Expect to see a lot of Tommy Joseph over the coming weeks

The Tommy Joseph era in Philadelphia may be coming to an end
Tommy Joseph enters camp this week as a man without a position and his future in Philadelphia in doubt.

Once a prized prospect, the 26-year-old carries a .241 career batting average over two big league seasons into 2018.

There's no question the emergence of Rhys Hoskins diluted Joseph's value to the Phillies organization, so it goes almost without saying that the signing of Carlos Santana all but banished Joseph to baseball purgatory. The land where those once with promise find themselves looking for new scenery and an opportunity to revitalize their career.

The once highly touted rookie is now at best a backup first baseman, assuming he stays in Philadelphia. He has some pop in his bat - 43 homers over the past two seasons - but he doesn't get on base enough to be a regular threat at the plate. A .297 career OBP is a major red flag.

Given his power and defensive skill set, it's entirely possible Joseph can revitalize his career in the American League as a designated hitter. Don't be surprised to see him get a lot of action early this spring as the Phillies try and shop him around.

Celebrating the Phillies Past
The Phillies will wear powder blue throwback uniforms from the 1980s for select Thursday home games during the season, the team announced Tuesday.

Trivia fact: The team last wore power blue at home in 1972.

The club also said it plans to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the 2008 World Series champion club during Alumni Weekend beginning August 3.

Lastly, the Phillies plan to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the 1993 pennant winners with a pre-game salute on June 10.
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BY PATRICK GORDON
Managing Editor
pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com

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