Port Allegany Reporter Argus
Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009
After spending the majority of his baseball career west of the Mississippi River, Brian Stavisky signed a contract with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, the Philadelphia Phillies’ Class AAA affiliate, in December. He’s happy to be back home in Pennsylvania – and with the newly crowned World Series champions, no less.
“Once I became a free agent after the World Series ended, I had the option of re-signing with the Angels, but I was hoping that some East Coast teams would be interested,” the former Port Allegany star said. “At first, the Phillies showed some interest, but didn’t make a specific offer. Just after Thanksgiving, they came back with a good offer. It was just what I wanted, to be with an East Coast team, so it ended up working out great. And with them coming off a World Series win, I’m really excited to see what’s it’s going to be like around there this year. I’m sure the standards are going to be even higher.”
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