Phillies: The All-2010s “Forgotten Phillies” Lineup
First Baseman: Ty Wigginton
Ah, yes, the one-time All-Star and career 2.9 WAR player who played 125 games for the Phillies in 2012 at age 34. Perhaps the most notable statistic from his player profile is his career DRS of -113.
Wigginton hit .235 with an OPS of .688, 11 HR, and 43 RBI for the Phillies in an 81-81 season. He played some first base, third base, and left field in his time with the Phils. Never known for his fielding, his .833 fielding percentage in 22 games at the hot corner that season sticks out like an eyesore.
Following his time in Philadelphia, Wigginton only played for one more season. In 2013, he appeared in 47 games with 63 plate appearances for the St. Louis Cardinals before calling it a career.
So, where is he now? In 2015, he was back on the diamond, named the baseball coach at Lake Norman High School in North Carolina. He’s still there and has been awarded coach of the year a couple of times.
Second baseman: Michael Martinez
I had this piece planned with Michael Martinez in mind. Why? I have no idea.
Martinez was selected in the Rule-5 draft in December 2010 from the Washington Nationals system. He played like a Rule 5 pick in his age 28 season in 2011, and never looked back (or forward?).
Over the course of his three year term, Martinez appeared in exactly 162 games for the Phillies, and was a slightly above-average fielder as a utility man, with a DRS totaling 7. He was an average base-runner, despite his speed.
Apparently, that was the rationale for keeping Martinez on the roster, because his offense was memorable – and not in a good way. His OPS in each year with the Phillies? .540 in 2011, .461 in 2012, and .350 in 2013, a year in which four pitchers on the roster had a better OPS.
Surprisingly, Martinez managed to stick around in the majors for four more seasons. He ended up playing for the Pirates, Red Sox, Indians, and Rays to round out his seven-year career. Most notably, he was the batter for the Cleveland Indians in the final out of the 2016 World Series that brought the Chicago Cubs their first title since 1908.
Last season, Martinez appeared in the Atlantic League (Independent) and the Dominican Winter League, playing a combined 116 games for both teams.