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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. Ben - Aug 28, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    Screw Brandon Phillips. C. Trent is one of the best beat writers around–I know that and I’m not even a Reds fan.

    • okwhitefalcon - Aug 28, 2013 at 9:13 PM

      1. Incites a baseball riot in 2010
      2. Falsely accuses a fellow MLB of racism in 2012
      3. Goes on profanity laced personal attack on beat writer in 2013

      But remember, he takes pics with fans and posts them on his twitter.

      • cohnjusack - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:20 PM

        You forgot: throws a hissy-fit because a player who is much better than him got a lot more money.

      • kayfngee - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:31 PM

        Numbers 2 and 3 are very valid points. The comments from today are out of line. However, Phillips wasn’t the only one responsible for inciting that riot.

      • cohnjusack - Aug 28, 2013 at 11:06 PM

        Phillips wasn’t the only one responsible for inciting that riot.

        Are you implying that a millionaire shouldn’t kick the bat of another player and start arguing with him because he called him and his co-workers “little bitches?”.

        For such manly men, athletes are so sensitive! It’s kind of adorable. They’ll play until they fuck up their bodies and have to have all kinds of surgeries, but they get uber-upset when someone calls them a bad word.

      • timburns116 - Aug 29, 2013 at 12:19 PM

        Did not “incite a baseball riot”. That was ” I catch 350 games a season and am on a short fuse” Yadier Molina who started a fight.

    • dianadfbest - Aug 29, 2013 at 2:53 AM

      My Uncle Nathan recently got Hyundai Elantra Sedan only from working part-time off a macbook air… you can try this out…

      • km9000 - Aug 29, 2013 at 3:42 AM

        Wow, took him how any years? Congratulations.

  2. Kevin S. - Aug 28, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    Hey Brandon, maybe you should be worried about your on base percentage. There are actually hitters behind you in the Reds’ lineup, and I’m sure some of them would love to have guys on base when they hit from time to time.

  3. Bob Loblaw - Aug 28, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    Next time some nitwit tries to tell me how Brandon Phillips is “such a great guy” I’ll make sure I point to this as just one example of what a complete asshole the guy truly is.

    He should be on El Bravo’s douchenozzle list.

    • danrizzle - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:11 PM

      Eh, people lose their shit sometimes. He may not be the greatest guy in the world; he might be all right. This incident doesn’t reflect well on him, but it’s not that bad.

      • Bob Loblaw - Aug 29, 2013 at 11:45 AM

        Yeah, it is that bad. And if it was one of the good guys in baseball, then I would agree with you. But when a guy, who is already a piece of shit, acts like a piece of shit…then he doesn’t get the benefit of the “people lose their shit sometimes” card.

        Brandon Phillips is an asshole. Period.

      • timburns116 - Aug 29, 2013 at 12:22 PM

        Man, you would have hated Joe DiMaggio or Ted Williams or, well, any baseball player of the past century, who argued with reporters. It’s sort of a thing that happens

  4. hammyofdoom - Aug 28, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    Well I just lost a significant amount of respect for Brandon Phillips. Even if he doesn’t like what a writer has to say about him it doesn’t mean it’s ok for him to spout off like that. Plus, from what he’s saying it wasn’t even anything personal against Phillips that Rosencrans had to say; the deficiency in Phillips OBP is a fact and even if he does have gaudy RBI numbers this year he is having a sub-par offensive year all around.

    Way to be professional Brandon.

    • kayfngee - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:35 PM

      His RBI numbers aren’t really that gaudy either when you consider he has number 1 and number 2 OBP in the NL hitting in front of him.

      • hammyofdoom - Aug 28, 2013 at 11:07 PM

        Yep, and thats why this whole votto v. Phillips as to who the reds mvp is thing needs to stop. Votto is better offensively in every way and given the same oppertunities that phillips has had this year he’d have those same rbi numbers and most likely better

  5. dondada10 - Aug 28, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    I’m surprised Phillips didn’t accuse him of being a racist.

    • timburns116 - Aug 29, 2013 at 12:23 PM

      Do you seriously not know?

      • dondada10 - Aug 29, 2013 at 12:41 PM


      • stlouis1baseball - Aug 29, 2013 at 5:05 PM

        “I catch 350 games a season and am on a short fuse”

        You can’t possibly believe that Tim. No way. Even all my buddies (Redlegs fans) agree that “The Mouth” started it. Of course…they don’t like me referring to him as “The Mouth.”
        Admittedly, I am really growing tired of replaying it.
        But it appears you fall into the group with selective memory.

