Bad news for a Bearcat legends of the diamond.
The Philadelphia Phillies released former UC standout Josh Harrison yesterday. The Phillies had signed Harrison to a minor league deal and Spring Training invite late last year.
Could this be the end of the line for Harrison? The infielder turned 33 earlier this month and his production has diminished in each of the past two seasons.
In 2018, Harrison was hampered by injuries and his batting average dropped to .250, his lowest career mark since becoming a regular player.
After spending eight seasons with the Pirates, Harrison caught on with Detroit in 2019 and struggled even more at the plate. His batting average dropped to .175 with a measly .218 on-base percentage over 147 plate appearances.
Harrison seemed like he was on the bubble to make Philadelphia’s roster throughout the Spring and this extended layoff. He hit just .182 in exhibition games. His bubble finally burst yesterday.
Just a season ago, several clubs expressed interest in signing Harrison, including his hometown Cincinnati Reds. Let’s hope that “J Hay” gets another shot at the show.
If not, he has had an illustrious nine-season Major League career. Harrison earned two All Star bids during his career for the Pittsburgh Pirates (2014, 2016), becoming a veritable extra-base hit machine during his tenure with the Bucs.
Moreover, he proved himself to be a jack of all trades in the field, playing second base, third base, and the corner outfield positions all with great skill.
Best wishes for our fellow Bearcat. Thanks as always for your support of Down the Drive.