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The Philadelphia Spinners announced the return of three more veterans to the 2016 roster today: Matt Glazer, David Baer and Himalaya Mehta.
Glazer (5’11”, 145lbs) has been a fixture of the Spinners offense since the team was founded, never playing less that 148 points per season in his career. In 2015 Glazer, a product of Ithaca College, had his best season yet, setting career highs with 28 goals (previous high was 16 in 2013), 11 assists (9 in 2014), 6 blocks (2 in 2014) and 174 points played (150 in 2013). Primarily a deep threat cutter, Glazer has proven to be a capable handler, carrying a career 94.9% completion.
Baer (5’9″, 155lbs) out of Shippensburg University has been a part of the Spinners since the beginning as well. A reliable handler on both sides of the disc and carrying an impressive 1.473 TPOP (Touches Per Offensive Possession) over 521 career points played, Baer is an established leader for the Spinners, known for smart decision making skills and an above average deep throw. Baer’s 50 career assists is second in franchise history behind only fellow returning handler, Nick Hirannet (60).
Mehta (6’0″, 157lbs) returns for his third year with the Spinners, having taken 2014 off. While purely a depth player in 2013, contributing on 0nly 19 points, Mehta took a significant step forward in 2015 as one of the team’s primary rotational cutters, playing 87 points and converting 6 goals, 2 assists and 3 blocks. A physically talented cutter out of University of Pennsylvania, Mehta combines size and speed into a valuable down field threat for Spinners.
Glazer, Baer and Mehta join a growing list of players returning to the Spinners roster for 2016, forming an experienced and capable core for rookie head coach Darryl Stanley. After getting just a taste of the playoffs in 2015, these veterans are hungry to get back and show what they can do.