Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Phillies Blogathon: Hour 41

Chase Utley is the Phillies all-time leader in game played at second base.

Phillies Blogathon: Hour 41

(Ron Cortes / Staff Photographer)<br />
(Ron Cortes / Staff Photographer) Ronald Cortes

This past August, Chase Utley passed long-time Phillie favorite Tony Taylor for most games played at second base. (Taylor is shown above giving a commemorative base to Utley to mark the occassion.)

Below are all players that have manned that position in 400 or more games for the Fightins' (seasons denotes the first and last year each played for the Phillies; many had multiple stints with the club):

Rk.    Player Seasons          Games
  1. Chase Utley 2003- 1,038
  2. Tony Taylor 1960-76 1,003
  3. Otto Knabe 1907-13 931
  4. Mickey Morandini 1990-00 926
  5. Juan Samuel 1983-89 792
  6. Bill Hallman 1888-03 751
  7. Cookie Rojas 1963-69 617
  8. Kid Gleason 1888-08 575
  9. Fresco Thompson     1927-30 565
10. Granny Hamner 1944-59 561
11. Manny Trillo 1979-82 501
12. Dave Cash 1974-76 482
13. Marlon Anderson 1998-02 454
14. Denny Doyle 1970-73 427
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