By Peter Marx
The Phillies played pretty well without Bryce Harper, who came back last Friday night after two months on the shelf with a broken thumb.
They ran up a 32-20 record and stayed in the thick of the wild card race.
Now that Bryce is back and knocking in runs as a DH, it is clear he still has Joe Girardi on his mind.
He was very clear that the young players who helped the Phils tread water should get the credit:
“That’s what every good team has. When you go out there and spend the money on the free-agent market like we did, we need to have our young guys be able to step up, pitch, hit and do the things they can to win games. You’ve seen that with Stott. You’ve seen that with Bohmer. Vierling has been great for us, Maton.
“All the guys that came up continue to have success. I believe everybody is working hard in the minor leagues and they’ve been able to come up here and really be successful.”
Former Phillies manager Girardi wasn’t playing youngsters like Bryson Stott, Alec Bohm, and Matt Vierling.
“You’ve seen that in Rob Thomson, giving them the opportunities, giving them the chances to play, and giving them the chances to be successful in every spot they’re in.”