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Fallout from Herrera miscue reveals something good for Phillies — a leader

Fallout from Herrera miscue reveals something good for Phillies — a leader

ATLANTA — When Odubel Herrera failed to slide into second base and contributed to the death of a potential rally Monday night, it revealed something valuable for the Phillies.

They have a leader.

Moments after committing the mental mistake in the third inning of what became a 2-1 loss to the Atlanta Braves (see story), Herrera jogged out toward the outfield to hand teammate Rhys Hoskins his glove and cap after Hoskins had been stranded on first base.

Standing in shallow left field, Herrera apologized to Hoskins for the base-running blunder. The moment spoke volumes because it showed that Herrera had some self-awareness — that can only help his growth as a player — and it showed how much he respected Hoskins. The moment confirmed that even after just 65 games in the majors, Hoskins is emerging as this club’s leader.

Hoskins’ quick on-field chat with Herrera came with a pat on the back and was reminiscent of something Darren Daulton or Chase Utley might have done.

“That’s a situation where you don’t really need to say anything,” Hoskins said a day later. “He knows what he could have done differently. He doesn't need anyone to say tell him to slide. He knows that.

“He said he was sorry. I was going to say something regardless because I didn’t want it to be on his mind. I just kind of reiterated, ‘Stay aggressive. Don’t let this change the way that you’re playing.’ There was nothing negative about it. I told him, ‘We’re going to pick you up.’ I didn’t want him to become timid because of a mistake he made. It happens. Physical and mental mistakes will happen. Obviously, if we can eliminate mental mistakes, we’re going to be fine.”

Though he is just 25, a year younger than Herrera, in fact, Hoskins is comfortable taking a leadership role with the club.

“That’s kind of how I’ve always been as a person and a player,” Hoskins said. “I’m not necessarily a rah-rah guy. I’ve never been that guy. I don’t want to be that guy. But if things need to be said to someone, I’m willing to do that. Someone has to do it.

“There’s a lot of things that the staff or the manager can say to you, but I think as soon as your teammates say the same thing, that might hold a little more weight.”

Jim Fregosi always believed that Daulton’s growth as a leader was vital to the rise of the 1993 Phillies and Charlie Manuel will tell you that his great teams benefited from Utley’s quiet, behind-the-scenes counsel.

Gabe Kapler might have his guy. 

“I very much appreciate the way Hoskins looks out for his teammates,” Kapler said. “From the moment I met him, he’s been a great teammate. He’s very good at seeing what’s coming and I think it’s great he had a chat with Odubel.”

Phillies add Adonis Medina and 2 others to 40-man roster, avoid losing them in Rule 5 draft

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Phillies add Adonis Medina and 2 others to 40-man roster, avoid losing them in Rule 5 draft

The Phillies on Tuesday added three minor-league prospects to their 40-man roster, thus protecting them from being selected by another club in next month’s Rule 5 draft.

The team added right-handed pitchers Edgar Garcia and Adonis Medina as well as middle infielder Arquimides Gamboa.

Garcia, a 22-year-old reliever, split the 2018 season between Double A and Triple A and recorded a 3.64 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP in 52 games. He struck out 72 batters and walked 27 in 64⅓ innings and held opposing hitters to a .206 batting average. He could push for work in the Phillies' bullpen sometime in 2019.

Medina, 21, is one of the organization’s top starting pitching prospects. He went 10-4 with a 4.12 ERA in 22 games (21 starts) for Single A Clearwater in 2018. He struck out 123 and walked 36 in 111⅓ innings. He projects to pitch at Double A in 2019.

Gamboa, 21, is a talented defensive shortstop who could eventually be pushed to second base as top prospect Luis Garcia rises. A switch-hitter, Gamboa batted just .214 with a .304 on-base percentage in 114 games at Clearwater in 2018. He struck out 111 times.

Among those left unprotected were outfielder Jose Pujols and catcher Deivi Grullon.

Pujols, who turned 23 in September, was the Florida State League player of the year in 2018. He hit .301 with 18 homers, 58 RBIs and a .887 OPS in 95 games at Clearwater. He struck out 127 times in 352 at-bats.

Grullon, a rugged 22-year-old, hit .273 with 21 homers, 59 RBIs and a .825 OPS in 90 games at Double A Reading.

The additions left the Phillies’ 40-man roster at 38. Justin Bour remains on the roster even though multiple sources say he has cleared waivers. The next important roster date arrives on Nov. 30, which is the deadline for offering a contract to a salary arbitration-eligible player.

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Phillies to hold 3 retirement ceremonies for Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard

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Phillies to hold 3 retirement ceremonies for Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard

Phillies fans should prepare for another nostalgic year at the ballpark. 

Prior to games in May, June and July, the Phillies will hold retirement ceremonies for Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard.

Rollins' ceremony will take place Saturday night, May 4, when the Phillies host the Nationals at 7:05.

Then comes Utley's night, Friday, June 21 against the Marlins at 7:05.

Howard will be honored Sunday, July 14, when the Phils face the Nationals at 1:05.

Rollins never officially retired but hasn't played since June 2016 with the White Sox. 

Howard retired the first week of September, and Utley hung up his cleats once the playoffs ended. 

In many ways, 2018 was the final chapter in the book of the 2008 Phillies. Jayson Werth also retired in late June after his situation with the Mariners didn't work out. Carlos Ruiz hasn't officially retired but did not find a team in 2018.

Cole Hamels and Ryan Madson, though, are still going strong as the final two active members of that championship team.

Fans interested in making it to all three ceremonies can do so with the six-game Phillies Legends Ticket pack, which includes the three retirement nights along with any other three games.

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