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Thursday, October 22, 2020

Ranking five best MLB general manager/manager openings

1. White Sox manager
This is a roster, even more so than that of the Mets, that is ready to win, since Chicago just went to the playoffs for the first time since 2008. There are oodles of young and prime-age talent, highlighted by Tim Anderson, Lucas Giolito, Eloy Jimenez, Yoan Moncada and Luis Robert. Plus, the financial splash last offseason to retain Jose Abreu and sign Yasmani Grandal and Dallas Keuchel signaled that owner Jerry Reinsdorf hungers for another title.

But early indicators are he also yearns for Tony La Russa, who managed the White Sox from 1979-86. Reinsdorf has said letting La Russa go is one of his most regrettable decisions. Will he feel the same way about bringing back someone who, yes, is a Hall of Famer, but also is 76 and hasn’t managed in a decade? If not La Russa, keep an eye on A.J. Hinch, whose suspension for ties to the Astros cheating scandal is up after this season.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 22, 2020 at 11:34 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, phillies, red sox, tigers, white sox

Friday, October 09, 2020

Former Phillies infielder Kim Batiste, who went from goat to hero in 1993, dies

Kim Batiste, the popular Phillies infielder who overcame a brutal throwing error to stroke the game-winning hit in the first game of the 1993 National League Championship Series, died Wednesday.

Mr. Batiste, 52, died at a Louisiana hospital of complications from emergency kidney surgery, his family said. He played four seasons with the Phillies after being drafted in 1987 and was a key member of the 1993 team that won the pennant after finishing in last place the season before. He hit .282 that season, but his biggest contributions came with his glove as a late-inning defensive replacement.

Mr. Batiste entered Game 1 of the NLCS against Atlanta in the ninth inning to replace Dave Hollins at third base. He fielded the first ball hit his way — a sharp grounder by Mark Lemke — and threw it into right field as he tried to start a double play. Two batters later, the score was tied at 3.

“They all talked to me, encouraged me. They had me feeling relaxed, putting what I did behind me,” Mr. Batiste said that night of his teammates. “Guys were saying, ‘You’re going to win this game.’”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 09, 2020 at 10:09 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: kim batiste, obituatries, phillies

Monday, October 05, 2020

Rhys Hoskins out 4-6 months after having surgery on UCL

Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins underwent Tommy John surgery to repair the UCL in his left elbow this past Friday, the team announced.

The surgery, performed by Dr. Steve Cohen, comes with a recovery timetable of four to six months.

Hoskins missed the final 17 games of the 2020 season after injuring his left UCL attempting to catch a ball thrown into the baseline by catcher J.T. Realmuto. The Phillies were 22-19 in games that Hoskins played in during the 2020 season, but went just 6-13 in games that the first baseman wasn’t in the lineup for.

Hoskins acknowledged late in the season that he had a small tear in his left UCL, but there was hope that it would begin to heal on its own and he could return for the postseason. Ultimately, the Phillies missed the playoffs for the ninth consecutive season, and it appears that the injury wasn’t healing enough on its own for the 27-year-old to avoid surgery.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 05, 2020 at 04:03 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, rhys hoskins

Saturday, October 03, 2020

The Phillies demote general manager Matt Klentak after five non-winning seasons and no playoff appearances

The Phillies demoted general manager Matt Klentak on Saturday after he failed to build a winning team in five seasons despite carrying one of baseball’s highest payrolls in recent years. He will be assigned to another position in the organization.

John Middleton’s decision to demote Klentak came just 20 months after the team’s managing partner compared the general manager to Hall of Famers Branch Rickey and Pat Gillick. Middleton called Klentak one of baseball’s elite general managers after he acquired five former all-stars before the 2019 season.

And now Middleton will begin his search to hire the 12th general manager in franchise history. The Phillies have a world-champion manager, a superstar right fielder, and an ownership group that has shown eagerness in recent winters to spend in free agency.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 03, 2020 at 04:25 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: matt klentak, phillies

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Phillies source believes GM Matt Klentak will return. Still no word from owner John Middleton.

A team source said Monday that he believes Klentak will return and, predictably, that sentiment was met with wide disdain when it was posted on Twitter.

It should be noted that the team source is not making the call here, but it was a voice that should be heard by Middleton. The Phillies’ managing partner made it clear before the season that one of the voices he definitely still listens to is former general manager and team president Pat Gillick. I don’t know how Gillick feels about Klentak’s job performance after five seasons.

The bottom line under Klentak obviously has not been good enough. The Phillies have gone five straight years under the general manager without reaching the postseason and they have also failed to post a winning record despite a payroll that has climbed to just south of the luxury tax threshold at $207 million.

The Phillies, under Middleton’s orders and Klentak’s direction, have built a formidable analytics department that many baseball people inside and outside the organization believe is relied upon too much at the expense of human opinions.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 30, 2020 at 09:30 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: matt klentak, phillies

Monday, August 31, 2020

Source: Phillies trade for Brewers reliever David Phelps

The Phillies made a trade for Milwaukee Brewers reliever David Phelps shortly before Monday’s deadline.

