton didn’t sign autographs for fans while he played. After he retired, he was very nice about signing. (Author’s Collection)

Jack Sanford came out of nowhere to lead the league in strikeouts as a rookie in 1957. Later, he pitched for the San Francisco Giants in the 1962 World Series. (Topps, Inc.)

  • Home Runs
    1889 — Sam Thompson — 20
    1893 — Ed Delehanty — 19
    1895 — Sam Thompson — 18
    1896 — Ed Delehanty — 13
    1913 — Gavvy Cravath — 19
    1914 — Gavvy Cravath — 19
    1915 — Gavvy Cravath — 24
    1917 — Gavvy Cravath — 12
    1918 — Gavvy Cravath — 8
    1919 — Gavvy Cravath — 12
    1920 — Cy Williams — 15
    1923 — Cy Williams — 41
    1927 — Cy Williams — 30
    1929 — Chuck Klein — 43
    1931 — Chuck Klein — 31
    1932 — Chuck Klein — 38
    1974 — Mike Schmidt — 36
    1975 — Mike Schmidt — 38
    1976 — Mike Schmidt — 38
    1980 — Mike Schmidt — 48
    1981 — Mike Schmidt — 31*
    1983 — Mike Schmidt — 40
    1984 — Mike Schmidt — 36
    1986 — Mike Schmidt — 37
    2003 — Jim Thome — 47
    2006 — Ryan Howard — 58
    2008 — Ryan Howard — 48
    2022 — Kyle Schwarber — 46

    * The 1981 season was shortened by a labor dispute.

  • Batting Average
    1891 — Billy Hamilton — .340
    1893 — Sam Thompson — .370
    1899 — Ed Delehanty — .410
    1910 — Sherry Magee — .331
    1929 — Lefty O’Doul — .398
    1933 — Chuck Klein — .368
    1947 — Harry Walker — .371*
    1955 — Richie Ashburn — .338
    1958 — Richie Ashburn — .350

    * Harry Walker also played for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1947.

  • Runs Batted In
    1893 — Ed Delehanty — 146
    1895 — Sam Thompson — 165
    1896 — Ed Delehanty — 126
    1898 — Napoleon Lajoie — 127
    1899 — Ed Delehanty — 137
    1900 — Elmer Flick — 110
    1907 — Sherry Magee — 123
    1910 — Sherry Magee — 123
    1913 — Gavvy Cravath — 128
    1914 — Sherry Magee — 103
    1915 — Gavvy Cravath — 115
    1931 — Chuck Klein — 121
    1932 — Don Hurst — 143
    1933 — Chuck Klein — 120
    1950 — Del Ennis — 126
    1975 — Greg Luzinski — 120
    1980 — Mike Schmidt — 121
    1981 — Mike Schmidt — 91*
    1984 — Mike Schmidt — 106
    1986 — Mike Schmidt — 119
    1992 — Darren Daulton — 109
    2006 — Ryan Howard — 149
    2008 — Ryan Howard — 146
    2009 — Ryan Howard — 141

    * The 1981 season was shortened by a labor dispute.

  • Stolen Bases
    1886 — Ed Andrews — 56
    1889 — Jim Fogarty — 99
    1890 — Billy Hamilton — 102
    1891 — Billy Hamilton — 111
    1894 — Billy Hamilton — 98
    1895 — Billy Hamilton — 97
    1898 — Ed Delehanty — 58
    1932 — Chuck Klein — 20
    1941 — Danny Murtagh — 18
    1948 — Richie Ashburn — 32
    2001 — Jimmy Rollins — 46

  • Wins
    1911 — Grover Cleveland Alexander—  28
    1913 — Tom Seaton — 27
    1914 — Grover Cleveland Alexander — 27
    1915 — Grover Cleveland Alexander — 31
    1916 — Grover Cleveland Alexander — 33
    1917 — Grover Cleveland Alexander — 30
    1931 — Jumbo Elliott — 19
    1952 — Robin Roberts — 28
    1953 — Robin Roberts — 23
    1954 — Robin Roberts — 23
    1955 — Robin Roberts — 23
    1972 — Steve Carlton — 27
    1977 — Steve Carlton — 23
    1980 — Steve Carlton — 24
    1982 — Steve Carlton — 23
    1983 — John Denny — 19
    2010 — Roy Halladay — 21

  • Strikeouts
    1910 — Earl Moore — 185
    1912 — Grover Cleveland Alexander — 195
    1913 — Tom Seaton — 168
    1914 — Grover Cleveland Alexander — 214
    1915 — Grover Cleveland Alexander — 241
    1916 — Grover Cleveland Alexander — 167
    1917 — Grover Cleveland Alexander — 200
    1939 — Claude Passeau — 137*
    1940 — Kirby Higbe — 137
    1953 — Robin Roberts — 198
    1954 — Robin Roberts — 185
    1957 — Jack Sanford — 188
    1967 — Jim Bunning — 253
    1972 — Steve Carlton — 310
    1974 — Steve Carlton — 240
    1980 — Steve Carlton — 286
    1982 — Steve Carlton — 286
    1983 — Steve Carlton — 275
    1997 — Curt Schilling — 319
    1998 — Curt Schilling — 300
    2021 — Zach Wheeler — 247

    * Claude Passeau also played with the Chicago Cubs in 1939.

  • Earned Run Average
    1887 — Dan Casey — 2.86
    1915 — Grover Cleveland Alexander — 1.22
    1916 — Grover Cleveland Alexander — 1.55
    1972 — Steve Carlton — 1.97
    1981 — Steve Carlton — 2.42

Phillies in the World Series

A program from the 1950 World Series. (Author’s Collection)

1915 Boston Red Sox Lost 4–1
1950 New York Yankees Lost 4–0
1980 Kansas City Royals Won 4–2
1983 Baltimore Orioles Lost 4–1
1993 Toronto Blue Jays Lost 4–2
2008 Tampa Bay Rays Won 4–1
2009 New York Yankees Lost 4–2

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