D League: The All No-Ring Team
January 27, 2011
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Winning is everything to some. In this week’s column, I compiled a team of players who have not tasted glory in their careers despite putting up some great numbers.
Here are some excerpts from the list, highlighting a current and former Phillies.
DH: Jim Thome - Big Jim probably has been teased the most time with a championship. He was traded from the Phillies to the White Sox in 2006, the year after they won the World Series. Two years later, the Phils won the World Series. In 2009 when with the Dodgers, the Phils prevented him from making the World Series. And last year, the Twins fell flat on their faces in the playoffs.
But his career is nothing short of amazing. One of the only true hitters that came out of the steroids era untainted (like Guerrero), Thome hit .278 and is only 11 big flies away from the very prestigious 600 mark. If I could pick only one person on this list to win a ring, it would be Thome (yes, even over the next guy who is currently playing on my Phils). He was a five-time All-Star, Silver Slugger winner and (my favorite) a Roberto Clemente Award winner in 2002.
SP: Roy Halladay – Doc won’t be on this list for long. Call it homerism if you want but I would be a fool to think that the Phillies will not win another World Series with this group of players. He made his playoff debut last season, ending any speculation as to whether or not he could be a playoff pitcher with no-hitting the number one offense in the NL in Cincinnati.
Halladay is a two-time Cy Young winner, winning one in each league. He’s thrown a perfect game and playoff no-hitter, both in 2010. He’s a seven-time All-Star and has led both the AL and NL in wins. He’s arguably the best pitcher in the game so it’s easy to say he’s the best pitcher to never win a ring.
Read the entire list here.