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The Phils have just announce their newest member to their Walk of Fame, and it is former Phils’ catcher, Darren Daulton.

The Phils have officially announced their newest member to enter the Phils’ Walk of Fame, and it is former catcher, Darren ‘Dutch’ Daulton, a mainstay of their teams of the late ’80s and ’90s.

Darren Daulton, born in Arkansas City, Kansas, on January 3, 1962, was drafted by the Phils in 1980, the year that they won their first World Championship. He made his major league debut on September 25, 1983, before joining the main club to stay in 1985. He played for the Phils fulltime from 1985 to 1997, before being traded to the Florida Marlins on July 21, 1997, becoming a member of the Marlins’ first World Championship team. He retired after the ’97 season.

In about 14 years of service with the Phils, Daulton played in 1109 games, compling a .245 career batting average as a Phil, as he collected 858 hits, of which 189 were doubles, 23 were triples and 134 were home runs, while he had 567 RBIs and scored 489 runs. He also walked 607 times. As a Phils, he won the RBI title in 1992, knocking in 109 RBIs, becoming the fourth catcher in major league history to do so, as he also won a Silver Slugger that season. Daulton then knocked in 105 RBIs in 1993, thus being the only Phils’ catcher to knock in more than 100 runs in two seasons or more. He was a three-time member of the NL All-Star team, doing so in 1992-1993 and 1995, each time as a Phil. This would tie him with Bob Boone for the most All-Star selections by a Phil’s catcher. In 1997, as a member of both the Phils and the Marlins, he was named the NL Comback Player of the Year. He was a member of the 1993 NL Champions Phillies, as one of the team’s leaders, to go along with his being a member of the 1997 World Champions Marlins.

Among the records that he set as a catcher for the Phils, he received the most walks by a catcher during a season by receiving 117 free passes in 1993. He knocked in the most RBIs by a catcher in a season with 109 in 1992, the year that he won the title. Also, in 1993, he hit the most doubles by a Phil’s catcher, 35, made the most putouts by a catcher, 981, and started the most double plays by a catcher, 19. As a Phil, he caught 965 games, to place him fourth on the team’s all-time list. He was also named the starting catcher of the all-Vet team during the year that Veterans Stadium was officially closed, 2003.

Daulton will be inducted into the Walk of Fame on August 6, prior to the Phils-Mets game, at 7:05 pm Eastern.


Utley wins his third Silver Slugger as the best offensive second baseman in the National League.

Utley wins third straight Silver Slugger

Second baseman led position in average, homers, RBIs

Utley has continued to gain respect. The Silver Slugger may pale in comparison to the ring he earned for helping the Phillies win their first World Series championship since 1980, and the second in the franchise’s 125-year history. However, the award, announced Thursday, represents offensive excellence at a position traditionally known for defense, and affirms that Utley is as good as it gets among his peers.

As a member of the World Series champions, Utley pounded a career-high 33 homers and drove in 104 RBIs, one fewer than his career best. Despite nagging injuries that dogged him for most of the second half, Utley played in 159 games. Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia won the award in the American League.

The other National League winners were catcher Brian McCann (Braves), first baseman Albert Pujols (Cardinals), third baseman David Wright (Mets), shortstop Hanley Ramirez (Marlins), outfielders Ryan Ludwick (Cardinals), Ryan Braun (Brewers) and Matt Holliday (traded from the Rockies to the A’s on Tuesday) and pitcher Carlos Zambrano (Cubs).

Although quiet in the NL Division Series and World Series, Utley hit .353 in the NL Championship Series against the Dodgers.

The 29-year-old led NL second basemen in hits (177), runs (113), RBIs (104), on-base percentage (.380), slugging percentage (.583) and extra-base hits (78). His 33 homers were the highest total for a second baseman in the Majors, and the lefty swinger totaled 100 RBIs for the fourth straight season.

