Stassi had a monster Spring, if he didn't make this team, there should have been a Congressional investigation of the Phils
There is always good news and bad news in baseball. Brock Stassi got some good news yesterday afternoon, as he learned that he had made the team for 2017 heading to Cincinnati in just a couple of days. He earned it, his Spring Training was one that can only be dreamed about by some players. Stassi got emotional after he learned of the new status of his contract being picked up by the Phillies, it's great to see that there is still an element of baseball that can't be measured in a statistic, there is not a sabermetric stat out there that can measure that.
On the same day, the Phillies got clobbered in Spring Training. Jerad Eickhoff gave up 6 runs in less than an inning pitched as the Yankees beat up on him and the Phillies by a score of 14-1 yesterday. It was ugly.
The Yanks have not been messing around in Spring Training, they lead the Grapefruit League with a 24-8 record. We'll see if this continues in the regular season, but I think I'd rather see my team do well like they are rather than the way some teams are playing this Spring.
Looking at the highly paid free agent outfielders the Phillies picked up this past offseason as they are winding up Spring Training, Howie Kendrick is batting .230 and Saunders .236, like I said earlier in the blog here, I would have rather had Cody Asche and Aaron Altherr out there and they would be batting a least that much or more. We'll see what happens when the regular season starts, but it certainly looks as if these two acquisitions by the team could be duds.