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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Crashburn Alley: David Buchanan is Putting Together an Impressive Spring

With 16 innings under his belt in the 2015 Grapefruit League, Buchanan is sporting a 1.69 ERA with a 0.75 WHIP and 11 strikeouts. But perhaps his most impressive statistical feat is this: the next walk he surrenders will be his first of the season. We preach loudly and often here at Crashburn about the irrelevance of spring training stat lines for perfectly valid reasons ranging from inconsistent quality of competition to extraordinarily small sample sizes to the emphasis on season preparation over in game results. If you’d like to write off Buchanan’s spring success as a fluke until the regular season starts, that’s your prerogative, but I do think there’s reason for tempered optimism here that extends beyond a handful of statistically impressive spring outings.

Optimism has no room in Philly this year.

eddieot Posted: March 25, 2015 at 07:59 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: david buchanan, phillies, spring training, starting rotation

Monday, March 23, 2015

Jimmy Rollins Q&A: ‘I feel like I’m free to be myself’

Here’s a great interview with Jimmy Rollins.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 23, 2015 at 08:57 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, jimmy rollins, phillies

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Don’t underestimate Ryan Howard’s value. | SportsonEarth.com : Anthony Castrovince Article

Howard is not, will not be and arguably never was the guy worthy of a $125 million extension in 2010, and the Phillies acknowledged as much in trade talks this winter, telling (uninterested) teams they’re willing to swallow a significant sum of the $60 million still owed to Howard over the next two years. Word is, the team would be willing to take on somewhere in the neighborhood of $50 million.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 18, 2015 at 09:59 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, ryan howard

Monday, March 16, 2015

Phillies get firsthand look at Blake Swihart - Spring Training Blog - ESPN

The Red Sox are clearly not trading Blake Swihart this year.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 16, 2015 at 06:47 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: blake swihart, phillies, red sox

Sunday, March 15, 2015

It Happens Every Spring: The Jeff Francoeur Comeback Story

This may be our last one, alas.

“In August 2005, after Francoeur batted .432 and hit eight home runs over his first 23 games as a rookie for the Atlanta Braves, Sports Illustrated splashed him on its cover, the headline “The Natural” bisecting his torso like an arrow. The subhead asked the question that established an unreachable standard for him, and that shadowed him thereafter: “Can anyone be this good?”

No, anyone cannot.”

Howie Menckel Posted: March 15, 2015 at 01:49 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Lee out with renewed left elbow soreness | MLB.com

Cliff Lee isn’t going anywhere for a while at least.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 08, 2015 at 03:12 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: cliff lee, phillies

Sunday baseball notes: Veteran Phillies await possible trades - Sports - The Boston Globe

Nick Cafardo’s Sunday notes.This is the juiciest tidbit.

According to one Phillies source, the Yankees have come the closest to landing Hamels, offering a package of prospects that at least has given the Phillies a baseline for future talks.


Saturday, March 07, 2015

Crashburn Alley – Odubel Herrera Could Prove Dynamic to the Phillies

This Rule 5 guy could stick.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 07, 2015 at 08:41 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: odubel herrera, phillies, rule 5 draft

Wednesday, March 04, 2015


Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Philly.com: Phillies lose to University of Tampa, 6-2.

UT, ranked No. 1 in Div. II, tied it at 2 when Phillies reliever Nefi Ogando walked in a run with the bases loaded. That prompted a mid-inning pitching change to Hector Neris, who promptly gave up a grand slam to UT shortstop Giovanny Alfonzo.

The Phillies loaded the bases in the ninth, but Cord Phelps grounded out to the pitcher to end it.

A couple of days old, but still a fun story.


Sunday, March 01, 2015

Phillies newcomer Francoeur becoming Howard’s biggest fan

“It seems like every time I look at him, he’s got a few guys around him,” manager Ryne Sandberg said of Francoeur. “I think there’s a good reason behind that. Players tend to go to him.”

Francoeur and Howard have been nearly inseparable during the first week of camp.

Their lockers are next to each other. They were in the same, three-man group, with infielder Andres Blanco, when hitters faced live pitching Friday. They are in the same, six-man team under Charlie Manuel’s guidance in the team’s carefully crafted hitting groups this spring.

The Phillies signed Francoeur to a minor league contract this winter because they think he has the chance to make their major league club as a much-needed righthanded bench bat. But like Manuel, he’s also someone with a history with Howard - they played against each other as NL East foes for years - and someone with an unwavering positive outlook, too.

He’s baaa-aaack!

 

eddieot Posted: March 01, 2015 at 07:13 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, jeff francoeur, mets, phillies, ryan howard

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Jeff Sullivan: Every single team has a chance ... yes, even the Phillies

“...just to re-state it, for the current record: one standard deviation of the difference between actual wins and projected wins is found here to be 8.7. That’s a 17-win window, around a central projection…”

'Spos hits refresh, waits for spring Posted: February 28, 2015 at 06:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, projections, randomness

Friday, February 27, 2015

Juan Pierre officially announces his retirement

Juan Pierre, who sat out last season after struggling for the Marlins in 2013, has officially decided to retire at age 37.

A delayed goodbye from one of the game’s fastest men.


