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The Basics
Nickname: Iron Mike
Position: Third Baseman
Jersey Number: 20
Years of Service: 1972-1989
Teams He Played For: Philadelphia Phillies

Career Statistics

Games Played: 2404 (80th all-time)
Plate Appearances: 10,062 (76th all-time)
At Bats: 8352 (108th all-time)
Runs: 1506 (69th all-time)
Hits: 2234 (164th all-time)
Doubles: 408 (160th all-time)
Triples: 59
Batting Average: .267
Homeruns: 548 (15th all-time)
Runs Batted In: 1595 (35th all-time)
Stolen Bases: 174
Walks: 1507 (18th all-time)
Strikeouts: 1883 (10th all-time)
BB/K Ratio: 0.80
On Base Percentage: .380 (166th all-time)
Slugging Percentage: .527 (53rd all-time)
OBP+SLG: .908 (58th all-time)
Wins Above Replacement: 103.0 (23rd all-time)
Offensive WAR: 87.6 (24th all-time)
Defensive WAR: 17.6 (68th all-time)

Playoff Statistics

Games Played: 36
Plate Appearances: 158
At Bats: 140
Runs: 19
Hits: 33
Doubles: 9
Triples: 0
Batting Average: .236
Homeruns: 4
Runs Batted In: 16
Stolen Bases: 1
Walks: 15
Strikeouts: 27
BB/K Ratio: 0.56
On Base Percentage: .304
Slugging Percentage: .386
OBP+SLG: .690


Inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame (1995)
World Series Champion (1980)
Won the NL MVP (1980, 1981, 1986)
Won the WS MVP (1980)
Won the Gold Glove (1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986)
Won the Silver Slugger (1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986)
Won the Lou Gehrig Memorial Award (1983)
Played in All-Star Game (1974, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1989)
Named to MLB All-Time Team
Named to MLB All-Century Team
WAR (1,1,2,2,2,2,3,3,3,5,5,5,10)
WAR for Position Players (1,1,1,1,2,2,2,2,2,3,3,4,7)
Offensive WAR (1,1,1,1,2,2,2,2,3,3,5,8,9)
Defensive WAR (3,4,4,7,7,7,8,9)
Batting Average (4)
Runs (1,2,2,3,3,3,3,3,3,6,7,9,10)
Doubles (10,10)
Triples (2,9)
Homeruns (1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,2,3,3,4,6)
Runs Batted in (1,1,1,1,2,3,3,3,3,9,9,9)
Stolen Bases (9)
Walks (1,1,1,1,2,2,3,3,3,4,4,4,6,8)
OBP (1,1,1,4,4,4,5,7,7,10,10)
SLG (1,1,1,1,1,2,2,3,3,4,4,4,7)
OPS (1,1,1,1,1,2,2,3,3,4,4,5,9)

Records Held

Home runs, third baseman, career, 509
Runs batted in, third baseman, career, 1,419
Most home runs in 1980s, 313

Voting Records

1974: 6th (40%)
1975: 16th (5%)
1976: 3rd (53%) - Behind Joe Morgan and George Foster
1977: 10th (14%)
1979: 13th (10%)
1980: 1st (100%)
1981: 1st (96%)
1982: 6th (16%)
1983: 3rd (56%) - Behind Dale Murphy and Andre Dawson
1984: 7th (16%)
1986: 1st (85%)
1987: 14th (4%)

Leading the League

R: 1981
HR: 1974, 1975, 1976, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1986
RBI: 1980, 1981, 1984, 1986
BB: 1979, 1981, 1982, 1983
K: 1974, 1975, 1976, 1983
OBP: 1981, 1982, 1983
SLG: 1974, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1986
OPS: 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1986

What Did the Experts Say?

Originally Posted by BR Bullpen
Due to his blend of fielding skill, power and patience, Mike Schmidt is considered perhaps the best all-around third baseman in major league history.

By 1979 the Phillies were a perennial power in the NL East, Schmidt was an annual Gold Glove winner, All-Star, and home run champ, and the team itself had been through three devastating playoff losses, confirming to many Philadelphia fans that the club, and Schmidt in particular, had talent enough to reach a certain level but not the wherewithal to transcend it.

Things changed in a hurry again in October of 1980, as Schmidt hit his 48th home run to break a tie in extra innings of the division-clinching game against the Montreal Expos' Stan Bahnsen. He was to add seven RBIs in the World Series and take home season and Series MVP trophies for the champion Phillies, effectively erasing doubts about his clutch ability forever. Schmidt's 48 homers in 1980 were the MLB record for a third baseman until broken by Alex Rodriguez 27 years later.

Schmidt won the 1981 All-Star Game with a dramatic late home run, and won his second league MVP award that year as well. He hit 26 home runs in July, August and September of 1983 as the Phillies won another pennant, and batted .467 in the 1983 NLCS (though only .050 against the Orioles in the World Series). He held the record for the most HR in three straight seasons with the same number (38, 1975-77). Dale Murphy was second with 36 each year from 1982-84. Adam Dunn has since hit 40 homers four years in a row (2005-08), setting a new mark.

A hard-nosed, cerebral, fiercely attentive player, Schmidt was notably influenced by Dick Allen and Pete Rose in his style of play, though he never became as outspoken as those teammates.

