Found August 28, 2013 on The Outside Corner:
Brandon Phillips is apparently quite sensitive about his on-base percentage and would prefer reporters don't tweet about it.  Before Wednesday's game versus the St. Louis Cardinals, the Cincinnati Reds second baseman barged into the media's interview with manager Dusty Baker to berate Cincinnati Enquirer beat writer C. Trent Rosecrans. Phillips didn't like that Rosecrans pointed out his on-base percentage (OBP) in response to Baker batting him second in the Reds' lineup.  Here's a transcript of Phillips' remarks during the pregame gathering, courtesy of the Sporting News' Ryan Fagan: “Hey, Dusty. The (expletive) on the end, he worries about my on-base percentage. You tell him you’d have me bat eighth, he worried about my on-base percentage. The (expletive) over there. Make him happy, Dusty. The (expletive). You talking that negative (expletive) about our team, dog. I found out your Twitter name now, (expletive). It’s a wrap. Just so you (e...

Video: Brandon Phillips unleashes tirade toward beat writer

Emotions were running high in Cincinnati's clubhouse before Wednesday's series finale against the Cardinals, and understandably so. The Reds were in danger of getting swept in humiliating fashion to their division rivals, and more importantly, losing more ground in the pursuit of first place. So, after Tuesday's 6-1 defeat to the hands of the Cardinals, All-Star second...

The whole Brandon Phillips thing

I didn’t hear about this until some 18 hours after it happened. When I did, I took a tour of the Reds blogs to see what reaction was. There was a whole lot of “everyone already knows about this” and “there’s nothing to say that hasn’t already been said.” I, as you may have noticed, have been busy with a life outside of baseball lately, though, and was actually looking...

Brandon Phillips cussed out reporter

Brandon Phillips cussed out a Cincinnati reporter who questioned his move in the team's lineup to the number two spot.

National writer claims Brandon Phillips isn't only Reds player to rip reporter for criticism

Whether you like the man or not, what Brandon Phillips did before Wednesday's game against the Cardinals is really hard to defend. The Gold Glove second basemen disrupted an interview in the clubhouse and used an expletive-filled, verbal attack on Cincinnati Enquirer beat writer C. Trent Rosecrans after the latter sent out a pair of tweets about Phillips' on-base percentage...

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ST. LOUIS -- Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips verbally blasted a beat reporter for the Cincinnati Enquirer before Wednesday night's game against the Cardinals. With media crowded in the visiting manager's office for Dusty Baker's pre-game presser, Phillips came to the door and unleashed a profanity-laced tirade. Baker was in the process of discussing a shakeup of...

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Come on, Brandon Phillips. You’re better than that. Phillips is in the midst of another productive season and the Reds still have an outside chance of winning the National League Central. At the very least, Cincinnati should be able to secure one of the NL’s two wild card spots. So can someone explain why Phillips is concerned about a sportswriter pointing out the three-time...

Brandon Phillips Goes Off on Reporter Because of Tweet, Calls Him ‘Fat ‘ (Video)

Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips is one of the most engaged Twitter users among all of professional athletes. He apparently has rabbit ears on the old tweet machine, too. Phillips was none too pleased with a rather tame — yet critical — tweet from Cincinnati Enquire beat reporter C. Trent Rosecrans. The reporter brought up Phillips’ on-base percentage in a tweet...

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Brandon Phillips interrupted Dusty Baker’s pre-game pow-wow with the media today by going on a curse-laden tirade in the direction of Reds’ beat writer C. Trent Rosecrans. Apparently Rosecrans has been knocking Phillips’ ability to get on base and Dat Dude don’t take too kindly to that kind of libel. Here is a full transcript of Phillips’ rant: “Hey, Dusty. The (expletive...

Brandon Phillips cusses out Reds reporter C. Trent Rosecrans

Brandon Phillips lashed out at Cincinnati Reds beat reporter C. Trent Rosecrans on Wednesday in response to the writer questioning the logic behind Phillips’ move in the batting order. Phillips entered Wednesday 1 for his last 12 with no walks and two strikeouts. The all-star second baseman asked manager Dusty Baker after Tuesday’s loss if […]

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Brandon Phillips was moved to second in the batting order for the first time since opening day after tweeting, following approval by manager Dusty Baker, that it was time for a change. Before Wednesday night's game, Phillips yelled at a reporter for mentioning his .310 average with runners in scoring position over his 95 RBIs, which is among the National League leaders. The...

Reds 2B Brandon Phillips lashes out at reporter

Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips shouted obscenities Wednesday night at a newspaper reporter who commented on the star's sagging on-base percentage. Phillips directed a short tirade at C. Trent Rosencrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer before the game at St. Louis. Phillips let loose at Rosencrans in the clubhouse, then interrupted manager Dusty Baker's pregame...

Phillips goes off on Reds reporter

Clubhouse battles between reporters and the players they cover are nothing new. But last night Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips interrupted manager Dusty Baker's pregame presser with a full-on verbal assault on one of the team's beat writers. Check it out below: Now, what apparently sparked the tirade was C. Trent Rosecrans questioning Phillips about his on-base percentage...

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The Cincinnati Reds are knee deep into a pennant race, trailing the division leader St. Louis Cardinals by 3.5 games as we approach September. Manager Dusty Baker decided to make a lineup change, and move Brandon Phillips to the two-hole, and it was met with some skepticism by Cincinnati Enquirer’s C. Trent Rosecans, criticizing Phillips’ OBP:   Reds go from a hitter with a...

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 277: C. Trent Rosecrans on Sabermetrics, the Reds, and the Hazards of Beat Writing by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam talk to Cincinnati Enquirer reporter C. Trent Rosecrans about the Reds, Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips, and the trials and travails of beat writing.
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