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Enjoy Some Michael Martinez This Weekend

May 24, 2013, 11:11 AM EDT

source:  With Freddy Galvis already on the roster and ready to step in and play second base, many fans were hoping for the chance to see Darin Ruf or even Josh Fields come up and hit some home runs off the bench while Chase Utley rested on the DL. Instead, the Phillies called up Michael Martinez.

The Inquirer’s Matt Gelb notes that it’s not because he had a red-hot bat down in Lehigh Valley:

Martinez, 30, was hitting .239/.306/.284 in 121 plate appearances for triple-A Lehigh Valley. That was just slightly better than his career majors line of .188/.241/.272 in 356 plate appearances. His .590 OPS was the worst among all current IronPigs position players.


The folks over at Crashburn Alley have a wonderful breakdown of the Phillies decision in flowchart form.

  1. Mike - May 24, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    Ruben Amaro needs to be fired…

    out of a cannon.

  2. Pete D - May 24, 2013 at 12:46 PM


  3. Guest1 - May 24, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    this graph sums it up nicely :

  4. BenE. - May 24, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    There’s a great flowchart over at Crashburn Alley about how to replace Utley. Someone should get on that.

  5. V02 - May 24, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    This will be Mini Mart’s third year with the Phillies. THREE YEARS. Any other MLB organization would have punted him into orbit in 2011.

    I guess the message is clear to minor leaguers who suck: if the Phillies offer you any kind of contract or playing time, TAKE IT. They will keep you around even if you do nothing to earn it.

  6. will - May 25, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    please stop driving traffic to crashburn alley. the guy is an insufferable prick. and a moron.


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