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Former Phillies Nominated To Hall Of Fame

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At this time of year, some of the most well-known players are nominated to be enshrined at Cooperstown, New York, to be forever remembered in the Baseball Hall of Fame. This year the Philadelphia Phillies have some well-known players on the ballot, as they look to be entered into the Hall of Fame.

Former first baseman, Ryan Howard, shortstop Jimmy Rollins, and former Phillies and Red Sox closer, Jonathon Papelbon have all been added to the 2021 Hall of Fame ballot. After long, accomplished careers these three have finally been nominated to where all baseball players dream of ending their careers. These new additions look to have their names engraved into history as they look to enter the Hall of Fame.

The Star Shortstop

Jimmy Rollins was always known as one of the captains of the Phillies during his tenure with the organization. During his time in Philadelphia, Rollins became one of the most well-known players in Phillies history. Known for his good hitting ability, great defensive ability, and electrifying speed, Rollins is hoping that these elite tools that he brought with him can help him achieve the ultimate goal.

Rollins had a career batting average of .264, 231 home runs, an on-base percentage of .320, a slugging percentage of .418, and a stolen base total of 470. Rollins was also a four-time Gold Glove recipient, a one-time silver slugger winner, a three-time all-star, and the recipient of the 2007 National League MVP.

In 2008, he helped the Phillies win their second World Series in franchise history, and is also the Phillies’ all-time leader in hits. Rollins has the stats to be a Hall of Famer, whether it is this year or sometime in the future, Jimmy Rollins should end up in the Hall of Fame.

The MVP at First

In his prime, Ryan Howard was one of the premier hitters in baseball. No park was too big for Howard, as it was common for him to hit mammoth-sized home runs when he was at his best. Howard had some big shoes to fill when he first came up.

Replacing the great Jim Thome as the franchise’s newest first baseman. Howard’s career stats were a .258 batting average, .343 on-base percentage, a slugging percentage of .515, 382 home runs, 1,194 RBI’s. In addition, the 13-year veteran, won the NL MVP in 2006, rookie of the year in 2005, a three-time all-star, and a recipient of the silver slugger award.

I believe it will take Howard longer to get nominated if he even makes it in. What is against him is the number of strikeouts that he has, and how the second half of his career he didn’t play that great. So it may be a bit of a struggle for Howard to get in, however, he has the potential to get in even with the difficulty he had in the back end of his career.

The Controversial Closer

Even though he spent the majority of his career with the Boston Red Sox, Jonathon Papelbon pitched quite well during his time in Philadelphia. During a time after the Phillies cut ties with Brad Lidge, they needed to acquire a closer, and Jonathon Papelbon just happened to be that guy.

Papelbon lasted twelve successful seasons in the major leagues. His career numbers were a, 41-36 record, an ERA of 2.44, 725.5 innings pitched, 808 strikeouts, and a total of 368 saves. Papelbon was a fantastic closer during this generation of baseball, and he was also awarded a World Series ring with the Red Sox back in 2007.

Even though his time in Philadelphia was short, Phillies fans will remember the good times that he had with the franchise, even though things ended on a rough note. He was well-liked for most of his time in Philadelphia and could be awarded to be enshrined in Cooperstown, New York.

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