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Utley among leaders in Phils' All-Time 9

Utley among leaders in Phils' All-Time 9

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PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies fans agree that Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins had the best seasons at their respective positions in franchise history.


More than 4.1 million votes have been cast since the 9/9/09 debut of the "All-Time 9s," a platform for fans to debate the greatest single-season performances for all 30 Major League franchises. The voting marks the start of MLB.com's Lineup Card campaign, a gathering place for the posting and never-ending discussion of the greatest past and present lineups.

Here's a look at how the Phillies' closest races are shaping up:

Catcher Mike Lieberthal has about a 1,000-vote lead over Darren Daulton. Lieberthal caught 1,139 games for the Phillies, more than any other catcher in franchise history. His 1999 season (.300, 31 home runs, 96 RBIs) is going against Daulton's '93 season (.257, 24, 105).

The other races aren't nearly as close. Richie Asbhurn (.344, 4, 63, in 1951), Chuck Klein (.386, 40, 170 in '30) and Greg Luzinski (.309, 39, 130 in '77) outpace the other outfielders.

Mike Schmidt's 1980 season (.286, 48, 121) is ahead of the other third baseman.

Rollins (.296, 30, 94 in 2007), Utley (.309, 32, 102 in '06) and Howard (.313, 58, 149 in '06) are crushing the competition.

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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