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Friday, June 2, 2017

Brandon Phillips Returns To GABP

Brandon Phillips tipped his cap to cheering fans before stepping into the batter’s box to face former teammate Bronson Arroyo.

The pair joined the team 18 days apart in 2006.  Arroyo left after the 2013 season.  Phillips fought to stay the last two seasons as the Reds wanted to go with a youth movement.  He invoked his 10-year, five with the same team right to veto any trade.

Phillips was finally persuaded to accept a trade to his hometown, Atlanta on

On Phillips first trip back to Cincinnati, he received a warm ovation from the crowd.  Coming into the game, Phillips was hitting .347 since May 16.  On the season, the 35-year old is hitting ..294 with three home runs and 16 RBI with a slash line of .294/.343/.413.

Phillips spent 11 seasons in Cincinnati, winning the Silver Slugger Award in 2011. 

Brandon Phillips Batting Stats for Years 2006 to 2016

PA     G     AB     R     H        2B     3B     HR     RBI     SB     CS
6899 1614 6351  877 1774   311    32     191     851    194    69

BB     SO     BA     OBP     SLG     OPS     OPS+     TB     GDP     HBP     SH     SF     IBB
376    920    .279    .325    .429      .753       99        2722    189        80        31     60       33

His ranks among Reds players all-time.  Games played 6th.... RBI 9th... Doubles 8th

Phillips who endeared himself to the Cincinnati fans wasn’t so popular with teammates or writers in his last years in Cincinnati.

Phillips made writers wait an hour before the game and wouldn’t talk to them.

Bryan Price was politically correct in his pre-game discussion of Phillips return.

‘It would be better if he went to the American League,” Price said.  “We wouldn’t have to compete against him. I’m sure he wants to impress and do a nice job coming back here. I’m sure Cincinnati will recognize his years here. I’m not forward to him coming back as a player. I rather it be in a different capacity because I’m sure he’s going to have extra motivation to perform in front of all these fans and former teammates.”

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