Some of those players graduated from a farm system run by Gabe Kapler, now the Phillies manager.“Rather than having to have a backup at every position, you can maybe have three or four backups who cover everybody,” Los Angeles GM Farhan Zaidi told reporters this week.The pennant-winning Dodgers were one team that experimented.Cody Bellinger started at both first base and left field.In the last quarterly ratings book, WIP finished third overall in the market, nearly three full ratings shares ahead of the Fanatic, which ended the period in 10th place among men 25-54, a key demographic for both stations.It’s unclear what led to Nahigian’s ouster, though a change in ownership seems like a likely culprit.That leaves Hernandez and Galvis, both of whom will be shopped this winter.It is not unrealistic for the Phillies to employ that “positional flexibility” and find enough playing time for four infielders at three spots.
Jason Myrtetus is currently pulling double duty as acting program director and the station’s new midday host, with executive producer Eric Camille handling a lot of the day-to-day duties.“The station is the broadcast rights holder for the A’s and the Golden State Warriors, so I won’t be considered a bandwagon jumper if I become a Warriors fan,” Nahigian joked.It was Nahigian who signed Mike Missanelli, the station’s most important personality, after he was fired by rival 94.1 WIP.Matt Gelb is the Phillies beat writer for the Inquirer, the Daily News, and A graduate of Central Bucks High School West and Syracuse University, he covered the Phillies from 2010 to 2014 with a one-year tour on the Metro desk between baseball assignments. — Sometime before next summer begins, the Phillies could have five capable infielders for three positions. They could enter the season juggling some combination of Cesar Hernandez, J. Crawford, Freddy Galvis and Maikel Franco — with Scott Kingery expected to arrive at some point in 2018. They have engaged the Phillies, general manager Matt Klentak said, in trade discussions. Now, does that mean we will receive an offer that we think is fair value for one of those players? Do we have an obligation to the franchise to explore that?Stability and reliability is at a premium in baseball.