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The Phillies designate Mike Fontenot for assignment

Aug 1, 2012, 2:01 PM EDT

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More Phillies leaving town: Mike Fontenot was just designated for assignment.

Fontenot hit .289/.343/.340 with a home run, seven RBI in 47 games. Now he’ll work for food. Or a veteran’s minimum salary.

Michael Martinez has been called up from Lehigh Valley to take his place on the roster.

  1. bleedgreen - Aug 1, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    Weird. I thought he’d been playing fairly well. I don’t know how much he’s making though.

    • CJ - Aug 1, 2012 at 2:52 PM

      you haven’t seen him play the field then.

    • biasedhomer - Aug 1, 2012 at 4:12 PM

      His defense is putrid.

  2. illcomm - Aug 1, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    and now starts the second round of trading

  3. cleverbob - Aug 1, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    Well… bye.

    • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Aug 1, 2012 at 4:02 PM

      If this is a Tombstone reference … I just want to shake your hand.

      • cleverbob - Aug 1, 2012 at 7:59 PM

        I’m your huckleberry.

  4. skerney - Aug 1, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    /Sabean Swoops.

  5. minimoose763 - Aug 1, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    Swoop, Sabean! Get Fontenot back and we might actually have a competent middle infield.

    • xmatt0926x - Aug 1, 2012 at 2:44 PM

      Wow. Was Fontenot competent as an infielder for San Fran? I wish we as Phillies fans could have seen some of that. I can remember 3 games right off the top of my head where his lack of competence as an infielder directly led to losses. He made Wiggington look like a gold glover.

      • minimoose763 - Aug 1, 2012 at 2:58 PM

        Put it this way: I would rather Fontenot at 2B instead of Theriot.

  6. mojosmagic - Aug 1, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    His error against Atlanta on a routine ground ball doomed him. If you watched the play he spaced, didn’t think ahead where to go with the ball, and with a pitcher running no less. When your on the bubble, and you get a start having your head up your @ass isn’t a good thing.

    • forthand26 - Aug 1, 2012 at 2:41 PM

      Yep, that error was brutal. When you can’t hit a lick, your fielding needs to be on point.

    • OchentaYcinco - Aug 1, 2012 at 2:46 PM

      Also dooming his is probably the fact that they’re going to need Martinez’s versatility because the outfielder depth on the roster is… well, not great.

    • OchentaYcinco - Aug 1, 2012 at 2:46 PM

      Also dooming him is probably the fact that they’re going to need Martinez’s versatility because the outfielder depth on the roster is… well, not great.

  7. dbick - Aug 1, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    Michael Martinez will never go a way. It’s so depressing.

    • OchentaYcinco - Aug 1, 2012 at 2:47 PM

      He’s Reno Mahe or Chad Hall on the other side of Pattison Ave.

      • nineroutsider - Aug 1, 2012 at 4:20 PM

        Reno Mahe, I remember him making some plays at least; I can’t remember many by Fontenot…

  8. funnyman549 - Aug 1, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    Martinez could not play for any of the top 20 college teams. Definitely another .170 hitter is just what the doctor ordered. The Phillies don’t have the lead in the late innings often enough to be able to afford a defensive specialist on this 25 man roster.

  9. mungman69 - Aug 1, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    Fontenot fieled worser than eye spel.

  10. nineroutsider - Aug 1, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    I will take Theriot all day and twice on doubleheader days. You’ve got to be joking bro; Fonte-Not could barely turn a double play with a catcher running down the first base line. Remember when they put him at 3rd for Sandoval and the ball would sail over to first allowing everyone but the slowest guys to be safe. Remember him at the plate, at least The Riot touches .280 here and there and that’s not in 47 games.

    If you can’t hit, and we know Fontenow can’t, you better be able to play killer D…and he doesn’t come close to playing that. Theriot easily bro, wow!

    • ptfu - Aug 1, 2012 at 4:41 PM

      You know things are bad when fans prefer the TOOTBLAN over you.

  11. mplsjoe - Aug 1, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    If the Twins were within 10 games of .500, they’d sign him.

  12. foreverchipper10 - Aug 2, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    Fontena…..Fonteno….Fonte not gonna play for the Phils anymore that’s for sure.

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