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Thursday, August 22, 2013

J.R. Gamble: In Case You Hadn’t Noticed, Brandon Phillips Is A Superstar

Har Har, Superstar.

Brandon Phillips is an NBA personality balling in MLB. The way he carries himself makes him a charismatic contradiction amongst pro baseball’s bland cast of superstars. 

He brags a lot, but he’s also a straight shooter. After all, anyone who calls a six-year $72.5 million contract, like the one Phillips signed last season, “a slap in the face,” is either delusional or has an off-the-charts self image. With Philips it’s a little of both. Sure, he plays second base like a soccer goalie with Blake Griffin ups (don’t believe me, watch him turn a DP and get back to me),  but some baseball heads feel like a career .272 hitter should be more than happy with the bread Phillips is raking in. These guys are wondering, “Is DatDude serious?”

Baker’s not heavy on pitch counts and .OPS, but the old-school skipper has a wealth of talent and a staff featuring three double-digit winners in Mike Leake (10), Mat Latos and Bronson Arroyo (12).

...Votto may get more gwop, but Phillips is Ohio’s adopted son and the franchise–face of a Cincinnati team that is a perennial contender. The best thing about Phillips is his addiction to the big stage, and while his career stats may not indicate “greatness,” his clutch gene elevates his status, especially in the fans eyes. After being moved down into the cleanup spot this season, Phillips is second behind Miguel Cabrera with 31 go-ahead RBI and is hitting .625 with the bases juiced.

The Raleigh, NC native is second in the NL in RBI with 92 and thanks to a recent four-game hitting streak, has his batting average up to .267

Don’t think Phillips isn’t counting those RBIs. As sure as he gets his matte black, custom Hummer H3T detailed weekly—he’s playing with a chip on his shoulders.

“Some people say I’m cocky. I’m not a cocky person,” Phillips told cincinattimagazine.com. “I just play with a lot of swag because that’s the only way I know how.”

Repoz Posted: August 22, 2013 at 06:32 AM | 18 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: August 22, 2013 at 07:23 AM (#4524941)
I am beginning to wonder if The Shadow League was founded merely to serve as a BTF piñata.
   2. Ray (RDP) Posted: August 22, 2013 at 07:47 AM (#4524953)
J.R. Gamble: In Case You Hadn’t Noticed, Brandon Phillips Is A Superstar


I hadn't noticed.

I still don't notice.
   3. donlock Posted: August 22, 2013 at 08:27 AM (#4524968)
and while his career stats may not indicate “greatness,” his clutch gene elevates his status, especially in the fans eyes.


Lemme explain, it is, indeed, the career stats that indicate greatness, not whatever may be in his fans' eyes.
   4. Fancy Pants Handles lap changes with class Posted: August 22, 2013 at 08:31 AM (#4524971)
Brandon Phillips, Brandon Phillips,
Who are you? What have you sacrificed?
Brandon Phillips Superstar,
Do you think you're what they say you are?
   5. Tubbs & Minnie Miñoso don't fear Sid Monge Posted: August 22, 2013 at 08:54 AM (#4524985)
Votto may get more gwop
...yes, but while RBI are "dope," OPS: "that's what's up"
Gwop?!?! Seriously?!?!?

Also from the article:
He spit the real.  
Would that be "real talk?" (as opposed to fake talk)

Brandon Phillips has had more articles about him linked to BBTF than he has RBI...

   6. My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: August 22, 2013 at 09:07 AM (#4524993)
Don’t think Phillips isn’t counting those RBIs. As sure as he gets his matte black, custom Hummer H3T detailed weekly—he’s playing with a chip on his shoulders.


Who the hell still drives a Hummer?
   7. Greasy Neale Heaton (Dan Lee) Posted: August 22, 2013 at 09:20 AM (#4525002)
Oh, I've heard. Brandon's been telling everybody he's a superstar for the past ten years.
   8. They paved Misirlou, put up a parking lot Posted: August 22, 2013 at 09:26 AM (#4525010)
Who the hell still drives a Hummer?


