Thursday, December 25, 2014

Phillies Blogathon: Hour 51

Phillies' designated hitters left a lot to be desired in 2011.

Phillies Blogathon: Hour 51

If the Phillies make the World Series, let's hope their designated hitters fare better than they did in their six road interleague games (at Seattle and Toronto) this season:

Date Player    AB      R      H   HR  RBI   BB   SO
June 17     Ben Francisco 3 0 1 0 0 1 2
June 18 Ross Gload 4 1 1 0 0 0 1
June 19 Raul Ibanez 3 0 0 0 0 0 1
July 1 Jimmy Rollins 4 0 0 0 0 1 0
July 2 Ryan Howard 4 0 1 0 1 1 1
July 3 Placido Polanco     4 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Totals 22 1 3 0 1 3 5
Batting Avg.: .136;  On-Base Pct.: .240;  Slugging Pct.: .136
Bob Vetrone Jr.
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Boop – who goes by Bob Vetrone Jr. when he is undercover or paying bills – has been at the Daily News since 1982, after working for five years at the Philadelphia Bulletin up to its closing. Along with helping to build the sports scoreboards most nights, he has had great input into the papers’ special sports pullouts – March Madness, Broad Street Run, Record Breakers, Greatest Moments – as well as its day-to-day, award-winning event coverage.

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