Phillies: Clubhouse princes amid 2019’s whipping boys

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, PA - AUGUST 19: Scott Kingery #4 of the Philadelphia Phillies is greeted by teammates during player introductions prior to the 2018 Little League Classic against the New York Mets at Historic Bowman Field on Sunday, August 19, 2018 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, PA - AUGUST 19: Scott Kingery #4 of the Philadelphia Phillies is greeted by teammates during player introductions prior to the 2018 Little League Classic against the New York Mets at Historic Bowman Field on Sunday, August 19, 2018 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images) /
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If Kimbrel can have a blowup in a season, Neris will eventually have one to the chagrin of the faithful. Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images. /

Redeeming themselves:

While some stars enjoy the locals’ positive vibes, others are less fortunate. They’ve experienced the criticism for the faithful’s disappointment by not meeting their expectations. Sometimes, misplaced.

Among the redeeming regulars, Cesar Hernandez has finally heard the grumbling voices shift to other players and free agents. But he originally had no spot due to Utley, so fans labeled him as a utility infielder. However, he went from a reserve to trade bait, and now Kingery’s progress could be the deciding factor at second.

After locals had initially been behind Maikel Franco early in is career, the league adjusted to him and exploited the holes in his swing. And fading cheers got replaced by the doubts fans now will always have about him. Yes, they will reemerge when he slumps if he’s still with the ’19 Phillies.

"FOOD FOR THOUGHT “Every group feels strong once it has found a scapegoat.” – Mignon McLaughlin"

Regarding Hector Neris, the first impression he gave us was as an expendable middle reliever, and many didn’t expect him to be a valuable bullpen piece. Ergo, his first –and only– blowup in 2017 sealed his fate, and despite his resurgence last season the doubts will forever be around the corner.

If Hernandez is still with the red pinstripes, the faithful’s reaction to him will depend on Kingery’s progress. Sooner or later, Kingery will be ready and Hernandez will be expendable in the fans’ eyes. As for Neris, he’s one blowup away from being atop the goat list. Yeah, one poor outing.