        Scene #1:
        After a night game “The Mouth” runs his trap to local Dayton reporter.
        While running his trap he totally disrespects the entire organization by referring to them as a “bunch of bitches.”
        Scene #2:
        Roughly 12 hours later “The Mouth” then approaches the box and tries to do his queer ass shin tap to the Cardinals Catcher as if they are homeboys, as if nothing was said 12 hours prior, as if he didn’t just refer to them as a “bunch of bitches.”
        Scene #3:
        The Cardinals Catcher takes offense and protects his teammates and the organization…
        Scene #4:
        TimBurns116 is an apologist and quite possibly the grand champion of excuse makers.

  6. cadillacjosh - Aug 28, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    Am I alone in thinking this is kind of funny?

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 28, 2013 at 9:03 PM

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

      I laughed a lot at this line.

  7. hammerrm - Aug 28, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    Ask Phillips about his several bastard kids, Trent.

    • jm91rs - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:09 PM

      Is this a fact? My understanding is that his first child was born just a few months ago.

      • djpostl - Aug 29, 2013 at 4:16 AM

        Oh it’s a fact. Add “deadbeat dad” to the list of his accomplishments.

      • jm91rs - Aug 29, 2013 at 8:54 AM

        I stopped reading after the opening sentence couldn’t spell Cincinnati. I assume because they have full names it’s probably accurate and if so shame on Brandon. I’m not gonna act like he’s the only athlete with this problem though. Unfortunately this is very common.

  8. theroc5156 - Aug 28, 2013 at 9:04 PM

    I side with Phillips for the most part He should have just told Rosecrans that he can have his OBP since Phillips is amongst the league leaders in RBI’s.

    • sabatimus - Aug 28, 2013 at 9:14 PM

      In order to be amongst the league leaders in RBI, Phillips has to hit when his teammates get on base…the latter of which he has no control over. Which is why RBI are more appropriate as a team stat.

      And seriously, a .310 OBP? Phillips goes with the “fat MFer” card when Rosecrans is right.

    • carlw2006 - Aug 28, 2013 at 9:14 PM

      You do realize that RBI totals have a lot to do with how many times the people in front of you are getting on base, and with choo and votto, that’s 2 people who get on base a lot. His ‘clutch’ hitting has been better this year, but that will regress to his overall average in years to come. I do like that Phillips takes a more controlled approach to hitting with RISP and 2 strikes, and I don’t get why he doesn’t hit like that at all times during every at-bat.

  9. jrocknstuff - Aug 28, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    The reason his RBI are up, the reason anyone’s RBI are ever up is because you always see more pitches to hit with runners on base. There is no case anyone can make to support Phillips. He’s a below average hitter, a below average human being, but he can field. Yay

    • timburns116 - Aug 29, 2013 at 12:25 PM

      Like a freaking dream and hit 20-25 jacks and be a team leader. The idea that he is a bad baseball player is just as stupid as his idea that he is an awesome one

  10. contraryguy - Aug 28, 2013 at 9:34 PM

    More than any other Red this year, BP is getting it done. His batting with RISP, with 2 strikes, etc, shows that he is getting it done. Putting the contract talk aside (re: Votto), let’s look at Twitter, where the Reds fans (including myself) sound off as much or more than fans from any other team. Who do they b*tch about least? BP. C Trent doesn’t swing a bat. He’s not on the field. He can STFU.

    • okwhitefalcon - Aug 28, 2013 at 9:44 PM

      So you’re basically telling us you’ve had your picture taken with Phillips….

    • bmh9500 - Aug 28, 2013 at 9:49 PM


    • km9000 - Aug 28, 2013 at 11:34 PM

      Is it a prerequisite for all Reds fans on Twitter to swing a bat and be on the field?

      • timburns116 - Aug 29, 2013 at 12:27 PM

        Yes, and many have higher OBP’s than Brandon

    • djpostl - Aug 29, 2013 at 4:21 AM

      You’re an idiot. I don’t need to “play pro ball” to see a guy who has had 420 chances at an RBI this year (due to Choo and Votto’s OBPs) and only driven in 95. Smells like a whole lot of wasted chances to me.

