5 Former Philadelphia Phillies Outfielders Fans Wish They Had Back
5 Former Phils' Outfielders Who Got Away
What is really sad, though, is that their own outfield is depleted at the very time that four, maybe five, others who got away could have changed the entire outlook this past season.
When the Phillies traded Victorino to the Los Angeles Dodgers last year, they still haven’t been able to replace his production. For the past two years, the Phillies have been scrambling for outfield solutions that looks more like scrambles than solutions.
Victorino’s departure represents a bleeding of outfield talent in the organization that started a long time ago. It seems like every outfielder who leaves the Phillies has a better season than he did for the Phillies. Heck, the problem might date back to 2004, when the Phillies gave up on Marlon Byrd. This year, between the New York Mets and Pittsburgh Pirates, Byrd hit 24 home runs and had 88 RBIs.
At the end of the season, the Phillies converted second baseman Cesar Hernandez in center and a converted first baseman Darin Ruf in left. Things got so bad this year that the team was forced to bring up a lifetime .186 major league hitter like Michael Martinez twice to use as a fill-in piece in center. Worse yet, he was only a .246 career minor-league hitter. The Phillies' Triple-A team, the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs, must have sent the big club a thank-you note for taking Martinez off their hands.
Now the Phillies will have to find replacement parts elsewhere this offseason. Only notorious Dallas Cowboys fan Domonic Brown had a great season with 27 home runs and 83 RBIs.
Here are five outfielders who the Phillies might wish they had back:
5. Hunter Pence, San Francisco Giants
In a day when almost no one plays 162 games anymore, Pence not only played 162 games for the Giants at 30-years old, but excelled in most of them, getting 687 at-bats with 27 home runs and 99 RBIs while hitting .283.
4. Nate Schierholtz, Chicago Cubs
The Phillies let Schierholtz walk after he hit only .273 with one home run with five RBIs in 37 games in 2012, and have regretted the move every since because Schierholtz hit 21 home runs with 68 RBIs for the Cubs this season. Only Domonic Brown's 27 home runs provided more punch than Schierholtz could have for the Phils.
3. Raul Ibanez, Seattle Mariners
Ibanaez, at 41-years old, found the Fountain of Youth in the damp climate of the Pacific Northwest, hitting 29 home runs in 2013. In his last year with the Phillies in 2011, Ibanez had only 20 home runs.
2. Jayson Werth, Washington Nationals
The Phillies let Werth fly after he rose above their pay grade at the conclusion of the 2010 season. This year has been Werth’s best ever with 25 home runs, 82 RBIs and a .318 average.
1. Shane Victorino, Boston Red Sox
While the Phillies stayed at home, they got to watch Victorino lead his team into the World Series with a dramatic grand slam. In his 101 games with the Phillies in 2012, Victorino hit .261 with nine home runs and 40 RBIs. This year, in slightly more regular-season games for the Red Sox (122), Victorino hit 15 home runs with 61 RBIs and a .294 batting average.