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Friday, July 03, 2015

Brewers bullpen catcher eats 23 cheesesteaks, breaks Citizens Bank Park record | MLB.com

He’d just broken the record for cheesesteak consumption in the visitor’s clubhouse at the Phillies’ 11-year-old yard, downing 20 of the massive sandwiches as of Thursday afternoon—and counting. On Wednesday, Hanel broke the previous three-game mark held by Mets bullpen catcher Eric Langill when he took the first bite of cheesesteak No. 18. On Thursday, Hanel blew past Marlins right-hander Mat Latos’ four-game record (18), and had already finished No. 20 when it was time to head out to catch Wily Peralta’s pregame bullpen session.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 03, 2015 at 10:09 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, phillies, tasty sandwiches

Thursday, July 02, 2015

CSN Philly: GIF: Kyle Lohse tackles Ryan Howard to the ground

Careful! The Phils don’t want to see Howard’s trade value go down.

Kyle Lohse went from pitcher to hitter to NFL safety in the time it took him to run to first base.

The Milwaukee Brewers righthander had himself a night against the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday, picking up the win and racking up three hits in a 9-5 victory over the worst team in baseball. One of those hits did not come easy, however, as Lohse wound up running right into the backside of mammoth first baseman Ryan Howard while trying to leg out an infield single.

Lohse is listed as 6’2”, 215 pounds. Ryan Howard is 6’4”, 250 pounds (if you believe that).

Howard wound up hitting the deck.

JE (Jason) Posted: July 02, 2015 at 03:21 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, kyle lohse, phillies, ryan howard

Monday, June 29, 2015

Phillies Hire Andy MacPhail As Pat Gillick’s Successor

Andy brings an uncommon blend of old school experience and new age thinking. … In 1986, Andy was the youngest GM in the history of Major League Baseball when he served in that role for the Twins. The following year, he became the youngest GM to win a World Series title. When the Orioles hired him eight years ago, Andy became the first president of baseball operations in Major League Baseball. During his tenure in Baltimore, he greatly expanded the use of statistical analysis in player evaluations. That’s the new age thinking.”

Welcome to the 90s Phils!!!

eddieot Posted: June 29, 2015 at 03:00 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: front office, pat gillick, phillies, ruben amaro jr.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Cole Hamels ‘open-minded’ to all potential trade destinations | Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. and club president Pat Gillick have been listening to offers on Hamels for months. They have made it clear that they are ready to pull the trigger when they get one they like. By contract, Hamels has already conceded to accept a trade to nine clubs. He can veto 20 other destinations -– but that doesn’t mean he necessarily would do that.

“I have not been approached,” he said. “When I’m approached, then I can make a decision and provide an answer about a team.

“But I’m open-minded on everybody and everything.”

Even Toronto and Houston?

“Yes,” he said. “I’ve always been open-minded. I will think about everything.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 28, 2015 at 06:48 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: cole hamels, phillies

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Abrupt exit, more questions

The situation in Philadelphia sounds ###### up.

The result was a remarkable press conference that featured a stunned general manager, a silent president, and a gigantic elephant invited by the outgoing manager and ignored by the other two men. The Phillies might be the worst team in the major leagues, but man, do they make it interesting. How strange are these times? When asked one of the most basic questions regarding situations like these - who will be in charge of hiring Sandberg’s replacement - the president of the organization could not answer.

“I can’t really comment on that,” Pat Gillick said.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 27, 2015 at 07:39 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, ryne sandberg

Friday, June 26, 2015

Sandberg resigns as Phillies manager

One down, one Amaro to go.

stevegamer Posted: June 26, 2015 at 05:45 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: manager, phillies

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Matt Goldman: Andy MacPhail set to join Phillies as top executive

It’s finally happening…

According to Jon Heyman, the Phillies are expected to name former Twins, Cubs, and Orioles executive Andy MacPhail as the new leader of the club. While current President Pat Gillick will remain with Philadelphia in a consultation role, MacPhail will take over the lion’s share of responsibility when it comes to the Phillies’ future. He’s set to be installed soon, as it will give him ample time to “evaluate the team’s general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. and manager Ryne Sandberg”.

