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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

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

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

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Amaro not terribly concerned about Cole Hamels

Cozy Cole : Big Noise From…Clearwater.

So, what about Hamels?

The pitcher said he wouldn’t be able to make his second straight Opening Day start after battling soreness when rebooting his throwing program in November. But he’s also confident he’ll be in the rotation in early April.

Amaro’s concern? The GM was asked to rate it on the scale of 1-through-10 on Thursday morning.

“Two,” Amaro said.

Why?

“He had a little bit of tendinitis,” Amaro said. “We were just very cautious with him in November, December. We spoke about it, I talked to the trainers and (head athletic trainer Scott) Sheridan and Dr. (Michael) Ciccotti. We’re just being cautious with him. I know he said yesterday that he’s not going to be ready for Opening Day. The reason why he said that was because we don’t want to push him. We want to make sure he’s ready to go physically before we get him on the mound in Philadelphia or wherever he may start.”

...The general manager sat on a blue picnic table Thursday and preached calmness before his pitchers and catchers started their first official workout.

“We’re not trying to hide anything,” Amaro said. “Everyone thinks we’re trying to hide things. The fact of the matter is we just want to be cautious with the guy. He’s too important to us for us not to be cautious now.”

Repoz Posted: February 13, 2014 at 12:29 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

A.J. Burnett to Phillies

Burnett: How many more years…

The Philadelphia Phillies and pitcher A.J. Burnett reached an agreement Wednesday on a one-year deal worth $16 million, a source confirmed to ESPN.com.

Burnett and the Phillies have to work through some additional details before the deal will be announced, the source said.

The 37-year-old Burnett spent the past two seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates. The right-hander went 10-11 with a 3.30 ERA with team highs of 191 innings pitched and 209 strikeouts last season, helping Pittsburgh reach the postseason.

In October, Burnett told a Pittsburgh radio station that he would return to the Pirates as a free agent this year or retire.

Repoz Posted: February 12, 2014 at 01:54 PM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

ESPN: Curt Schilling diagnosed with cancer

Get well soon.

ESPN baseball analyst and former major league pitcher Curt Schilling announced Wednesday that he has cancer.

“I’ve always believed life is about embracing the gifts and rising up to meet the challenges,” Schilling said in a statement released by ESPN. “We’ve been presented with another challenge, as I’ve recently been diagnosed with cancer.”

In December, ESPN announced that Schilling would be part of its “Sunday Night Baseball” broadcast team for the upcoming season. It also announced a multiyear contract extension with him.

ESPN did not say what Schilling’s broadcast plans will be for the upcoming season.

“Our thoughts are with Curt and his family during this challenging time,” the network said in a statement. “His ESPN teammates wish him continued strength in his cancer fight and we look forward to welcoming him back to our baseball coverage whenever he’s ready.”

Schilling, 47, pitched in the majors for 20 seasons for the Baltimore Orioles, Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies, Arizona Diamondbacks and Boston Red Sox. The six-time All-Star finished with a record of 216-146 and a 3.46 ERA. His 3,116 strikeouts rank 15th all time.

The right-hander, though, was best known for his performances in the postseason. In 19 starts, he compiled an 11-2 record with four complete games and a 2.23 ERA. He’ll forever be a part of Red Sox lore, helping them to World Series titles in 2004 and ‘07.

AndrewJ Posted: February 05, 2014 at 06:28 PM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, cancer sucks, curt schilling, diamondbacks, espn, orioles, phillies, red sox

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Charlie Manuel to be inducted to Phillies Wall of Fame

Countdown to ridiculous “Gil Hodges belongs in the Wall of Fame!” movement begins…

Charlie Manuel already owns the Philadelphia Phillies’ record for wins by a manager with 780, but since records are made to be broken, the franchise will immortalize the legendary skipper another way.

The team announced on Tuesday that Manuel will join the ranks of the great Phillies of all time in a pre-game ceremony to be held on August 9, less than one year from the day he was relieved of his duties as manager.

