Brandon Phillips Is Still Dat Dude | Baseball, Team Ownership & Brotherhood

Brandon Phillips Is Still Dat Dude | Baseball, Team Ownership & Brotherhood

Brandon Phillips is still living up to the moniker “Dat Dude” after launching a moon shot to left field during a recent exhibition game as his Lexington Legends took on the Florence Y’alls of the Atlantic League. 

Yes. HIS Lexington Legends. Retirement hasn’t been too bad for Phillips as he’s part-owner of the team and gets to play and be managed by his brother.

 

 

 The home run and bat flip is the stuff of legend. 

After his debut with the Legends in 2020, Phillips must have made an excellent impression on ownership because they made him a partner. He accounted for six RBIs, five hits, three runs, and two homers in ten games. 

In a press release distributed to the media, President and CEO of the Legends Organization Andy Shea said, “Everybody Knows Brandon for his passion on the field. But some people may not know that Brandon is an amazing father who lives life with a family-first mindset and has an incredible baseball and business network, which all fits perfectly with the Lexington Legends.”

Said Phillips: “I’m really honored for this opportunity to become part-owner of the Lexington Legends. I’ve got so much to give to this game. Last year, working with Andy showed me how to run a business, and that became one of my goals. I know what it takes to win and for me to be able to build my portfolio off the field is a blessing. I love this city of Lexington and the people of the Tri-State community.”

Before his return to the Minor Leagues, the former All-Star second baseman was a staple for the Cincinnati Reds. In his 11 seasons with the franchise, he accumulated 1,774 hits, 194 bases on balls, and a whopping 191 dingers.

Like most aging stars, Phillips later became a journeyman as he bounced around the league before landing with the 2018 Boston Red Sox for his final nine games of his career.

 

 

Before walking away from the big leagues, the highly decorated 17-year veteran left his mark in the show. He achieved four Gold Gloves, three All-Star game appearances, a Silver Slugger award, and a 2018 World Series Championship with the Red Sox mentioned above. 

So, why would a guy with such an established career play in the minors?

“It’s My brother,” said Phillips. “If it wasn’t for my brother, I don’t know what I would’ve been doing. But it’s the love I have for this game, and I’m going to keep on playing till I don’t love it anymore. I’m just happy to be here in this city and to be playing for my younger brother.”

 

 

Phillips joined his younger brother P.J. Phillips who is the current Manager of the Legends. P.J. is no slouch. P.J. is a very accomplished pro, who played in the Minors and the Independent Leagues from 2005 to 2017, winning a title as a player in 2013 for the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League.

During his first campaign as Manager for the Vallejo Admirals, P.J. proved he had golden managerial skills as he navigated his quad to the 2017 Pacific Association Championship in year one.

“He brought extra excitement to the team as we were going through a bad stretch at the time,” said P.J.,  about his brother’s arrival on the team. “If you don’t know Brandon, he loves the game of baseball, he loves teaching it, and he motivates these guys to play hard by sliding and taking the extra bases.”

 

 

Shea called the moment incredible for his organization and the game of baseball. The celebrity and legend of The Phillips Boys has already enhanced the profile of the team.

The Legends will travel to New York to take on the Long Island Ducks for the season opener on May 28. The organizations’ home opener will take place at Whitaker Bank Ballpark in Lexington, Kentucky June 1.

 Let’s see if the current player-partner can still be “Dat Dude.”

Marcus Semien Is Getting His Roll On At The Plate

Marcus Semien Is Getting His Roll On At The Plate

This season at the plate, Marcus Semien is getting his roll on.

The Toronto Blue Jays have their eyes on making the postseason again after an early-round exit to the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2020 AL Wild Card Series.

During the offseason, the team made a few moves, one of which was acquiring the power-hitting infielder. 

 

So far, Semien has put a smile on the faces of Blue Jays fans with his production throughout the season. Through the first  30 games, the 30-year old posted a .254 batting average with seven home runs and 16 RBIs. 

Let’s be real here, not too many players are seeing the ball like Semien is. On May 6, the Blue Jays took on Semien’s former ballclub, the Oakland A’s and boy did he have a game.

He went 4-for-6 with a home run, a double, and three runs scored helping the Blue Jays to a 10-4 win. 

This man has been locked in at the plate. He’s driven in a run in 12 of his last 13 games and registered four multi-hit games during that span.

 

Take a look at these stats in his last 13 games: .367 batting, three home runs, nine RBI and a 1.049 OPS.

Oh and let’s not forget that, going into Friday’s action, he was riding a six-game hitting streak to top it all off.

In an article from MLB.com, Semien talked about his success at the plate. “I feel good. I’m able to not think about mechanics as much,” Semien said. “I just think about the approach and what I’m looking for. That’s a good place to be. That’s where a lot of players want to be all the time, but sometimes it’s not there.”

His performance at the plate is rubbing off on his fellow teammates and that’s something he loves to see.

“Hitting is contagious,” Semien said. “When the whole lineup is struggling, you want to be that guy to get everybody going. That’s baseball, though. Some nights it’s there, some nights it’s not.”

Our MLBBro is playing some of the best baseball we have witnessed so far this season.

Semien has had some success during his career, especially during his time with the A’s.

During the 2018 season, he batted .255 with 15 home runs and 14 stolen bases. He was one of the best defensive players that year leading the league in assists with 459.

 


In a close race for the Gold Glove Award at the shortstop position, Semien was one of three finalists, losing out to Andrelton Simmons of the Los Angeles Angels. 

The following season, Semien turned up even more as he improved his batting average, hitting .285, with a career-high 33 home runs. He also led the majors with 747 plate appearances. 

 

At the end of the 2019 season, Semien was named to the inaugural All-MLB Second Team at shortstop and he finished third in the voting for American League MVP.

 

The Blue Jays are very fortunate that Semien agreed to move to second for Bo Bichette, a much less accomplished shortstop.

That kind of veteran leadership will be important for the Blue Jays late in the season, and if he keeps hitting how he is now, Semien will probably take some hardware home with him when the season concludes.