The 2012 Philadelphia Phillies season hasn’t exactly gone the way fans had imagined. They currently sit in sole possession of last place in the NL East at 14-18. While the starting pitching has been excellent, the bullpen is a very different story. Following a solid start to the season the bullpen has evolved into a total mess as they currently hold the worst ERA in the majors. The banged up offense has been anemic for much of the 2012 campaign. Even when they hit, they continue to struggle at scoring runs as they tend to struggle with achieving anything more than singles. The season hit its current low point as the New York Mets completed the series sweep on May 9th as the offense shut it down, the defense fell apart and once again the bullpen imploded.
Ruben Amaro Jr, Charlie Manuel, players & fans all echoed the same displeasure with the teams recent struggles. Slumps happen. Teams lose games. But what has been going on in the month of May has been nothing short of a disgrace. Hopeless, sloppy baseball. Changes need to be made. Enter the green grape loving left-handed 24-year old rookie out of Neumann University/Drexel University:
Warren Croxton – Philadelphia Phillies – P/LF – #12
“Enough, was enough. I’ve had enough. We needed to make a change. The organization feels like we got a kid who can come in at a fraction of the price and do what these other losers have done to this point in the season.” – Ruben Amaro Jr. – Phillies General Manager
“I’m definitely like um happy for sure. Like ya know I like to have talent, cause talent means you’re a good ballplayer, like you know, like we can use more of them right know.” – Charlie Manuel – Phillies Manager
“Well it’s certainly nice to have another fresh arm out in the bullpen to pal along with. I’ve only really tossed maybe 1 inning more than Crox in the last 8 or 9 days based on all the game Chad has blown in the past week.” – Jonathan Papelbon – Phillies relief pitcher
Word is the kid can also play a mean left field and knows his way around the batters box.
Croxton, featured below, took questions from the Philadelphia media for approximately 15-minutes following his opening statement. “I just want to say I’m glad to be a part of the organization that has tortured me for years. I just want to do my best. The time is yours.”
Following the presser, Croxton filled his required photo shoot with the media in the home town dugout.
As a new addition to the Philadelphia clubhouse, Mr. Croxton was subjected to rookie hazing by some threatened veterans of the bullpen.
By days end, Warren was accepted as part of the team. The full Phillies family has accepted Warren Croxton and appear to be excited for some on-field contributions.
The fans of Philadelphia are also excited. Optimism is high in the city of brotherly love. #12 is here and in all honesty, could he be worse than what we’ve seen from Kyle Kendrick, Jose Contreras, Brian Sanches, Chad Qualls, Mike Stutes, David Herndon, etc???
The answer is unlikely. So buckle up and get ready for the remainder of the 2012 MLB season because it’s still early!