Here’s more from the team’s press release:

  “It is only fitting that Charlie become the newest member of our Wall of Fame,” said Phillies President David Montgomery.  “His contributions to our club, his unparalleled connection with our fans, and his overall passion and love of the game made the decision an easy one.  He has left an indelible mark on Phillies history and he deserves this honor.”

  Manuel spent nine seasons (2005-13) at the helm of the Phillies and went 780-636 (.551), guiding the club to more wins than any other manager in franchise history. From 2007-11, the club won five consecutive National League East Division titles, two NL pennants and a World Series championship. Last August, he became the 59th manager in major league history to notch 1,000 wins. Prior to being named manager for the 2005 season, Manuel spent two years (2003-04) working for the Phillies as a special assistant to then-GM Ed Wade. Manuel was recently named the team’s senior advisor to the general manager.

Repoz Posted: February 04, 2014 at 05:25 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

Sunday, February 02, 2014

Salisbury: Getting the read on Ryne Sandberg

Sandberg became fed up with the game and abruptly retired, walking away from nearly $16 million, in June 1994.

“I was caught between two generations, the one I came up with, which still cared about the game, and the one I left behind, which hardly cared at all,” he wrote in the book. “In the ‘90s, I saw too many guys having fun after losses because they got a few hits or did something good for themselves. That didn’t appeal to me at all. There’s a lack of respect today for the game and for each other.”

Sandberg wrote about players being more concerned with hitting the streets in Montreal after a game than the game itself. He complained about players being obsessed with personal stats. He explained that while he could have become a 30-homer, 30-stolen base guy, he never did because he did not care about personal stats.

A decade before his hiatus from the game—his fire returned and he made a comeback in 1996—Sandberg enjoyed an MVP season with a storybook Cubs team that won the NL East in 1984. With some advice from manager Jim Frey, and using a Larry Bowa model bat, Sandberg became a power hitter that season. He won his second Gold Glove as all those extra fielding sessions with the driven Bowa paid off.

Thanks to Doom Awaits Barnald.

Repoz Posted: February 02, 2014 at 10:48 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: history, phillies

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Marlon Byrd denies Phillies are old: ‘We can still play’

“The horror…the horror ...”

He can still be productive at 36, and he made sense for a team that needed right-handed power, better outfield defense and a contract that wouldn’t further mortgage the future.

“All of us do. You keep hearing old, old, old ... we’re not an old team,” Byrd said. “We can still play. Once you can’t play, then you’re old. We still have a lot in the tank, we just to have to show that and stay healthy.

“If I was a fan I’d rather have Robinson Cano, I’d rather have [Masahiro] Tanaka. I want those guys. Ruben [Amaro Jr.] wants the guys who he thought would help his team.

“And until we get on the field and actually get to show it ... the fan base is kinda looking at this team like, ‘In two years we need to get back to the promised land, we need 10 Robinson Canos. We need the best lineup and a whole staff full of Tanakas.’

“I think they’ll be happy once we get on the field and start to produce.”

Repoz Posted: January 26, 2014 at 10:36 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Phillies sign Bobby Abreu

Abreu Not at the Wall: A Novella

The Phillies are bringing back an familiar face.

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Phillies have signed Bobby Abreu.

“We’re looking at all the left-handed bats still out there and he’s one of them,” Ruben Amaro told CSN’s Salisbury. “Bobby has had a nice winter season. We have decent reports on him.”

Abreu, 39 years old, was never a fan favorite in his time with the Phillies. In his nine seasons with the team, he hit .303 with 195 home runs and a .928 OPS.

Abreu was traded to the Yankees in 2006.

Repoz Posted: January 21, 2014 at 04:22 PM | 93 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Inquirer: Ruben Amaro vows to keep swinging

With a career .235 batting average…I’d advise him to stop.

Locally, there isn’t much optimism that a new bottle or two will be added to the shelf in 2014 and Amaro, the general manager during the team’s recent struggles, gets the brunt of the blame.

“I’m a human being and, yes, it [ticks] me off because I know our players are better than the perception,” Amaro said Tuesday as a misty rain fell on Pattison Avenue outside his office window. “The team we fielded the last third of the season was not our club. That wasn’t the expectation when we started the season last year.”

