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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Charlie Morton’s Electric Stuff Has Never Been More Electric

With the Phillies, though, Morton made a transformation. Matt Gelb reported on Morton’s velocity jump back in the spring of 2016 for Philly.com:

“For some reason,” Morton said. “I just went out there and tried to throw the ball hard one game. I wound up throwing it harder.

“I feel like my arm is working really well … My timing is really good. I feel like my arm is quicker. I’m maintaining my pitch speed throughout the game, which is really promising. It’s not just I go out there, throw hard, and it fades away.”

Last spring, the analytically inclined Morton appeared to do less thinking. Perhaps concerned that he was running out of answers, he made a very uncomplicated decision: he was going to try and light up the radar gun.

And he did.

His two-seam fastball velocity jumped from 91.8 mph to a then-career-best 93.3 over four April starts last season. His swinging-strike rate jumped to a career-best 12%, his ground-ball rate remained elite (63%), and his K rate jumped to 26.8%. He had never reached 20% in any single season for his career.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 18, 2017 at 09:19 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: charlie morton, phillies

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Do the Phillies have too many young outfielders? – Phillies Nation

The Red Sox aren’t trading Devers (who plays a problem position in their org) for Hellickson and an outfield prospect (a position where they are quite comfortable).

For instance, the Red Sox could feel that this is their year but they need to add one more solid starter at the deadline. They’d want Hellickson but they don’t want to give up their top ranked prospect, third basemen Rafael Devers. The Phillies could counter with a deal that includes several prospects, including Quinn, Cozens or Williams. The Red Sox get their help and a few pieces for their future. The Phillies get that highly rated prospect who just so happens to play a position where they’re lacking some depth. This deal doesn’t hurt as much for the Phillies because of their depth.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 16, 2017 at 10:26 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

Sunday, May 14, 2017

The mechanical flaw Stairs found that could get Maikel Franco on track | PhillyVoice

I’ve read other articles about his change in approach. At some point, though, it needs to show up in his regular batting line.

“I just have one month here, less than 50 games,” Franco said Saturday. “We’ve got a long way to go, 4 1/2 months. Everything is going to change. I don’t have to worry about where my average is right now and what I have to do, the only thing I have to do is get my rhythm back, get my confidence back, and if I do all of that, everything is going to be alright.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 14, 2017 at 10:31 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: maikel franco, phillies

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Braves Release Ryan Howard

Will Big Piece find peace in retirement?

DanG Posted: May 09, 2017 at 12:13 PM | 69 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, ryan howard

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Clay Buchholz Will Undergo Surgery

Buchholz was diagnosed with the partial tear of the right flexor pronator mass in his right arm last week. He was set to see Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion on Monday. It was, apparently, a bad opinion. He’s expected to miss around 3-5 months, which practically speaking, could be the entire season if it’s anything but the speediest recovery.

Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: April 18, 2017 at 11:05 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, phillies

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

The 20 Greatest Phillies

How did Pete Alexander dominate the Yankees in the 1926 World Series when he was with the Cardinals despite being drunk? The answer to that question dispels a myth and reveals the different circumstances of professional baseball at the time. Quite simply, Alexander was not drunk when he entered Game Seven of the ‘26 Series in relief.

On Billy Hamilton: The athlete who’s the first to do something well usually seems remarkable. If they do it well enough, they can be startling to the senses. Babe Ruth was the first man to regularly swing for the fences and make good on his intentions. The tall farmboy Cy Young was the first to throw the baseball really hard overhand. In track and field, Jesse Owens was the first to combine blazing speed with incredible natural strength. Wilt Chamberlain was the first man so tall who was not clumsy and awkward, who was so unusually gifted that he seemed like a freak from another planet. It was Dr. J who made the dunk an art, and Micheal Jordan made soaring toward the basket a thing of ballet-like beauty. Today, Steph Curry is the first man to make shooting long-range jumpers look simple.


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

MLB Video: Syndergaard goes for a joyride

Better Phanatic’s ride than his wife, I suppose…

Renegade (((JE))) Posted: April 11, 2017 at 06:05 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: mascots, mets, noah syndergaard, phillies, thor

Friday, March 31, 2017

Former big leaguer Ruben Amaro, Sr. passes away at 81

Ruben Amaro, Sr., a former big league shortstop and father of former Philadelphia Phillies’ general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr., passed away on Friday at the age of 81.