  11. modellforprez - Aug 28, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    is this not the piece of shit that falsely accused a opposing player of a racist comment during a game when VIDEO AND AUDIO clearly showed he is really a classless piece of shit. No suprise look where he is stuck playing. So big bad Phillips when your done pushing around overweight probably old and defenseless reporter maybe you should blame yourself.

    • jm91rs - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:11 PM

      Look where he is stuck playing? Where exactly are you playing these days?

  12. jonirocit - Aug 28, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    Low class Phillips …. Be a pro …. Hope he gets a torn ACL for being a dickhead.

    • sallileague - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:17 PM

      Great comment hope u blow a elbow tendon since your jacking off so much asshole!

    • cohnjusack - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:22 PM

      You really blew right past Phillps on the “low class” meter there, didn’t you?

      • bmh9500 - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:38 PM

        I’d call it a tie.

  13. chill1184 - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    If Phillips is still wondering why Votto got a big pay day and he didn’t, this would add to the list of reasons

  14. mscxvd - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    wtf is wrong with dusty baker! if i was him id tell phillips to stfu and be professional!

    • timburns116 - Aug 29, 2013 at 12:29 PM

      Yeah, a manager should piss one of his regulars off for yelling at a reporter! What world do you live in where ANY manager would do that, let alone a players manager like Baker.

  15. rcccball - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    I grew up with Brandon I I can tell anybody that
    Reads this, Brandon is a good guy from a great
    Family. I think he gets a bit saucy come play off
    Time. I’d be willing to bet Brandon goes out and
    Makes a big play on defense or gets a big hit
    Next game.

    • jm91rs - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:50 PM

      Like how people give you a thumbs down because you have an honest assessment?

    • jarathen - Aug 29, 2013 at 8:00 AM

      What on earth does making a good play, or coming through with a big hit, have to do with anything in this story?

  16. Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    I can’t defend Phillips, but I find this much more upsetting because it’s going to give a bunch of dipshit Cardinals fans an excuse to get up on their high horses again.

    • okwhitefalcon - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:36 PM

      Cards fans don’t need (another) Phillips gaffe to “get up on their high horses”.

      And I say the following with an semi-embarrassed yet insufferable straight face.

      We’ve never got off them.

      • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:54 PM

        I can definitely respect that kind of self-awareness.

  17. jm91rs - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    C Trent is a sabre guy and Phillips is old school, always talking about “ribeye steaks”. This is your basic new school versus old school argument. Crap like this happens all the time between reporters and players in every sport. The only difference here is that someone was there to record audio.

    The truth is that someone needed to light a fire under the reds, all radio (including non sports talk) in Cincinnati has been outraged at the stupid mistakes and ho hum attitude of the team. If it took Brandon getting upset at someone for a stupid reason, so be it. C Trent is a grown man and I’m sure after an apology at some point he and Brandon can have some sort of professional relationship.

    I never liked c Trent much on the radio, but he is a witty guy. His “took you a few years” and “this is between him and him” are pretty good lines.

    • bmh9500 - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:40 PM

      If it’s new school vs. old school, chalk this up as an L for old school.

  18. thomas844 - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    Though I don’t agree with how Phillips handled it, I’m glad SOMEONE is addressing the ridiculousness of the media in Cincinnati writing “gloom and doom” and negative things about a team that is (soon to be) 3.5 games out of first place and currently in line for a playoff spot.

    • okwhitefalcon - Aug 28, 2013 at 11:02 PM

      Phillips didn’t address any media ridiculousness, he went on a personal attack on a beat writer for a factual tweet.

      Some fans (and probably Phillips himself) will frame this as an intentional ploy to “light a fire” or some sort of planned “wake up call” defending his team against a negative media.

      It was neither.

      • thomas844 - Aug 28, 2013 at 11:06 PM

        Well, they scored 10 runs and counting today, so something worked lol.

    • okwhitefalcon - Aug 28, 2013 at 11:19 PM

      I think Wainwright not having a thing tonight led to the Reds blowout, nothing more nothing less.

      The Reds are good, they jumped on a starter without his good stuff and added on throughout.

  19. creek0512 - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    Just another example of what seperates the Cardinals from the Reds. The Cardinals are more concerned with winning than what some beat writer thinks.

    • thomas844 - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:49 PM

      As a Reds fan, I sadly have to agree with you. Hopefully they finish off a solid victory against STL today though and turn the attitude around.

