Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 11/15/14
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 All-Star’s on-base percentage? C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer sent out a few tweets Wednesday afternoon regarding Phillips’ spot in the Reds’ lineup. Rosecrans found it odd that Phillips was batting second instead of Todd Frazier, who boasts a higher on-base percentage. Sounds like a reasonable question to ask, right? Well, Phillips didn’t think so. The Reds second baseman blasted Rosecrans in the visiting manager’s office following Cincinnati’s 10-0 win over St. Louis on Wednesday, calling the writer a not-so-nice name and yelling about discovering his Twitter handle. The scene was a real head-shaker, and the whole ordeal was unnecessary in more ways than one. Let’s start with the basics, though. Why the heck is Phillips so upset? Rosecrans’ tweets — seen below — are harmless. Sure, they don’t paint Phillips in the best light, but it’s strictly an on-field assessment. It’s not as if Rosecrans personally attacked Phillips or his family. He simply presented facts to back up an opinion, which, in this case, was that Phillips should be hitting in a different spot in Cincinnati’s lineup. (How dare he, I guess?) Reds go from a hitter with a .320 OBP in the 2 hole to one with a .310 OBP—   (@ctrent) August 28, 2013 Phillips career slash line: .272/.320/.430. career slash in 2 spot: .277/.320/.424—   (@ctrent) August 28, 2013 Phillips’ outburst, which involved poking fun at Rosecrans’ weight and dragging Dusty Baker into the situation, was downright stupid. Rosecrans’ initial point was not. Phillips is a great player. He’s one of the best second basemen in baseball, both offensively and defensively, and he’s a big reason for the Reds’ success. That being said, his on-base percentage stinks. No temper tantrum is going to change that. Phillips’ .311 on-base percentage ranks 12th among 17 qualified second basemen, and it ranks 115th among all major leaguers. To give you some perspective, it would be the lowest on-base percentage in the Red Sox’ starting lineup — .22 points behind Stephen Drew’s .333 OBP. Again, this isn’t to say that Phillips is a bad player. His 16 home runs, 95 RBIs and Gold Glove caliber defense prove quite the opposite. But it’s reasonable — as suggested by Mr. Rosecrans — to think that Phillips is better-suited for a different spot in Cincinnati’s lineup. And even if you disagree with Rosecrans — like Mr. Phillips — personal attacks seem a little over the top, no? Ron Darling, who spent 13 years as a major leaguer before transitioning to a career in the media, put it best in regards to Phillips’ tirade against Rosecrans. “They think they’re gonna embarrass the writer in front of others. What happens is they embarrass themselves,” Darling said while announcing Thursday’s Mets game. Phillips certainly embarrassed himself when there was really no need to embarrass anyone. That begs the question: where is Phillips’ head right now? He should be focused on a pennant race, yet a little statistical argument caused him to lose his cool. It doesn’t make much sense. Phillips said last month that his six-year, $72.5 million contract is a “slap in the face,” which clearly suggests that he views himself as a franchise cornerstone. Well, in that case, it’s time for Phillips to start acting like a franchise cornerstone off the field. Have a question for Ricky Doyle? Send it to him via Twitter at @TheRickyDoyle or send it here. Click here to see Phillips’ outburst >> Filed under: Instant Opinion, MLB, Opinion, Ricky Doyle, Top Stories
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Report: Adrian Peterson will skip Vikings first OTAs

Corey Brewer: We got our butt kicked, it was embarrassing

Brian Kelly hints Notre Dame will have fast offense

John Madden: Last play of Super Bowl will 'torment' Pete Carroll

Cristiano Ronaldo nets hat trick, sets career high for goals


WATCH: Cormier tells Jones to get his s-- together

Fans holding 'Free Tom Brady Rally' at Gillette Stadium

Josh Hamilton to be activated by Rangers

WATCH: Top CB recruit makes insane catch doing backflip

Biggest surprises of the MLB season

Marcus Mariota leads NFL in jersey sales for May

Federer unhappy with security after fan comes on court

WATCH: LeBron throws down ferocious dunk in traffic

WATCH: Al Horford ejected for elbowing Matthew Dellavedova

Seahawks fan starts GoFundMe for Russell Wilson's contract

Billy Donovan thanks Florida fans with full-page ad

WATCH: Daniel Cormier gets into it with Ryan Bader

Jim Harbaugh compares his driving to Jeff Gordon's

WATCH: High school seals win with perfect hidden ball trick

Warriors crush Rockets in Houston to take 3-0 series lead

WATCH: D'Angelo Russell whiffs on horrible golf swing

Brian Matusz ejected for having foreign substance on arm

PHOTO: Don Cherry wears wild suit even for his taste

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

WATCH: LeBron's ferocious dunk in traffic

Kelly drops hint about ND offense

John Madden: Last SB play will 'torment' Carroll

Eight biggest surprises of the MLB season

Bryan Price ejected before first pitch

Vin Scully narrates marriage proposal

Pats fan's obituary defends Brady

Marlins players skip own charity event

John Wall tells All-NBA Team voters to ‘keep sleeping’

Jim Kelly: No doubt Tom Brady cheated

Post-combine NBA Draft big board: Top 30

Ex-players sue NFL for conspiring to push painkillers

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.