On Friday afternoon, the Phillies non-tendered Nate Schierholtz, making him a free agent and ending his short five-month stint with the team. The move was made in an effort to shed Schierholtz's $1.3 million salary and seemingly to free up a potential roster spot for rookie Darin Ruf.
In his 37 games with the Phils, Schierholtz hit .273 with a home run and 5 RBIs. Going forward, whenever a player leaves the team, and as long as that player doesn't have dozens of Phillies baseball cards, I'll present his Phillies baseball card checklist as a final tribute to the departed. Schierholtz received only two base Phillies cards during his short stay:
2012 Phillies Team Issue Series 2 Update #22
2012 Topps Update #US199