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Mayberry losing his grip on Philly lineup

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08:15 AM ET 04.27 | In Phoenix on Thursday, Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin made his way to the wall outside the visiting manager's office and posted the team's lineup card. John Mayberry Jr. was one of the first to notice. He was sitting on a leather couch in the middle of the clubhouse with his noise-canceling headphones plugged into his phone. He saw his name written in Mackanin's black calligraphy as the first righthanded bat under "AVAILABLE POSITION PLAYERS." He was on the bench again. ... "You just have to work as hard as you can to get back out there." But it's clear the opportunities for Mayberry to work hard are dwindling, for now. In left field, Juan Pierre has provided a steadying presence at the top of Manuel's lineup.

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April 27, 2012  09:04 AM ET

I remember when the Rangers drafted this kid... the general consensus was "What the hell?"

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April 27, 2012  11:21 AM ET
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I remember when the Rangers drafted this kid... the general consensus was "What the hell?"

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April 27, 2012  12:53 PM ET

Strangely slow development for a promising kid. But of course you could say the same thing for the interns SUPPOSEDLY monitoring this site for SPAM ...

April 27, 2012  01:14 PM ET
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I remember when the Rangers drafted this kid... the general consensus was "What the hell?"

if mayberry, hasn't being able to remain as a top hitter, then he needs to go back to the minors, but the manager shouldn't just seat him in the bench,, that wouldn't help him to get better!!!!

April 27, 2012  04:45 PM ET

He is nothing more than a average ball player. Maybe a 250 hitter.

April 27, 2012  09:14 PM ET
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Otis the kid showed power and average last year while he was up for over 100 games, he CAN perform at this level. That being said, he is NOT taking advantage of the opportunity being given to him and should sit more until he is deemed worthy of a starter spot.As a Phillies phan this does NOT excite me having TWO outfielders NOT living up to their potential, especially with the patched together team they're trotting out on the field right now -- guess it's just another thing the Phillie phaithful will have to endure this season.

You should be punished for using the "word" phaithful....

No one feels sorry for the Phillies having to "endure" anything...

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April 28, 2012  07:37 AM ET

2 World Series Championships in 131 years..... Most Losses in MLB History--

I'm Lovin It!! Sillies need to spend more $$$$ --- LOSERS!!!

April 28, 2012  08:38 AM ET

Its very simple. Hit and you play.

Letting the meatball fastballs go by you over the middle of the plate is not a good strategy.

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