9/17/2013 7:32 P.M. ET
Vet Polanco appreciates ovation, cheers in Philly
By Michael Radano / Special to MLB.com
PHILADELPHIA -- Placido Polanco has plenty to think about this upcoming offseason as he contemplates his future in baseball.
In 109 games for the Marlins this year, the career .297 hitter has hit .250 with a .305 on-base percentage. Polanco, who at 37 is completing his 16th Major League season, has dealt with concussion-like symptoms after getting hit in the head by a pitch in August, but has been able to avoid the type of injuries that cost him time last season with the Phillies. To that end, it's not a stretch to believe he still has something left in the tank.
But the end of his career is closer than the start of it, and that's what made a moment on Monday just a little more special, when Polanco stepped to the plate in the fifth as a pinch-hitter and drew a rousing ovation from Phillies fans. Polanco, who played parts of seven seasons over two stays with Philadelphia, admitted to getting caught up in the moment.
"I always appreciate the fans. I mean, c'mon, that's why we're here," Polanco said. "Everybody supported the team for a long time, and it's just a matter of time before it's a full house [at Citizens Bank Park] again. I remember when I played here and we went to Washington, there were more of our fans than Washington's.
"I did a little wave -- thanks. Now I have Cliff Lee."
Polanco will decide on his future when the season ends, but has been around long enough to understand how to play a full 162-game season no matter what the standings indicate. He remains as competitive as ever and still enjoys the game.
"I get a headache every time we lose. I'm not sure if that's the concussion," Polanco joked. "After a tough year like last year, I'm glad I played as many games as I did.
"Still have a week, two weeks, yet. I have plenty of time to think about what is going to happen next year. It has to be close to home or home. Wife, kids and family is ready for me to be home now. I was at home most of the time."
The reception given to Polanco, and to a lesser extent Juan Pierre, didn't go unnoticed by Marlins manager Mike Redmond.
"You want to be respected for what you did on the field, and to get that admiration is a testament to them," Redmond said. "He's not a guy that shows a lot of emotion. That shows where guys are in their career. As you get farther along, you start to get a little more sentimental about the game."
Redmond grew up admiring Phils skipper Sandberg
PHILADELPHIA -- Marlins manager Mike Redmond is a student of the game, but he has a special respect and admiration for Phillies interim manager Ryne Sandberg.
The Hall of Fame second baseman grew up in Spokane, Wash., and even had a field named after him, a field Redmond played on growing up in the same hometown.
"It was good," Redmond said of his conversation on Monday with Sandberg. "I mean, there is a field named after him, so I grew up playing games on Ryne Sandberg Field. You know he, John Stockton, Mark Rypien were athletes that as a young athlete growing up in Spokane, that you looked up too."
The two are also both leading teams that are in rebuilding mode. Redmond has guided a very young roster this season and has weathered plenty of ups and downs. Sandberg joined the Phillies staff this year, and took over when Charlie Manuel was fired in mid-August. Sandberg is 17-13 since taking over the Phillies.
"If you really think about it, what are the odds that two guys from Spokane are coaching two of the 30 major league teams?" Redmond said.
• Donovan Solano saw a modest six-game hit streak come to an end in Monday night's 12-2 loss at Citizens Bank Park. Solano remains hot with runners in scoring position as he has a .412 average (14-for-34) with 18 RBI since July 30.
• Nathan Eovaldi will make his next start after missing last Thursday's game against Atlanta with a back issue. Eovaldi is one of a handful of young arms the Marlins and Redmond hope to build the future of the organization around, and with the season just under two weeks from completion, every start matters.
"Eovaldi is back, literally back," Redmond said. "It's good. You never know with those things how it's going to act this late in the season. Hopefully, he can bounce back and give us a couple of starts."
Michael Radano is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.