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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

CSN: Enough is enough — time to move on from Ryan Howard

The budget Ryan plan…

At what point does this experiment end? Howard is hitting .224 with a .305 on-base percentage. He has one home run in his last 121 plate appearances. He has three doubles in his last 55 games dating back to May 22.

The Phillies are throwing away games and costing themselves wins by batting Howard fourth nearly every night. It hurts to write that about a player as gregarious, as friendly, as easy to root for as Howard, but it’s the truth. There is no longer a logical defense for him.

Howard’s backers cite his RBI total, that he’s driven in 60 runs. Well, so have 17 other major-leaguers. And Howard has had more plate appearances this season with men on base than any player in baseball.

In 224 of Howard’s plate appearances, one or more runners have been on base. He’s driven in just 14.8 percent of them. More than 175 players have a better rate of plating their baserunners.

Howard is owed $25 million next season. He’s owed $25 million the season after that. In 2017, he’s on the books for $23 million but can be bought out for $10 million. So he will be paid at least $60 million over the next three seasons, making him completely untradeable unless the Phillies pick up just about every dollar.

...Playing him everyday, batting him fourth everyday, will not turn this situation around. Howard has hit .236 with 40 home runs in his last 1,026 plate appearances. His OPS over that span is two percent below the league average. That’s a pretty indicative sample size.

At this point, Darin Ruf deserves the opportunity. Bat Marlon Byrd cleanup until/unless he’s traded. Maybe bring up Maikel Franco and give him a two-month look against major-league pitching. See what they can do with all of the RBI opportunities that have gone to waste.

Because the easy route, the loyal route, the status quo that values feelings over results ... that isn’t working.

Repoz Posted: July 23, 2014 at 03:08 PM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, sabermetrics

Bucs Dugout: Manel: Pirates getting creative with defensive shifts

Both Rollins and Barmes were surprised to hear that BABIP on grounders was up, but they also said that ground ball data wasn’t the whole story when it comes to the utility of shifting.

Rollins shook his head, “Hmm, yeah, you’d expect the [ground ball] numbers to be down.” After taking a moment to consider how to explain what was going on, he asked, “What about line drives?” I didn’t have an answer because I hadn’t thought about what suddenly appeared obvious. “I’ve seen so many line drives right past the first baseman and that third or second baseman is sitting there in that hole, and you’re saying, ‘It’s not fair.’

“From what I see, looking at line drives may be the place to look [for the effectiveness of the shift]. I mean, we see it with Ryan [Howard], [Domonic] Brown a little bit, and balls that come off that bat, he’s like, ‘Yes!’ and the guy’s sitting there,” Rollins continued, jokingly adding, “And that should be illegal, it’s stacking the field.”

bobm Posted: July 23, 2014 at 03:15 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: clint barmes, clint hurdle, jimmy rollins, phillies, pirates, shift

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Poll: Does Citizens Bank Park really need metal detectors at the gates?

“Phillies fans arriving at the game against the San Francisco Giants Monday night were greeted by new security measures in the form of walk-through metal detectors at the right-field gates of Citizens Bank Park in South Philadelphia.

The metal detectors, installed earlier in the month, were rolled out for use for the first time on June 21 as part of a pilot program at the stadium….”

NattyBoh Posted: July 22, 2014 at 06:45 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb_rules, phillies, stadiums

Sunday, June 15, 2014

BLS: Jimmy Rollins’ and Mike Schmidt’s career batting averages leave Ruben Amaro confused

The Amaro Variation: Monster-Error-of-the-Week.

In said appearance, Amaro did not seem to fully grasp the basic differences between a plate appearance and at-bat and how they effect stats such as batting average and on base percentage. The confusion stemmed from Philadelphia’s broadcast team noting that Jimmy Rollins was approaching Michael Schmidt’s team record for career hits — which he ultimately surpassed in a very cool moment on Saturday — to which Amaro replied.