“For better or worse, we invested in these guys because they were some of the best players in the game. And we felt that if they stayed healthy, that core of players could sustain our ability to contend,” Amaro said. “If they weren’t going to be healthy, that’s what would cause problems.”

...“If the club we believe is going to break camp is able to stay on the field, we’re a contending team,” Amaro said. “My job is for us to try to be a contending team every year. Our payroll should allow us to do that. We had a couple of crappy years because we couldn’t get guys on the field and couldn’t get the performances we’re accustomed to. Doc Halladay not being healthy crushed us. It’s not his fault. It’s just part of the game. When it happens to guys you are counting on with huge contracts, you can’t just buy your way out with mediocre players.”

...“Ultimately, there’s such a lack of real impact players, you have to try to hold on to them as long as you can. You lock ‘em up so they don’t get on the market, and you overpay them, and the market goes nuts,” Amaro said. “Is [new rightfielder] Marlon Byrd a superstar? Absolutely not. Is he a decent role player for us? Yeah. I have to take a chance on Marlon Byrd because there’s so many other things I’ve got to do. If I go get [premier free-agent outfielder] Carlos Beltran, then I can’t take a chance on [pitcher] Roberto Hernandez. We’ve got a lot of holes to fill, and our job is to try to make the right decision 70 percent of the time, not the wrong decision 70 percent of the time.”

“There are only so many chances to be a champion, and I will never stop believing that if you have a chance, you take the opportunity,” Amaro said. “If you don’t take a chance on Adam Eaton, then maybe you don’t take a chance on Jayson Werth. You have to take your swings.”

Repoz Posted: January 15, 2014 at 02:43 PM | 11 comment(s)
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Monday, January 13, 2014

Phillies should consider Chase Utley for leadoff man

1) Chase Utley (L)
2) Jimmy Rollins (S)
3) Domonic Brown (L)
4) Marlon Byrd (R)
5) Ryan Howard (L)
6) Carlos Ruiz (R)
7) Cody Asche (L)
8) Pitcher
9) Ben Revere (L)

In that lineup, the Phillies would avoid lefties back-to-back except in the case of Revere and Utley, and Revere’s an atypical lefty anyway who’s better at hitting same-handed pitching in his career (.300) than right-handed pitching (.277).

Batting Revere ninth would also limit his GIDP opportunities if Ruiz or Asche got on as, ideally, the pitcher would bunt the runner over.

It’s a lineup worth considering, and Utley would be perfect for the top of it.

personally, i think the more interesting scenario would be to bat ryan howard in the 2 hole.  he’s been in a funk for a couple of years, but even so, his stats compare favorably to the average 2-hole hitter (.244/.307/.445…ugh…for howard over the last two years v. .262/.318/.392 for the average NL hitter batting 2nd in 2013), and that’s before considering that he’d see more fastballs in the 2 hole and bat much less often with two outs. 

combining the two ideas:
1) chase utley (L)
2) ryan howard (L)
3) carlos ruiz (R)
4) domonic brown (L)
5) darin ruf/marlon byrd (R/R)
6) jimmy rollins (S)
7) ben revere (L)
8) cody asche (L)

and just to talk a bit about jimmy rollins in the 6-hole, i think that’s ideal for a number of reasons.  1, it lets jimmy be jimmy at the bat. he can swing for the fences to his hearts content and noone will get on him for not working the count or popping up on the first pitch.  and 2, it lets him be as aggressive as he wants when he actually gets on base, because who the hell cares if he takes the bat out of ben revere’s hands. 

 

STEAGLES is all out of bubblegum Posted: January 13, 2014 at 06:44 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Calcaterra: Dontrelle “Rasputin” Willis to sign minor league deal with Giants

Some guys never get a shot at the big leagues. Or if they do, it’s far too short a shot and they are overlooked for the rest of their careers, exiled to Triple-A or worse. You gotta make the best of that shot. You may never get another one.

