From this AM’s Enquirer:
Brandon Phillips came come up as a shortstop, and he is willing to move back there.
But if itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Reds manager Dusty BakerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s call, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not happening.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“No,Ã¢â‚¬Â Baker said before Friday night’s 5-2 loss to the Pirates in Pittsburgh.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Not that heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the caliber of Joe Morgan,Ã¢â‚¬Â Baker said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“but thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d be like moving an All-Star second baseman to shortstop. You try to develop a shortstop and leave that strong position alone.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Baker thinks the added workload of making the switch would hurt Phillips offensively.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“That shortstop is a lot of work,Ã¢â‚¬Â Baker said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“You probably work as hard at shortstop … probably only the catcher is involved in more plays Ã¢â‚¬â€œ cutoffs and relays. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s why I admire the offensive players like Cal Ripken Jr. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s double duty. To me, thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s like Willie Mays playing an excellent center field and batting third. You carry most of the offensive weight and most of the defensive weight.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“If (Phillips) played short, how much would that affect his offense? Most of the time, you move a guy off of short. Very rarely do you move someone to shortstop.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Let’s hope that it isn’t Dusty’s call.