  “Yeah, we were checking it out. In fact Schmitty was in the booth yesterday when we were talking about it, and, um, I think it’s about a thousand difference in, ah, plate appearances. Pretty amazing. But their batting averages aren’t that different, which is kind of… weird. I don’t quite understand it.”

At a time when Phillies fans are looking for reasons to have faith in Amaro, that might just crush all hope.

At the time of the conversation, Rollins was sitting on 2,233 hits in 8,323 at-bats, which is good for a .268 career. Schmidt finished his Hall of Fame career with 2,234 hits in 8,352 at bats, which is a .267 batting average. It’s undoubtedly amazing that the averages are so close, but there’s nothing confusing about either average. In fact, the math is actually quite simple.

Where it becomes complicated for Amaro, apparently, is when he starts lumping in both players career walks, sacrifices and hit-by-pitch totals, which count toward their plate appearances and career on base percentage, but have no influence on batting average. Schmidt, one of the greatest and most respected power hitters in MLB history, walked 784 times more in his career than Rollins has to this point. That explains again, without any confusion, why Schmidt has a significantly higher on base percentage.

Repoz Posted: June 15, 2014 at 08:10 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

Friday, June 13, 2014

Does Ruben Amaro Know That Walks Are Valuable?

Count the ring you nerds.

Amaro is talking about Jimmy Rollins’ pursuit of the club hit record and is comparing Rollins to Mike Schmidt.  As transcribed by Scott, here’s what Amaro said:

“Yeah, we were checking it out. In fact Schmitty was in the booth yesterday when we were talking about it, and, um, I think it’s about a thousand difference in, ah, plate appearances. Pretty amazing. But their batting averages aren’t that different, which is kind of… weird. I don’t quite understand it.”

You can go to the Crossing Broad site and listen to the clip yourself if you don’t believe it.  If you don’t want to go there, trust me, this is a faithful transcription.

This is truly astounding.  Ruben Amaro Jr., the Phillies General Manager, in 2014, doens’t “quite understand” how Mike Schmidt and Jimmy Rollins can have the same career batting average but have about a 1000 plate appearance differential.

And don’t misunderstand - this isn’t a case of someone being prompted to talk about something without preparation.  As the quote shows, Amaro has been thinking about this for at least a day.  He was not caught off-guard here.  And he’s not saying “I don’t quite understand” as an expression of amazement.  He truly sounds bewildered on the recording.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 13, 2014 at 10:08 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, ruben amaro, walks

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

How much longer before Royals shake things up in dugout, front office?

Robothol’s latest. A lot of good stuff.

An agent, of all people, suggested a perfect replacement for the retiring Derek Jeter: Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy, who is eligible for free agency at the end of the season.
The agent, who has no affiliation with either player, made an excellent point: Hardy is steady and unassuming, and his low-maintenance personality would make him well-suited to replace a legend.
Hardy, who turns 32 on Aug. 19, missed nearly a month with a strained left oblique earlier this season. He’s batting .304 with a .701 OPS, albeit with no home runs, in 158 at-bats.
His defense remains solid. And his transition could be relatively seamless, considering that this is his fourth season in the AL East.

As a Red Sox fan I highly endorse the Yankees signing Hardy to a five-year contract.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 27, 2014 at 10:34 AM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, j.j. hardy, mariners, mets, padres, phillies, rangers, royals, yankees

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Brown: Ryne Sandberg claims he got sick from hamburger at Citi Field

Mom, I’m coming home they’re throwing me sliders.

The rivalry between the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets took a left turn down the long intestine Tuesday when Philly manager Ryne Sandberg told reporters why he’s been feeling ill. His team recently played a three-game series at Citi Field in New York, which also is home to a Shake Shack stand in the outfield. If you’re a fan of the food there — mmm, Black & White shake — don’t read this:

Matt Gelb: Ryne Sandberg got food poisoning from a Shake Shack burger. Lost six pounds in two days. My entire world is shaken.

