Top Ten Things We Learned About the National League On Opening Day 2016
Opening Day has come and gone. Sure the pageantry of Opening Day will still be there for some of the teams that Mother Nature has forced to wait a day, but the day that we circled on the calendar back in November is behind us. We’re about to enter the grind of daily baseball contests and there are a lot of things to learn in these first few weeks back in the fold. Here are the top 10 things I picked up yesterday about the National League landscape while watching all (or parts of all) the games:
- Cedric Hunter is a baseball player. Hunter started yesterday for the Philadelphia Phillies, which by definition makes him one of the top 30 baseball players to have started in left field on Opening Day 2016. Hunter is actually a really good story. He made the Opening Day roster of the Padres back in 2011, and went 1 for 5 before being sent back down. In the scuffle of authenticating the ball from his first Major League hit, Hunter lost the ball. It’s been 5 years and Hunter is still looking for a ball that he hit for a Major League hit. He went 0 for 4 yesterday.
- The rebuilding Phillies seem to have a type. They’ve paired Cedric Hunter in the outfield with Odubel Herrera.Toss in Cesar Hernandez, Freddy Galvis and Carlos Ruiz and you have 5 of the 8 position players listed at under 6′ tall. They’re not all burners, but the Phillies seem to be cornering the market on sub-6 foot athletic baseball players. It’s not a bad strategy, considering these guys could be undervalued by the other organizations.