By Sam Bush
The Phillies just traded for a reliever who had an ERA of 9.82 in 2020 and who, by the way, was one of few San Francisco Giants who declined to kneel last June after the George Floyd murder.
That’s just great.
They acquired right-hander Sam Coonrod from the Giants for right-hander Carson Ragsdale, whom the Phillies selected in the fourth round of the 2020 Draft. Coonrod, 28, had a 5.74 ERA in 51 appearances over two seasons with San Francisco. He had a 3.58 ERA in 33 appearances in ’19 and a 9.82 ERA in 18 appearances in ’20.
Coonrod has a four-seam fastball that averaged 98.4 mph last season, which ranked fourth-hardest in baseball (minimum 50 four-seam fastballs) behind Garrett Crochet (100.1 mph), Jacob deGrom (98.6 mph) and Sixto Sánchez (98.5 mph).
Coonrod garnered national attention in July when he declined to kneel during a moment of unity at Dodger Stadium. He then missed nearly a month because of a strained right lat. He picked up three saves in September before finishing the season on the injured list with a strained right shoulder.
Coonrod made it clear where he stands on the issue of racial justice when he refused to take a knee with his Giants teammates:
“I just can’t get on board with a couple things I’ve read about Black Lives Matter, how they lean towards Marxism, and … they said some negative things about the nuclear family,” Coonrod said. “I just can’t get on board with that.”