“Food poisoning” is a serious charge, Ryno. Legalities and such. But “six pounds” also sounds like a tough deal. Imagine the local reaction if some out-of-town manager said he got sick from a bad cheese steak he ate at Citizens Bank Park in Philly. ... Well, there probably would be applause. Never mind.

Repoz Posted: May 13, 2014 at 05:47 PM | 88 comment(s)
  Beats: grub, mets, phillies

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Deadspin: Mitch Williams Ejected From Child’s Baseball Game For Arguing, Cursing

MLB Network analyst Mitch Williams was ejected from a baseball game for ten-year-olds Saturday after a profanity-laced tirade that included him calling an umpire a “mother####er” in front of the children, observers tell us.

(w/awesome pics)

You make everything groovy.

spike Posted: May 11, 2014 at 09:54 PM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, phillies

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Phils ask for Oliver Perez to remove ‘distracting’ undershirt

Oliver’s armpit ain’t here to stay.

Left-hander Oliver Perez was brought in to open the eighth inning and face lefty hitters Chase Utley and Ryan Howard. After Utley flied out, Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg came out of the dugout to complain to plate umpire Mark Wegner about a problem with the sleeves of the pitcher’s red, long-sleeved undershirt.

“Noticed it from the dugout. It was just flopping,” Sandberg said afterward. “There was a lot of movement there with the delivery. It was fairly obvious with that much movement on it that it would be distracting.”

The four umpires met and Wegner told Perez to remove the shirt, which had slits in each sleeve. On the way to the dugout, he dropped the ball, flipped his glove to the ground and began disrobing, returning to pitch without a shirt beneath his white D-backs jersey.

Howard singled and Perez was removed from the game for right-hander Brad Zeigler.

“[The umpire] said that one sleeve was longer than the other and he had a little tear in it,” D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. “There was nothing we could do about it. The rule says it’s supposed to be the same length, the same color. And it can’t be flapping. I have a pretty good idea whose call that was in the other dugout and it wasn’t Sandberg.”

When asked if he was talking about Phillies bench coach Larry Bowa, Gibson respnded: “You figure it out!”

Repoz Posted: April 26, 2014 at 04:43 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, phillies

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Crashburn Alley – Cliff Lee Is Still Very Awesome

Cliff Lee, the ace nobody seems to notice.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 22, 2014 at 03:31 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: cliff lee, phillies

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Chase Utley is the hottest hitter in baseball and has a shot at .400

Wow! Who knew the dizzying vapors from Uncle Eddie Savitz’s apartment were still lingering around Philadelphia!

Utley isn’t the hitter the great Williams was — no one in history was — but Utley entered his 12th major league season as hot as Las Vegas in July. Even after the Phils’ 12-1 loss to the Rockies on April 18, Utley’s stats are amazing:

In 14 games, he leads the National League with a .429 average with 14 hits in 56 at-bats, seven doubles, three homers and 10 RBIs, a .484 on base percentage and a slugging average of .714 for an OPS of 1,198!

Even I don’t expect Utley to maintain that pace, but he is a lifetime .289 hitter with a lifetime OPS of .875, so he has proven that he is a fine hitter. In fact, his 162-game averages are even better:

105 runs, 174 hits,  37 doubles, 5 triples, 27 home runs, and 99 RBIs.

So the key to Utley’s .400 chances is his health. He missed great parts of the 2011 and 2012 season with knee problems, which seem to be a thing of the past. He’s trained and strengthened his lower body to the point where he can generate all kinds of power with that quick and short stroke. Utley will be 36 this December, so his ability to stay on the field and stay out of prolonged slumps will be important, but I feel Utley is the kind of hitter who can make a run at .400.

Of course, Utley will need help from the No.2 hitter, Jimmy Rollins, and the No. 4 hitter, Ryan Howard. If both have good years, it will make it less likely for the opposition to pitch around Utley, who hits in the No. 3 hole.

