Phillies move former catching prospect Tommy Joseph to first base

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After suffering several concussions, former Phillies prospect Tommy Joseph is moving out from behind the plate to first base, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly reports. Joseph was one of three players — along with Seth Rosin and Nate Schierholtz — acquired by the Phillies in the Hunter Pence trade with the Giants at the trade deadline in 2012.

Joseph, 23, has struggled when he was able to stay on the field. In 76 plate appearances with Triple-A Lehigh Valley this season, he has a .123/.135/.178 triple-slash line with only four extra-base hits (all doubles) and six RBI. He hasn’t played since May 11 due to his latest concussion.

Both the Phillies and Joseph seem to be in agreement that a position change is best:

“He’s not going to catch going forward,” said Joe Jordan, the team’s director of player development. “We’re not going to expose him to that type of risk.

“Tommy is very excited about the move and anxious to get back on the field playing again.”

Justin Turner rips Rob Manfred like no player has ripped him yet

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Every day brings a new player showing up to camp, facing the media and offering their two cents about the Astros, the sign-stealing scandal and Major League Baseball’s handling of it.

Today Justin Turner of the Dodgers gave more than his two cents. He gave a few bucks worth.

Speaking to the Dodgers media contingent, Turner reacted most strongly to Commissioner Rob Manfred’s comments yesterday, in which he talked about why he chose not to force the Astros to vacate their 2017 World Series title, calling the World Series trophy, “a piece of metal.” From the L.A. Times:

“I don’t know if the commissioner has ever won anything in his life. Maybe he hasn’t. But the reason every guy’s in this room, the reason every guy is working out all offseason, and showing up to camp early and putting in all the time and effort is specifically for that trophy, which, by the way, is called the commissioner’s trophy.

“So for him to devalue it the way he did yesterday just tells me how out of touch he is with the players in this game. At this point the only thing devaluing that trophy is that it says ‘commissioner’ on it.”

Turner is also upset that Astros players were not disciplined, and basically implied that, to the Astros, manager A.J. Hinch and GM Jeff Luhnow losing their jobs over this was worth it:

“Now anyone who goes forward and cheats to win a World Series, they can live with themselves knowing that, ‘Oh, it’s OK. … We’ll cheat in the World Series and bring the title back to L.A. Screw Dave Roberts and screw Andrew [Friedman]. It’s just those guys losing their jobs. I still get to be called a champion the rest of my life.’ So the precedent was set by him yesterday in this case.”

Turner thinks the Astros should give their rings back and give back the trophy. Though, really, I’m not sure what the league would do with it. To them it’s just a piece of metal, right?