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10 players you forgot played for the Phillies

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PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies have had their share of Hall of Famers over the years. They have had their share of National League MVP Award winners, NL Cy Young Award winners and All-Stars, too. Some like Mike Schmidt, Steve Carlton, Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard are unforgettable. They are some of the greatest players in franchise history. But then there are players with equally impressive resumes that may make you say, "Wait, what? They played for the Phillies?"

Here is a look at 10 of the more notable former Phillies that illicit the response, "Oh, yeah! I forgot they played here!"

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies have had their share of Hall of Famers over the years. They have had their share of National League MVP Award winners, NL Cy Young Award winners and All-Stars, too. Some like Mike Schmidt, Steve Carlton, Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard are unforgettable. They are some of the greatest players in franchise history. But then there are players with equally impressive resumes that may make you say, "Wait, what? They played for the Phillies?"

Here is a look at 10 of the more notable former Phillies that illicit the response, "Oh, yeah! I forgot they played here!"

Jimmie Foxx, 1945
If you are reading this story on a mobile device, there is a pretty decent chance you have no memory of Foxx playing for the Phillies. Foxx spent most of his Hall of Fame career with the Philadelphia A's (1925-35), winning two World Series, two American League MVP Awards and the AL Triple Crown in '33. But Foxx returned to Philadelphia to finish his career in '45 after spending parts of seven seasons with the Red Sox and parts of two seasons with the Cubs. He hit .268 with seven homers and 38 RBIs in 248 plate appearances on an awful Phils team that finished 46-108.

Freddy Garcia, 2007
The reason Rollins called the Phillies the team to beat in the NL East in 2007 is because they acquired pitchers Garcia and Adam Eaton in the offseason. Garcia and Eaton were busts. Garcia went 1-5 with a 5.90 ERA in just 11 starts. Then-White Sox general manager Ken Williams must have felt bad about the lopsided trade -- Philadelphia sent Gio Gonzalez and Gavin Floyd to Chicago for Garcia -- so he shipped Tadahito Iguchi to the Phils in July after Utley broke his right hand. Iguchi steadied the Phillies' infield until Utley returned. The Phils won the NL East, even with almost no contribution from Garcia.

Pedro Martinez, 2009
Martinez is one of the game's all-time greatest pitchers and personalities. The Phillies signed the 37-year-old in July 2009 after watching him throw a few times. The Hall of Famer went 5-1 with a 3.63 ERA in nine starts during the final regular season of his career, bumping Jamie Moyer from the rotation and helping the Phils capture their second consecutive NL pennant. Martinez pitched seven scoreless innings against the Dodgers in the NL Championship Series, but he struggled in two World Series starts against the Yankees. Still, it was a ton of fun while it lasted.

Juan Pierre, 2012
Pierre signed a Minor League contract with the Phillies in January 2012 and made the Opening Day roster. He must have liked his chances to win his second World Series following the Phils' franchise-record 102 victories in '11. But things started to fall apart for Philadelphia in '12. Roy Halladay struggled. Howard, Utley and Placido Polanco missed much of the season with injuries. Shane Victorino and Hunter Pence got traded in July. In the end, Pierre played 107 games in the outfield, second only to John Mayberry Jr. Pierre hit .307 with a .351 on-base percentage, finishing sixth on the team with a 2.1 WAR.

Video: PHI@WSH: Pierre leaps to rob DeRosa of a home run

Ryne Sandberg, 1981
Everybody remembers that the Phillies traded Sandberg to the Cubs before the 1982 season, but they might not remember him playing 13 games for Philadelphia in '81. What might have been if the Phils had not been so intent on trading Larry Bowa, and if then-Cubs general manager Dallas Green had not insisted on the Phillies including Sandberg in the deal.

Grady Sizemore, 2014-15
Sizemore was one of the most exciting players in baseball until injuries derailed his career. The Phillies signed him after the Red Sox released him in June 2014, and he posted a .701 OPS in 60 games. The Phils then surprisingly re-signed Sizemore to a one-year, $2 million contract, but he lasted only 39 games in '15 before being released.

Video: ARI@PHI: Sizemore lines four hits in win vs. D-backs

Dave Stewart, 1985-86
Before Stewart reinvented himself and evolved into a four-time 20-game winner with the A's from 1987-90, Stewart posted a 6.48 ERA in 12 nondescript appearances with the Phillies. Why couldn't he find his forkball in Philadelphia?

Danny Tartabull, 1997
The Phillies signed Tartabull to a one-year, $2.3 million contract in February 1997, hoping he could replicate the 27 home runs, 101 RBIs and .827 OPS he posted with the White Sox in '96. Tartabull never sniffed those numbers with the Phils. In fact, he played just three games that season, breaking a toe in his left foot in April and never stepping onto the Veterans Stadium turf again.

Fernando Valenzuela, 1994
Valenzuela started the 1994 season pitching in Mexico, but he joined the Phillies in June. The Phils had experienced injuries in the rotation to Curt Schilling, Tommy Greene and Ben Rivera, so they hoped a little "Fernandomania" would help. Valenzuela went 1-2 with a 3.00 ERA in eight appearances (seven starts), but none of it mattered as the players' strike cut the season short.

Michael Young, 2013
Young is one of the most popular players in Rangers history, but he spent his final season in the big leagues with the Phillies and Dodgers. The Rangers traded him to the Phils in December 2011 for Josh Lindblom and Lisalverto Bonilla. Remember them? The Phillies hoped Young could play a decent third base and help them return to the postseason after finishing 81-81 in '12. But it did not happen for Philadelphia or Young, who hit .276 with eight home runs, 42 RBIs and a .731 OPS in 512 plate appearances before the Phillies shipped him to the Dodgers in August.

Video: PHI@CHC: Young goes 4-for-5, plates game-winner

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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