Aramark and the Phillies announced Tuesday that this season they’ll be selling booze at Citizens Bank Park’s general concessions areas for the first time. Beer they already sold, but liquor and wine were only available in the fancier parts of the ballpark, like the premium seats. Not any more.
Hey, guys, you need help with that cocktail list? It seems like the Phillies roster offers plenty of inspiration, such as:
• The Ryan Howard Slammer — it’s a big ol’ drink that costs $25, but don’t ...
New York Mets
Worst Offseason Move: Signing Cuddyer to a two-year, $21 million deal. I’m still trying to figure out what the Mets were thinking here: Cuddyer hit .332 with 30 combined homers in 2013 and 2014, but (1) he did it at Coors Field, and Citi Field sure as hell isn’t Coors Field, (2) injuries limited him to just 49 games last season, and (3) he hasn’t played in more than 130 games since his last season with the Twins in 2011. Oh, and (4) Cuddyer is 36 years old, (5) he’s one ...
The good, the mediocre and the ugly from the NL East.
Let’s start with this: If Ryne Sandberg manages with the strategic brilliance of Tony La Russa, assesses talent like Bobby Cox and grows as beloved in the clubhouse as Joe Torre, well, this year’s Phillies might win 72 games. This is a bad team Sandberg directs, and even channeling Casey Stengel won’t put them in the playoffs. But Sandberg is none of those Hall of Fame managers, and carries none of their attributes. So a poor team stands to be more wretched.
It says here 61 wins. And 101 ...
With 16 innings under his belt in the 2015 Grapefruit League, Buchanan is sporting a 1.69 ERA with a 0.75 WHIP and 11 strikeouts. But perhaps his most impressive statistical feat is this: the next walk he surrenders will be his first of the season. We preach loudly and often here at Crashburn about the irrelevance of spring training stat lines for perfectly valid reasons ranging from inconsistent quality of competition to extraordinarily small sample sizes to the emphasis on season preparation ...
Here’s a great interview with Jimmy Rollins.
Howard is not, will not be and arguably never was the guy worthy of a $125 million extension in 2010, and the Phillies acknowledged as much in trade talks this winter, telling (uninterested) teams they’re willing to swallow a significant sum of the $60 million still owed to Howard over the next two years. Word is, the team would be willing to take on somewhere in the neighborhood of $50 million.
The Red Sox are clearly not trading Blake Swihart this year.
This may be our last one, alas.
“In August 2005, after Francoeur batted .432 and hit eight home runs over his first 23 games as a rookie for the Atlanta Braves, Sports Illustrated splashed him on its cover, the headline “The Natural” bisecting his torso like an arrow. The subhead asked the question that established an unreachable standard for him, and that shadowed him thereafter: “Can anyone be this good?”
No, anyone cannot.”
Cliff Lee isn’t going anywhere for a while at least.
Nick Cafardo’s Sunday notes.This is the juiciest tidbit.
According to one Phillies source, the Yankees have come the closest to landing Hamels, offering a package of prospects that at least has given the Phillies a baseline for future talks.
This Rule 5 guy could stick.
Can Ryan Howard rebound?
UT, ranked No. 1 in Div. II, tied it at 2 when Phillies reliever Nefi Ogando walked in a run with the bases loaded. That prompted a mid-inning pitching change to Hector Neris, who promptly gave up a grand slam to UT shortstop Giovanny Alfonzo.
The Phillies loaded the bases in the ninth, but Cord Phelps grounded out to the pitcher to end it.
A couple of days old, but still a fun story.
“It seems like every time I look at him, he’s got a few guys around him,” manager Ryne Sandberg said of Francoeur. “I think there’s a good reason behind that. Players tend to go to him.”
Francoeur and Howard have been nearly inseparable during the first week of camp.
Their lockers are next to each other. They were in the same, three-man group, with infielder Andres Blanco, when hitters faced live pitching Friday. They are in the same, six-man team under Charlie Manuel’s guidance in the team’s ...
“...just to re-state it, for the current record: one standard deviation of the difference between actual wins and projected wins is found here to be 8.7. That’s a 17-win window, around a central projection…”
Juan Pierre, who sat out last season after struggling for the Marlins in 2013, has officially decided to retire at age 37.
A delayed goodbye from one of the game’s fastest men.
This article is all over the place. David, you missed a decade and a half. The sabermetrics/scouting dichotomy is so 2000.
The Red Sox were already over their international budget, so, other than in the wallet, signing Moncada didn’t impede them going forward. The Phillies are in a different position, however. Not only will they be able to sign people this July, they won’t be competing with the Red Sox and Yankees while doing it.
Baseball season is finally underway, and Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee has already run out of answers for the media.
Following the pitchers and catchers’ first workout of the season, Lee used a Magic 8 Ball to field questions from reporters.
And Phillies camp is bound to get weirder…
...ESPN The Magazine took a look at analytics’ place in sports in its “Great Analytics Ranking” issue, which attempts to assess how every team in the NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB utilizes advanced metrics.
Out of the 122 ranked teams, the Phillies finished dead last: 122nd…
The New York Knicks and Washington Redskins ranked just ahead of the Phillies in use of analytics, at 121st and 120th, respectively.
The ghosts of bad spring trainings past.
Ruben Amaro is what I call a “deal winner”. A “deal winner” doesn’t try to make a fair trade. He only makes deal when it is 100% clear that he won the exchange.
Ruben sounds like the guy in your fantasy league who everybody only deals with when they have to.
“If there was an offer commensurate to what we believe is [Hamels’] value we would strongly consider it,” was all Amaro would say.
A look at San Jose’s appeal to the Supreme Court, touching on the history of MLB’s anti-trust exemption, as well as the baseball background of some of the current Justices:
Justice Sonia Sotomayor is famously a Yankees fan — “You can’t grow up in the South Bronx without knowing about baseball,” she once said — who has thrown out the first pitch at a game and had the team bring the World Series trophy to her Supreme Court chambers. For her Christmas present this past year, Sotomayor’s ...
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