Farewell, Clete

In today’s transactions, Clete Thomas was released by the Phillies organization as they activated pitcher BJ Rosenberg.  Clete hadn’t been getting much playing time lately, as the Phillies continue to evaluate Leandro Castro and Tyler Henson as potential call-up candidates, and young Cameron Perkins gains experience.  Now, with the addition of Tony Gwynn, Jr., Clete becomes the roster casualty.  Here’s hoping he can hook on somewhere with the possibility of a September call-up as a defensive, base-stealing OF.

Alas, I feel like we got cheated out of as much Clete as we could have had–I bet he does, too!  As the season began, this year, Clete was our most productive and consistent player and was leading-off games quite reliably.  He had always played well against us in the past, and I saw a little “Richie Thompson” in him:  He was a rangy lefty, leading off, stealing bases and playing excellent defense in CF.  I know, Clete has more MLB service time, but as a Coca Cola Park regular, Richie’s who he reminded me of.  It was just that aggressive play which resulted in his injury in left field.  “Thanks for diving into the wall for making that catch, Clete.  Here’s your two broken ribs.  Also, get out there and hit one more time.”

Well, that’s not how it went–but it’s how it ended up.  By the way, I think maybe the IronPigs need to take a look at the left field wall and corner after all the injuries and ball-mishaps of this season.  That could be a nice off-season project for them.

But I digress.  A thank you to Clete, today, for his hard play and effort.  And, well-wishes as he continues on from here.  Hopefully he doesn’t come back to haunt us in future seasons.

Here are some Cheryl Pursell photos from the “library:”

See you at the park,

@Kram209

Clete Thomas taking one for the team. - Cheryl Pursell

Clete Thomas taking one for the team. – Cheryl Pursell

Clete Thomas  Photo: Cheryl Pursell

Clete Thomas
Photo: Cheryl Pursell

Clete Thomas celebrating his HR. - Cheryl Pursell

Clete Thomas celebrating his HR. – Cheryl Pursell

Clete Thomas' Lead off Homer! - Cheryl Pursell

Clete Thomas’ Lead off Homer! – Cheryl Pursell

Clete Thomas - Cheryl Pursell

Clete Thomas – Cheryl Pursell

  Photo: Cheryl Pursell

Photo: Cheryl Pursell

From Spring Training:  @CherylPursell

From Spring Training: @CherylPursell



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2 replies

  1. Too bad. I agree with you completely: before Clete’s injury, it looked like we’d finally found a reliable leadoff man. He gave 110% all the time, which unfortunately proved his undoing.

    Good luck Clete, and thanks for a job well done.

  2. I liked Clete Thomas but I have no problem with his release by the Phillies. The Phillies need to get younger and a soon to be 31 year old outfielder with sub-par statistics wasn’t going to help. When Thomas got hurt on May 10th he was hitting just .259 with 1 HR. In his 30 games as a leadoff hitter he hit just .211 (23-109). That’s not exactly what a team looks for from a leadoff guy. Perhaps it seemed like he was much more productive than he was since he hit .289 at Coca-Cola Park but just .211 on the road. I wish him the best and hope he catches on with another team for the final weeks of the season, but it was time for a change. The Ironpigs were last in the International League in bases on balls, caught stealing, team batting average, on base percentage and OPS with Clete Thomas, they can’t get any worse than that without him.

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