World Series champion Brett Myers has a solution for the Phillies bullpen
The Philadelphia Phillies bullpen has been perhaps the historically worst bullpen thus far in Major League Baseball history.
Entering Sunday’s action, the team had posted a league-highest 8.29 ERA, allowing a combined 113 hits, 74 runs (66 earned), 16 home runs and 32 walks spanning 71 2/3 innings.
Also, the Phillies bullpen had blown five of its seven save opportunities. A sixth blown save nearly came to fruition in Sunday’s nationally televised series finale against the Atlanta Braves at Truist Park. However, a tremendous fielding relay play shut the door, notching manager Joe Girardi‘s squad its 10th win of the season.
Given the Phillies bullpen’s seemingly season-long struggles so far, a former Phillies starting pitcher and reliever from their 2008 World Series championship team believes he has the answer to the woes. Or, he at least jokes he has an answer, that is.
When tagged in a video of his 15-year-old son pitching on Sunday, just hours before the Phillies win down in Atlanta, former right-handed pitcher Brett Myers responded that he is “too old” and “definitely” cannot reach 84 miles per hour on the radar gun as did his son.
Myers then went on to suggest however, that given the Phillies bullpen seems to need some help, perhaps the organization should give his son, Kolt Myers, a call.
Myers, who turned 40 last Monday, is still revered to this day as being one of the key members of the 2008 championship team. Among his top career moments was working a walk off of Milwaukee Brewers ace CC Sabathia in the National League Division Series, setting up a grand slam by center fielder Shane Victorino to pull ahead with a comfortable lead.
The Jacksonville, Florida, native Myers pitched 12 seasons in his career, the first eight of which with the Phillies. Through 240 appearances and 183 starts in red pinstripes, Myers went 73-63 with a 4.40 ERA and 1.357 WHIP.
It will be at least three more years before Kolt garners attention in the MLB Draft; even then, he could opt to play at the collegiate level. Perhaps one day the Phils will draft him, as they did with his dad in the first round, 12th overall of the 1999 draft.