#7 Laynce Nix - Nix assumes the number of the departed Ross Gload.
#24 Ty Wigginton - Brandon Moss wore #24 in 2011. Wigginton has most frequently worn #21 throughout his career, but Wilson Valdez currently owns that number for the Phils.
#25 Jim Thome - No surprise here.
#53 Dontrelle Willis - How many people remember Juan Perez wearing #53 in 2011? Anyone? This is the inverse of the number (#35) Willis wore during the most successful phase of his career with the Marlins. Cole Hamels, the $15 million man, will hopefully be wearing #35 for the Phillies for years to come.
#58 Jonathan Papelbon - No surprise here either.
#4 Pete Orr - This was Dane Sardinha's number during his two-year stay with the Phillies in 2010 and 2011.
#5 Pete Mackanin (bench coach) - And this was Orr's old number. It appears as if Mackanin gave up his #22 to non-roster invitee Scott Podsednik. I find this one a little odd as I can't recall an established Phillies coach ever surrendering his number to someone who has at best a 50-50 shot at making the team. Or maybe Mackanin just really wanted #5.
#37 Antonio Bastardo - Switched from #58 which is now worn by Papelbon.
#44 Michael Schwimer - He jumped from #39 up to #44, which belonged to Roy Oswalt the past few years.
#78 Justin De Fratus - This one confuses me. De Fratus wore #37 with the Phils last year and it appears as if he surrendered the number to the slightly more veteran Bastardo. But why go with #78?
|2010 Topps #183|
- From 1 to 60, the following non-retired numbers are still up for grabs - #13, #29, #45 and #54.
- The Phillies have long had an unwritten rule of not assigning the number of a recently departed significant player for at least a year following his departure. I'm guessing that's the reason why no one was assigned #54, the former number of the departing Brad Lidge. And it also could be the reason no one has #29, which was worn by Raul Ibanez. But it's a little surprising to see #46 assigned to non-roster invitee Raul Valdes. #46 was the number worn by former Phillie Ryan Madson since he switched from #63 following the 2008 season.
- The low numbers assigned to some of the non-roster invitees surprise me. (See the sidebar at left.) Only the back-up catchers received high numbers.
- Non-roster invitee Brian Sanches was given the same number (#48) he had during his first stint with the team back in 2006 and 2007.
- Austin Hyatt and B.J. Rosenberg aren't listed on the team's non-roster invitee listing, despite their invitations to Spring Training. I'll go ahead and predict these guys will end up with #65, #67 or #68.