Plenty of major minors
During a visit to Allentown last week, Lehigh Valley hitting instructor Greg Gross said he believed that the Phillies' triple-A club might be older than the major-league club.
A minor-league team older than its major-league affiliate? That just didn't seem possible.
So, with the help of a calculator, I did the math. Gross was incorrect. His point, however, remained valid. The IronPigs' roster is stuffed with more veteran journeymen than high-profile prospects, which is what triple-A baseball has become.
The average age of the IronPigs' roster is 28.7, with the oldest player being 36-year-old infielder Andy Tracy. The IronPigs have nine players 30 or older.
The Phillies' average age is 31.9 with 47-year-old Jamie Moyer leading the majors in the advanced-years department. Take away Moyer and the Phillies' average age is 31.3.
Lehigh Valley's position players average 30.2 years of age, while the Phillies' position players average 31.9. The IronPigs' pitchers average 27.3 years and the Phillies' pitchers average 31.6 years, a figure that would drop to 30.2 without Moyer in the equation.
What's the difference?
After Placido Polanco finished a series of interviews in Spanish before Wednesday night's game at Citi Field, a reporter asked the Phillies third baseman about the difference between the Hispanic media, which comes out in force in New York, and the English-speaking media, which comes out in even greater force in New York.
"Less [bad guys]," Polanco said with a smile.
He was kidding. I think.