It felt like the end for Freddy Galvis on Sunday. Not the end of his career. No. Not at all. This guy has many good years left in the game. But it felt like the end of Galvis' time with the Phillies and that deserves some reflection. He signed with the club back in 2006, when he was just 16. How long ago was that? Well, the Phillies have spanned three different eras since then. They were in the throes of a 13-season playoff drought when Galvis signed. That was followed by a five-year run in which they were among the best teams in baseball. On Sunday, they completed their sixth straight non-winning season. The Phillies did manage to end the season on a high note — with an 11-0 win over the New York Mets on Pete Mackanin's last day as manager (see story). Galvis, a play-making fixture at shortstop for three seasons and the team's longest-tenured player, did not start the ballgame. Given the leadership he provided to the team — remember how he showed up for work and smacked a home run just hours after the birth of his second daughter in July? — and Gold Glove-caliber defense he played the last couple of seasons, Galvis probably deserved to start the season finale. But the team was committed to getting top prospect J.P. Crawford a half-dozen starts at shortstop so he got the call Sunday. There's little room for sentimentality when you're building a team and the shortstop of the future needs reps.
With J.P. Crawford ready, Freddy Galvis' Phillies tenure appears to be over
NBC Sports Philadelphia | Oct 2