I make no attempt to conceal that I am a lifelong fan of the Fightin Phils.
We hit bottom in 1992 - the Phillies lost 92 games and finished in dead last in the NL East. There was not a great deal of optimism that the Phils would do much better in 1993. But 1993 was a magical season - a worst to first Cinderella story - a season that included 97 wins, a playoff victory over the 104 win and heavily favored Braves, and a trip to the World Series.
What made this possible? Certainly luck had something to do with it. But more important was a sense of team - an unselfish style of play that allowed the Phils to platoon 3 positions (second base, right field and left field) with fantastic success. I was recently reminded of the incredible statistics these platoons generated by Mitch "the Wild Thing" Williams on MLB Tonight as he fondly remembered the 1993 team and compared it to this year's A's team.
Let's take a look at the platoons -
2nd Base - Mickey Morandini/Mariano Duncan
RF - Jim Eisenreich/Wes Chamberlain
LF - Milt "the Stilt" Thompson /Pete Incaviglia
Although perhaps not as well remembered as Dykstra, Daulton, Kruk, Schilling and the Wild Thing, these 6 platooners were truly the key to the Phillies 1993 magical season.