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What The Phillies Would Look Like If They Only Had Local Players
Philadelphia fans, like most fans, love it when a local kid comes up and does well with the team. Think of how much Phillies fans have coveted Mike Trout over the years. It’s not just because he is a great player, but because he grew up in the area, and is a Eagles fan. Someone being from the area, and a fan of the same teams we love, just makes it that much easier to root for them. The same goes for Kobe Bryant during his career.
As a city, we love our own. We even went crazy when Smarty Jones won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes. If you are from Philly, South Jersey, or Delaware, we will get behind you.
But what if we could only have local players? What if there was no such thing as a draft or free agency, and players just had to play for whoever the closest team to you was? How would our teams look? Would they actually turn out well, or would we be stuck wishing that we could mix in some guys from New York, California, and Texas?
I put together how our local teams would look if only the local players were allowed to play for them. Starting with the Phillies. And trust me, after seeing this roster, you will be happy that is not the case. Philadelphia is not exactly the place to be if you are a baseball player. The weather does not lend itself to playing baseball year-round.
But with that said, we have a few guys from the local area who went on to be solid to great players. Is their presence enough to carry the rest of the roster? Or would the Phillies be doomed to mediocrity despite their presence? The criteria to make the team is that your hometown has to be closer to Philadelphia than any other team’s city. So some of these guys may be from places that feel more like New York than Philly. But because they are closer on the map to Philly, they count for the Phillies.