JE (Jason) Posted: June 25, 2015 at 10:07 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: front office, pat gillick, phillies, ruben amaro jr.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Video: Must C: Franco puts on a show | MLB.com

Something good for Phillies fans.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 23, 2015 at 10:13 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: maikel franco, phillies, video

Monday, June 22, 2015

Team president Pat Gillick says his replacement likely will be hired soon

Pat Gillick on the state of the Phillies.

“It’s sort of like what they do at private schools,” Gillick told the Inquirer. “They hire a headmaster a year ahead of time. I’m working with ownership and we’ve got some people under consideration. I think probably it’s going to happen somewhere in the not-too-distant future.”

Gillick said the intent is to give his eventual replacement time to observe the remainder of the season and then make decisions concerning general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., manager Ryne Sandberg and player personnel.

“Yeah, absolutely,” Gillick said. “We have some important decisions to make and you don’t want to make those decisions on the fly. This way you can get the feel in which direction you want to go because it is an important decision to make.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 22, 2015 at 06:29 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: pat gillick, phillies

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Ford: Utley’s berating a death knell for Sandberg’s tenure

What currency Sandberg still held in the clubhouse and within the organization was spent in those moments, not necessarily because Utley was right, but because his crime against the most hallowed tenet of the game, not showing up the manager, went entirely unpunished and ignored. Outside the walls, it might have been just another blip on a downward arc. Within them, it was a sea change that not a player, coach, nor management official failed to recognize. Fair or not, Sandberg lost his job right then.

And the zinger:

The tragicomic scene of a phone ajar from the hook, causing McClure to resort to sending a towel-waving signal to the bullpen, was a metaphor for an organizational failure that extends far beyond the field. Forget analytics and advanced baseball strategy. This team can’t master a land line. If the Cardinals wanted to hack into the deepest secrets of the Phillies, they would have to research the intricacies of the Commodore 64.

Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: June 20, 2015 at 10:09 PM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: obituaries, phillies, ryne sandberg

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Pretty Good, episode 3: Lonnie Smith fought the 1980s and beat its ass down

This is pretty good.

Lonnie Smith is mostly remembered for about a five-second span of the 1991 World Series, but his entire career is one of the most fascinating sports stories of my lifetime.

 


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Orange is the new blast: O’s hit club-record 8 HRs

That’s a lot of homers.

The Orioles set a new franchise record by hitting eight home runs in Tuesday night’s 19-3 victory over the Phillies. Six different Baltimore players clubbed homers as the Orioles became the first team to hit eight or more home runs in a game since the Red Sox did so against Detroit on Sept. 4, 2013.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 17, 2015 at 08:51 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, phillies

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Francoeur pitches! (game recap)

Just when we thought we couldn’t have any more fun with him ...

Walt Davis Posted: June 16, 2015 at 11:11 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: fish in a barrel, jeff francoeur, orioles, phillies, pigs flying

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Expect Phillies to attempt to make moves with a good deal of teams

Let’s assume that, this year, they are able to trade every veteran that has at least some value on the open market. What are the best-case scenarios and most likely destinations?

 


Friday, June 12, 2015


Thursday, June 11, 2015

DSPN: Ruben Amaro Jr.: How Bad A GM Do You Think I Am?

Last night, CSN Philadelphia’s Jim Salisbury reported that the Mariners are “checking in” on speedy Phillies outfielder Ben Revere. This makes sense: Revere has been squeezed out of his natural left-field role, and despite a down year, is still miles better than what Seattle has been getting from its leftfielders this season.

This morning, the Tacoma News Tribune’s Bob Dutton reported that trade talks are going nowhere because the Phillies are asking for either Taijuan Walker or James Paxton in exchange. This does not make sense: Walker and Paxton are probably Seattle’s two best young pitchers, and Revere is kind of not good.

fun fact:
ben revere is godawful.

additional fun fact:
the 3 lowest BABIPs in the national league this year were the #1, #3, #5 hitters on last year’s phillies. luckily, only one still gets a paycheck from the phillies.

not so fun fact:
so does ed wade. ugh/

i'm only STEAGLES when it's complicated Posted: June 11, 2015 at 08:51 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

Friday, June 05, 2015

Inside Baseball: Emerging Astros seek star starter; would Hamels OK them? - CBSSports.com

Jon Heyman’s Sunday notes column on Friday.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 05, 2015 at 02:22 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, cole hamels, phillies, sunday notes

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Inside Baseball: Eight possible spots for Ryan Howard, and more notes - CBSSports.com

One good month doesn’t convince me he’s worth a flyer, even with a huge markdown.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 30, 2015 at 08:49 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, ryan howard

Friday, May 29, 2015

See Veteran’s Stadium come back to life on this week’s episode of ‘The Goldbergs’

Please just let it die.

