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Schmidt tops among Phils' Franchise Four vote-getters

Active Utley, not Rollins, joins Carlton, Ashburn on latest ballot update

PHILADELPHIA -- Nobody should be surprised Mike Schmidt is first among Phillies players nominated in Major League Baseball's "Franchise Four" campaign.

The campaign has fans vote for the four most impactful players in Phillies history. Steve Carlton, Richie Ashburn and Chase Utley round out the top four in the first voting update. The other nominees are Jimmy Rollins, Robin Roberts, Jim Bunning and Chuck Klein.

Perhaps surprisingly, Rollins is not in the top four. He is first in Phillies history in hits (2,306) and doubles (479); second in games (2,090), extra-base hits (806) and stolen bases (453); third in runs (1,325) and triples (111); sixth in RBIs (887) and ninth in home runs (216). He also won the 2007 National League MVP and four NL Gold Glove Awards, while helping the Phillies win the 2008 World Series, 2009 NL pennant and five NL East titles from 2007-11.

More than 11.8 million votes have been cast in the Franchise Four voting, and you can cast your ballot here. Voting ends on May 8, and winners from all 30 clubs will be announced at the 2015 All-Star Game, which will take place on July 14 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone. Follow him on Twitter.
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