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Monday, May 21, 2018

VHS via Leitch: Phillie broadcast commenting on impending rain delay

Leitch:

This clip explains Midwestern weather to East Coasters better than anything I’ve ever seen.

Best fans thunderstorms in baseball.

Stormy JE Posted: May 21, 2018 at 08:21 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, broadcasts, cardinals, phillies, rain delay

Friday, May 04, 2018

The history of MLB rocking the blues

Powder blues picked up steam throughout the rest of the 1970s and hit their high-water mark in 1980 and ‘81, when there were 11 blue-clad teams. Two of them—the Phillies and the Royals—faced each other in the 1980 World Series, marking the first time powder blues had appeared in the Fall Classic.


Thursday, April 26, 2018

Today’s Phillies-Diamondbacks game available only on Facebook

The league’s first Facebook game, a rain-delayed April 4th matchup between the Phillies and the New York Mets, earned mixed reviews from viewers and sports media observers due to the interface’s laughably-large graphics, a comments bar that often obscured the action on the field and issues relating to the livestream.

But MLB has been tinkering with its Facebook broadcast in recent weeks, reducing the size of the score bug and shifting it to the right side of the screen, which has improved the game’s presentation not only on desktop, but on tablets and mobile devices as well.

Are sports bars allowed to show the game through a Smart TV?

Nasty Nate Posted: April 26, 2018 at 09:26 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

Monday, April 09, 2018

Jake Arrieta makes Phillies debut | MLB.com

The 32-year-old right-hander allowed three runs and threw 31 pitches in the first. He found a rhythm after that, needing just 43 pitches the rest of the way and retiring 10 of the final 11 batters he faced. He threw 49 sinkers, which averaged 91.7 mph. He got five swings-and-misses on the pitch and 15 called strikes overall.

“Was just maybe a little too giddy, pulling a lot of stuff out of the zone,” Arrieta said about his first-inning struggles.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 09, 2018 at 09:11 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: jake arrieta, phillies

Friday, April 06, 2018

Defensive shifts and alignments a gamble Phillies willing to take — no matter the optics

“Sometimes if you’re looking at it in a small sample in a very specific time, you can go, ‘That’s not going to work, that’s not going to work, that’s not going to work,’” Kapler said after Wednesday’s game. “We have to be patient and trust that we’re trying to look at a very large sample size to evaluate if our strategies are working effectively. I can’t express enough confidence that our strategies will pay dividends, but I understand in the short term they haven’t and that can be disappointing. I get it.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 06, 2018 at 06:27 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: pay site, phillies, the athletic

Thursday, April 05, 2018

Facebook Broadcast of Mets Game Runs Into Glitches and Complaints

The Mets-Phillies game was the first of the 25 games set to be aired on Facebook — one per week — and the early feedback was largely negative. Fans quickly voiced their displeasure with the newfangled broadcast and its glitches, and not just because they couldn’t watch their teams as they normally would: the Mets on SportsNet New York and the Phillies on Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia.

Bored Posted: April 05, 2018 at 11:21 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: facebook, mets, phillies

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

This 10-Year-Old Cancer Patient Chase Utley Met in 2006 Is Now His Teammate

Must have gotten some dust in my eye.

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eddieot Posted: April 03, 2018 at 10:01 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: cancer sucks, chase utley, dodgers, phillies

Monday, April 02, 2018

MLB to warn Phillies regarding pitching change

THEY HAVE BEEN WARNED!!

The Phillies will receive a formal warning from Major League Baseball for making a pitching change in the third inning Saturday night in Atlanta without having left-hander Hoby Milner warmed up and ready to enter the game, a source said Sunday.

MLB is still reviewing the incident, but it believes umpire Jerry Layne handled the situation appropriately given the circumstances.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 02, 2018 at 12:11 PM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: gabe kapler, phillies

Friday, March 30, 2018

Top 26 Prospects: Philadelphia Phillies | FanGraphs Baseball

Fangraph’s prospect gurus really dropped the ball this year. The season has started and only 14 teams are done. They either have to get all teams done or just focus on the top 300 or so prospects. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a huge task. They need to involve more people if the goal is to be an alternative to Baseball America and MLB.com.