Unless you’re Dontrelle Willis, of course, in which case you seemingly get a couple dozen shots and will until you just don’t fell like trying anymore:

I heard Dontrelle Willis will be signing a minor-league contract with the #sfgiants

— John Shea (@JohnSheaHey) January 10, 2014

... Since [Willis] left Florida following the 2007 season he’s 4-15 with a 6.15 ERA while walking 7.1 hitters per nine and allowing 9.3 hits per nine. And… he hasn’t even gotten a significant MINOR league look since 2011.

I know he’s a lefty and lefties are supposed to live forever, and by all accounts he’s a great guy to have around (at least if you don’t ask the Orioles). But there has been nothing — literally nothing — positive to be seen in his pitching in a decade. No indication whatsoever that he can help a ball club. How does he still get chances when so many other pitchers don’t?

Probably like this:

Dontrelle Willis turns 32 Sunday. In prime years. If he’s in good shape and figured out control issues, he could be great story. #sfgiants

— John Shea (@JohnSheaHey) January 10, 2014

A nice thought. But people have been having that same thought for years. It never pans out.


Saturday, January 04, 2014

Brisbee: The Phillies’ new TV deal and the Raysification of the Atlanta Braves

You can call them Rays or you can call them A’s, but don’t call them helpless. If there’s a team that should instill confidence in their fans, the Braves are up there. Baseball players are cheap for the first six years of their big-league lives; find the good young players and you don’t need money. The Braves are adept at finding the good young players. They have been for a couple decades.

But the money from the Phillies deal shows just how far behind the Braves are in television revenue. Imagine if the Braves had that money. Imagine if, in addition to their current roster, they could waltz into the free-agent Stuckey’s and come home with a Robinson Cano. They would be monsters.

Instead, they’re just really, really good. And smart. They’ll have to stay that way, too, because they aren’t getting rich.

Rickey! In a van on 95 south... Posted: January 04, 2014 at 12:04 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, nl east, phillies, tv contracts

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Phillies Agree To Deal With Pitcher Roberto Hernandez (Formerly Fausto Carmona)

The Phillies have agreed to a contract with starting pitcher Roberto Hernandez, according to several media reports.

Comcast Sportsnet’s Jim Salisbury was the first to report the signing, and was confirmed by several other media sources.

Heranadez, a 33 year old right handed pitcher, formerly played under the assumed name Fausto Carmona until 2011.

Hernandez has pitched in eight MLB seasons, most recently with the Tampa Bay Rays. He has a career record of 59-82, with an ERA of of 4.67 and a WHIP of 1.416. Last season for the Rays, he went 6-13 in 24 starts, with an ERA of 4.89.

Why he changed it I can’t say
People just liked it better that way

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 12, 2013 at 11:32 AM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: fausto carmona, free agents, phillies, roberto hernandez

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Sandberg says healthy lineup, and Howard, key to success

Sandberg: Lean: Phillies, Motivation and the Will to Lead.

Where some see an old, complacent lineup in decline, he sees an experienced group that needs to stay healthy in order to put its best bat forward.

“I think motivation is part of the game,” Sandberg said. “I think you can get the players to get (the others) on board to motivate themselves.

“But I also look at our team as an experienced team. Some guys are still capable of putting together good years, and with the balance that we have in the lineup … we have some guys that could really have some good years.”

Sandberg tried to stay away from putting too much focus on one man (“When you’re looking at an offensive team, it’s about a lineup. It’s not about one or two guys,” he said), but it is tough to imagine the Phillies having an offense that must be taken seriously without a healthy and effective Ryan Howard.

...As for where Howard will be in the lineup, Sandberg believes he’ll be at cleanup — although Sandberg did show during his interim stint last season that he is not reluctant to shuffle his hitters around.

“I see him right in the middle of the lineup, but I don’t think anything has to be set with anybody,” he said. “Lots of times the hitters determine where they hit as we go along. But to have Ryan healthy and swinging the bat well and batting fourth all year, that would be ideal.”

Repoz Posted: December 11, 2013 at 05:08 AM | 16 comment(s)
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Monday, December 09, 2013

Roy Halladay to retire as a Blue Jay

Greatest Blue Jays pitcher: Roy Halladay or Dave Stieb?

Charlie Gibbs Fracture Zone Posted: December 09, 2013 at 12:35 PM | 88 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, cy young award, phillies

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