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Phillies Sign 2011 Spring Training Home Run King Jake Fox to Minor League Deal


With the body structure of a footballer and a name meant to be sewn on a varsity jacket, Jake Fox has cracked another roster.

This time, its a minor league deal with the IronPigs, whom Fox has joined to provide catching while Erik Kratz is away on business.  Fox, as you’ll probably recall, may be best known for pissing everybody off simultaneously in an Orioles-Tigers last Spring Training.

In the midst of a nuclear power campaign–in which he led the entire Grapefruit League in home runs–Fox stepped in against some Tigers minor leaguer who was serving as an innings-eater while his team suffered a 13-3 rout in an exhibition game and clearly didn’t had high self esteem because of this.

With the count 3-0, Fox took a mighty cut at a fastball and fouled it off.  Naturally, this infuriated both Buck Showalter–who advocates for the upholding of baseball etiquette–and Jim Leyland–who was in the room when the word “etiquette” was invented in 1549.  They both hated Fox for his actions, which led to a walk, and by the time reached base, Showalter had shoveled a pinch runner out there for the sole purpose of meeting Fox on the dugout steps to scream at him.

The point of this story is that Jake Fox, while clearly possessing a wealth of intriguing power (he recently hit .388 with 7 HR in 21 games with the Somerset Patriots–the day before the Phils signed him, he went 4-for-5 with two dingers), has a penchant for doing whatever the hell he wants.

Also he joins Sebastian Valle, Tommy Joseph, and Erik Kratz in the “Organizational Catching Depth Society,” attendance of which has been sparse in recent years.

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  • Beantown

    Justin the comment that Fox does”whatever he hell he wants” is total BS. Fox was trying to make the team, it’s late in spring traing and Schmowalter had not given Fox any indication that he had a spot on the team.
    The poor “inning eater”, for some reason I thought that he was a professional baseball player.
    Find another example in Fox’s carrer that he does whatever the hell he wants,but please not this lame example.

  • http://www.bettermanproject.com/ Kenny

    Wow. The portrait you have painted of Jake’s demeanor could not be more inaccurate. I have been a close friend of Jake’s for many years, and he is one of the most upstanding individuals I have ever met. He plays the game hard, and he plays the game right. He is an excellent father and husband, and and he goes out of his way to make everyone around him feel important. I would bet that he knows the janitors that clean the locker rooms and the bat boys by first names, and probably makes them feel like a million bucks every time he sees them. That’s the kind of guy he is. Shame on you for suggesting otherwise because he swung at a 3-0 pitch in a spring training blowout. I hope one day you get the pleasure of sitting and chatting with Jake.