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5 Reasons it is Good for Cincinnati Reds’ Brandon Phillips to Avoid the Media

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5 Reasons it is Good for Cincinnati Reds’ Brandon Phillips to Avoid the Media

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Most fans of MLB and all fans of the Cincinnati Reds will remember the 2013 drama surrounding second baseman Brandon Phillips. Phillips was upset at Reds ownership because of money situations and let it be known through the reporters he spoke to. His words after the loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates in the Wild Card Playoff just made things worse. He was even almost traded during the offseason.

If you are wondering what Phillips’ thoughts are on all of this you are going to have to just wonder. The only words that Phillips has said since the end of last season to the media are, “I’m just here to play baseball.” Of course the media being who they are, they are upset that Phillips won’t speak to them. It seems to add to his negative stigma but it really shouldn’t.

Who says he has to speak to the media? I like Phillips enough to give him the benefit of the doubt. Maybe he has finally learned that he is at the point in his career that the reports focus only on the negative things he says. Also it is possible that he realizes his career is best served if he remains quiet and just does his job.

I think he likes mixing it up with reporters but to save his career and rebuild his reputation he needs to do exactly what he is doing. Here are five specific reasons that Phillips is doing the right thing by not talking to the media and why he should continue. Feel free to leave a comment below.

David Miller is a Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @davidmillerrant, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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5 – It Keeps His Focus in the Right Place

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It is very possible that Phillips could be distracted by the media uproar against him over the last year. While it can be entertaining when he speaks to reporters, it can also be very distracting for him and the Reds. This way that distraction would remain at arm’s length.

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4 – It Should Remove the Target from His Chest

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I don’t mean to suggest the reporters in this situation have some fault in this. They simply know a good story and follow it. In this situation however Phillips has made himself a target of the microphone. He is a headline machine and a controversy magnet. Not speaking should help this calm down eventually.

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3 – The Buzz Around Him Should Eventually Die Down

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It will take some time but eventually Phillips could be in a place where he can speak with the media once again. For that to happen, all of the buzz surrounding his 2013 comments has to die down. They will never die down without his silence.

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2 – No Words Should Equal No New Controversies

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All the Reds and Phillips need right now is for another sound bite from him to hit the papers and the internet. That would be a huge problem for not only Phillips but for the entire team. No offense to him but if Phillips says no words to the reporters, there will be no new controversy. At least it would be much more difficult to drum up for those who choose to.

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1 – It Will Let His Play on Field Speak For Him

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Maybe it has escaped notice because of recent events but Phillips is one of the top two or three offensive second baseman in baseball. This guy is good enough to warrant a huge contract right now. The best thing for him and for the new Reds regime will be for his play to speak for him.