Seriously. He should have something taken away.
   9. They paved Misirlou, put up a parking lot Posted: August 22, 2013 at 09:30 AM (#4525014)
Brandon Phillips, Brandon Phillips,
Who are you? What have you sacrificed?
Brandon Phillips Superstar,
Do you think you're what they say you are?


That's a good one. I was thinking more along the lines of:

"Brandon set a record, Went straight up to number one,
Suddenly everyone loved to see him drive in that run.
Watching the world go by, surprising it goes so fast.
Brandon looked around him and said, 'Well, I made the big time at last'

Don't you know, don't you know, Don't you know that you are
a superstar,
Don't you know, oh, yeah, Don't you know that you are
a superstar, yeah,
And all the world will love you just as long,
As long as you are, a superstar.
   10. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: August 22, 2013 at 09:55 AM (#4525039)
Who the hell do you think you are? A superstar? Well right you are! We all shine on, Brandon Phillips. Like the moon and the stars and the sun. We all shine on.
   11. Johnny Sycophant-Laden Fora Posted: August 22, 2013 at 09:56 AM (#4525040)
his clutch gene elevates his status,


Outside of this year his career splits show no advantage when batting with RISP

He's hitting(slugging) pretty good "late and close" this year, but for his career it's his worse situational split (its' not terrible- he really has no notable situational splits, for his career he's pretty much the same hitter with runners on, bases empty, late and close and in blow outs- his modest career late and close deficit can probably be chalked up to facing a disproportionate number of set up men and closers in those situations.

If there is a "clutch" gene, he doesn't have it. (He's not a choker either, but that's something else)
   12. Tom Nawrocki Posted: August 22, 2013 at 10:00 AM (#4525047)
Most sportswriters are more like:

Don't you remember you told me you loved me, Brandon?
Said you'd be coming back this way again, Brandon?
Brandon, Brandon, Brandon, oh, Brandon
I love you, I really do
   13. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 22, 2013 at 10:16 AM (#4525063)
Everywhere I go, kids are talking about One Direction and Brandon Phillips. Its getting rather tedious.
   14. TDF, situational idiot Posted: August 22, 2013 at 10:43 AM (#4525093)
Ya know, this is getting like Tim Tebow. People are going to start hating Phillips not for who he is, but for how the media portrays him.

Tebow was a good college football player, and seems like a nice guy; his faith seems genuine. But people just go so overboad fawning over him - I've heard him in the discussion of "best college football player ever"; Colin Cowherd once ran on (and on and on, as he does) that just as Jerry West's silhouette is the NBA logo Tebow's should be the logo for the NCAA.

Phillips is a good player. He makes lots of spectacular plays at 2B (he's +50 runs for his career there), smiles alot, seems to give it his all. But he isn't the best player on the team - Votto, Bruce, and Choo are all much more valuable hitters/fielders, and Latos and Leake (and a healthy Cueto) are also more valuable. In fact, by both Bwar and Fwar this is Phillips' worst year since '06.

Just appreciate him for what he is - a decent enough hitter, flashy fielder, fun guy to be around but not the best player on the team.
   15. McCoy Posted: August 22, 2013 at 10:51 AM (#4525100)
With all these articles I kept expecting Brandon to have some monster numbers so I finally looked at the Reds team page today. Those are his numbers? Why are writers continually writing about this guy as if he is one of the best players in the game? He isn't.
   16. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 22, 2013 at 10:55 AM (#4525104)
I keep reading the headline as this being a piece written by JR Phillips, and it makes me wonder what Steve Scarsone's take is on all this.
   17. AROM Posted: August 22, 2013 at 11:20 AM (#4525140)
Phillips is -4 in batting runs (which take no account of situation) and +17 in RE24. That's a pretty huge difference. This is one case where ignoring the RBI total would totally obscure how valuable he's been.

He's hitting 365/421/518 with RISP. Bases empty, it's 204/242/338. Predictable? No. Sustainable? No. But still valuable.
   18. The elusive Robert Denby Posted: August 22, 2013 at 11:44 AM (#4525158)
This writer needs to go gwop himself.

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