Four-for-Four: The ‘Brett Brown is Awesome’ Edition

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Jul 8, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies center fielder Ben Revere (2) slides safely into home against the Washington Nationals in the sixth inning at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

The Phillies rounded out the settling of their arbitration cases Friday evening when they reached terms with OF Ben Revere. Revere, who was injured just as he was hitting his stride with the Phillies, will make $1.95 million next season as he tries to lock up the team’s long-term centerfielder position. In addition to sorting things out with Antonio Bastardo, the Phillies are now all square with their arbitration-eligible players. At least they managed to do that without looking foolish.


The latest turn in the ‘who will replace Wheels and Gary Matthews’ story, something far more interesting than actually following the team, a fan-favorite from the 2008 World Series team has emerged as a possibility. Jamie Moyer, the ageless wonder who managed to get batters out while pushing 50, has reportedly interviewed for the vacant position alongside Tom McCarthy in the booth.

Moyer, who felt the cruel sting of being in Philadelphia during this past week’s snow storm, has worked at ESPN and also played major league baseball for more years than I’ve been alive. Can’t imagine I would have too much of an issue with the choice.


Former Phillies 3B and yearly guest hitting instructor, Mike Schmidt, apparently will not be joining the team at Spring Training this season. According to Jayson Stark, Schmidt is dealing with a health condition that requires him to be under close medical watch at all times.

I was not alive for Schmidt’s illustrious career with the Phillies, save for his final season. As far as seeing him play, I can only depend on Youtube clips, VHS recorded games, and stories from my father and Uncle. That said, it was awesome seeing ‘Michael Jack’ don the Phillies uniform, even in the coaching capacity. Hopefully the matter is not too serious and the life-long Phillie can continue to flourish in his post-playing career.