Schwimer Laying Low on Twitter

Michael Schwimer is back, but he said he will be worrying only about his pitching this time around.

The Phils recalled Schwimer from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to take injured Jose Contreras‘ place in the bullpen. Schwimer is 0-1 with an 8.10 ERA in six appearances for the Phillies this season. He is 2-1 with a 3.93 ERA and six saves in 18 1/3 innings with Lehigh Valley. He said he knows he has struggled in his few opportunities with the Phillies, but he is hopeful his body of work for the entire season will paint a much different picture.

“I like to be judged on a season’s worth of innings,” he said. “Did I struggle? Yes, there’s no sugar-coating that. But I believe in the law of large numbers and sample size. I feel like if I can do that than I should be fine.”

Schwimer, who walked a batter in 1/3 inning Saturday, caused a stir in the organization last month when he tweeted three Phillies roster moves before the team had made them official. He congratulated Jake Diekman, Raul Valdes and Hector Luna on their recent promotions, but the problem was the Phillies had not yet told the players who were being demoted (Brian Sanches and Erik Kratz) that they had been sent down.

Schwimer was reprimanded for it.

“I had no idea I was breaking news,” he said Saturday morning at Citizens Bank Park. “I thought when you got called up that everybody knew already. It’s something I probably should have known, but I wasn’t aware of. I got a firm talking to about it, so now I know. It will never happen again. I learned a lesson.”

In fact, Schwimer said he will be laying low on social media.

“All that stuff — Twitter, the blogging — is pretty much going to come to an end,” he said. “I’m still going to have a Twitter account, but I’m not really going to talk much about baseball, because I just feel like the position I’m in, I need to keep a much lower profile. I need to go about my business and just focus on pitching. All that other stuff, tweeting and all that stuff, is going to be limited or stopped. I don’t want to ruffle any feathers. You can say a lot of things that people take the wrong way. I don’t want to put myself in that situation.”


It’s too bad Contreras is gone for good. When he first started pitching, I couldn’t wait for him to be gone form the team. But, sure enough, he starterted to pitch like he was capable of pitching and he looked like he would be a blessing to MLB’s worst bullpen. Now that he’s gone, probably for good, we have to look at the prospect of “the worst of the worst” coming back to the pen: Schwimer. You’d think that in the time he has been in LV, he and the pitching coach there would have figured out the problem and worked on it. An almost 4.00 ERA at the Triple-A level is NOT figuring anything out! MLB hitters will go back to hitting .350 off this guy and his Adam-Eaton ERA will go back to killing the pen and losing games……. Is Scott Eyre available? ;-(….

I understand Schwimmer’s decision to keep a lower profile, but I really enjoyed his blogging and tweets. Knowing that public side of him actually made me root for him a little harder, even when he had miserable outings. Let’s hope he’s got some renewed focus on this next chance.

Schwimer. Schwimmer was on “Friends.”

Another example of the Phillies and MLB in general being fearful and opposed to new media opportunities. Maybe if they were honest and straightforward with the traditional media Schwimer wouldnt have been “breaking” the news.

The Phillies, along with most other sports franchises, are still learning how to deal with the Internet and its bretheren. Players get themselves into trouble because they treat Twitter like they would treat a conversation with their friends. It forces teams to deal with things that they wouldn’t ordinarily deal with.
How strange that they have been so slow to deal with modern technology but so quick to deal with the pitch count and the 5-man rotation. I guess it’s all about priorities.

Another round of Schwimer? I can’t believe I’m pining for David Herndon.

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