At the start of the season, the Phillies put out an interesting call on their social media platforms, asking for YouTube-submitted applications from left-handed fans who were interested in tossing batting practice during home games this season.
Are you a lefty with (somewhat of) a cannon arm and a dream of being in the big leagues?
It’s not too late – @gabekapler is looking for a left-handed BP pitcher to throw to our guys at CBP all season!
— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) March 28, 2018
The Phillies found their man and he’s starting his job tonight, according to Bonnie Clark, vice president of communications with the team.
Shawn Senior, a resident of Cherry Hill, will toss left-handed batting practice before tonight’s game against the Atlanta Braves and will be on hand this season to throw before every home game.
The Phillies had over 400 applicants for the position and narrowed it down to seven finalists, Clark confirmed, before selecting Senior.
Senior has professional baseball experience, as he was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in 1993 and played for four seasons in their minor league system.
Over four seasons he won 38 games, lost 33, and had a 3.99 ERA, according to The Baseball Cube.
You can buy his minor league card for $1 on Amazon as we speak.