Much like Wade Boggs' fondness for chicken, Schmidt always credited his superstition of eating 3 pieces of buttered wheat toast before every game (unless it was a double-header, in which case he wouldn't have any) for his success at the plate.

In terms of playing style, the most indelible image of Schmidt is probably his handling of chopped ground balls on the artificial turf at the Vet and other NL parks: charging furiously from third, barehanding the ball on its descent, and whipping it to first base in one motion. He is generally conceded to be among the greatest third basemen of all time, and was a first-ballot Hall of Famer in 1995.
Originally Posted by Baseball Hall of Fame
An unprecedented combination of power and defense molded Mike Schmidt into one of the game's greatest third basemen. The powerful right-handed hitter slugged 548 career home runs, belted 40 or more long balls in three separate seasons and hit 30 or more home runs 10 other times. He established a Major League record for third basemen by clouting 48 homers in 1980 and once hit four consecutive round-trippers in a single game in 1976. A three-time National League MVP, he was a 12-time All-Star, won 10 Gold Gloves and was named The Sporting News Player of the Decade for the 1980s.
Originally Posted by Baseball Historian
"He's the King of the Long Ball", remarked a fan outside of Wrigley Field in 1976. Mike Schmidt had just cracked four straight home runs as the Phillies overcame a 13-2; 3rd inning lead by the Cubs and won in the 10th. inning. He later hit four straight homers against the San Francisco Giants to became the 1st. player in history to record this power hitting feat.

Schmidt led the league in homers in 1974, hitting 36, batted .282 and took the slugging title. In 1975 & 1976, he led the league again by hitting 38 homers each year. His bat and top fielding helped the Phillies win the NL East Titles in 3 straight years in the late 70's. Mike Schmidt won numerous Gold Glove Awards in the 1970's & 1980's and was a leader in total chances and assists throughout his career. He was a very capable base stealer with 23 in 1974 and 29 in 1975.

Mike Schmidt played all through the 1980's and hit over 500 lifetime home runs. This great player played all his games with the Philadelphia Phillies.
Originally Posted by Mike Schmidt: Philadelphia's Hall of Fame Third Baseman
Schmidt was a Philadelphia institution. From 1973 through 1989, he led the Phils to five National League championship series and two World Series. He was selected for a dozen All-Star teams, enjoying the unique honor of being elected to his last one, in 1989, after he had retired. Voted the "Greatest Phillies Player Ever" in a poll of fans conducted in 1983, Schmidt's uniform number was ceremoniously retired by the organization seven years later, in 1990.

Schmidt was also one of baseball's premier power hitters during the 1970s and the 1980s. By the close of his celebrated career - all of which was spent in a Phillies uniform - he held or shared 14 major league records and 18 National League records. His final statistical totals place him on par with some of the game's greatest power hitters, immortals such as Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx and Hank Aaron. Only Babe Ruth won more home run titles in one decade than the five Schmidt garnered in the 1980s. He was just as exceptional in the field, where he won ten Gold Gloves, more than any other third baseman except Brooks Robinson. Together with the Most Valuable Player Awards, Schmidt's offensive and defensive production makes him the best third baseman in the history of the national pastime.

The key to Mike Schmidt's success as a player was not his cool approach to the game but rather the pressure he placed on himself to perform. He took failure very personally. When he did display his emotions, it was as genuine as his personality - jumping on top of a pile of Phillies after the final out of the 1980 World Series or imitating a locomotive and high-stepping his way to first base after he had hit his five hundredth home run in 1987. Perseverance, dedication, and pride in performance were the keys to his success.
Originally Posted by Pete Rose
Mike Schmidt is the best player in the National League today. There's no question about that. He honestly doesn't realize how much ability he has. All he has to do is get the most out of those abilities on a daily basis because, believe me, he can play. He can do it all and he's just starting to want to more and more.
Originally Posted by Dave Anderson of the New York Times
No other third baseman ever did what he did with both his bat and his glove. Not Brooks Robinson, not Eddie Mathews, not Pie Traynor.
Originally Posted by Pete Rose
To have his body, I'd trade him mine and my wife's, and I'd throw in some cash.

What Did he Say?

Originally Posted by Mike Schmidt
I swung hard. I've always swung hard.
Originally Posted by Mike Schmidt
Any time you think you have the game conquered, the game will turn around and punch you right in the nose.
Originally Posted by Baseball Hall of Fame
If you could equate the amount of time and effort put in mentally and physically into succeeding on the baseball field and measured it by the dirt on your uniform, mine would have been black.
Originally Posted by Retirement Speech
I could ask the Phillies to keep me on to add to my statistics, but my love for the game won't let me do that.
Originally Posted by Late Innings
I don't think I can get into my deep inner thoughts about hitting. It's like talking about religion.
Originally Posted by USA Today
If you're associated with the Philadelphia media or town, you look for negatives. I don't know if there's something about their upbringing or they have too many hoagies, or too much cream cheese.
Originally Posted by A Night at the Hot Corner
It isn't that hard to get RBI's when you're hitting home runs, you generally get a least one.
Originally Posted by Press Conference with Schmidt
Pete Rose is the most likable arrogant person I've ever met.
Originally Posted by Los Angeles Times
They read their sports pages, know their statistics and either root like hell or boo our butts off. I love it. Give me vocal fans, pro or con, over the tourist types who show up in Houston or Montreal and just sit there.

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