According to a source, the Phillies are sending the Brewers more than one prospect from the lower levels of their minor-league system.

Phelps, 33, has a 2.77 ERA and 0.69 WHIP in 12 appearances this season. He’s struck out 20 and walked two in 13 innings.

He has a 2.85 ERA in 171 appearances since 2016.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 31, 2020 at 04:15 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, david phelps, phillies

Friday, August 21, 2020

Phillies acquire relievers Brandon Workman, Heath Hembree from Red Sox for Nick Pivetta, Connor Seabold

After watching their bullpen implode twice in Thursday’s doubleheader loss to Toronto, the Phillies made two trades Friday that they hope will improve that battered unit.

The team acquired right-handed reliever David Hale from the New York Yankees for minor-league reliever Addison Russ.

Later Friday night, the Phils acquired relievers Brandon Workman and Heath Hembree from the Boston Red Sox for pitchers Nick Pivetta and Connor Seabold.

The Phillies also received cash in the deal with Boston. That should help keep the Phillies under the luxury-tax threshold. The Phillies will also acquire a player to be named later or additional cash.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 21, 2020 at 11:33 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon workman, nick pivetta, phillies, red sox

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Phillies to retire No. 15 in honor of Dick Allen

The Phillies will bestow the highest honor a club can confer upon a former player by retiring Dick Allen’s No. 15, Managing Partner John Middleton announced today. The ceremony will take place on September 3, 2020, the 57th anniversary of Allen’s major league debut with the Phillies. The organization will also honor Allen next season when fans will be in attendance and can properly salute his storied career.

“Dick Allen burst onto the 1964 Phillies and immediately established himself as a superstar. His legendary performance on the field gave millions of fans lasting memories, and he helped cement my love for baseball and the Phillies as a young boy,” said Middleton. “The Phillies organization is thrilled to give Dick and his family this honor that recognizes his Hall of Fame-worthy career and his legacy as one of the greatest Phillies of all time.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 13, 2020 at 01:07 PM | 71 comment(s)
  Beats: dick allen, phillies

Sunday, August 09, 2020

Yankees’ Aaron Boone argues with umpires about air horn being blown outside Phillies’ ballpark

Following the top half of the third inning, Boone came out to home plate to speak with the umpires and pointed out that a group of fans were blowing an air horn outside of the Citizens Bank Park gate. It appeared that Boone was pointing out that the fans were blowing the air horn when Phillies pitcher Zach Eflin delivered a pitch to home plate.

I can’t wait until the next time the Yankees come to Philly.

Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: August 09, 2020 at 03:04 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: phans, phillies, yankees

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Two members of Phillies staff test positive for COVID-19

While none of their players have yet tested positive for COVID-19 this week, the Phillies announced that a pair of staff members, one coach and one member of the home clubhouse staff, have tested positive for the coronavirus.

In response, the team has closed Citizens Bank Park and canceled all activities at the park “until further notice.”

The Phillies remain off this week following their exposure to a Marlins team that has now had 17 members in all test positive for COVID-19 during the opening weekend of the 2020 MLB season. Previously, one of the Phillies visiting clubhouse attendants tested positive early this week following close interactions with members of the Marlins.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 30, 2020 at 12:57 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

Friday, July 17, 2020

Former Phillies infielder, coach Tony Taylor dies at 84

Tony Taylor, a former Philadelphia Phillies infielder and coach, died Thursday. He was 84.

The Phillies said in a statement that Taylor died from complications of a stroke suffered in 2019. He batted .261 with 2,007 hits, 1,005 runs and 234 stolen bases in 2,195 career games.

Taylor, an All-Star in 1960, was inducted into the team’s Wall of Fame in 2002. He was inducted into the Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame in 1981 and the Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum Hall of Fame in 2004.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 17, 2020 at 12:30 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: obituatries, phillies, tony taylor

Friday, June 19, 2020

Coronavirus outbreak at Phillies camp in Clearwater hits 5 players

Five Phillies players who had been training at the team’s facility in Clearwater, Florida have tested positive for coronavirus in recent days, multiple sources tell NBC Sports Philadelphia.

In addition to the five players, three staff members have tested positive. The identities of those infected is not known.

A significant number of team personnel are awaiting test results so it’s possible the outbreak could worsen.

None of the eight people who have been infected have been hospitalized and the virus appears to be under control in all of them.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 19, 2020 at 11:59 AM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

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

Sunday, January 15, 2012

MLB Trade Rumors: Bartolo Colon Agrees to Sign With Unknown Team

Bartolo Colon has agreed to a deal with an unknown club reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today (on Twitter). The right-hander wouldn’t divulge the team because he has not yet passed his physical.

Pretty sure it’s either the All-Stars or the Champs.