Kudos to Keith Law for doing such a great job by himself.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 30, 2018 at 07:12 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, prospects

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

The Flukiest Games Ever Pitched

They caught lightning in a bottle (and brought it with them on the mound)

gehrig97 Posted: March 27, 2018 at 02:49 PM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: lucky games, mets, phillies, pirates, pitching

Monday, March 26, 2018

A baseball scout and his hotel room: A love story spanning four decades

The more things change the more they stay the same.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 26, 2018 at 05:59 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, scouts

Scott Kingery and the Problem of the Prisoner’s Dilemma | FanGraphs Baseball

Never listen to the people.

There are two things in baseball that really pique my interest: rules and things that have never happened before. The Kingery extension is an example of the latter. This is something new, and that makes it interesting. What makes it doubly interesting is how my Twitter feed populated immediately after news of this deal had percolated through the interwebs for a time. People seemed to have one of two reactions:

1) Kingery signed a below-market deal just to avoid starting in the minors and having his service time manipulated, and therefore this contract is a joke.
2) The Phillies paid too much money to a guy who hasn’t shown anything (literally) at the big-league level yet, and therefore this contract is a joke.

The People seem to agree that the contract is a joke, but can’t quite agree on why. And both points can’t be true: if the contract is a joke because it’s a gross overpay, then it can’t also be a joke because it pays too little. And this got me thinking about the prisoner’s dilemma.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 26, 2018 at 02:38 PM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, scott kingery

Scott Kingery signs 6-year deal with Phillies | MLB.com

The Phillies and Kingery signed a six-year, $24 million contract Sunday that will carry him through the 2023 season and includes club options for ‘24-‘26 that could make the deal worth $65 million, a source told MLB.com. If Kingery becomes a superstar like the Phillies believe he will, it will be a marvelous, club-friendly deal. Kingery, meanwhile, just became set for life. Kingery’s teammates? They believe they just got a whole lot closer to their postseason dreams.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 26, 2018 at 05:49 AM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, scott kingery

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Rupp sent out to make room for Drew Hutchison on Phillies Roster

Remember Drew Hutchison? He’s back. In NRI/long reliever form. Giving the Phillies two long relievers, along with Mark Leiter Jr. This on a team that is also expected to have a short bench, making an unnecessary choice between Roman Quinn and Jesmuel Valentin for the last spot. The obsession with relievers only gets worse.

Sad to see Rupp go after 4 1/2 seasons dating back to when there were still World Series winners all over the squad, but Andrew Knapp has been better than expected (his plate discipline can only be described as “amazing, for a backup catcher”) and Rupp has been worse.

Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: March 25, 2018 at 06:28 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, phillies, roster battles

Monday, March 12, 2018

Jake Arrieta, Phillies agree to deal | MLB.com

That’s a pretty good contract for a guy who is trending in the wrong direction.

The Phillies made a remarkably bold move Sunday, particularly for a team that still considered itself building for the future. Sources told MLB.com that the Phillies and Jake Arrieta have agreed in principle to a multi-year contract, pending a physical. MLB.com’s Jon Paul Morosi reports it’s a three-year contract worth $75 million—Arrieta will make $30 million in the first year, $25 million in the second and $20 million in the third—and that Arrieta can opt out of the contract after 2019.

The Phillies can void that opt out, though, if they exercise a two-year extension that starts at $20 million per season, according to Morosi, but can reach as much as $30 million per season based on games started and Cy Young Award finishes.

In that case, the contract would be worth as much as $135 million over five seasons.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 12, 2018 at 08:27 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, jake arrieta, phillies

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Heyman | Arrieta closing in on deal with Phillies | FanRag Sports

Twitter says it’s a done deal.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 11, 2018 at 05:06 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, jake arrieta, phillies

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Mallee’s numbers tell story about Phillies’ bats

Better hitting through data.

“Our whole philosophy of selective, aggressive hitting is our guys are going to attack pitches they can drive early in the count and take everything else within the strike zone, even if it’s a strike,” Mallee said. “Wherever their strengths are, they’re going to look in there. If the ball shows up there they’re going to swing, but if it doesn’t that’s how they work counts as opposed to taking pitches. We’re looking for something to slug until the count tells us we have to change our behavior. The count tells us that when we get to two strikes. Now I have a different approach for that.

“We try to keep it as simple plan as possible. It’s almost like see it and hit it, but it’s see it where and hit it.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 06, 2018 at 06:49 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Phillies 3B Maikel Franco eyes bounce-back year in 2018

It started with getting in better shape. Team officials told him he needed to do so, “but I knew it, too,” he said. He has reported to camp early. His midsection is noticeably trimmer and his upper body looks strong. His weight, he said, is between 218 and 220 pounds. He ended last season at 232.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 15, 2018 at 08:03 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: maikel franco, phillies

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Oscar Gamble Passes Away

Oscar Gamble, a lefty-swinging hitter popularly known for the large Afro hairstyle he wore in the 1970s, died Wednesday at age 68.

