In a not so surprising move Phillies manager Pete Mackanin had a talk w/ long time 1b Ryan Howard before last night’s game to let him know that rookie Tommy Joseph would be their starting 1b going forward. “He was low-key about it,” Mackanin said. “I’m sure he’s not happy about it, but he didn’t have a whole lot to say. You can’t argue about Tommy Joseph.” “I flat-out don’t like it,” he added. “I don’t like to have to deal with it because of what he’s done for the organization over the years. Once again, this is another year where we’re looking to the future, and Tommy Joseph looks like he’s going to be in the future.”
Joseph went on to show why this move was made by smacking 2 HRs in the 9-6 loss to the Washington Natinals last night – more about that from our Ali Van Norden in her w/e recap after Sunday’s game – which give him seven homers in 65 at-bats since being called up May 13. Those seven HR’s in his first 21 major-league games is a 1st by a Phillie, according to Baseball-Reference.
“I can’t sit Tommy Joseph,” Mackanin said. “You can’t say enough about Tommy Joseph. He looks like the real deal, and it’s great to have him here.”
Joseph said of his new role on the team “This is what I prepared for all winter long – not only physically, but mentally. This is what I wanted, an opportunity to play in the big leagues. So, yeah, I’m enjoying my time.” He also had this to say about how Howard has handled this situation “He’s the best. He’s been great, very easy to talk to. He’s been there for me every step of the way. Whenever I need anything, he’s there. He’s a good guy to learn from, too. Obviously the guy has been in the game for over a decade now, so he’s seen a lot of different things, and he’s a guy I can go talk to about certain situations in the game.”
Only time will tell what the future holds for Joseph, Howard and this forward looking Phillies Team