John Fay writes an article for the Enquirette today:
The article starts off with the Phillips quote from the other day about “not believing in that OBP stuff”…
Reds manager Dusty Baker said Phillips can become choosier at the plate.
“I think he can be a little selective – with runners in scoring position especially,” Baker said. “That’s easy to say. But that just goes to increasing concentration.”
He continues….”Sometimes, it appears he’s made up his mind he’s going to swing,” Baker said. “Last year, he started to get a reputation. Once you get a reputation, they’re not just going to throw the ball in there. They start pitching you more carefully, spend more time in the meetings on you. You’ve got to go to school on them.”
Good for Dusty.
The article continues…
Phillips says he’ll try.
“I’m a hitter,” he said. “I swing the bat. I’m an aggressive hitter. They want me to work on that, and I’ll try my best. But I’m a hitter.”
He also defends his numbers from last year…
“My numbers were good last year,” Phillips said. “For me to hit 20-plus homers, steal 20-plus bags and have 70-plus RBI, that’s a good season, especially for a second baseman.”
Phillips notes he missed the last three weeks of the season with a broken right index finger.
“I could have (gone 30-30) again,” he said. “You never know. I had a good season to the time I got hurt. I won a Gold Glove. All was good.”
And on hitting #4…
Phillips will hit cleanup to start the season. He admits he’s a little miscast in that role.
“I’m not a prototypical fourth hitter,” he said. “But I don’t have any complaints. I’m happy to have a job. I’ll hit anywhere one through four. Hitting fourth is a beautiful thing. I’ve had some success hitting there. I’m not a typical fourth hitter. But who else on the team is going to do it?”
I’ll hit anywhere 1-4? Mighty big of him, don’t you think?
I think Phillips is a very good to great defensive player. I think he’s average (at best) as a 2nd baseman offensively. Offensively he rated something like 13 out of 16 at 2B last year?
Additional note: The article, the headline, and main point is Phillips’ On Base Percentage, and the piece is accompanied by his career statistics. In true Enquirer journalistic fashion, the stats grid they show omits OBP.