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Brandon Phillips refuses to speak to the media

Feb 19, 2014, 2:14 PM EDT

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Brandon Phillips made headlines back in August for calling a local beat reporter a “fat mother******” (among other things) and now he’s decided to simply stop talking to the media altogether.

John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Phillips “refused to speak to the media on the day position players reported to camp” and issued a statement through a team spokesperson saying simply “I’m just here to play.”

In addition to the August squabble with a specific reporter–which took place in then-manager Dusty Baker’s office–Fay notes that Phillips was also upset with the media earlier this offseason when trade rumors were circulating.

Generally the whole “not talking to the media” thing never goes particularly well for the player, although I suppose if Phillips can recover from angrily berating someone in his manager’s office anything is possible.

  1. kevinbnyc - Feb 19, 2014 at 2:18 PM

    He should be allowed to do whatever he wants as long as he keeps racking up those RBIs!!!!!!! /sarcasm

    • thomas844 - Feb 19, 2014 at 7:10 PM

      Because how in any way would driving in runs help a team win a baseball game? /sarcasm

  2. DelawarePhilliesFan - Feb 19, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    Worked for Steve Carlton – who clearly looked worse once he started talking again.

    I’d give the over/under for when this breaks at sometime late April

    • raysfan1 - Feb 19, 2014 at 2:40 PM

      I’ll take the under.

    • 78mu - Feb 19, 2014 at 3:07 PM

      It worked for “Silent” George Hendrick too. I can’t remember any fans complaining when the Cards won the WS in 19892 that it just wasn’t good enough because we couldn’t hear from George if he was happy or not.

  3. nymets4ever - Feb 19, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    nothing could be less relevant to me than whether a player speaks to the media.

  4. stlouis1baseball - Feb 19, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    The Mouth refusing to talk to anyone is an oxymoron of the highest proportion.

  5. tysonpunchinguterus - Feb 19, 2014 at 2:37 PM

    Will he still talk to the reporters who claimed he was better than Joey Votto last season despite having the worst season of his career since 2003 and lagging behind Votto in OBP by 125 points and SLG by 96 points (and 96 more of those evil walks)? Hell, Votto even had 1 more SB than him last year!

    • stlouis1baseball - Feb 19, 2014 at 2:47 PM

      Well…if fairness Tyson…
      He does lead Votto in the ever crucial “talking to hear his head rattle” category.

  6. jre80 - Feb 19, 2014 at 2:47 PM


  7. karlkolchak - Feb 19, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    Given how most players are well versed in Bull Durham cliche-speak, most of them could adopt the same policy and we wouldn’t be missing a thing.

    • djpostl - Feb 20, 2014 at 12:04 AM

      Shaddup meat.

  8. sportsnut101 - Feb 19, 2014 at 3:27 PM


  9. sfm073 - Feb 19, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    This is a win win for everyone.

  10. carpi2 - Feb 19, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    You call one reporter a Fat Mother F’er, and EVERYTHING gets blown out of proportion. How do we know Brandon wasn’t correct with his assessment?

  11. sportsfan18 - Feb 19, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    This is a man with OK talent who is paid too much.

    He is racist (yes, blacks may be racist folks).

    He has a ten cent brain.

    He’s not exactly Milton Bradley (who is serving three years now), but I could see him going that route…

    This guy is a hot head…

  12. rje49 - Feb 19, 2014 at 7:40 PM

    Just offhand, I’d say 95% of a player’s responses to the media’s questions is meaningless drivel, predictable, and cliches. About 3% shouldn’t have been said. The other 2% is thoughtful, interesting, insightful comments. So if a guy doesn’t want to talk to the media, so what.

  13. genericcommenter - Feb 19, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    He should be careful. This might hurt his HOF chances…

  14. jbake62 - Feb 19, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    That’s it BP stay classy and don’t become a distraction. Maybe more $$ would make you talk.

  15. voight444 - Feb 19, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    Phillps is absolutely a racist as one poster mentioned. he fit in well with Dusty Baker who was one as well. yes blacks can be racist is a stupid comment. of course they can. Against white people. Obama displays racist tendencies when he comments regarding black people. jeez….Phillips is. hothead and a malcontent.

  16. yordo - Feb 20, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    He still doesn’t understand that Votto contract. It’s eating away at him.

  17. metalhead65 - Feb 21, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    given that no matter what he says or does he is criticized by the media and the saber metric geeks I don’t blame him. yeah it’s all his fault he had a bad year and did what he was supposed to do batting in the cleanup spot and that is drive in runs! last time I checked the job of that guy is to drive in runs and try and hit home runs, not be patient and try and draw walks. add in that he was supposed to hit second and was having a good year until the pirates do what pirate pitchers do and that is hit him and all reds batters for no reason and you have a wrist injury which he played through all season but you writers and experts ignore that little fact. if I were him I would not want to talk to you either.

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