A poster seems like the perfect memento, since Samuel cited hitting a game-winning home run on "Juan Samuel Poster Day" as one of his Phillies highlights.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 attend. Wall of Fame balloting annually begins with online voting on phillies.com during Spring Training. A total of 15 former Phillies 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. The announcement comes two days shy of the 19th anniversary of the toughest day of Samuel's career. On June 18, 1989, he was dealt to the Mets for Dykstra and reliever Roger McDowell. In a separate deal, closer Steve Bedrosian was also traded. "I cried," he said. "I didn't see it coming. We were playing the Mets and it was the eighth inning, and I thought Bedrock [closer Steve Bedrosian] should be warming up in the bullpen. I looked up at the Jumbrotron and Bedrock was traded [to the Giants].
"After the game, I got called to go to the manager's office. I thought, 'What did I do?' When they told me, I was shocked, because I loved it there and thought I was going to be there for a long time. From that point on, I was like I'm still going to playing in the Major Leagues, and I'm still going to be playing baseball."Nineteen years later, he'll be immortalized as a Phillie, the team he never wanted to leave.
Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.