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Monday, September 21, 2009

So, how's our favorite Foreign Player Studmuffin doing?

How's Andy Phillips doing in the Land of the Rising Sun? Not bad, not bad at all. He's hitting a very respectable .287 / .359 / .543, with 14 home runs.

Those are more than decent numbers; I'm sure they'll offer him another contract if he wants to stay.

And speaking of Andy...I found this comment, at the Yankees blog interesting. They were discussing why Shelley Duncan was called up, when he's not likely to remain in the Yankees system after this season.

Whether they felt they owed it to him as a last gesture, or to show him off to someone looking for a bat off the bench is anyone's guess. I was going to say that the probability was on the 'show and tell' side, but it may actually be the first option considering it can't hurt us and we're out in front by enough to start feeling a little comfortable; not complacent, but comfortable.

Another possible point on the guilt trip side of it is most fans' general perception of they way they screwed over Andy Phillips, holding on to him until his career was basically over. Both were well liked by the fans, for their abilities as well as their demeanor in the dugout and clubhouse.

No, they really didn't do all that well by Andy Phillips.

I would say the same is true of Bubba Crosby. The 2006 Baseball Prospectus says this about Bubba:

He might have been the fabled "late bloomer," but two years of indecision have killed off that opportunity.

And about Andy:

In May, Phillips was given a chance to earn at least a part-time job. Perhaps you heart Torre sing his praises, however briefly; Phillips didn't get even a week's worth of starts. On May 2 at Tampa Bay, Phillips went 0-5 with five strikeouts. Against Scott Kazmir. In a game the Yankees won. Back to Columbus, you pathetic failure! Phillips yo-yo'd up and down after that, but he was dead to Torre. Even in September, when Ruben Sierra was going 0-for-every lefty this side of Tim Robbins, Phillips rode the pine. The Yankees are saying that Phillips will have a significant role this year. Don't believe them.

Sigh. As someone said about the Yankees...they're easy to root for, but sometimes hard to like.

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posted by BubbaFan, 9:58 PM


I didn't know Andy was in Japan! That's my grandma's hometown team - I should try to go see a carp game when I go back to japan to visit my family :-) Wakana
commented by Anonymous Anonymous, September 22, 2009 8:39 AM  
Baseball season is almost over, but Andy's done well this year, and he reportedly likes it in Japan. So there's probably a good chance he'll be a Carp again next year.

Do you read Japanese? The official site had an announcement when he was signed. I ran it through Google Translate, and it said Andy was a "foreign player studmuffin." Does it really say that?
commented by Blogger BubbaFan, September 22, 2009 8:53 PM  
yes it does. the article compares him to tom cruise and brad pitt. Wakana
commented by Anonymous Anonymous, September 24, 2009 11:13 PM  

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