The 2012 season may be over for the Philadelphia Phillies but a number of former Phils will continue to play baseball this October in both leagues. If you are the type of Phillies fan who will pick up a rooting interest in a team based on a former Phillie being on the roster, you certainly have some options this fall.
Atlanta Braves, NL Wild Card
Michael Bourne, Chad Durbin
Centerfielder Michael Bourne struggled down the stretch of the regular season but he still managed to be a key player for Atlanta this season with career highs for home runs (9), RBIs (57) and walks (70). The free-agent to be has been discussed by some as a potential target of the Phillies, who drafted him and brought him up through their farm system. Bourne played his first two years in the majors with Philadelphia in 2006 and 2007. Of course, he was part of the package deal orchestrated mainly by assistant general manager (at the time) Ruben Amaro to bring Brad Lidge to the team in time for the 2008 season. That move worked out pretty well for the Phillies, although Bourne developed in to a multi-Gold Glove outfielder and has made two All Star appearances since leaving town.
Speaking of which, one of the more dependable relievers from that 2008 bullpen staff also happens to be one of the trusty relievers for Atlanta. Chad Durbin has put together a 4-1 record with a 3.10 ERA, his best average since his first season in Philadelphia (2.87 ERA in 2008). Durbin has finished 19 games for the Braves this season and carried a 1.311 WHIP in 76 games, matching his WHIP from 2010 season in Philadelphia for his best since 2007. The Braves took a little bit of a chance on Durbin after having a 5.53 ERA in Cleveland last season, but he has certainly paid off for them this season.no comments