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Year in Review: Shane Victorino

Posted by Pat Gallen, Mon, December 21, 2009 05:15 PM | Comments: 9
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http://blog.nj.com/timesupdates/2007/10/large_victorinoRarely will you ever see Shane Victorino end up last in a race.  However, one of the finest Phillies moments of the 2009 season was when he did.

Victorino was voted in as the final player on the National League All Star roster for the midsummer classic in St. Louis, receiving 15.6 million votes online. He was the fifth and final Phillie to join the squad, along with Utley, Howard, Werth, and Ibanez.

Fans around the country became aware of the Flyin’ Hawaiian because of his immense speed and that jovial expression.  His speed is evident in the 13 triples he provided last season – the most in baseball – to go with his ability to cover a ridiculous amount of ground when patrolling centerfield.  He earned his second Rawlings Gold Glove following the ’09 season.

Offensively, Shane has been one of the most consistent Phillies since his tenure began.  He’s hit between .281 and .293 in his four full seasons in Philadelphia, plus has stolen 102 bases in that same time frame.  His walks, RBI, on-base percentage, hits, and doubles have all risen each season he has been here.

In addition, he was one of the most steady Phillies in the postseason, hitting .293 with three homers in 15 games.  All of those qualities are making him a household name, but will also make him a rich man very soon.

That brings us to the contract situation.  Will Shane be here after the 2010 campaign?  He is eligible for arbitration this offseason and after making $3.125 million last year, that number will surely skyrocket following the intangibles and superlatives laid before you.  Figure that number to be somewhere in the $6 million range for ’10.  Beyond that, it’s unknown how much money the Phillies have to spend when other names like Werth, Rollins, and Howard all heading for free agency.  Is Shane expendable with the impending Domonic Brown take over in the outfield? We will soon find out.

Whether he stays or goes in the next 12 months, he is the heartbeat of this team.  He makes the blood flow, especially when Jimmy Rollins struggles, because of his speed/smarts at the top of the order.  Shane is a vital cog to the success of the Phillies, that much we know.  Let’s hope it continues for many years to come as part of this championship-caliber franchise.

2009 numbers: .292 avg., 10 HR, 62 RBI, 25 SB, 39 2B, 13 3B, 102 R, .803 OPS

GRADE: 8.4/10: Shane had an All-Star season from start to finish, although he did hit the skids at the end just a bit.  Still, he’s one of the best all around players in the game and is an integral part of the Phillies.

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  • Posts: 0 Scott

    Shane is an undervalued center fielder. He has good speed and a great fielder. His only weakness is a reluctance to be patient at the plate.

     
  • Posts: 0 shawn qwartz

    Shane Victorino is Lenny Dykstra with a strong strain of decency and likeability. I hope he stays a Phillie. He knows how to hustle, and has a much better arm than Lenny. Shane is a deserving all-star and a golden glover. A genuine asset to the Phightins

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Shawn, Shane is all that and a bag of chips but comparing him to Dykstra?
    Shane I think is all around better – defensively, speed, I’m sure if he got juiced up like Lenny did he might show some more power too = )
    They are both tough but Shane is pleasant!

     
  • Posts: 0 LeeAnn

    Shane is one of the best centerfielder’s the Phillies ever had.
    He has everything, speed, hitting, arm, and personality.
    If the Phillies lose him they lose a lot so they better step up and do whatever it takes to keep him here.
    He’s my favorite player ever and he wears my favorite number!

     
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  • Posts: 0 Nick

    God, I’m gonna miss this team when they all leave. I love every single on of these guys (Minus Cole Hamels, but I don’t want him to leave)

     
  • Posts: 1435 Pat Gallen

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    Hoping thats not the case, but it seems certain that either Victorino or Werth has to go. I’m sure they dont want to break this up, because it could be something special.

     
  • Posts: 0 bfo_33

    Vic is a likeable guy with a lot of energy, and was a bargain last year at just over $3Mil. He is also playing at a time when there are few true centerfielders (Sizemore, Kemp, Beltre when healthy). Gillick did a great job picking him up. But……….
    He is still very raw, and not a heady baseball player. Many of his web gem catches are a result of corrections of initial bad reads or bad lines to the ball. His natural spot in the order is probably leadoff (decent ob%), but his situational hitting is terrible, and plate discipline has a tendency to lapse. The six hole should suit him well as long as he doesn’t try to hit homers. While his year to year BA is consistent, he is extremely streaky during the season, especially when he goes into power hitting mode. When he’s forced to move to the other side of the plate during a game, he’s an easy out. He’s tough, his aggressive play is entertaininig, but it means he’s going to miss 15-25 starts/year with a variety of bumps and bruises. His stealing percentage is somewhere around 75% – way too low for his speed. He needs to spend more time with Lopes on reading pitchers and getting a good jump.
    He’s already had hamstring issues, I expect them to get worse as he gets older. If based on value vs pay, I agree with the rating, but wouldn’t give him the big contract in 2012.

     
  • Posts: 0 WFC010

    Honestly, I am expecting Raul to be gone before Shane…but I guess it really depends on how much he asks for, and how much the Phillies are willing to give him. Shane is a great player though, and it’d suck to see him go.

     
 
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