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The Phillies' Merry-Go-Outfield

The Phillies outfield could use a revolving door.

The Phillies' Merry-Go-Outfield

If you've been keeping your eye on the Phillies' outfield recently, you might be getting just a little dizzy.

Charlie Manuel has trotted out seven different starting OF combinations in the last 11 games. He has used 10 different OF trios in the 19 games since bidding adieu to Shane Victorino and Hunter Pence prior to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. And even with those stalwarts around, he managed to use 18 different outfield combos all season.

Here is the Phillies' starting outfield for each game since they shipped out Victorino and Pence:

 Date  Opponent  Result  Left Field  Center Field    Right Field   
 July 31  at Nationals  W 8-  0  Pierre  Mayberry  Nix
 Aug. 1  at Nationals  W 3-  2  Brown  Mayerry  Schierholtz
 Aug. 2  at Nationals  L  0-  3  Brown  Martinez  Mayberry
 Aug. 3  Diamondbacks  L  2-  4  Brown  Mayberry  Schierholtz
 Aug. 4  Diamondbacks  W 3-  0  Brown  Mayberry  Schierholtz
 Aug. 5  Diamondbacks    W 5-  4  Brown  Mayberry  Schierholtz
 Aug. 6  Braves  L  1-  6  Brown  Mayberry  Schierholtz
 Aug. 7  Braves  W 3-  0  Brown  Mayberry  Schierholtz
 Aug. 8  Braves  L  6-12    Brown  Mayberry  Schierholtz
 Aug. 10  Cardinals  W 3-  1  Pierre  Schierholtz  Brown
 Aug. 11  Cardinals  L  1-  4  Nix  Schierholtz  Brown
 Aug. 12  Pierre  W 8-  7  Pierre  Mayberry  Brown
 Aug. 13  at Marlins  W 4-  0  Pierre  Mayberry  Brown
 Aug. 14  at Marlins  W 1-  0  Pierre  Mayberry  Brown
 Aug. 15  at Marlins  L  2-  9  Luna  Mayberry  Brown
 Aug. 16  at Brewers  L  4-  7  Pierre  Nix  Brown
 Aug. 17  at Brewers  L  2-  6  Pierre  Nix  Brown
 Aug. 18  at Brewers  W 4-  3  Brown  Mayberry  Nix
 Aug. 19    at Brewers  W 8-  0  Wigginton    Mayberry  Brown
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.

A 1980 graduate of North Catholic, he took some evening college courses. Those lasted right up until the first conflict with a Big 5 doubleheader.

His favorite books growing up were the NBA Guide and the Baseball Encyclopedia, which was, for all intents and purposes, the Internet before there was an Internet.

He has been immersed in sports statistics since the early 70s, when his father (long-time sports writer, broadcaster and the Daily News’ Buck The Bartender), would take him into the Bulletin newsroom overnight in the summer and let him update the Phillies statistics in a little, black spiral notebook. But things have changed tremendously in the decades since … He now uses a big, black spiral notebook.

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