All three need productive batting averages for Utley to have a chance, but if the universe were to align just right, Utley could enter the season-ending series with the Braves at Citizens Bank Park with a chance to be the first player since 1941 to hit .400.

Repoz Posted: April 19, 2014 at 02:02 PM | 74 comment(s)
  Beats: history, phillies

Seidman: Velocity talk angers Papelbon, who cites Halladay

Wooooooo! The Nature Boob speaks!

Just don’t make the mistake of talking to him about velocity.

“Why do you guys care about velo so much, man?” an agitated Papelbon said at his locker Thursday. “Is that—does that matter? You think that matters? I don’t understand that. I mean, if a ball has life at the plate and you are throwing 88 miles an hour as opposed to 98 miles an hour, it doesn’t make one damn bit of difference. Whether you throw 93 or 94 or 84. I just, I don’t get it man.”

Some of that makes sense. A heavy 90 mph fastball that moves is more effective than a straight 93. But on the other hand, the 91 mph fastballs Papelbon threw Adrian Beltre and Mitch Moreland that fateful night in Texas might have missed their bats if they were 95 coming off his hand the way they used to be.

“You all killed Roy [Halladay] about velo,” Papelbon said. “It’s not a big deal. If you do your job and the ball is coming out of your hand, it doesn’t matter how hard you are throwing. Their pitcher over there (Alex Wood)—what was he throwing, high-80s, low-90s? How well did he pitch? He ran through our lineup for the first eight innings basically. But it had life at the plate. That’s all that really matters, man. End of story.”

Papelbon walked away at that point. Maybe it’s a good thing he did, because the mention of Halladay there made little sense.

The questions about Halladay’s velocity that originally arose before the 2012 season turned out to be a harbinger of his decline. Halladay from 2010 to 2013 went from averaging 92.6 mph with his fastball to 92.0, to 90.6, then finally to 88.8.

And Halladay’s now retired because, at the end, he wasn’t able to stay healthy or fool hitters the way he did during the bulk of his Hall of Fame career.

Velocity does matter. It’s not the be-all, end-all. But it’s also not some random factor that folks are hung up on.

Repoz Posted: April 19, 2014 at 01:42 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Design Room: Top 10 Logos in MLB History.

The Montreal Expos (French: Expos de Montréal) team started in 1969 and never changed their logo.  For almost 40 years the team held on to this awesome mark because it was smart and looked great. Expos de Montreal Baseball. That is the secret behind this logo. Interwoven script pieces all come together to abbreviate the full name of the team. This logo is a little dated looking, but I can imagine this being modernized and still looking amazing without significant change. That is how you know this is a good logo. The line work is smooth, it is creative and clever and I commend the designer for coming up with a mark that doesn’t rely on a baseball to remind the viewer that it is a team logo. This is easily one of the smartest logos in baseball history.

I literally went, “Oh wow,” when I read this bit. I’d never understood this about the Expos logo.


Monday, April 14, 2014

Doug Glanville: I Was Racially Profiled in My Own Driveway

Its unthinkable that we still find instances of discrimination against former Phillies.

A police officer from West Hartford had pulled up across the street, exited his vehicle, and begun walking in my direction. I noted the strangeness of his being in Hartford—an entirely separate town with its own police force—so I thought he needed help. He approached me with purpose, and then, without any introduction or explanation he asked, “So, you trying to make a few extra bucks, shoveling people’s driveways around here?”

All of my homeowner confidence suddenly seemed like an illusion.

It would have been all too easy to play the “Do you know who I am?” game. My late father was an immigrant from Trinidad who enrolled at Howard University at age 31 and went on to become a psychiatrist. My mother was an important education reformer from the South. I graduated from an Ivy League school with an engineering degree, only to get selected in the first round of the Major League Baseball draft. I went on to play professionally for nearly 15 years, retiring into business then going on to write a book and a column for The New York Times. Today, I work at ESPN in another American dream job that lets me file my taxes under the description “baseball analyst.”

