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Brandon Phillips goes off on Cincinnati Enquirer baseball writer C. Trent Rosecrans

Aug 28, 2013, 8:31 PM EDT

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Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips apparently took issue with something written recently by the stat-minded C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer and went off on Rosecrans in the visitor manager’s office Wednesday evening at Busch Stadium with manager Dusty Baker looking on.

ESPN 101, a St. Louis-based radio station, just posted audio of the heated altercation online:

Here is our attempt at transcribing that exchange (with the requisite edits) …

Phillips: “Hey Dusty, the fat motherf***er on the end is worried about my on-base percentage. Why don’t you tell him to have me bat eighth with my on-base percentage.”

Rosecrans: “I don’t care about …”

Phillips: “Fat motherf***er. Make him happy, Dusty. Fat motherf***er. I’m tired of you talking that negative sh*t on our team, dog. I found out your Twitter name now motherf***er. It’s a wrap.”

Rosecrans: “Wow, took you how many years? Congratulations.”

Baker: “I ain’t in that, man. That’s between you and him.”

Rosecrans: “That’s between him and him.”

Baker: “OK, even better.”


UPDATE, 9:45 PM ET: The Cincinnati Enquirer has issued a response about the incident:

There was a situation that arose this evening prior to the Reds and Cardinals game involving our reporter C. Trent Rosecrans and Brandon Phillips.

Phillips took exception to our analysis concerning his on-base percentage and a follow-up tweet after being moved into the second spot in the lineup. It is a fair subject to consider, and one our readers would expect us to address.

While we are disappointed in Phillips’ reaction, we understand it is a pennant race and emotions are high during a crucial series with a heated rival. This isn’t the first time a player has lost his temper in response to a reporters questions and it won’t be the last. It is part of covering the team day-in day-out.

This will not affect our coverage of the team or Phillips. We plan on moving on from this and we hope Phillips does too.


101 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. easywolf - Aug 29, 2013 at 7:14 AM

    Another pencil neck geek nerd reporter writer whatever this nerd is thinking his work actually matters more than the player. Fat mothfker nobody cares about you or your stupid newspaper.

    • hardballfan1970 - Aug 29, 2013 at 7:41 AM

      It’s a shame that people like Phillips and easywolf have to resort to profanity to make their point. Just shows a lack of intelligence on both of their parts.

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 29, 2013 at 9:17 AM


      Fortunately the internet has gobs and gobs of stats for all of us to find out easily. Of course there is a little fluctuation year to year in the average, but the league average on base percentage is usually around .330 to .335 percent.

      Brandon Phillips career on base percentage is only .321% and so far this season he’s only getting on base at a .311% clip.

      He is well below the league average in this respect. This isn’t an opinion. It’s a fact based on numbers and it’s a fact whether one is a fan of Brandon Phillips or not.

      The Reds as a team have a .325% on base percentage which isn’t good for a team average and it’s even worse when they have the top two on base percentage leaders in the National league right now in Votto and Choo. Those two men have just under 1,000 plate appearances combined right now and their team on base percentage is still below league average. One wouldn’t expect a team to be below average when they have the two best in the league at getting on base.

      • kalinedrive - Aug 29, 2013 at 9:37 AM

        If you’re going to say percent or use the % sign, you need to multiply the numbers. .330 is 33.0%, .335 is 33.5%. Saying .321% would actually mean a 0.00321 OBP. (The P for Percent is already in the calculation.)

      • skinsfanwill - Aug 29, 2013 at 1:55 PM

        So why is only Brandon Phillips OBP the one in question if the rest of the team can’t get on base. Wouldn’t you address the person with the lowest OBP or persons? Why single Phillips out?

      • bmh9500 - Aug 29, 2013 at 2:03 PM

        Because Phillips’ move to the 2 spot was the topic of discussion.

    • pike573 - Aug 29, 2013 at 10:30 AM

      Thanks for the laugh, Easywolf…. that’s some quality trolling…

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  2. sandrafluke2012 - Aug 29, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    2 big psychology aspects. People have bias towards what they have always believed in. Also, the mike sciosia bias. Old school personal bias because it would be a personal hit on himself admitting things like the defensive catcher

  3. sandrafluke2012 - Aug 29, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    Don’t worry liberals. If the tea party or Tim Scott or the NRA weren’t there, African Americans would be in great shape

    • hasbeen5 - Aug 29, 2013 at 9:02 AM

      What the hell are you talking about?

      • hasbeen5 - Aug 29, 2013 at 9:03 AM

        Nevermind, I posted too soon

    • cofran2004 - Sep 3, 2013 at 11:11 AM

      you’re a moron. take that to the cnn disqus boards, sandra.

  4. peteraggs - Aug 29, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    Hey Brandon, you make $10 million a year playing baseball! It was legitimate baseball question and the reporter was doing his job. Just answer the question!

  5. timburns116 - Aug 29, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    Well, this adds some meaning to the mindless mind brain-dead rant Brantley and Marty were on the other night, where they were scoffing at “stats geeks” who cared about OBP. “Let’s see a General Manager who will pay for walks more than he will a guys who drives in 120” was the capper. Just the dumbest damn thing I have heard.

    Same guys think RBI’s are about heart and batting with RISP is a skill (are those players TRYING to make out when people are not on base?), while never understanding the point of the game is to persevere the outs. There are 27 of them. Don’t give them away.

    When one considers Brandon, who this Reds fan finds to be an extremely valuable #6 hitter, one finds a guy who gives outs away through his failure to work counts and his hitting into way too many DP’s.

    Then again, at least he knows how many outs there are in an inning, which St. Votto apparently cannot

    • Hoss - Aug 29, 2013 at 6:28 PM

      Yeah batting with RISP is exaaaactly the same as a bases empty 2 out at bat. I don’t mind people using stats as their sole way of analyzing ball players but when we talk about playing in the later innings of the game when everything is on the line, you can’t sit there and tell me that the players are relaxed and treating it like anything else every single time.

      • timburns116 - Aug 30, 2013 at 6:53 AM

        Not only can’t I, but I can direct you to everything Bill James ever wrote to show it is NOT a repeatable skill. It is a small sample size effect from season to season

  6. ctony1216 - Aug 29, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    Rosecrans handled the situation quite well. He remained calm, made some good comeback remarks, and did his job. Well done, sir!

  7. gostlcards5 - Aug 29, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    He started to sway me toward his side earlier this year with his very nice comments about Stan Musial after Stan’s death, but BP shows his asshat ways once again…

    (sorry for the profanity, but there is no word that describes BP as accurately…) 😀

  8. sportsfan69 - Aug 29, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    BP you’re a great player, don’t let anyone bring you down. I”ll take your batting average with RISP over OBP any day of the week. That reporter never played the game.

  9. jimeejohnson - Aug 30, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    C. Trent Rosecrans: your name is making people mad. How bout Dick Hertz?

  10. bigdicktater - Sep 1, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    Jeez, Brandon Phillips looks terrible in that video, doesn’t he?

  11. collegenumber19 - Sep 3, 2013 at 12:17 AM

    C Trent is a dork. Phillips on base percentage is messed up because he has been batting in the 4 hole for a good part of the season. I am glad Phillips went off, some of these writers have no f’ing clue about baseball.

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