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I don't know about you but I've been enjoying the Phillies broadcasts having Mike Schmidt share his wisdom on Sunday's so far this season. Sure, he may not be all over the current news from around the league such as his not knowing the Phils wouldn't be facing Jose Fernandez this week because he's out for the season after Tommy John surgery, but his nuggets of wisdom from his own playing days have been quite enjoyable to listen to.
It's also been very interesting to hear Michael Jack talk about the Phillies current young third baseman in Cody Asche. You can watch Schmidty talk about texting Cody after his ugly three error game last week in the above clip but he also spoke about Asche during the live telecast at length, both about the text conversation and about how he sees something really nice in Asche's swing.
"I just said to him 'I've been there, I felt your pain, I've done that,'" Schmidt said. "'Do your best to forget it, everything's going to be fine a couple games from now, no one will remember it. ... You're not the first person this has happened to.'"
During the broadcast Schmidt was saying something about how great hitters can recognize other great hitters. I wish I had transcribed it exactly. He really seems to believe Asche has the ability to turn into a great one. Cody has certainly heated up after a slow start. It's great watching him look more comfortable at the plate.
And here's a fun stat to think about:
Cody Asche's .789 OPS is currently better than David Wright, Aramis Ramirez, Anthony Rendon, Pedro Alvarez, Chase Headley and Pablo Sandoval
— John Stolnis (@FelskeFiles) May 19, 2014