1. Mike Schmidt
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: September 27, 1949 in Dayton, OH USA
  • Weight: 195 lbs.
  • Height: 6'2"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: September 12, 1972
  • Final Game: May 28, 1989
  • TSN All-Star - 1974
  • Gold Glove - 1976
  • TSN All-Star - 1976
  • Gold Glove - 1977
  • TSN All-Star - 1977
  • Gold Glove - 1978
  • Gold Glove - 1979
  • TSN All-Star - 1979
  • Gold Glove - 1980
  • Most Valuable Player - 1980
  • Silver Slugger - 1980
  • TSN All-Star - 1980
  • TSN Player of the Year - 1980
  • World Series MVP - 1980
  • Gold Glove - 1981
  • Most Valuable Player - 1981
  • Silver Slugger - 1981
  • TSN All-Star - 1981
  • Gold Glove - 1982
  • Silver Slugger - 1982
  • TSN All-Star - 1982
  • Gold Glove - 1983
  • Lou Gehrig Memorial Award - 1983
  • Silver Slugger - 1983
  • TSN All-Star - 1983
  • Gold Glove - 1984
  • Silver Slugger - 1984
  • TSN All-Star - 1984
  • Gold Glove - 1986
  • Most Valuable Player - 1986
  • Silver Slugger - 1986
  • TSN All-Star - 1986
  • TSN Player of the Year - 1986
 
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Before we started this list, we were pretty sure that Mike Schmidt was going to land at number one on our list of the 50 all-time Philadelphia Phillies.  As you can see, that is where he is ranked but as we poured through statistic after statistic, Schmidt was not just our number once choice, it was not even remotely close.

Many baseball publications and experts have labeled Mike Schmidt the greatest Third Basemen of all-time and it is easy to see why.  He had it all and did it all.  He may not have hit the highest Batting Average, but he was a three time National League leader in On Base Percentage and had four more top five finishes.  You already know his power numbers.  Schmidt won five Slugging Titles, five OPS Titles, eight Home Run Titles and four RBI Titles.  He could defend the hot corner, winning ten Gold Gloves and finishing in the top ten in Defensive bWAR six times.  Speaking of bWAR, he finished number one overall in the National League four times, finished second five times and is one of the few players to exceed 100 in his career, which was all as a Philadelphia Phillie.

More importantly, his rise to the baseball elite brought a winning culture in Philadelphia, something they hadn’t had in years.  Schmidt would help bring the team to the playoffs in 1976, the first time they had reached the post season in 26 years.  After playoff berths in 1977 and 1978, Schmidt propelled the Phillies to a World Series win, the first in franchise history and he was named he MVP for his efforts.

To no surprise, Schmidt was a first ballot Baseball Hall of Fame inductee in 1995.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Third Base
  • Acquired: Selected in the 2nd Round of the Amateur Draft 6/8/71.
  • Departed: Retired 5/29/89.
  • Games Played: 2404
  • Notable Statistics: 1,506 Runs Scored
    2,234 Hits
    408 Doubles
    59 Triples
    548 Home Runs
    1,595 RBI
    174 Stolen Bases
    .367/.380/.527 Slash Line
    106.5 bWAR
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    World Series Champion (1980)

    MVP (1980, 1981 & 1986)

    All Star Game (1974, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987 & 1989)

    Silver Slugger (1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984 & 1986)

    Gold Glove (1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984 & 1986)

    World Series MVP (1980)

    Lou Gehrig Award (1983)

    Highest bWAR for a Position Player (1974, 1977, 1980 & 1981)

    Highest On Base Percentage (1981, 1982 & 1983)

    Highest Slugging Percentage (1974, 1980, 1981, 1982 & 1986)

    Highest OPS (1980, 1981, 1982, 1984 & 1986)

    Most Runs Scored (1981)

    Most Total Bases (1976, 1980 & 1981)

    Most Home Runs (1974, 1975, 1976, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984 & 1986)

    Most Runs Batted In (1980, 1981, 1984 & 1986)

    Most Walks (1979, 1981, 1982 & 1983)

    Most Sacrifice Flies (1979 & 1980)

    Most Intentional Walks (1981 & 1986)

    Highest Power-Speed# (1975)

    Highest Win Probability Added (1980, 1981 & 1986)

    Most Assists by a Third Baseman (1974, 1976, 1977, 1980, 1981, 1982 & 1983)

    Most Double Plays Turned by a Third Basemen (1978, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1983 & 1987)

    Most Total Zone Runs by a Third Baseman (1975, 1977, 1978m 1979, 1980, 1981 & 1987)

    Highest Range Factor per Game by a Third Baseman (1976, 1977, 1980 & 1981)

    Highest Fielding Percentage by a Third Baseman (1986)
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