His death was confirmed by Andrew Levy, Gamble’s agent. The cause of death was not reported.


Tuesday, January 09, 2018

The Phillies don’t want ‘bloggers’ at the IronPigs Banquet - The Good Phight

But…it’s a great time of year to stay in your basement.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 09, 2018 at 10:34 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

Phillies Trade Proposal For Christian Yelich « CBS Philly

This strikes me as a little short on the Phillies side.

MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince proposed a trade that might work for both the Phillies and the Marlins: Nick Williams, Mickey Moniak, and Jorge Alfaro for Yelich.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 09, 2018 at 10:17 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, phillies

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Padres acquire shortstop Freddy Galvis from Phillies - The San Diego Union-Tribune

This looks like a deal to help the development of some of their young pitchers.

An apparent solution to the Padres’ greatest weakness is en route to San Diego. The club on Friday traded for shortstop Freddy Galvis, sending pitching prospect Enyel De Los Santos to the Philadelphia Phillies.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 16, 2017 at 01:11 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: freddy galvis, padres, phillies, trade

ESPN: Carlos Santana signing a significant step in Phillies’ rebuild (Schoenfield)

1. First off, at three years and $60 million, it’s not overpaying, and limiting the deal to three years means there’s little chance of it blowing up on the back end. Santana owns a career .365 OBP, so he brings some much-needed on-base ability to the Phillies lineup. The deal takes him through his age 32-34 seasons, and while Santana’s home run production has been inconsistent through the years—27 in 2014, 19 in 2015, 34 in 2016, 23 in 2017—we know he will draw his walks. The Phillies were 11th in the NL in walks and 13th in OBP in 2017, so they need a hitter like this to help anchor the middle of the lineup.

This season will still be a building curve for the Phillies. They also traded Freddy Galvis to the Padres for interesting pitching prospect Enyel De Los Santos, opening up shortstop for J.P. Crawford. His bat has stalled a bit at the upper levels of the minors, but the plate discipline remains a plus, and he was much better in the second half at Triple-A after a terrible start. It’s time to see what he can do.

Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: December 16, 2017 at 09:45 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos santana, indians, phillies, winter meetings

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Rox sign Jaime Moyer to Minor League deal

Fun fact: When the Rockies came into existence, Jaime Moyer was in his eighth Major League season.

The Rockies’ search for a veteran for the starting rotation could take them to the ultimate veteran, 49-year-old left-hander Jamie Moyer.

Colorado and Moyer have agreed to a Minor League deal that includes an invitation to Spring Training, the club announced on Wednesday. The agreement is pending a physical.

Moyer underwent Tommy John surgery on his throwing elbow in 2010 and didn’t pitch last season. The lefty worked as an analyst for ESPN in 2011 but stated that he intended to try to pitch again in ‘12.

Moyer went 9-9 with a 4.84 ERA for the Phillies in 2010.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 18, 2012 at 08:14 PM | 128 comment(s)
  Beats: obituaries, phillies, rockies

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Jimmy Rollins Travels to Uganda to Play with Kids, Freestyle Raps Along the Way

Shortstopyo: Game Beginning.

ESPN The Magazine’s Steve Wulf wrote about Rollins’ experience with the kids. Not surprisingly, the trip seems to have meant as much to Rollins as it did for the kids, who will hopefully get a nicer ball field due in part to Jimmy’s efforts.

The whole story is worth your time, for sure, but we thoroughly enjoyed one nugget in particular. Jimmy was pulled onto a stage during a lunchtime gathering on Martin Luther King Day and busted out a freestyle rap that went something like this, according to ESPN:

“One two one two, in Uganda baseball comes through

Big D Lee in the house and so is me doing it everyday casually

Because we like to play and get down, Uganda, Nsambya, the big towns

I’m not done, we get it down, we get it too, I stand up and push, it’s on you

And when the ball leave the field I’m gonna clown

Walk down the baseline, throw a pound

To the sky, up high, to my fans, we got a plan

Everybody just say baseball … baseball

Everybody say baseball … baseball”

Repoz Posted: January 17, 2012 at 08:47 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: international, music, phillies

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