Throughout the Phillies’ rebuilding process, many players have come and gone through the organization. A handful of those players still possess the tools to assist a team in a playoff run, but were shipped out of Citizens Bank Park in favor of the youth movement. As the MLB’s championship series have begun, plenty of the ex-Phils are still playing (and producing) for teams in search of a World Series title.
In Los Angeles, a couple of the most important players in Phillies history are playing for the Dodgers. Chase Utley (2003-2015), who was traded on the backend of the 2015 season, starts at second base and has been a key contributor for LA throughout this season. Chase made six all-star teams during his legendary tenure in Philadelphia and hit .292 with 33 home runs for the 2008 World Series Championship-winning team. Recently joining Chase on the Dodgers was Carlos Ruiz (2006-2016), who was traded in late August. As a Phillie, Chooch was selected to an all-star game and caught 4 no-hitters, which is tied for the MLB record (Jason Varitek). He also delivered the game-winning hit for LAD in Game 5 of the NLDS against the Nationals and has been both a solid backup to Yasmani Grandal as well as a pinch-hitting threat off the bench. Yet another former Phillie in Hollywood is Joe Blanton (2008-2012), who was a part of the 2008 starting pitching rotation; however, his greatest moment in Philly does not involve pitching. In Game 4 of the 2008 World Series, Blanton smashed a home run into the left field seats to extend the lead to four. He has been a solid bullpen piece for LA this season, pitching to a 2.48 ERA, but gave up five runs in two-thirds of an inning in Game 1 of the NLCS against the Cubs on Saturday night.
Up north, in Toronto, there are a couple of departed Phillies looming in the pitching staff. Gavin Floyd (2004-2006) was selected by the Phillies with the fourth overall pick in the 2001 draft. After being promoted to the big leagues in 2004, Floyd struggled mightily before being traded to the White Sox in 2006. He is out for the remainder of this season after tearing his right lat muscle, but pitched in 28 games for the Blue Jays in 2016. Arguably the Blue Jays’ best starting pitcher in 2016 was J.A. Happ (2007-2010), who finished with a 20-4 record and a 3.18 ERA. Although Happ pitched in both 2007 and 2008 for the Phillies, he did not pitch enough innings to lose his rookie eligiblity and finished second in the 2009 NL Rookie of the Year voting. He ended the 2009 campaign with a 12-4 record and a 2.93 ERA. In 2010, however, he was traded to Houston (along with 2016 NL steals champion Jonathan Villar) in exchange for Roy Oswalt.
AL Central-champion Indians are the last remaining playoff team in which you are able to find ex-Phillies. Utility man Michael Martinez (2011-2013) has only batted over .250 once in his career, but his ability to play almost every position on the field has found him playing time at almost every place that he has been. In 59 regular season games with Cleveland in 2016, Martinez hit .242 and played everywhere except first base, catcher, and (obviously) pitcher. The second Indian who made a stop in Philly is Jeff Manship (2014), who pitched to a 6.65 ERA in 23 innings as a Phillie. Despite his struggles for the Phils, Manship has been a serviceable reliever for the Tribe in 2016, achieving a 3.12 ERA in 43.1 innings pitched.
In the Windy City, the Cubs have no former Phillies on their roster; nevertheless, there are more players to mention. Worth mentioning are a few teams that have been eliminated in the early rounds of the playoffs. The Rangers included pitchers Cole Hamels (2006-2015) and Jake Diekman (2012-2015), who were traded in a blockbuster deal at the 2015 trade deadline. In the Bay Area, Hunter Pence (2011-2012) returned from injury in time for the postseason, but the Giants could not get past the Cubs. As previously mentioned, the Nationals lost a heartbreaker in Game 5 of the NLDS to the Dodgers, and left fielder Jayson Werth (2007-2010) will not be receiving his second world series ring this season.
There may be no current Phillies playing in the 2016 postseason, but that does not mean that you can not cheer on some of the former Phils.