2008 Silver Sluggers

 C Joe Mauer, MIN
1B Justin Morneau, MIN
2B Dustin Pedroia, BOS
3B Alex Rodriguez, NYY
SS Derek Jeter, NYY
OF Josh Hamilton, TEX
OF Carlos Quentin, CWS
OF Grady Sizemore, CLE
DH Aubrey Huff, BAL
C Brian McCann, ATL
1B Albert Pujols, STL
2B Chase Utley, PHI
3B David Wright, NYM
SS Hanley Ramirez, FLA
OF Ryan Braun, MIL
OF Matt Holliday, COL
OF Ryan Ludwick, STL
P Carlos Zambrano, CHC

Utley has being doing this for a while. The three-time All-Star has more homers (112), RBIs (404), hits (702) and runs scored (433) than any other second baseman over the past four seasons.

“He’s a special player,” manager Charlie Manuel said, during the season. “I never worry about him [when he’s not hitting], because I know he’s always going to come out of it.”

Louisville Slugger’s Silver Slugger Award winners were determined by a vote of Major League Baseball coaches and managers who vote for the players they felt were the best offensive producers at each position in each league. Selections are based on a combination of offensive statistics, including batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage, as well as the coaches’ and managers’ general impressions of a player’s overall offensive value.

Managers and coaches couldn’t vote for players on their own team.

The specially designed Silver Slugger will be presented to each player by a representative of the Hillerich & Bradsby Co., makers of Louisville Slugger, the official bat of Major League Baseball, in a ceremony early in the 2009 season. The trophy is three feet tall and bears the engraved name of the winner and his Silver Slugger teammates in his respective league.

The Silver Slugger Award was instituted by H&B in 1980 as a natural extension of the Silver Bat Award, which is, as its name indicates, a silver-plated bat presented by Louisville Slugger to the batting champions in the AL and NL. This year’s Silver Bat Award winners were Atlanta’s Chipper Jones, who hit .364 to win the NL batting title, and Minnesota’s Joe Mauer, who hit .328 to claim the AL honor.

“I can’t say enough about Ut,” Manuel said, after Utley batted .352 in April. “When I start talking about Chase, you could probably come back a year later, and I could still be talking. He’s that good, and you can never say enough about him.”

A notable omission to the list of Silver Slugger winners was first baseman Ryan Howard, who led the Major Leagues with 48 home runs and 148 RBIs. That award went to Pujols, and could be a harbinger for Monday’s NL Most Valuable Player announcement. (H/T Phillies.com)

And Utley shows once again that he is just as good with the bat as he is with the glove. Once again, nice going, Chase.

Live Journal: Several things that I didn’t say before now…

Originally post November 28, 2007 and edited from a longer post with some non-Phillies elements removed:

Okay, let’s begin….

I hated seeing the Phils get swept in the playoffs by the Rockies. I hated it even worst when they did the same things to the Diamondbacks. But, when I saw the Red Sox defeat the Indians the same way they defeated the New York Yankess back in 2004, coming from behind with a 3 games to 1 deficit, I had a feeling that somebody somewhere was rewinding the film and it was 2004 again, only this time it would be the Rockies playing the part of the NL champ that would be swept in four games by the boys from Beantown. And boy, was I right. The Rockies went down in flames losing to the BoSox 4 games to 0. Anyway, congrats Red Sox. Just please, do not become the 21st Century version of the Yankees..

M.V.P.!!! M.V.P.!!! M.V.P.!!! Need I say more? 🙂 Let’s see, Rollins now owns a Gold Glove, a Silver Slugger and the M.V.P. for the year, while Aaron Rowland won a Gold Glove for his work in the outfield and Chase Utley won a second Silver Slugger at Second. Boy, that’s a lot of bling this year, isn’t it? ;p But, I agree with JayRoll. I rather have the World Series trophy. Pssst, message for the secret cabal running the Phils: Spend some money on real talent, you morons!!! This team have shown that it can win. Now go out there and get somebody who can get them into the World Series and win it, you idiots, and please, no more of those bargain basement crap players that you guys keep bringing us. I, and a lot of other Phillies fans want to see some Grade-A studs coming here. Is that too much to ask? Oh, and that would incude getting off your collective ***** and get Rowland resigned. Idiots!!!