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Should the Phillies release Raul Ibanez?

Jun 7, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

Raul Ibanez headshot.jpgThat’s what Corey Seidman at Phillies Nation thinks:

From a baseball standpoint – and from a logical standpoint –  there is
no reason Raul Ibanez deserves to play everyday on a contending team. He
has been awful at the plate and terrible in the field. Yet he continues
to bat sixth everyday while the Phillies top prospect, who also happens
to be a corner outfielder, is putting on a clinic in the
pitcher-friendly Eastern League.

That prospect is Domonic Brown, the fellow who I said had his nose pressed up against the glass a couple of posts ago.  He’s raking in AA: 313/.382/.587 with 10 homers and 33 RBI.  Meanwhile Ibanez cruises on the strength of his April and May of 2009. As Seidman demonstrates, he’s done nothing since. Certainly nothing to justify his job.

Which was easy to hide when Chase Utley and Jayson Werth were hitting and Jimmy Rollins was healthy and productive at shortstop.  With those things not happening, Ibanez has been exposed as the weak link on the defending NL champs.

As of tomorrow evening, the Braves, Mets, Marlins and Nationals will all have called up and played their phenoms.  Perhaps its time for the Phillies to do the same.

  1. BC - Jun 7, 2010 at 11:51 AM

    I say taze him.

  2. Matt M - Jun 7, 2010 at 12:32 PM

    Give him a pair of binoculars and make him the bullpen catcher.

  3. JasonC23 - Jun 7, 2010 at 1:03 PM

    Buster Olney is just waiting for some blogger to make a “guess he stopped taking the ‘roids” crack so he can lecture them. His finger is all ready for wagging and everything.

  4. Old Gator - Jun 7, 2010 at 2:14 PM

    Why not just have Tonya Harding whack him on the knee with a lead pipe and put him on the disabled list with patellar tendinitis? It seems to be working for the Mutts.

  5. Jonny5 - Jun 7, 2010 at 3:27 PM

    I’d like to see Dom Brown come up just to see the guy play. Don’t forget they also have Ben Francisco who could offer up more offense than Raul at this point. And his defense is probably better as well.

  6. bowie - Jun 7, 2010 at 3:55 PM

    Ibanez is not finished. His walk and K rates are fine, or at least in line with previous seasons. His line drive rate is pretty good. His BABIP is very low.
    In short, he has been unlucky. His numbers will bounce back.

  7. Barbara - Jun 9, 2010 at 6:42 PM

    I think he should stay. He has the skills, is very dedicated to being the best. He also when hitting has a good long wall, and has lately been the only one getting a hit.

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