Part 1 of a 9 Part Series
The Philadelphia Phillies hold the distinction of the longest standing franchise in professional sports having been formed 127 years ago. As many Phillies fans will attest, the team has endured more than its fair share of lean seasons on its way to also setting the record for most losses with 10,167 and counting.
Of course, a great deal of that is ancient history as the team is currently considered one of the elite teams in baseball, if not professional sports. The present period of prosperity has included three consecutive National League Eastern Division Titles, two straight National League Pennants and the 2008 World Series Championship.
Besides the actual accomplishments, Philadelphia has transformed into a baseball destination spot. Night in and night out, arguably the best venue in sports is filled to capacity with passionate fans who come to see some of the very best players its sport has to offer.
As the team prepares to embark on another promising season, I have decided to take a look back through the Philadelphia Phillies checkered past to see how current players stack up against their predecessors. As part of that trip through time, I present to you the Philadelphia Phillies All-Time Line-Up. No rules, no guidelines– just my own personal anachronistic "Dream Team."