As to not wallow in his reserve role any longer, Alex Gonzalez retired from the Phillies today. Much like David Dellucci, his consistent numbers as an everyday starter dropped off with fewer at bats. Here’s what Pat Gillick had to say:
"Making an adjustment from a regular player to a role player is a difficult transition. He had a lot of playing time over his career, so I think he was struggling a little bit with the transition. Some people can make that transition and accept their role, and other people aren’t really happy in it. I think no matter what you’re doing or what line of work you’re in, the important thing is to be happy. I don’t think the last couple months he’s been a real happy camper."
This made me think of Dellucci since he’s been more vocal than Gonzalez about his poor production this season, but David seems to be taking it better. Alex retired today at the age of 33 and ironically his replacement, Chris Coste is looking to make his MLB debut at the same ripe age. After having an impressive spring training, he’s struggled in Scranton batting just .177. His call up also comes at an opportune time as Sal Fasano might miss a few games after being hit by a foul ball last night and Coste can play catcher if needed.