The Phillies could have not only prevented all of Jay Bruce’s damage this April, they also could have benefited from it.
According to a report from Newsday Wednesday night, the Phillies were the team closest to acquiring Bruce this past offseason from the Mets.
“The Giants and Orioles expressed interest, but according to a source, the club that came closest to acquiring Bruce had been the Phillies,” reports Marc Carig. “It would have made sense. Though squarely in rebuilding mode, the Phillies had the money to absorb a chunk of Bruce’s $13 million in salary. He would have been a prime candidate to flip for prospects had his bat come to life.”
Bruce is due $13 million this season, his last before reaching free agency. Instead of trading a prospect or two to New York, the Phils opted to sign Michael Saunders to a one-year deal with a team option for a second. Saunders is guaranteed $9 million total.
It might be easy now to question the decision, but consider that Bruce has hit .223 since 2014 and was pretty much a non-factor in 50 games after the Mets acquired him from the Reds at last year’s trade deadline.
He’s already come close to equaling that second-half production. Bruce has six homers already this season and four home runs and 11 RBIs vs. the Phillies.
Oh and there’s this:
Jay Bruce has driven in more runs in 5 games against the Phillies than any Phillie has driven in this season.
— Corey Seidman (@CoreySeidmanCSN) April 20, 2017
The 2017 NFL draft kicks off on Thursday, April 27, and the city of Philadelphia says they expect a whopping 200,000 fans to come through to enjoy the NFL Experience along the Parkway.
With dozens of street closings around the Museum of Art, parking will surely be a nightmare. That’s why they’re encouraging fans coming into town to park all the way over in South Philly at the sports complex and take SEPTA down the Broad Street Line and exit at City Hall.
The good news for fans is the parking in South Philly will be free.
From the Draft in Philly website:
Free parking for the NFL Draft Experience is available in South Philadelphia at both Citizens Bank Park and the Wells Fargo Center beginning 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 27, and continuing through Saturday, April 29. In addition, fans exploring the annual Penn Relays event at Franklin Field in West Philadelphia are also invited to park for free and ride SEPTA as a convenient transportation option.
So the parking is free but you’ve got to buck up roughly $2.25 per person to hop on the Broad Street Line. I’d suggest you bring cash as well but you can also attempt to get a SEPTA Key card now because it’s 2017.
If you ask Josh Norris, the Eagles are strongly considering Mixon.
If you ask the 1,062 football fans who participated in an HBO Real Sports/Marist poll, you’d find that nearly nine out of 10 of them would oppose the drafting of Mixon by their favorite team.
In the poll, 87 percent said they would not want their favorite team to draft a top college prospect with a history of physical violence against women.
The results also showed that 75 percent are against drafting a player with a known history of using performance-enhancing drugs, but only 28 percent are against taking a player with a known history of using marijuana.
“Football fans are clear on their view of NFL athletes and domestic violence. Physical violence against women is unacceptable, defying the myth that fans will excuse transgressions that don’t impact athletic performance,” Keith Strudler, Director of the Marist College Center for Sports Communication, said in a statement. “Conversely, marijuana is hardly a concern among fans, something the league should consider in their own codes of conduct.”