Jimmy Rollins - I'm not a big fan of Jimmy Rollins batting lead-off. I think he is too streaky and doesn't get on base enough to bat there. That being said, I love Jimmy Rollins. His defense is ridiculously underrated by most people. We haven't seen a shorstop with range and hands like this since Ivan DeJesus (not really, just wanted to give a shout out to Ivan, who didn't make the list...) Offensively, Rollins is solid. .280-.290, with double digits homers, 100 runs, and 70-80 driven in. My only compaint with Rollins (his spot in the batting order is not his fault...) is when he had his corn-rows with the massive hangtime, he looked like a woman. Not a good look. I prefer the 'fro.
Larry Bowa - Never got to see Bowa play as a Phillie, but I saw enough of him as a manager to understand what kind of player he must have been. That, along with 2 Gold Gloves, 5 All-Star appearances and finishing 3rd in the MVP voting in 1978 with these numbers - .294-3-43. Minor deduction for playing 14 games with the Mets in '85, but we understand, a man needs to get paid.
Steve Jeltz - a favorite here at WSBGM's, among his career hilights he can list "first pic on pabaseball.blogspot.com" as one of them. A switch-batting shortstop (I refrain from calling him a switch-hitter because couldn't hit a beachball off a tee), Jeltz teamed up with other blog favorite Jaun Samuel for a sweet, jheri-curled middle infield. With a career .210 average, the man is proof that sometimes style does win out over substance.
Kevin Stocker – came up from the minors in ’93 because Jaun Bell couldn’t get the job done. All he did was hit .324 and play stellar D. He gave the Phils a couple decent years after ’93, but his biggest contribution was packing his suitcase and trading places with Bobby Abreu. Nice trade. Apparently, this is what it feels like to play with the Devil Rays…
Dickie Thon – If his name was Ron, he wouldn’t be on this list. But it’s not Ron, it’s Dickie. And Dickie made the list.