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Slowly, Phillies enter analytics era

This article is all over the place. David, you missed a decade and a half. The sabermetrics/scouting dichotomy is so 2000.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 26, 2015 at 06:26 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

More on the Phillies and Moncada

The Red Sox were already over their international budget, so, other than in the wallet, signing Moncada didn’t impede them going forward. The Phillies are in a different position, however. Not only will they be able to sign people this July, they won’t be competing with the Red Sox and Yankees while doing it.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 25, 2015 at 08:47 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, yoan moncada

Friday, February 20, 2015

Phillies’ Cliff Lee Answers Questions Using Magic 8 Ball During Press Conference

Baseball season is finally underway, and Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee has already run out of answers for the media.

Following the pitchers and catchers’ first workout of the season, Lee used a Magic 8 Ball to field questions from reporters.

And Phillies camp is bound to get weirder…

eddieot Posted: February 20, 2015 at 11:05 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: cliff lee, cole hamels, phillies

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

ESPN ranks Phillies dead last among professional sports teams for their use of analytics

...ESPN The Magazine took a look at analytics’ place in sports in its “Great Analytics Ranking” issue, which attempts to assess how every team in the NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB utilizes advanced metrics.

Out of the 122 ranked teams, the Phillies finished dead last: 122nd…

The New York Knicks and Washington Redskins ranked just ahead of the Phillies in use of analytics, at 121st and 120th, respectively.

NattyBoh Posted: February 18, 2015 at 04:39 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, phillies

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Get ready for an awkward spring training with the Phillies

The ghosts of bad spring trainings past.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 15, 2015 at 08:09 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Philadelphia Phillies’ Jonathan Papelbon woes continue | FOX Sports

Ruben Amaro is what I call a “deal winner”. A “deal winner” doesn’t try to make a fair trade. He only makes deal when it is 100% clear that he won the exchange.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 12, 2015 at 06:15 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Plenty of interest in Cole Hamels, but no trade yet | SportsNet Philadelphia

Ruben sounds like the guy in your fantasy league who everybody only deals with when they have to.

“If there was an offer commensurate to what we believe is [Hamels’] value we would strongly consider it,” was all Amaro would say.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 11, 2015 at 08:43 PM | 99 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, trade rumors

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Washington Post: Appeal To Reverse Antitrust Rule Is A Desperate Swing For The Fences

A look at San Jose’s appeal to the Supreme Court, touching on the history of MLB’s anti-trust exemption, as well as the baseball background of some of the current Justices:

Justice Sonia Sotomayor is famously a Yankees fan — “You can’t grow up in the South Bronx without knowing about baseball,” she once said — who has thrown out the first pitch at a game and had the team bring the World Series trophy to her Supreme Court chambers. For her Christmas present this past year, Sotomayor’s younger brother Juan commissioned a painting of three Latino former Yankees — Bernie Williams, Jorge Posada and Mariano Rivera.

But the other justices may be pikers compared with Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., a diehard devotee of the Philadelphia Phillies. In a two-part (!) interview with a Philadelphia Daily News sportswriter in 2010, Alito displayed an encyclopedic knowledge of his team and remembered how Breyer had arranged for the team’s mascot, the Phillie Phanatic, to show up for Alito’s welcome dinner to the Supreme Court.

When Alito was 44, his wife sent him to Phillies Dream Week, the training camp for aging fans, where he turned a double-play and received the award as best fielder. “By the end of the week every single person there, I think without exception, had pulled his hamstring,” Alito said.

Justices posting at BBTF? Probably none.


Monday, February 09, 2015

Schoenfield: Ranking the teams: 30 through 25

Due for a better year: Domonic Brown gets what is maybe his final chance to prove himself as a big league regular. An All-Star in 2013 when he hit 27 home runs, he fell apart in 2014 with a .235/.285/.349 line. There’s still some talent here, but how much?

Due for a worse year: Ruben Amaro Jr.

I’m just the messenger: Everyone has been predicting the decline of the Phillies for a few years and Amaro finally admitted that a rebuilding was in order. He’s been asking for a ransom for Hamels, understandably so because he’s really the only valuable commodity he has, unless Chase Utley agrees to a trade or Cliff Lee comes back and proves he’s healthy. The past two seasons were painful for Phillies fans, but 2015 could be their worst season since losing 97 games in 2000.

The final word: Hey, on the bright side the Phillies outperformed my prediction last year by seven wins .. and still won just 73 games. If there’s a bright spot, it’s the bullpen, led by closer-in-waiting Ken Giles (1.18 ERA as a rookie), which should be solid even if Papelbon is traded.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 09, 2015 at 11:57 AM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, diamondbacks, phillies, rangers, rankings, rockies, twins

Friday, February 06, 2015

99% Invisible: La Mascotte [audio—18:44]

As baseball fans probably know, The Washington Nationals used to be the Montreal Expos. When the team packed up and left Canada in 2005, they left behind their name, their logo, their uniforms—and their mascot, Youppi!.

A fun piece on mascots from a great radio show.

Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: February 06, 2015 at 06:49 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: audio, expos, mascots, phillies

MLB commish on Pete Rose’s Hall eligibility: ‘It’s a conversation I’m expecting to have’

After 25 years of ineligibility, Pete Rose could see his name on the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot in the near future.

MLB’s new commissioner Rob Manfred might be willing to open the the door for possible reinstatement of Rose, who was banned from baseball in 1989.

“I have heard from his lawyer, and I do anticipate having a conversation about that,” Manfred told ESPN Radio on Thursday.


Thursday, February 05, 2015

Nationals Bump Phillies Off Radio in Harrisburg

CQ DX!

Nothing against the Phillies, but clearly the Nationals are a team on the rise. They won the NL East last year and are picked to win it again this year.

boteman Posted: February 05, 2015 at 09:11 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, phillies, radio

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