1974 Philadelphia Phillies season

1974 Philadelphia Phillies season

The 1974 Philadelphia Phillies season was the 92nd season in franchise history. The Phillies finished in third place in the National League East with a record of 80 wins and 82 losses. They would not finish below .500 again until going 75-87 in 1985.

Offseason

Regular season

Third baseman Mike Schmidt had a breakout season in 1974, leading the National League in home runs and demonstrating his prowess in the field. On June 10, Schmidt hit what many felt should have been a home run when the ball hit the public address speaker that hung 117 feet above and 329 feet away from home plate at the Astrodome in Houston. The ball hit the speaker, fell to the field, and, by the Astrodome's ground rules, remained in play. Since Schmidt had already started his slow home run trot, he was held to a single. (There were runners on first and second when the ball was hit, and they each advanced only one base.) Many experts agree the ball would have traveled in excess of 500 feet.

Season standings

NL East W L Pct. GB
Pittsburgh Pirates 88 74 .543 --
St. Louis Cardinals 86 75 .534 1.5
Philadelphia Phillies 80 82 .494 8
Montreal Expos 79 82 .491 8.5
New York Mets 71 91 .438 17
Chicago Cubs 66 96 .407 22

Notable transactions

  • June 5, 1974: 1974 Major League Baseball Draft
    • Derek Botelho was drafted by the Phillies in the 26th round, but did not sign.[3]
    • Ken Phelps was drafted by the Phillies in the 1st round (19th pick) of the secondary phase, but did not sign.[4]
  • June 15, 1974: Jeff Schneider was signed as an amateur free agent by the Phillies.[5]
  • July 2, 1974: John Poff was signed as an amateur free agent by the Phillies.[6]

Roster

1974 Philadelphia Phillies
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
3B Schmidt, MikeMike Schmidt 162 568 160 .282 36 116

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Taylor, TonyTony Taylor 62 64 21 .328 2 13
Cox, LarryLarry Cox 30 53 9 .170 0 4
Grabarkewitz, BillyBilly Grabarkewitz 34 30 4 .133 1 2

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Carlton, SteveSteve Carlton 39 291 16 13 3.22 240

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Christenson, LarryLarry Christenson 10 1 1 2 4.30 18

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Toledo Mud Hens International League Jim Bunning
AA Reading Phillies Eastern League Bob Wellman
A Rocky Mount Phillies Carolina League Cal Emery
A Spartanburg Phillies Western Carolinas League Howie Bedell
Short-Season A Auburn Phillies New York-Penn League Larry Rojas
Rookie Pulaski Phillies Appalachian League Bob Wren
[7]

Notes

References

  • 1974 Philadelphia Phillies season at Baseball Reference