OK, so I can tell from the voice responding to Phillips that it’s my friend and former colleague C. Trent Rosecrans. Obviously I don’t appreciate the personal attack directed at a friend of mine, but we’re going to leave that aside.
Here’s the tweet that apparently infuriated Phillips:
Reds go from a hitter with a .320 OBP in the 2 hole to one with a .310 OBP
OK, so that’s true. The Reds moved Phillips from cleanup hitter—a run-producting position in the order where he’s driven home 94 runs this season—to second. The two-hole is tradionally used a table-setting spot in the order so the big boppers in the three, four and five spots can drive the leadoff and second hitters home, ideally.
So I have no idea why Phillips thinks that people shouldn’t be worried about his on-base percentage from the two-hole. Personally, I think that not making outs is the most imporant thing for an offensive player to do, but at least as a cleanup hitter he could say RBI is most important and have a leg to stand on. From the two-hole? Not so much. OBP matters big-time from there.
...UPDATE: Cincinnati.com has released a statement on the incident, noting at the end that ...
While we are disappointed in Phillips’ reaction, we understand it is a pennant race and emotions are high during a crucial series with a heated rival. This isn’t the first time a player has lost his temper in response to a reporters questions and it won’t be the last. It is part of covering the team day-in day-out.
This will not effect our coverage of the team or Phillips. We plan on moving on from and we hope Phillips does to.
Posted: August 28, 2013 at 08:05 PM | 75 comment(s)
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