So Taguchi, Adam Eaton, Geoff Jenkins, Rudy Seanez, Pat Burrell, Tom Gordon, and Chris Coste like it or not, one way or another, helped form the 2008 Philadelphia Phillies. Some of those players were left off the postseason roster, but regardless, put their stamp good or bad on the team that made it to playing October baseball. Where are they now?
So Taguchi- he was the low man on the totem pole last year, but he had his moments. Currently he's with the Chicago Cubs Triple-A affiliate batting .271/.744, while playing sporadically in the outfield.
Adam Eaton- released from the Phillies back in late February, he quickly found a home in Baltimore. The Orioles soon found out why Philadelphia wanted his ass outta here, as he went 2-5, over 41 innings pitched, with a 8.56 ERA in 8 starts. One might guess he'd be out of baseball after those atrocious numbers, but no, the Rockies picked him up and put him in the minors. With Colorado's Triple-A team he's been very good with a 3-3 record in 12 games, 67.1 ip, and a 2.67 ERA. Maybe they'll call him up in September and he'll help wreck their Wild Card dreams. I'm still loving the fact that he was booed upon receiving his unwarranted WFC ring.
Geoff Jenkins- got some minor league offers after being cut loose from the Phils, but decided that wasn't the route he wanted to take. Is taking it easy back at his Arizona home. Hat-tip to Todd Zolecki of The Zo Zone on this.
Rudy Seanez- pitched in 9 games for the Angels Triple-A team before being released a couple weeks ago. Maybe he should come back to Philly now that Ultimate Fighting is here.
Pat Burrell- signed to a 2 year $16M deal with the Tampa Bay Rays, everyone thought he was going to be a perfect fit for them and that we'd miss him immensely. Well, we do miss him, but certainly not for his baseball playing ability, as we've got Raul now. Apparently the boo-birds have followed him to sunny Florida as he continues to struggle through this season with a .227/.713, 9 hr, 42 rbi, 76 k in 78 games.
Tom Gordon- had a disastrous 3 game stint with the Diamondbacks earlier this season (21.60 ERA), and I believe he is attempting to rehab in the minors right now (10.97 ERA). It's past time to hang up those spikes Flash.
Chris Coste- I'm still confused as to why Paul Bako is the backup catcher as opposed to Coste, but I'm only a pretend GM. Coste was scooped off waivers by the Astros about a month ago. He has been playing a lot of 1st base since joining them, due to Lance Berkman's injury. Ed Wade really only took Coste to block the Cubs from getting him...you savvy bastard! However, it's gone downhill in Houston- .231/.606 is 17 games.
Maybe Eric Bruntlett can be the next one added to this list.
*All stats listed through 8/9/09.