The Phillies announced Monday that Juan Samuel will be inducted as the team’s 30th member of the Wall of Fame. The former second baseman spent his first 6 1/2 seasons in Philadelphia, stealing 246 bases from 1983-89 and making two All-Star teams.
Signed by the Phillies on April 29, 1980, Samuel debuted on Aug. 24, 1983. Batting leadoff, he tripled in his second at-bat. The next season, he set the organization’s single-season and rookie records with 72 stolen bases on his way to 105 runs scored and 191 hits. He also set modern club records for triples (19) and at-bats (701) in a season. Both marks were broken last season by Jimmy Rollins.
He became the first player in Major League history to reach double digits in doubles, triples, home runs and stolen bases in each of his first four seasons.
Samuel, 47, is currently coaching third base in Baltimore, and will attend the pregame ceremonies for the Aug. 8 game against the Pirates. All fans receive a commemorative poster of Samuel, courtesy of Toyota.
Fellow Wall of Famers Robin Roberts (1978), Jim Bunning (1984), Steve Carlton (1989), Mike Schmidt (1990), Dick Allen (1994), Greg Luzinski (1998), Tony Taylor (2002), Bob Boone (2005) and Dallas Green (2006) are expected to be in attendance.
Wall of Fame balloting annually begins with online voting on phillies.com during Spring Training. A total of 15 Phillies Alumni are on the ballot. The top five vote-getters are then presented to a special Wall of Fame Selection Committee that chooses the inductee.
The other four finalists this year were Darren Daulton, Lenny Dykstra, John Kruk and Greg Gross.
Samuel remained a fan favorite until June 18, 1989, when the Phillies traded him to the Mets in a deal that landed Dykstra. In 16 seasons, Samuel hit .259 with 396 stolen bases and 873 runs. (H/T Phillies.com)
Nice to see Sammy get the nod this year. Can’t wait to see what his plague will look like.