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The Phillies hire Juan Samuel to coach third base, move Perlozzo to first

Nov 11, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

Juan Samuel

Wow, ever write a blog post and realize that you didn’t need much more than the headline.  Yep, that pretty much says it all: Juan Samuel will be the third base coach, Sam Perlozzo moves to first.

This pretty much negates everything I said about Samuel’s stolen base proficiency the other day, because it’s not too often that he’ll be talking a guy at third into snagging home.  More importantly, however, it may lessen the ire of a lot of Phillies fans who had grown unhappy with Perlozzo’s work sending and stopping runners.

It seems like every team’s fan base has some issue with their third base coach, and I don’t know that we’ve yet come up with a good way to determine, objectively, how good a job a third base coach really does (we do believe that they should send more runners).  However, Philly fans have complained about Perlozzo pretty steadily.  And that wonderful play in the NLCS in which Roy Oswalt ran right through Perlozzo’s stop sign to score was one of the more notable rebuke’s of a base coach’s authority in recent history. The pitcher, dude.  Even he trust you.

  1. Utley's Hair - Nov 11, 2010 at 4:13 PM

    WTF?!?

    Here’s hoping Oswalt won’t listen to him when he stops him from running to first.

  2. Jonny 5 - Nov 11, 2010 at 4:33 PM

    Perlazzo sucks. I don’t know if it’s his eyesight or what but he can’t seem to get it right at third. putting up the stop sign gets him off or something. I remember I was at a game vs cubs in 09′ and 3 times in one game i wanted to slap his hat off. With a “homey don’t play dat” sock. Anyway, maybe he can run a stop watch better than he can see???

    • Utley's Hair - Nov 11, 2010 at 4:36 PM

      THAT’S IT!!!!! Replace the stop sign with a stop watch!!!!! Jonny, you just figgered it out!

      • Jonny 5 - Nov 11, 2010 at 4:42 PM

        Yeah, I think half the time he put up the stop sign because he was bored….

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