Nate Schierholtz no longer plays baseball for the team he grew up rooting for.
Schierholtz was part of a trade that landed the Giants Hunter Pence, a speedy power-hitting outfielder.
Schierholtz was drafted by the Giants in the second round of the 2003 draft and has played his enitre proffesional career with San Francisco. In his six years in the big leagues, Schierholtz hit .270 with 23 home runs. He was a member of the 2010 team that won the World Series.
With Schierhotlz not playing regularly this year, his relations with Giants management soured. Schierhotlz told the San Francisco Chronicle earlier this month that he felt marginalized and didn't have a future with the team.
"There's no place I'd rather play than here," Schierholtz told The Chronicle. "It's where I grew up. It's home to me. I love the fans. I love the city. There's not one thing I can't say I love about this place, but I think I've come to the realization that maybe I'm not their guy. I'm not in the cards having a future here."
The Danville native now heads to Philadelphia, which has failed to live up to lofty expectations this year. The Phillies are in last place in the National League East with a 45-57 record.
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