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,