Philadelphia Phillies: It’s Time to Move Odubel Herrera After Arrest
The Philadelphia Phillies have loads of talent and seem to be headed in the right direction. However, the Phils should cut ties with center fielder Odubel Herrera after he was arrested on Monday at a casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Herrera won’t be a huge loss since he wasn’t hitting the ball well. Most importantly the Phils need to make sure they enforce the importance of a strong clubhouse with good character guys.
The Phillies should not tolerate these types of distractions. Philly needs to continue to make sure their players understand that.
Herrera is batting .222 this season with one homer and an OBP of .288.
The left-handed hitter has a great range in the outfield and maybe there’s a chance the Phils can get a solid reliever in return for his services.
Odubel Herrera still has two years left on his current contract and will turn 28 years of age later this year.
The Phils were already giving utility man Scott Kingery some playing time in center field and so it looked as if Herrera’s time in a red pinstriped uniform was dwindling.
Herrera was an All-Star in 2016. That season he launched 15 dingers to go along with 49 ribbies and 25 stolen bases. He also had a .286 average.
The man known as El Torito has seen his average go down in each of the past three seasons. He has also stolen fewer bags during that time.
Herrera’s career high in RBIs was in 2018 when he drove in 71 runs; he also smacked a career-best 22 homers last season.
The native of Venezuela has a fielding percentage of .988 in centerfield and would most likely get a decent amount of interested suitors if he is made available by the Phillies.
Athletes who commit domestic abuse need to be held accountable. It would be smart for the Phillies to do the right thing and get rid of Odubel Herrera.
Teams should not just suspend athletes for a few games. The banning should be for life. At least until it seems as if they’re truly sorry and shown big changes in their lives. Even then, management and ownership of teams must spend quite a bit of time when evaluating what those players are allowed to do.
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