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The Phillies scout the heck out of Nebraska

Mar 12, 2013, 9:53 AM EDT


This is kinda neat. Nebraska is no baseball hotbed, but the Phillies freakin’ own it:

Three of the eight Nebraskans to appear in a major-league game last season were Phillies. There is Ruf, whom the Phillies want to man left field. Diekman is a promising lefty reliever. Tyler Cloyd, native of Bellevue, provides rotation depth.

And Cody Asche, who recently was sent to minor-league camp, could become the team’s first homegrown third baseman since Scott Rolen. Asche was born in Missouri, but his parents are from Nebraska, and he attended the University of Nebraska.

Click through to Matt Gelb’s story to see why the Phillies scout the hell out of Nebraska. It’s pretty interesting. And it makes you wonder what parts of the country harbor baseball talent we simply never see because the circumstances that have led the Phillies to scout Nebraska don’t replicate themselves elsewhere.

  1. chacochicken - Mar 12, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    Young John Rhoades strides to the mound. A Nebraska farm boy, blazing left-handed speed.

  2. kyzslew77 - Mar 12, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    As a Colorado native, allow me to make something very clear: Nebraska SUCKS.

    However I do appreciate that the speed limit on I-80 is 75 across most of the state, and that there are very few speed traps along it. That enables people who absolutely have to drive through Nebraska to leave as quickly as possible.

    • heyblueyoustink - Mar 12, 2013 at 10:13 AM

      Given recent law changes, I would figure you Colorodians to be a little more chilled in their commentary and more into slow riding over racing about at high speeds.

  3. heyblueyoustink - Mar 12, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Omaha steaks? Cheesesteaks? Hmmm, do we need Mulder and Scully to look further into this to be sure we’re not missing something here?

  4. DelawarePhilliesFan - Mar 12, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    And don’t forget Hall of Famer Richie Ashburn out of Tilden Nebraska

    • hermitfool - Mar 12, 2013 at 10:19 AM

      Also Hall of Famers Bob Gibson, Wahoo Sam Crawford, Grover Cleveland Alexander and folks not in the Hall, like Joba Chamberlain, Jackie Brandt, Johnny Hopp, Rex Barney, Darrell Johnson, Gregg Olson, Russ Snyder, Mel Harder, Mysterious Walker, and a host of others.

      • deepstblu - Mar 12, 2013 at 12:12 PM

        Mysterious Walker should be in the Hall of Names.

      • hermitfool - Mar 12, 2013 at 7:29 PM

        The mulit-talented Mysterious Walker could be in many different Halls of Fame, bet never played enough MLB baseball to make a run at Cooperstown.

  5. historiophiliac - Mar 12, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Oklahoma: *yawn*

    • heyblueyoustink - Mar 12, 2013 at 10:26 AM

      Nah, there’s always the red clay dirt stuff!

    • sportsdrenched - Mar 12, 2013 at 10:32 AM

      Oklahoma is one of the most geographically diverse states in the nation. It’s also more than 200 miles from Nebraska.

    • historiophiliac - Mar 12, 2013 at 2:06 PM

      Hmmmm, too subtle, I guess.

  6. pauleee - Mar 12, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Geez Craig, stop with the Phillies bashing already, will ya!?

  7. stlouis1baseball - Mar 12, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    Can’t be much (if anything) wrong with a State that produced Robert Gibson.

  8. dizoakiusmaximus - Mar 12, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    I think they’re hoping they find Steve Nebraska, and besides Mexico what better place to start looking?

  9. xmatt0926x - Mar 12, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    Whenever Richie Ashburn was broadcasting with Harry Kalas, he would say “Harry, there’s something special about this kid. I don’t know what it is”. Of course a minute later we would all find out that the kid was from Nebraska.

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