The Philadelphia Phillies are serious about contending for a World Series championship -- so serious, that they're bringing in one of their former champions to help out.
The team announced that former outfielder Shane Victorino will join the Phillies Spring Training staff in Clearwater, FL, as a guest instructor in March. Victorino was a fan favorite in Philadelphia during his eight seasons there.
Shane Victorino has been added as a guest instructor to Phillies spring training, sometime mid-March.— Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) February 15, 2019
Victorino was a member of the Phillies teams that won back-to-back NL Pennants in 2008 and 2009, wining the World Series in their first trip before losing to the Yankees in their 2009 appearance. Victorino also won a World Series with the Boston Red Sox in 2013.
Home run Shane Victorino!!!!!!!!— 2008 Phillies (@2008Philz) October 14, 2018
NLCS Game 4 is tied at 5 in the 8th. pic.twitter.com/9HQIxyv3Fh
His championship pedigree could be used as an aid to a team with the highest expectations since Victorino donned a Phillies jersey. After acquiring catcher JT Realmuto from the Miami Marlins and still rumored to be contending for the talents of free agent Bryce Harper, the Phillies are an attractive pick to make a run to the Fall Classic.
Aaron Nola loves Phillies Fans:— Jeff Skversky 6abc (@JeffSkversky) February 15, 2019
“Everybody talks about the fans... they’re hard, they’re tough and they’re mean, but that’s the good part... that’s the good part of our fans. They make us raise our game up”@6abc #Phillies#AaronNola pic.twitter.com/PMBjnBNLI8
Similar to the players Philadelphia had back then, their current roster is full of talented guys with the potential to bring the franchise back into contention. Victorino's relaxing demeanor is infectious and the front office hopes that will carry into their clubhouse in March.