But I didn’t mention any of this to the officer. I tried to take his question at face value, explaining that the Old Tudor house behind me was my own. The more I talked, the more senseless it seemed that I was even answering the question. But I knew I wouldn’t be smiling anymore that day.


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Ryan Braun is the new Phillies killer and he may have mocked you last night, Philly fans

Mr. Braun, are you mocking us with that output? #GwynneShares

Ryan Braun seems not to care. He will just go about destroying our baseball team as he has the past two evenings.

His damage on Wednesday night wasn’t as consistent as it was on Tuesday, but his one big hit was pretty much the dagger the put the Phillies to bed on night two in South Philly. And then, once safely standing on third after the big triple, Braun made a gesture with both hands in the air directed towards … maybe the crowd? maybe the Brewers’ dugout. It did not please Citizens Bank Park’s devotees.

You can catch a glimpse of it here (video) but not a great view. Much better version in this GIF. It raised suspicion enough to the point that T-Mac and Jamie Moyer talked about it on the telecast, wondering aloud the same thing everyone else was.

Following the game, Braun was asked about the post-play fun he was having. From CSN’s Corey Seidman:

  “No [it was directed] to our dugout, we always do that when we get big hits,” Braun said with a smirk. “We’ve done that forever, we just haven’t had an opportunity to play too many good games, close games, exciting games.”

A smirk, huh?

Maybe so, maybe not. Just a friendly reminder that Braun does have a reputation for not always telling the truth.

Repoz Posted: April 10, 2014 at 09:14 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, phillies

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Olney: Sources: Rollins Should Lead Or Leave

Sources indicate that some in influential positions in the organization want Rollins to be a leader by investing himself more thoroughly in daily work and setting a strong example for others. If Rollins isn’t going to do that, the sentiment of some is that the team would be better off moving him as soon as possible.

Rollins, 35, will make $11 million this year, and with 434 plate appearances in 2014, an $11 million option for the 2015 season would vest.

Perhaps if the only other alternative were not Freddy Galvis I could buy this argument.

eddieot Posted: March 18, 2014 at 12:06 PM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: jimmy rollins, phillies, ruin tomorrow jr., ryne sandberg

Monday, March 17, 2014

Baseball Hall Of Famer Mike Schmidt Recovering From Skin Cancer

Mike Schmidt sat down at a picnic table beyond the left-field wall on a sunny morning at Bright House Field, then scooted over to seek the shade of some palm trees and a light tower.

He wasn’t taking any chances.

The 64-year-old Hall of Famer is recovering from an advanced form of skin cancer that kept him from being a guest instructor with the Philadelphia Phillies in spring training.

Schmidt was in camp Sunday and publicly spoke for the first time about his illness — stage 3 melanoma, and the two operations, radiation and chemotherapy treatments that followed.

“I feel fantastic right now,” he said.

Looking fit and trim, the three-time NL MVP is scheduled for a scan Monday to see how far his recovery has progressed. He still plans to join the Phillies’ television crew to work 13 home Sunday games this season, and to return to camp next year to work with hitters.

“I’m a very lucky man,” he said.

Thanks to Los.

Repoz Posted: March 17, 2014 at 05:31 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

Friday, March 14, 2014

Nothing to Rollins’ benching, Sandberg claims | Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia

Who cares?

However, Sandberg’s there’s-nothing-to-see-here story became a little tough to believe when it became clear he was bothered by a recent comment that Rollins made in the Philadelphia Daily News.

On Monday, with the losses and the 0-fers piling up, Rollins said something to the effect that he wasn’t concerned about the way things were going because it was just spring training.

“Who cares?” he said.

The comment hit the paper Tuesday morning, the same day that Rollins was abruptly scratched from the lineup. (Sandberg said it was a simple lineup change with no connection to Rollins’ comment.) Rollins also sat Wednesday and Thursday. He will play Friday in Bradenton.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 14, 2014 at 09:55 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: jimmy rollins, phillies, ryne sandberg

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Phils’ Rollins, Sandberg yet to talk

Shortstop Jimmy Rollins isn’t sure why he’s been benched by the Philadelphia Phillies and says manager Ryne Sandberg still hasn’t given him an explanation.