On this week’s episode of the family sitcom, Adam Goldberg and his dad go to a game in Veteran’s Stadium, where the Phillies played from 1971-2003. You thought it you’d never see it again, but thanks to the magic of TV, look!

eddieot Posted: May 29, 2015 at 08:21 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Hardball Talk: Phillies Unhappy About Soft Music At Nationals Park

Sounds serious:

The Phillies have levied some complaints about the division rival Nationals, but they don’t have to do with anything done during a game. Rather, they feel that they are afforded less time for on-field batting practice at Nationals Park compared to other road parks, and they’re unhappy with the music selection as well, which has included Linda Rondstadt, Patrick Swayze, and Starland Vocal Band.

Some Roberta Flack might be in order the next time the Phillies visit.


Phillies fans ‘don’t understand the game,’ Ruben Amaro says

Come out and watch our team, you idiots!

In addition to keeping quiet about a long list of trade possibilities involving veterans, Amaro also remains adamant about not rushing prospects who could replace those veterans.

“I think we’re going to be conservative,” he said (via CSNPhilly.com).

Moreover, he doesn’t care that that won’t sit well with fans who are enduring a 19-28 start after last season’s 73-89 disappointment.

“They don’t understand the game,” Amaro said. “They don’t understand the process. There’s a process. And then they ##### and complain because we don’t have a plan. There’s a plan in place and we’re sticking with the plan.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 26, 2015 at 09:32 AM | 63 comment(s)
  Beats: fans, phillies, ruben amaro

Notes: Teams should trade for Hamels now, while he’s hot | FOX Sports

Not exactly a buy low scenario.

Hamels’ average fastball velocity in May is 93.59 mph, a monthly figure he did not reach last season until August. His strikeout rate, over a full season, would rank among the best of his career.
His walk rate is dropping, and after allowing seven homers in his first three starts, his home run rate also is returning to normal. Hamels has allowed only one homer in his last seven outings, none in his last four.

Get him now, get him while he’s hot.


Saturday, May 23, 2015

Inside Baseball: Blue Jays tried for Hamels, stick with Gibbons; plus notes - CBSSports.com

According to sources, the Blue Jays inquired about Cole Hamels but were told Hamels would not waive his 20-team no-trade clause to go to Toronto, as is his right (Hamels, meantime, has handled things professionally; he hasn’t complained and generally pitched well for the non-contending Phillies). That Hamels call was a blow to the Phillies, who likely saw Toronto, with all its young pitching talent (Aaron Sanchez, Daniel Norris, etc.) as a potential landing spot, especially considering their frustration in landing the marquee prospect they desire and these two teams’ solid trading history.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 23, 2015 at 06:53 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, phillies

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Bruce Chen Announces Retirement

“Today, I would like to announce my retirement.  For the last 22yrs I have been doing what I love for a living. I feel blessed and fortunate”

Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: May 19, 2015 at 01:06 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, braves, bruce chen, expos, indians, mets, orioles, phillies, rangers, red sox, reds

Friday, May 15, 2015

FiveThirtyEight:  Chase Utley Is The Unluckiest Man In Baseball

Meet Chase Utley, the unluckiest man in baseball. The Phillies second baseman is cursed with a .115 batting average on balls in play (BABIP), meaning that about a tenth of the balls he puts on the field get him safely to base. An average BABIP mark is about .300, and while there is some variation between players, it’s usually on the order of a few dozen points, not 200.

Some have argued that Utley ought to be benched. Given his age (36) and the wear and tear second basemen face, Utley could be in a steep decline. Statcast’s batted ball statistics say otherwise. Utley’s batted ball velocity is a little below average, not elite — but below average would be an incredible improvement from Utley’s .389 OPS. (Since I started writing this article, his BABIP has already increased by 12 points and his OPS by 14.)

Dennis Eclairskey, closer Posted: May 15, 2015 at 10:47 PM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: chase utley, dee gordon, phillies

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