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Most Valuable Phils All Time



Based on a recent post on AN, I wondered how the current Phils stars compare to their all time greats.

Based on data from Baseball Reference here are the all time "Most Valuable Phils" as measured by WAR:

1. Mike Schmidt - 108.3
2. Robin Roberts - 67.8
3. Ed Delahanty - 67.0
4. Steve Carlton - 63.5
5. Pete Alexander - 54.6
6. Richie Ashburn - 52.3
7. Sherry Magee - 47.6
8. Bobby Abreu - 46.6
9. Roy Thomas - 39.7
10. Billy Hamilton -39.4
11. Chase Utley - 37.1 (fangraphs says his WAR is 42.3)

Among current Phils:

1. Utley - 37.1
2. Rollins - 29.9
3. Howard - 20.1
4. Hamels - 14.1
5. Werth - 12.6
6. Victorino - 12.0

*It surprised me how many players who have been retired for close to a century made the list, I guess that's what happens when you're the "oldest continous, one name, one-city francise in all pro-American sports (1883)"

*Bobby Abreu's career as a Phil was worth more than the combined Phil careers of Howard, Werth, and Victorino combined.

*When considering WAR/Plate Appearance, Werth is well ahead of Howard (0.007 WAR per PA to 0.0057), but both are well behind Utley (0.009). I suppose UZR and the position adjustment is not kind to Howard. It'll be interesting  follow Werth's vs. Howard's WAR over the next few years as a rough way to evaluate Amaro (assuming that Werth leaves for more green).

*It'll be interesting to see if Hamels is able to pass Howard one day, and how high Utley can climb on the all time list.  I'm hopeful he can get into the top 5 overall, and in the top 3 of position players. If we're real lucky maybe even second all time?

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