Ross Gload fills out Phillies bench

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While the Phillies were considering in-house candidates to fill their final bench spot, they opted to go outside the organization for help. Ross Gload, who led the National League in pinch-hits in 2009 is the latest member of the Phillies bench.

Ross Gload has been around baseball for a long time. He's played in all or parts of ten seasons, but only has just over six years of official service time to his record. Last year with Florida, Gload chipped in with a league-leading 21 pinch-hits for the Marlins and then hit the free agent market at just the right time.

The 33 year-old is a career .283 hitter and can play at first base, in left field and in right field. He hit .261 last season with the Marlins, including a .271 average against right-handers, but just a .194 mark against southpaws. Ironically though, in his career, he's hit .298 against left-handers and .279 against righties.

While his power won't replace Matt Stairs, who was the primary power-hitting lefty off the bench for the Phillies the past couple of seasons, Gload will give the Phillies a more consistent bat off the bench.

The Phillies gave Gload a two-year deal, but the financial terms have not been disclosed.

In his career, Gload has played for both Chicago teams, Kansas City, Colorado and Florida.

Ross Gload's career stats

Year/Team
G
AB
R
H
2B
3B
HR
RBI
BB
SO
BA
OBP
SLG
2000 Chicago (NL)
18
31
4
6
0
1
1
3
3
10
.194
.257
.355
2002 Colorado
26
31
4
8
1
0
1
4
3
7
.258
.324
.387
2004 Chicago (AL)
110
234
28
75
16
0
7
44
20
37
.321
.375
.479
2005 Chicago (AL)
28
42
2
7
2
0
0
5
2
9
.167
.205
.214
2006 Chicago (AL)
77
156
22
51
8
2
3
18
6
15
.327
.354
.462
2007 Kansas City
102
320
37
92
22
3
7
51
16
39
.288
.318
.441
2008 Kansas City
122
388
46
106
18
1
3
37
23
39
.273
.317
.348
2009 Florida
125
230
33
60
10
2
6
30
23
30
.261
.329
.400
Career Totals
608
1432
176
405
77
9
28
192
96
186
.283
.328
.408
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Chicago (AL)(3 yrs)
215
432
52
133
26
2
10
67
28
61
.308
.351
.447
Kansas City (2 yrs)
224
708
83
198
40
4
10
88
39
78
.280
.317
.390
Colorado (1 yr)
26
31
4
8
1
0
1
4
3
7
.258
.324
.387
Chicago (NL)(1 yr)
18
31
4
6
0
1
1
3
3
10
.194
.257
.355
Florida (1 yr)
125
230
33
60
10
2
6
30
23
30
.261
.329
.400
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
AL (5 yrs)
439
1140
135
331
66
6
20
155
67
139
.290
.330
.411
NL (3 yrs)
169
292
41
74
11
3
8
37
29
47
.253
.321
.394


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