Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Phillies in the Postseason - Part Two

2001 Fleer Platinum #568
Two more teams had their seasons end recently.  While we wait for Game 1 of the 2013 World Series between the Red Sox and the Cardinals, here's a very brief look at the ex-Phillies playing in the postseason with the Dodgers.

Los Angeles Dodgers - N.L. West Champions - Lost N.L.C.S. to the Cardinals, 4-2
Nick Punto (2001-2003), inexplicably appearing in his 4th postseason, appeared sparingly for the Dodgers.  Used mostly as a late inning defensive replacement at shortstop, Punto did get the start at short spelling an injured Hanley Ramirez in Game 2 of the N.L.C.S.  In total, he hit .333 (2 for 6) with a double and four strike outs.

Michael Young (2013) joined the Dodgers at the end of August after a decent partial season with the Phillies.  This was the fourth straight year Young was appearing in the postseason, having reached the previous three seasons with the Rangers.  Young appeared in 9 of the Dodgers 10 postseason games either as a pinch-hitter or a late inning replacement at first or shortstop.  He batted .100 (1 for 10) with a strikeout so first base coach Davey Lopes (coach, 2007-2010) didn't get to see him very often.

Detroit Tigers - A.L. Central Champions - Lost A.L.C.S. to the Red Sox, 4-2
Not one member of the Tigers roster or coaching staff has ever suited up for the Phillies.  Manager (and now ex-manager) Jim Leyland was the favorite to become the Phillies new manager in 2005 before Charlie Manuel got the job.  I wonder if he'd make a good bullpen coach?

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