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Steve Carlton vs. Mike Schmidt

June 26th, 2019 by Kyle Lutz | Comments Off on Steve Carlton vs. Mike Schmidt | Filed in Baseball, General, MLB, Phillies, Sports

Both are Hall-of-Famers, both are two of the best players in Phillies’ history and both had legendary careers, but who’s better? I feel Carlton is, for the record.

(Bill Ingraham/AP Photo)

The bias towards Schmidt in this town is interesting, especially since everybody hated him during his playing career. Now it’s the complete opposite, and not at a healthy medium either, like it probably should be. Sure, I love Schmidt myself for what he’s done for this organization, although I never got to see him play, unfortunately. And there’s no denying that he’s one of the best ever at the hot corner, if not the best; both offensively and defensively. Schmidt’s a likable guy as well, which makes it even easier to respect his playing-career accomplishments.

As for Carlton, he won 329 major-league games, 241 of them coming as a Phillie. He had a respectable winning percentage of 57.4, and struck out over 4,000 batters in 24 years in the majors. 15 out of his 24 major-league seasons were spent with Philadelphia, from 1972-86. Impressively, he won 20 or more games in his career six times, four of which culminated with a Cy-Young victory.

Carlton’s ranked 11th all-time in major-league victories, and second all-time among left handers (only Warren Spahn has more victories for a southpaw, with 363). Carlton became a first-ballot Hall-of-Famer in 1994, earning an impressive 95.6% of the vote. Schmidt was inducted a year later, earning a equally-impressive 96.5% of the vote, as a first-ballot Hall-of-Famer as well.

Individual accomplishments aside, back to the debate.


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Price of Admission

April 17th, 2011 by Mike H. | 3 Comments | Filed in Baseball, Phillies

Just under a year ago, Ryan Howard signed a contract extension for the Phillies that is valued at 5 years and 125 million dollars and could climb to 6 years and 138 million dollars. Fans and reporters scoffed at the contract citing Howard is already in the decline and that the contract will be an albatross by the time it ends. Even now, they point to Howard’s 2010 numbers as further justification that he is in the decline. So even though Howard lost seventeen games after rolling his ankle and achieved his fifth straight season of at least 30 home runs and at least 100 runs batted in, he is declining?

With the news of the Red Sox and newly acquired slugger Adrian Gonzalez agreeing to a 7 year and 154 million dollar contract, I thought I’d match up some current figures among slugging first baseman. I’d like to also point out, that I have yet to hear one report of Gonzalez’ contract being foolish.



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