Amaro may have played only about half of his professional career with the Phillies, but he definitely made it no secret that he wanted to be remembered for his time in the “City of Brotherly Love.”...

Amaro played shortstop for the Phillies from 1960 to 1965 and notably won a National League Golden Glove Award in 1964. He finished his career in the American League with the New York Yankees and then the California Angels. However, in 1972, he rejoined the Phillies to become their first full-time Caribbean scout. Amaro also served as Latin American coordinator from 1974 to 1980 and then served a stint as club’s first base coach for two seasons.

In 1980, he was a part of the Phillies’ first ever World Series Championship.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 31, 2017 at 03:02 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: obituaries, phillies, ruben amaro, sr.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Phillies using new drill to help baserunners | MLB.com

Interesting drill. Will the work pay off?

Jim Furtado Posted: March 23, 2017 at 08:38 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, technology

Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Dallas Green, first Phillies manager to win the World Series, dies at 82

Dallas Green, the bearish, blustering, boom box-throated manager who in 1980 whipped a talented but complacent Phillies team to the franchise’s first world championship, died Wednesday at 82, a team official confirmed.

Mr. Green spent most of his long baseball career with a Phillies organization that signed him as a Delaware high schooler in 1955. Over the subsequent 61 years, with notable interruptions in New York and Chicago, he would pitch, coach, manage, scout, and fill a number of front-office positions for the team.

A commanding physical presence at 6-foot-5, with a thick mane of silver hair and a voice that could penetrate concrete walls, Mr. Green seemed born to lead.

As a spot-starter and reliever with the Phillies, Mets and Senators, he was a hard-throwing righthander who never mastered his control or his temper. Mr. Green compiled a 20-22 record and a 4.26 ERA in his playing career from 1960-67.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 22, 2017 at 04:52 PM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dallas green, mets, obituary, phillies, senators

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Trio of top prospects head to minor league camp with visions of ‘World Series,” completing Phillies’ rebuild | PhillyVoice

Young Phillies on the way.

“That’s a great compliment – he’s going to be one of the best in the game soon,” Crawford said of Coghlan’s comparison to Russell, a first-round pick in 2012, the year before Crawford was drafted. “He just told me that he liked how I handled myself, how I went about my business. I really thank him for going out of his way to come talk to me. I’ve never had anyone like that, a veteran guy (doing that). I took it to heart and I can’t thank him enough.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 19, 2017 at 11:47 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: j.p. crawford, phillies, prospects


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Phillies get ambidextrous

The Phillies made a minor trade with fun implications today, flipping outfield prospect Joey Curletta to the Seattle Mariners for switch pitcher Pat Venditte. Both Curletta and Venditte are off of 40-man rosters, so there will be no corresponding moves needed.  Curletta was the player to be named later in the Carlos Ruiz deal (the other two pieces being A.J. Ellis and RHP Tommy Bergjans).


Sunday, March 12, 2017

Column: Vince Velasquez should focus on himself – Phillies Nation

“Me and umpires just don’t get along for whatever reason, I guess. They don’t like me or they can’t see. I don’t know what the case is. It’s just one of those things where I’ve got to keep it under my tongue and just go about my business.”

“I’ve got to keep it under my tongue,” comes directly after “Me and umpires just don’t get along for whatever reason.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 12, 2017 at 09:57 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, vince velasquez

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Aaron Nola passes the first of many tests 7 months after elbow injury | CSN Philly

Positive news for Phillies fans.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 02, 2017 at 09:53 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

Phillies prospect Moniak showing maturity | MLB.com

It’s Mickey Moniak Day in all the Philly rags.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 02, 2017 at 09:51 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mickey moniak, phillies

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Finally healthy, 2013 first-overall pick Mark Appel is ready to live up to expectations | For The Win

He probably should have waited until he has some pro success before making this reveal.

“Given where I was, and the investment that the Astros put in me — the belief that they had in me — I wanted to compete,” Appel said. “I love playing baseball; I love pitching. But I also just wanted to give my best effort and be somebody — the Astros made a huge investment, and I don’t take that lightly. I wanted to be able to perform and be the guy that I know I can be for a team that drafted me in the first round. So with that being said, it’s like, ‘I can’t do any of that on the DL. It doesn’t hurt to throw. I’m not getting any extension, but it doesn’t hurt to throw, and I can compete, I can find a way.’

