A Brief History of Left-Handed Hitting in Philadelphia

Posted: 25th May 2010 by Asher Chancey in MLB
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In 2010, the Philadelphia Phillies fully anticipate making the playoffs for the fourth straight year, and for many Philadelphians anything less than a World Series appearance would be a disappointment. The Phillies have gotten to this point, in part, on the basis of the best left-handed hitting in the National League. There was a time, however, when dominant left-handed hitting by the Philadelphia Phillies was incredibly deceptive and actually masked severe deficiencies in the Phillies' lineup. In fact, for an entire generation—from 1890 to 1938—if it appeared that a Phillies batter was an elite hitter, there was one question that you could ask to determine if he was truly great or if it was a facade.

Did he hit left-handed?

In essence, if a Philli ...

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