    • timburns116 - Aug 29, 2013 at 12:31 PM

      Dumbest comment ever. I can still see class act Chris Carpenter treating the press with such respect

      • bmh9500 - Aug 29, 2013 at 1:57 PM

        He’s never pulled a stunt like this…

  20. randomfan999 - Aug 28, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    If we’re pointing fingers for the Reds/Cards brawl, don’t forget that one Chris Carpenter was the one who shot his mouth off in a situation that didn’t concern him and sparked the actual melee. Phillips/Molina were jawing, but had Carpenter not thrown gas on the fire, it may have very well not been as bad as it was.

  21. drez146 - Aug 28, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    Dipshit cardinal fans says the guy with the screen name “Chip Carey’s Eyebrows”….

    • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Aug 29, 2013 at 9:49 AM

      Well, you can read. Aside from that, it isn’t apparent just what your point might be.

      • stlouis1baseball - Aug 29, 2013 at 12:04 PM

        Just a guess Chip…
        But I am thinking his point is your handle is sort of…”dipshitish” if you will.

      • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Aug 29, 2013 at 12:58 PM

        Since you’re speaking for him, perhaps you can explain why my handle would elicit such emotion. Is there really anything wrong with it, or are his undies wadded up because he doesn’t like what I have to say about a certain fan base? And if that’s the case, why not take issue with that rather than attacking something totally unrelated? It’s poor debate strategy, really.

  22. mastermind2514 - Aug 28, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    Name one Second Baseman in the major leagues that is better defensively than Brandon Phillips.. You can’t.. PERIOD. Now add what he contributes at the plate and you have one hell of a ball player.

    Cut the dude some slack and don’t assume you know everything. Who know’s what goes on behind the scenes.. this situation very well could have been escalating for years. We just caught the tail end of it.

    He’s a phenomenal talent and does great things for the organization on and off the field. Sure he may have slipped up and said some things he probably should not have, but don’t we all?

    • Kevin S. - Aug 29, 2013 at 6:37 AM

      Pedroia, Zobrist.

    • stlouis1baseball - Aug 29, 2013 at 8:40 AM

      Dustin Pedroia & Robinson Cano. Phillips’ punk ass is #3. But that’s okay. I have always said if given the choice of any NATIONAL LEAGUE 2nd Baseman he would be my choice.
      I would just have to bulk up on duct tape.

    • Paul White - Aug 29, 2013 at 8:47 AM

      Let’s see….

      Total Zone Runs as 2B…Philips’ total of 5 is just fourth in the NL, behind Darwin Barney, DJ LeMahieu and Danny Espinosa. His total also trails 5 different AL second basemen (Pedroia, Flaherty, Kipnis, Infante, Kinlser).

      Ultimate Zone Rating is more kind to him, his total of 5.8 is third in all of baseball, but he still trails both Barney (10.3) and Pedroia (8.7). In 2012 he trailed 5 guys, in 2011 he trailed 3, in 2010 it was 2, and so on. In fact ,Phillips hasn’t posted the best UZR in his league since 2007.

      All in all, a fine defender, and at one point he could lay claim to being the best. But that hasn’t been the case for quite some time.

    • bmh9500 - Aug 29, 2013 at 1:58 PM

      I’ll be that guy: Matt Carpenter.

  23. Marty McKee - Aug 28, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    I’m a Reds fan, Phillips has done some wonderful things off the field for the Reds and for the Cincinnati community, I think he sometimes gets a bad rap for being colorful, but this is just uncool. It’s one thing to disagree with Rosecrans and have a conversation about it, but when he made it personal, there’s no excuse for that behavior. BP has also been giving beat reporter John Fay the silent treatment lately. I suspect Phillips knows he’s in the wrong and will apologize.

    It’s also disconcerting that Dusty sat there and let it happen. He needs to have a private chat with BP.

    • km9000 - Aug 29, 2013 at 12:18 AM

      Didn’t Ron Washington do the same thing with Garza’s antics against the Sogards on Twitter? Just crack a joke and not get involved? I know managers aren’t babysitters, and Phillips and Garza are grown men. But at least pretend to expect more maturity from your players.

  24. heyzeus143 - Aug 29, 2013 at 12:03 AM


    • T Pot - Aug 29, 2013 at 1:05 AM

      yes, honey

  25. eagles512 - Aug 29, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    Used to like Phillips but there’s been too much cramp the last few years.

    • km9000 - Aug 29, 2013 at 12:39 AM

      So this is just that time of the month for Brandon? Now it all makes sense.

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