5. ⚾️ Ranking MLB's all-time rosters (No. 14)
14. Philadelphia Phillies
They might only have one obvious all-timer in their starting lineup (Mike Schmidt), but it's rounded out by a roster of truly stellar second bananas. Also, Dick Allen is definitely the leader in the category of "guys I knew nothing about whose Baseball Reference page made my jaw drop."
- Year established: 1883
- All-time record: 9,825-11,000 (.472)
- World Series Championships: 2
- Hall of Famers (indicated by *): 9
- OF Billy Hamilton* (36.4 bWAR with team)
- SS Jimmy Rollins (47.6)
- 3B Mike Schmidt* (106.9)
- 1B Dick Allen (35.4)
- 2B Chase Utley (62)
- OF Bobby Abreu (47.2)
- OF Ed Delahanty* (60.9)
- DH Ryan Howard (14.7)
- C Darren Daulton (22.5)
On the mound: SP Steve Carlton* (69.4)
- Infield: 2B Tony Taylor (17.6), 3B Scott Rolen (29.2), SS Larry Bowa (21.6), C Carlos Ruiz (21.8)
- Outfield: Richie Ashburn* (58.2), Sherry Magee (48.3), Chuck Klein* (36.5)
- Utility: Curt Schilling (36.3), Johnny Callison (39.4)
- Rotation: Pete Alexander* (61.1), Robin Roberts* (71.8), Cole Hamels (43), Jim Bunning* (30.8)
- Bullpen: Jim Konstanty (8.4), Tug McGraw (8.4), Turk Farrell (11.2)
- Carlton finished 36% of the games he started and is one of just four pitchers (Roger Clemens, Randy Johnson, Greg Maddux) to win four Cy Youngs.
- Utley was so much better than I remembered. How do I put this: During Utley's peak (2005-09), he rattled off five straight seasons of 7+ WAR, while Nolan Arenado has yet to amass 7 WAR in even a single season.
ICYMI ... 30. Rays, 29. Royals, 28. Diamondbacks, 27. Blue Jays, 26. Angels, 25. Padres, 24. Rockies, 23. Brewers; 22. Nationals, 21. Mets, 20. Orioles, 19. Twins, 18. Astros, 17. Marlins, 16. White Sox, 15. Athletics
Huge thanks to Tom Stone, whose book "Now Taking the Field: Baseball's All-Time Dream Teams for All 30 Franchises," provided the inspiration for these rosters.