Player: Matt Stairs
Consistency: We went from using the “Stairs” in case of an emergency to simply jumping out of the window. He was another player that pulled a 180 when 2008 became 2009. He actually went over 30 AB’s without a hit during the season, a stretch one of your top pinch hitters cannot endure for a team’s bench to be successful. He was one of the reason’s the bench for the Phillies was so terrible. He did have a good start, batting .296 through June. He then hit his terrible dry spot, batting .063 in July, .000 in August, and .250 in September. He finished the year at .194.
He went 1-10 in the playoffs, getting his only hit in the World Series.
Regular Season Stats: 99 G, 103 AB, 15 R, 20 H, 4 2B, 0 3B, 5 HR, 17 RBI, 0 SB, 23 BB, 30 K, .194 AVG, .357 OBP, .379 SLG
Post Season Stats: 9 G, 10 AB, 0 R, 1 H, 0 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 0 SB, 2 BB, 3 K, .100 AVG, .250 OBP, .100 SLG
Fielding: He rarely played in the field because he is so slow and unathletic… Hey, I have to be honest, don’t I? I mean he looks like a beer league softball player with his mighty hacks.
Health: He was never hurt but he could’ve afforded to lose a couple pounds.
Intangibles: He was another character of Philly. They guy was a nice dude and an instant fan favorite. He loved hockey and would usually attend Flyers games (he’s Canadian).
Overall Grade: C. He was great in ’08 but not in ’09. His poor stretch post ASG and absence in the playoffs killed his season.
2 thoughts on “PRC: Matt Stairs”
I’ve been a fan of Matt’s since I first saw him hit for the cycle back in ’91 while on the Harrisburg Senators. I’ve followed his career through the years and was THRILLED when he came to my home town team. This streak was the worst of his career, and had to be brutal on him, as it was on us. He will always be my favorite player… and he worked a lot with Jayson Werth this season. I think we need to keep him in our organization, make him a coach down in the minors or something, but keep him somehow with the Phils. He’ll always be a Philly and who will ever forget that ball he hit in Dodger’s stadium in ’08… certainly not Broxton. All he needed to do was get up to the plate to do his job and scare him in ’09. He may not have hit another ball like that but he did do his job… and his home run was the last ever to be announced by Harry the K. Put Stairs in the system and keep him!
I can agree with you on that. I liked the guy a lot. He just had great character. I could’ve honestly seen him on the ’93 team.