Abreu or Gwynn?
Blast from the past Bobby Abreu was asked to Phillies camp this year to compete for a back-up outfield spot. Then again, so was Tony Gwynn Jr., son of the late Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn. Gwynn Jr. is 9 years younger than Abreu and has been showing off his skills in Spring Training. He is younger, faster and hitting better than Abreu.
But wouldn’t it be nice to see Abreu back with the team? I have to root for a guy in his 40’s who still thinks he has some left in the tank. I admire his spirit. Plus he does take a lot of pitches and gets on base often.
I cannot imagine the Phillies will have room for both on the roster so it appears there will have to be a decision at some point. Here are a few short comparisons to help us decide:
- Gwynn could reduce the average age of the team; Abreu could be a granddaddy.
- Gwynn is likely to pull the ball; Abreu is likely to pull a muscle.
- Gwynn has a famous father; Abreu has a famous sweet tooth (nickname: El Comaduce, The Candy Man).
- Abreu has nostalgia on his side; Gwynn has a .307 spring batting average on his side.
When I put it like that, although in good fun, I have to admit Gwynn has the edge. But it isn’t over just yet…come on Bobby! I am still rooting for you!
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