I must admit I am old school. Give me the long ball and I am happy. I grew up in the era of Maris vs. Mantle and Earl Weaver and the three run homers of the great Orioles teams. I have grown old of course following Charlie Manuel’s great Phillies of teams of the recent past.
So when I read that Reading’s Jiandido Tromp went yard last night in the seventh inning with a three run homer for the winning margin in the game and then moments later on the way back from the Threshers game Baseball Betsy told me that the Threshers’ Jan Hernandez hit a two run walk off homer in the bottom of the ninth for a 4-2 win, everything was right in the world.
Tromp’s blast was his 13th homer of the year. With about five weeks remaining in the season he has an outside chance of tying the 20 home runs he hit last season which were equally divided between Lakewood and Clearwater. This season he has hit nine at First Energy Stadium and last night was his fourth homer on the road. Watch HERE.
Hernandez went deep for the 14th time his season and trails the home run leader in the Florida State League by only two. Previously the most homers he hit in one season was ten. He has hit six at Spectrum Field and eight long balls on the road this season. Watch HERE.
Now a right fielder with a strong arm. He has hit well since moving from third base where he was error prone. Hernandez must decide what kind of hitter he will be. Will he hit like he has done in April and July this season batting .275 with a nearly .900 OPS and ten homers combined or like he did in May and June where he hit only .165 with a .575 OPS. and four homers.
At baseball age 23, Tromp is in his sixth season and baseball age 22, Hernandez is in his fifth season in the Phillies organization. The next five weeks will be important for them, now both corner outfielders. It will go a long way to determine whether or not they should be protected on the 40 man major league roster or will become career AAAA minor league outfield journeymen.