Brandon Phillips is second baseman for the Cincinnati Reds. His sister is Porsha Phillips, a member of the WNBA’s San Antonio Silver Stars, and she’s upset her brother didn’t make the National League All-Star team. So, naturally, she tweeted her displeasure to her 292 followers. What would normally be blip on anyone’s radar was then reported by USA Today.
The tweet, since removed, read “NObody didn’t wanna go to boring ass Kansas anyway. Enjoy that contract tho bra bra @DatDudeBP”
No doubt Phillips will enjoy his contract, but Porsha, the game’s in Missouri.
The Cincinnati Enquirer’s John Fay writes that Reds’ manager Dusty Baker was peeved that Phillips and pitcher Johnny Cueto were left off the roster. He blames former Cardinals’ manager Tony LaRussa.
“I’m happy for the guys who made it big time, especially for Chapman,” Baker said. “You figured that Joey would make it. We knew Jay had an outside chance. You also figured that Johnny Cueto and Brandon Phillips had a great chance. I don’t understand that one.
“A snub like that looks bad. Johnny and Brandon were at the center of the skirmish between us and the Cardinals. Some of Cardinals who aren’t there anymore are making some of the selections.”
The Braves’ Dan Uggla is the starting second baseman for the National League, and Jose Altuve of the Astros is the reserve. Uggla is batting .235 with 11 homers, 43 RBI and 0 stolen bases. Altuve is batting .309 (the league leader for second basemen), 5 homers, 23 RBI and 12 stolen bases. Phillips is batting .288 with 10 homers, 46 RBI and six steals. So the fan vote sealed it for Uggla.
As for Phillips, he’s fourth in batting, third in homers, first in RBI and 12th in steals. So maybe Porsha and Dusty have a point that Phillips should have made the team.