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Saturday, April 18, 2015


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Why isn’t Ruf getting a real shot from the Phillies?

Is he really suggesting Grady Sizemore and Jeff Francoeur aren’t long-term solutions in Philly?

Jim Furtado Posted: April 15, 2015 at 06:49 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: darin ruf, grady sizemore, jeff francoeur, phillies

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Phils prospect Valentin suspended following domestic arrest

Jesmuel Valentin, an infield prospect in the Phillies’ minor-league system, has been placed on Major League Baseball’s restricted list following a domestic violence incident in the Clearwater area last weekend, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Saturday.

“He was arrested,” Amaro said. “Major League Baseball stepped in and suspended him indefinitely. We support the action and policies of the Commissioner’s office. As an organization we’re getting the young man some help, but we take this very seriously as does the Commissioner’s office.”

Valentin, 20, is a second baseman from Puerto Rico. The Phillies acquired him in August from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for pitcher Roberto Hernandez. Valentin is the son of former major-league infielder Jose Valentin. He was a first-round pick of the Dodgers (No. 51 overall) in 2012 and was slated to open the season with the Single A Clearwater Threshers.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 11, 2015 at 10:47 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, domestic abuse, jesmuel valentin, phillies, suspension

Robothal: Phillies need to get real if they want to deal Hamels to Red Sox

OK, can the Phillies stop asking the Red Sox about center fielder Mookie Betts and catcher Blake Swihart now?

So, is it over? Will the Phillies simply turn their attention to teams other than the Red Sox when trying to move Hamels? Or might the Phils come to their senses and target the next layer of prospects in the Sox’s bountiful farm system?

I would imagine that the Sox’s view of the Phillies’ stance can be summed up in two words: “Their problem.”

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: April 11, 2015 at 01:33 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: cole hamels, phillies, red sox

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

The Phillies are selling liquor and wine now, so fans can drown their sorrows

Aramark and the Phillies announced Tuesday that this season they’ll be selling booze at Citizens Bank Park’s general concessions areas for the first time. Beer they already sold, but liquor and wine were only available in the fancier parts of the ballpark, like the premium seats. Not any more.

Hey, guys, you need help with that cocktail list? It seems like the Phillies roster offers plenty of inspiration, such as:

• The Ryan Howard Slammer — it’s a big ol’ drink that costs $25, but don’t worry, it won’t even get you drunk, because it’s basically useless.

• The Papelbonbon — Jagermeister, tequila, absinthe and Fireball mixed with Red Bull and Mountain Dew, served with an Irish Car Bomb chaser. It’ll probably make you grab your crotch. It may make you say dumb things. It might actually kill you.

• Amaro Island Iced Tea — nobody likes this drink, but somehow it’s still on the menu.

• Hamels Sunrise — basically, you order this, babysit it and wait for someone to scoop you up and take you to Boston.

• Cliff Lee’s Last Call — inspired by Cliff Lee’s possible last season because of a lingering elbow injury, this is a collection of whatever the bartender has left. If you’re lucky, it might taste good, but probably not.

• Utley 2600 — the finest drink on the menu, if nothing else is worth a damn (and it probably isn’t), there’s always this.

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: April 01, 2015 at 05:22 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, ruben amaro

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Keri: 2015 NL East Preview

New York Mets

Worst Offseason Move: Signing Cuddyer to a two-year, $21 million deal. I’m still trying to figure out what the Mets were thinking here: Cuddyer hit .332 with 30 combined homers in 2013 and 2014, but (1) he did it at Coors Field, and Citi Field sure as hell isn’t Coors Field, (2) injuries limited him to just 49 games last season, and (3) he hasn’t played in more than 130 games since his last season with the Twins in 2011. Oh, and (4) Cuddyer is 36 years old, (5) he’s one of the worst defensive outfielders in the game, and (6) the Mets gave up what would have been the no. 15 pick in the draft to sign him.

Honestly, the conspiracy theory suggesting the Mets were throwing Colorado a free compensation pick as part of a wink-wink agreement before an eventual Tulo trade still seems more plausible than New York thinking signing Cuddyer was a good idea.

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: March 31, 2015 at 02:46 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, marlins, mets, nationals, phillies

Grantland (Keri): 2015 NL East Preview

The good, the mediocre and the ugly from the NL East.

Chris Fluit Posted: March 31, 2015 at 01:48 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: barves, expos, marlins, mets, nl east, phillies

Macnow: Phillies’ Ryne Sandberg is wrong man for wrong team

Let’s start with this: If Ryne Sandberg manages with the strategic brilliance of Tony La Russa, assesses talent like Bobby Cox and grows as beloved in the clubhouse as Joe Torre, well, this year’s Phillies might win 72 games. This is a bad team Sandberg directs, and even channeling Casey Stengel won’t put them in the playoffs. But Sandberg is none of those Hall of Fame managers, and carries none of their attributes. So a poor team stands to be more wretched.

It says here 61 wins. And 101 losses.

3 of those 4 started out as poor managers.

Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: March 31, 2015 at 09:18 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, ryne sandberg

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 | 47 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 | 13 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 | 14 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 goes to the Big O 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

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