Rollins, 35, who has played all 14 of his major league seasons with Philadelphia, was left out of the lineup for Grapefruit League games Tuesday and Wednesday and again is missing from Thursday’s lineup versus the New York Yankees.

Rollins said former manager Charlie Manuel would always talk to him when he wasn’t in the lineup, but that isn’t the case with Sandberg, who took over for Manuel last August. Rollins called it an “unusual” situation but he said he didn’t want to speculate on why he isn’t playing.

“Obviously he’s upset about something,” Rollins said in reference to Sandberg. “That doesn’t mean it’s over the course of spring training, it could have been one specific incident. But he’s upset about it. That’s something when he’s ready, he’ll let me know.”

In other old school news, bench coach Larry Bowa said Ryan Howard has cooties and called Chase Utley a heinie-head.

eddieot Posted: March 13, 2014 at 03:45 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: jimmy rollins, old school, phillies, ryne sandberg

Monday, March 10, 2014

ESPN: Bacon Gear A Hit With Fans

Since the Lehigh Valley IronPigs put their new, bacon-themed merchandise on sale, they have been as popular as ever. . . On Feb. 24, the team announced its players would wear uniforms for Saturday games featuring a wavy strip of bacon on the hats, jerseys and pants. Since then, the team has sold almost 3,300 of the bacon hats and 1,500 bacon-strip scratch-and-sniff T-shirts that promise to smell through at least 10 trips in the washing machine.
. . .
[T]he team will continue the theme at the ballpark this year, selling bacon-flavored cotton candy and offering free bacon crumbles on all concession items the team sells, from hot dogs to ice cream. The IronPigs are also in the process of developing a race that involves eating a large number of bacon strips at the halfway point. Bloody Mary cocktails, with pieces of bacon in them, of course, will await those who cross the finish line.

Something for the Primate that has everything.

The Yankee Clapper Posted: March 10, 2014 at 02:11 PM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: fashion sense, food, iron pigs, phillies, souvenirs, uniforms

Saturday, March 08, 2014

Phillies’ deficiencies take center stage

“Respect the game above all else”

Though it was merely a spring game, Friday’s 15-4 loss to the Orioles had it all: lack of hustle on defense, a pitching implosion and dismal hitting. Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg has said all spring he does not like losing games, even if they are Grapefruit League contests; Friday’s affair certainly frustrated the skipper.

“It wasn’t pretty,” Sandberg said.

The Phillies’ defensive fundamentals – something Sandberg has stressed mightily during his short tenure as manager – were awful. The box score was generous in only giving the Phillies two errors. A plethora of bobbled balls and bungled catches led to prolonged, damaging innings, especially a circus-like third frame in which Baltimore sent 10 batters to the plate.

“We have work to do. Just a lot of little things,” Sandberg said. “The wind blowing, players unaware of it, bobbles on the infield, cutoff throws coming in ... yeah, we’ve got a lot of work to do.”

...Offensively, the Phillies haven’t inspired much faith with their bats. Before Friday, the Phils scored three or fewer runs in six straight games. These games aren’t exactly an indication of how the season will unfold, but after Friday’s loss, Phillies hitters are hitting .189 with a .580 OPS.

The good thing is the Phillies don’t have standings to worry about. They have 22 games left on the Grapefruit League slate before the real games begin. Sandberg and his crew hope the rest of the schedule brings much different results than Friday.

“In a lot of ways, hopefully, this was a throwaway game,” Sandberg said.

Repoz Posted: March 08, 2014 at 08:12 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Chris Wheeler: ‘I did the last nine games knowing I was a lame duck’

We’ve all had Wheels to take ourselves away…

Phillies team president David Montgomery found Wheeler before the game.

