Jean Segura Failed to Hustle Last Night, Again

via NBC Sports Philadelphia

Fool me once, shame on you.

Fool me multiple times in a single season, shame on… Jean Segura. I think that’s how the saying goes.

We had another instance of the Phillies’ short stop taking his time on the base path last night, this time leaving him on first base when he quite clearly could have been on second here:

Scott Lauber at the Inquirer:

Segura didn’t run hard after hitting a flare into center field to open last night’s game and settled for a single when he should have been on second base. After the game, Kapler characterized the lack of hustle as “unacceptable.” Segura concurred.

“I don’t have an excuse,” he said. “That can’t happen.”

“It wasn’t a good effort,” Segura said. “I was hitting, and I kept watching the ball instead of running. I’m frustrated. I’ve never been in a slump like this in three years. As a player, sometimes you get into difficult moments and sometimes you do some bad things on the baseball field that you don’t realize. That can’t happen, especially the type of player that I am. It’s just a tough moment for me.”

Okay, so this just reopens the can of worms that I thought we might have sealed after Gabe Kapler and Angelo Cataldi went at it about two weeks ago, after Andrew McCutchen got caught in a rundown and tore his ACL.

At the time, Kapler said that Segura had acknowledged the mistake he made, via this exchange, after the jump:

Kapler: …I think it’s fair to demand that our guys run out of the batter’s box. But let’s address the Segura situation in isolation, instead of just acting like they’re all the same. Segura stumbled in the box. He didn’t have his feet under him. Once he got his balance, he didn’t run as hard as he usually does. He acknowledged that. That’s what you asked for, right? He came out and said it publicly…

Cataldi: Yes he did.

Kapler: ..on the record. ‘I could do a better job, I didn’t do what I was supposed to do, there’s no excuse for it.’ All of the things a player is supposed to do, he owned it.

Then, this morning, right on cue:

Put aside Angelo’s ridiculous and predictable escalation there for a minute – because you’re not firing the manager of a banged up 39-34 team on June 20th – and focus on this line:

“Kapler repeatedly allows offenders to escape without punishment.”

It’s more about that.

At some point, Gabe has to drop the hammer on these guys and establish his authority in the clubhouse. If you want to be a player’s coach, that’s fine, but you have to snuff out the bullshit before it becomes a problem, and we have very obviously entered this territory with Segura.

The McCutchen thing was whatever; Segura slipped, was slow out of the batter’s box, and then a freak injury happened. Last night was lazy, a completely different scenario.

Final word goes to Kevin Cooney:

Correct. Thank you, Kevin Cooney.

I know the Phils can’t really afford to bench anybody right now, and you don’t bust out of a hitting slump while sitting on the bench, but this is more of a macro level Gabe Kapler problem at this point.

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8 Responses

  1. Hello? June Swoon anyone? I don’t want to be a Negative Nancy but this team needs a good pep talk!
    Is it Friday yet? LOL! Enjoy your morning.

    – Kate

  2. Jean Seugra is batting .103 the past 7 games, .183 the past 15 games and .220 the past 30 games.

    They can afford to bench him. Put Kingery at SS. Let Roman Quinn play CF before he gets injured next week.
    Maybe bring Franco out of exile before Gabe turns him into another Nick Williams/ Aaron Altherr.

    1. The stats you want to bench Segura for, are the reason why guys like Franco and Williams aren’t playing.

      1. No. I want to bench Segura for not hustling and listening to his coaches.

        I am just saying that Segura is no better than Franco who is riding the pine and Williams who is riding the Northeast Extension.

  3. Why aren’t Harper and Hoskins being blamed? Segura has hustled many times this year directly causing the other teams to make throwing errors and give him an extra base. The lack of power hitting is the problem.

  4. Anyone else see a problem with Rhys Hoskins taking an upper cut practice swing after every pitch? He drops his lower half mid pitch and into a massive upper cut… thats on pitches he decides to swing at after letting fastballs and hanging off speed pitches go for strikes

  5. Segura is a Flea Guy. Fleas!!!!

    Did you see Mad Max out there with a broken nose and black eyes ? Now theres a Meat.

  6. its easy to establish a policy if a guy doesn’t hustle on a play or run something out they miss the next game. period.

    any plays that are not black and white are up to the discretion of the manager.

    something doesn’t feel right with kapler. i can’t even define it at this point but i am sure as the season develops it will be clearer.

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