I was wondering how they were going to do this. And you know, I always think of Moss in right field. I know he played a fair amount of left–even made a tremendous catch into that old fence out there one night. It’s just the way I think of it.
So let’s break down the candidates and we’ll give you the NoiseNation endorsement:
Leandro Castro is a favorite IronPig of all time. He was Odubel Herrera before we knew Odubel. Not quite good enough to make the Phillies, of course. However, for those of us at the park every single night, he was a lot of fun. There were things you knew: You knew he was swinging at the first pitch. You knew if he was in right field he’d overthrow third base or home plate by 10 feet trying to prove how good his arm was. You knew if he hit a dinger, he was going to flip the bat and might even pimp it all the way down the line in front of the visiting club house. But, alas, the performance factor does limit him.
Nick Williams is a favorite of mine as well, and should he take the next step this season he has the tools to be among the all-timers in the outfield for the IronPigs. But, he hasn’t done it yet–and we’ve only played 9 seasons–so we can’t give him the endorsement yet.
Darin Ruf is a 1B/DH. He did well for us in left last season, but we can’t give him the nod.
Brandon Moss is an IronPigs legend. He hit some monster homers and was the lynch pin of the first team that made the playoffs–a couple games from winning the Governor’s Cup. While he didn’t contribute to the Phillies, that wasn’t HIS fault. Look what he’s done in the Majors since 2011. Brandon Moss get’s our endorsement in Left Field.
See you at the park,
Featured image of Brandon Moss from 2011 NoiseNation file photo.