John Kruk - If I were a bookmaker, I would make ol' One Nut the odds on favorite to take this vote. Kruk was a fun-loving (see: alcoholism), hard-playing fan favorite. He looked more like a truckdriver playing rec-league softball, than an "athlete." Except, no other fat, beer-swilling trucker from West Virgina could hit like the Krukker. His look and attitude separated him from the pack, though. Without it, he's just Hal Morris. After his playing career, he became a top notch baseball analyst. Again, you don't see Hal Morris' face all over ESPN. There are so many positive things to say about Kruk, you could write a book. Of course, you could just read Kruk's. Feel free to contribute your favorite Kruk story, I'll post the best of the best here...
Von Hayes - Von Hayes gets killed by Phillies fans, sometimes. But I'm here to defend Hayes. Sure, he was traded for 5 other players, but 4 of them sucked, and the one that didn't, Julio Franco, was a young kid. Moreover, the Phils needed someone to replace the less-than-stellar (.245, 0 homers) Pete Rose at first base. Excluding the first and last years Hayes played with the Phils (because they sucked), Hayes hit .276 with 118 homeruns in 7 seasons. Given the time, those are solid numbers. He also was in the top ten in OBP for 3 of those years and led the league in runs, doubles, and extra-base hits once each. He played on some teams that had little power (other than Michael Jack), yet he occasionally batted lead-off because of his on base skills. What a novel idea. Of course, that situation never has and likely never will occur again in Phildelphia. He also rocked the powder blue uni. All that being said, I kind of think Von Hayes sucks.
Dick Allen - We heard the call and have obliged, here is a player that we never saw play. We can base our opinions on this player only on stats and others' subjective writings. So, I present Dick Allen from Baseball Reference and Wikipedia.
On his career: "Perhaps the single most controversial player of his time, Allen's image was both one of rebellion against a conservative, white power structure, and also one of self-centered pigheadedness. Bill James, in a revised ranking of first basemen in 2005, ranked Allen as the 15th greatest of all time, behind Jimmie Foxx, Willie McCovey, and others. The years from 1964 to 1969 were uniformly excellent for Allen as a hitter. Even as major league baseball entered a "dead ball" era, Allen typically had high batting averages, high on-base percentages, and high slugging averages. He was fourth in the MVP voting in
On his behavior: "He got in a fistfight with the popular Phillie Frank Thomas in July 1965, gashed his throwing hand by pushing it through a car headlight on August 24, 1967, and earned a 26-game suspension in June 1969 after being stopped by police for erratic driving, and showing up late to a doubleheader; he also began drinking heavily. The Phillies' 'Boo Bird' fans exacerbated Allen's problems. Initially the abuse was verbal, with obscenities and racial epithets. Eventually Allen was greeted with showers of fruit, ice, refuse, and even flashlight batteries as he took the field. He began wearing his batting helmet even while playing his defensive position in the field, which gave rise to another nickname, "Crash Helmet", shortened to "Crash".
Ricky Jordan - He hit a homerun in his first at-bat with the Phillies. His batting stance was so cool, I hit like Ricky Jordan for a whole summer of Wiffle-Ball. After that, I would be reaching for compliments. But because of his stance, he gets honorable mention.