“[He] told me on Sept. 21 that I wasn’t going to be back to do the games,” Wheeler said. “I did the last nine games knowing I was a lame duck. And that was a little difficult . . . Leaving the booth that Sunday, I caught myself looking around as I walked to the bus.”

...Wheeler is back in Clearwater this spring, going about his business as if nothing has changed. Although he won’t appear on Comcast’s broadcasts, he will continue to be around the team in a still-to-be-determined role.

He will be a team ambassador, of sorts.

“One of the things they want me to do is go around the ballpark and play the role of Chris Wheeler,” he said. “Whatever the hell that is. Just show up at stuff. Anybody who has something in the organization that they may want me to do, like play golf with a sponsor, go into a suite, maybe talk at one of the sponsor’s dinners, offseason speaking engagements.”

...“It was a little overwhelming to be honest with you,” Wheeler said. “It took me a long time to sit down, answer all the calls, get back to everybody, answer all my emails, answer all my texts. [A Phillies media relations official] told me it was going to happen and I thought, ‘Come on, who gives a crap that I’m going to be gone?’ He said, ‘It’s going to be a bigger story than you think.’ And I swear to God I did not envision it turning into what it turned in to. The attention was unbelievable. It was very nice, very flattering and if my legacy can be to have been a decent human being and a professional, I’m good with that. Somebody who just loved the game.”

Repoz Posted: February 25, 2014 at 05:57 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: media, phillies

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Report: Phillies turn in Oregon State’s Ben Wetzler to NCAA for using an agent

The Philadelphia Phillies turned in Oregon State left-hander Ben Wetzler to the NCAA for using an agent during negotiations with the team and refusing to sign as their fifth-round pick in last year’s MLB draft, reports Baseball America‘s Aaron Fitt.

The NCAA prohibits any athlete from using agents to negotiate with pro teams and as a result, Wetzler was suspended indefinitely last week by the NCAA after returning to school for his senior season.

He was a first-team All-Pac-12 selection last season after compiling a 10-1 record, a 2.25 ERA and 83 strikeouts in 96 innings. He was scheduled to pitch Friday before the NCAA suspended him.

DJS and the Infinite Sadness Posted: February 20, 2014 at 01:13 AM | 104 comment(s)
  Beats: ncaa, phillies

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Bob McClure’s vision of Phillies pitching is a high octane car chase

Bullitt Bob McClure…

It makes sense Bob McClure wants to slow things down on the Phillies pitching staff. His vision of what baseball is sounds a lot like Outrun for Sega Genesis:

“It goes fast,” McClure said. “It’s almost like being in a convertible car in the middle of an arena with 30,000 people yelling and screaming at you. It’s intense. Now put that car on a racetrack and go 200 miles per hour. And try make your car fit through two cars on the first turn. Well, that’s what it’s like when you first come up. It’s going fast. And a lot of guys are afraid to make mistakes when they first come up.”

McClure’s terrifying vision of a baseball team, howling through a futuristic baseball dystopia in which human speed laws have been abandoned, has led to his philosophy for the hurlers: remain fairly calm.

Repoz Posted: February 15, 2014 at 12:15 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

Friday, February 14, 2014

Delaware Online: Roy Halladay Brings a Fresh Perspective.

This year, however, Halladay’s stay in Clearwater will be a shorter one. The recently retired two-time Cy Young winner is a guest instructor at Phillies camp and will stick around for a couple of weeks before heading home.

Both Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg and general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. raved about having Halladay around.

“He has been outstanding,” Sandberg said. “This is something he is very good at. Sometimes it is tough as a player to coach and talk to teammates. What I’ve seen is he’s full of knowledge. He’s all in.”

Kind of a puff piece, but it brings to mind some Q’s to which I have no A’s:

(1) Has anybody ever won 2 Cy Youngs without making the HoF eventually?
(2) Why the Phils and not the Jays?

Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: February 14, 2014 at 02:16 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, piffle, pitching

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