Mike Schmidt Responds to Winning Our March Madness Tournament

Mike Schmidt Responds to Winning Our March Madness Tournament

Enrico: We held a March Madness-style bracket last month in which we picked the 64 greatest Philly athletes of the last 30 years. You were a No. 1 seed and defeated guys like Von Hayes, Wilbert Montgomery, Ron Hextall, Brian Dawkins, Ryan Howard... you met up with Dr. J in the finals and you actually beat out Doc to win the tournament. What are your thoughts on the fans picking you as the greatest Philadelphia athlete of the last 30 years?

Mike Schmidt: [laughs] I'm honored. Sounds like a fun thing.

We've had a lot of pretty great athletes come through Philly over the last 30 years, obviously Dr. J is one of them. I'll never forget when he came from the Nets to the 76ers. I think my whole off-season life changed when that happened. I'll never forget when Julius Erving came to Philadelphia and the NBA. I couldn't wait to go see him play. I think Philadephia sports fans to the person were all pretty much like me. That was a real exciting time in our town, so if the fans allowed me to get to the end of the bracket and had to decide between Dr. J and myself, I'm quite honored… I can't imagine they would, but I'm quite honored they chose me over him, because I surely can't dunk.

Read much more of our conversation with the greatest Phillie ever here... Topics include the Phillies first 14 games, Pat Jordan's New York Times Magazine article on the Four Aces, mustaches, and wine, among other things...

Phillies 2B prospect Valentin (shoulder) out; Kingery to stay at Double A for now

Phillies 2B prospect Valentin (shoulder) out; Kingery to stay at Double A for now

The Phillies' depth at second base has taken a hit.

Jesmuel Valentin, the starter at Triple A Lehigh Valley, is headed for surgery after dislocating his left shoulder. General manager Matt Klentak indicated that it was likely Valentin would miss the remainder of the season.

Valentin, 23, made a good showing in big-league spring training camp and, in fact, was the last position player cut from the 25-man roster. He had been off to a slow start at Lehigh Valley, hitting just .229 with a .573 OPS in his first 29 games.

With Valentin out, the Phillies could promote top second base prospect Scott Kingery from Double A to Triple A. While that is likely to happen at some point, nothing is imminent, Klentak said. The IronPigs will use veteran Pedro Florimon at second for the time being.

Kingery, 23, has been on a tear at Reading. He entered Monday leading the Eastern League in homers (13), extra-base hits (25) and slugging (.651). Overall, he was hitting .289 with a 1.018 OPS.

"Not imminent," Klentak said of a possible promotion for Kingery. "Very possible down the road. We've got more than enough infield coverage (at Triple A) to be fine and Kingery is good where he is."

Kingery, a 2015 draft pick, played just 37 games at the Double A level last season. He entered Monday having played in 37 games there this season.

Kingery on Monday was named the Eastern League player of the week for May 15-21. He went 9 for 30 with five homers, six RBIs, nine runs scored and an .833 OPS.

N.J. high school baseball player performs big-league worthy bat flip

N.J. high school baseball player performs big-league worthy bat flip

With all the bat flips going on in Major League Baseball by the likes of Odubel Herrera and Jose Bautista, it's a good bet that kids watching the game are taking notice.

Gloucester Catholic High School's Chris Turco has apparently seen the celebration.

In a game on Sunday, Turco launched the ball high above the wall in left field. However, he may have launched the bat even higher.

Look at this ridiculous bat flip.

According to Kevin Minnick of South Jersey Sports Digest, both of the next hitters were plunked and Turco's team lost.

Despite that, Turco is giving the pros a run for their money in the bat flip department.