“I think it was a little bit of pride in me, not going to get it checked out or anything like that. But also it wasn’t to the point that I was feeling pain every time I threw a baseball. I just couldn’t get extension, and I didn’t realize the effect it had on me.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 28, 2017 at 06:47 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: mark appel, phillies

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Peeking into the future if Maikil Franco doesn’t pan out

I know we Philly fans are impatient but this piece is ridiculous. He’s freaking 23!

Consistent performance from Franco would do a lot, now and over the seasons to come, to solidify the middle of the order.

But if Franco does fall short – if he does top out as a mediocre hitter with okay defense – what then?

eddieot Posted: February 21, 2017 at 12:04 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: maikel franco, phillies

Phillies No. 1 prospect J.P. Crawford has something to prove

“I tried to do too much last year when I got moved up,” Crawford said. “I was trying way too much with the bat, and physically I was just trying to do too much. This year, I’m trying to go back to what I do best. Stick with a plan and produce offensively.”

“I think he needs to go back and prove he’s a better hitter than he showed,” manager Pete Mackanin said. “I really haven’t seen enough of him so far this spring. But I know one thing: He’s got a lot of potential, a lot of ability. ...

Jim Furtado Posted: February 21, 2017 at 06:49 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: j.p. crawford, phillies

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Aaron Nola clears a symbolic hurdle in Phillies camp | CSN Philly

Nola’s health is probably the biggest storyline in camp and that showed in the number of eyeballs that peeked in on Wednesday’s bullpen session. Several front office members were on hand. Part owner John Middleton was in attendance, as well.

To the naked eye, Nola looked fine, free and easy, as they say. More tests will come and he will remain a focal point of camp.

“We’re cautiously optimistic,” manager Pete Mackanin said. “He feels great. He feels like he’s 100 percent and he looks like he’s 100 percent. The test for him is going to be during the course of the season, if he holds up. I’m hoping he does. We know how good he can be.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 15, 2017 at 03:50 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron nola, phillies

Phillies embrace Tug McGraw’s life motto – Phillies Nation

The rivalry between the Phillies and the Mets is one of the best in all of sports, but with the Phils in the middle of a rebuild and the Mets continuing to ride their 30-year championship drought, all has been fairly calm.

That is until the Phillies had the audacity to design a wall in their spring training complex using the words of their Wall of Fame closer Tug McGraw. I mean, how dare they use the slogan “Ya Gotta Believe,” one in which McGraw made his life motto and continued to say long after he was traded from the Mets in 1974?

Jim Furtado Posted: February 15, 2017 at 08:42 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, tug mcgraw

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Andy MacPhail on where Phillies stand in 2017 | MLB.com

“We think our starting pitching, we have a lot of depth through the system. Not necessarily front-end rotation types, but, honestly, I would rather take numbers of solid prospects over the higher valued few. Give me numbers because we know the attrition rate. So I think we’re in good shape there. Our expectation is that we’ll be better than we were a year ago, and our expectation is that we’ll continue to introduce new talent onto our Major League team, not unlike we did last year.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 14, 2017 at 09:25 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

Monday, February 13, 2017

Relaxed John Kruk introduced as CSN broadcaster

John Kruk isn’t going to hold back on Comcast SportsNet.

The Phillies and CSN introduced Kruk as the newest member of their broadcast team Tuesday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park, and Kruk entertained during the nearly 15-minute news conference. Kruk, who sources said signed a 5-year contract, will work between 80-90 games as an analyst this season. Ben Davis will work the remaining 70-80, and Mike Schmidt will work with Kruk or Davis during weekend games in Philadelphia.

“It’s going to be a long year for you, pal,” Kruk said to play-by-play announcer Tom McCarthy.

Kruk worked as an analyst with CSN in 2003 before spending 12 years at ESPN. He left the network last summer, which had many thinking Kruk could join the Phillies’ broadcast crew at some point. In fact, Kruk said he and the Phillies had been talking about a possible reunion for a few years.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 13, 2017 at 02:35 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasting, john kruk, phillies

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Top 33 Prospects: Philadelphia Phillies | FanGraphs Baseball

Thirty-three players make the list.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 08, 2017 at 06:15 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, prospects

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