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Phillies Top-15 Prospects List

1. Trevor May | RHP | Age – 21 | Grade – B

2. Jesse Biddle | LHP | Age – 20 | Grade – B

3. Phillippe Aumont | RHP | Age – 23 | Grade – B/B-

4. Maikel Franco | 3b | Age – 19 | Grade – B-

5. Justin De Fratus | RHP | Age – 24 | Grade – B-

6. Sebastian Valle | C | Age – 21 | Grade – C+

7. Larry Greene | LF/1b | Age – 19 | Grade – C+

8. Freddy Galvis | SS | Age – 22 | Grade – C+

9. Austin Wright | LHP | Age – 22 | Grade – C+

10. Jon Pettibone | RHP | Age – 21 | Grade – C+

11. Brody Colvin | RHP | Age – 21 | Grade – C+

12. Lisalberto Bonilla | RHP | Age – 21 | Grade – C+

13. Jiwan James | CF | Age – 23 | Grade – C+

14. Tyler Greene | SS | Age – 19 | Grade – C+

15. Adam Morgan | LHP | Age – 22 | Grade – C+

NoVaO Posted: January 11, 2012 at 04:27 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: fantasy baseball, minor leagues, phillies, prospect reports, sabermetrics, scouting

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

The Greatest Animated Sports .GIFs of 2011

32. Cliff Lee declines to run out his own grounder

I’m a firm opponent of the designated hitter rule, because just as I love to watch a punter try to scoop up a bad snap and try to throw it, or see a 7’1” center with no range try to chuck up a last-second three, I love watching pitchers hit.

Never will I come closer to seeing what it would be like if someone with my skill set tried to perform on a professional level. I mean, how nuts is this: in the National League, five to 10 percent of all at-bats are taken by men who, by everyone’s admission, are profoundly bad at it! It’s Dada performance art, and the ubiquity of such comical nonsense—over the course of a game, a season, and the history of baseball—is unrivaled by anything in any other sport.

This GIF features a delightful bonus: the catcher starts jogging to the dugout well before the play ends. It’s beautiful.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 04, 2012 at 09:33 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, dodgers, online, phillies, twins

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Roy Halladay helps rescue man after snake attack

The snake apparently bit him on the ass but he was able to free himself before the snake wrapped him up. Instead the snake wrapped around his motor on the back of his little 14 foot dugout canoe and tore it off the back of his boat. Doc and I helped him gather his gear and flip the boat back over and then towed him home. You could definitely see the bite mark on his ass, but he was able to fight it off; amazing.

Halladay lifetime vs. the Snakes: 3-1, 2.73, 32/4 K/BB, and now, one save.

Athletic Supporter is USDA certified lean Posted: January 03, 2012 at 05:55 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

Monday, December 26, 2011

Jayson Stark (ESPN): Strange stuff … in the 2011 postseason

The postseason edition of trivia and oddbits that Jayson Stark excels at collecting and presenting…

Here’s one I didn’t know:

All four teams that advanced to the LCS—the Cardinals, Brewers, Rangers and Tigers—got outscored by the teams they played in the Division Series … and won.


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Deadspin: Legendary Columnist Bill Conlin Resigns Over Forthcoming Philly Inquirer Bombshell

The Philadelphia Inquirer’s top investigative reporter, Nancy Phillips, has written a story containing what we’re told are allegations of child molestation against sportswriter Bill Conlin, a longtime columnist at the rival Daily News. Conlin resigned just moments ago, according to a source at the Daily News.

Conlin, who turns 78 this May, won the Ford C. Frick Award last May. The story supposedly will drop soon (the newspapers publish under a joint-operating agreement, sharing some resources and a website but otherwise competing for the same readers). Conlin has hired an attorney to defend himself against the piece. We’ll have more details on this. For now, we can tell you that Conlin is at his condo in Largo, Fla.

And Bill Conlin’s articles on BTF...

Tripon Posted: December 20, 2011 at 06:47 PM | 283 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, media, obituaries, phillies, rumors, special topics

Ed Wade Returns, Hopefully to Claim His Ring

The Phillies will be living trophies in his diabolical collection!

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Wade’s tenure as Phillies GM wasn’t considered to be a particularly good one at the time, but he returns to a team that still fields a talented group of players drafted during his time here, including Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Cole Hamels, and even Vance Worley. (Worley opted to go to college, but was again drafted in 2008, this time by Pat Gillick’s regime.) Charlie Manuel was also his guy, and he selected Shane Victorino in the Rule 5 draft (but almost returned him). Wade and his scouts drafted the recently departed Ryan Madson, as well as Pat Burrell.

That’s not to say he didn’t also make some critical missteps. It’s hard to think of anyone who was less popular during a Philly tenure than Wade. But, in its own cruel way, history has been increasingly kind to his legacy. The guys listed above finally did win us a World Series. While Wade couldn’t himself put it all together, he drew the prototype on the cocktail napkin and saw through it the startup phase. I certainly didn’t appreciate what he had put in place at the time, how close he was.

The Gillick Era will be seen by many, particularly as years pass, as the phase in which the Phillies went from being the bums who were a constant letdown to the heroes who have owned the city’s sporting hearts from 2008 ‘til question marks. But Gillick would be the first to credit Wade for the work he did leading up to that.

Repoz Posted: December 20, 2011 at 02:22 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, phillies

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Boston Red Sox - Red Sox have more competition than ever - The Boston Globe

This week’s Boston Globe Sunday baseball column.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 18, 2011 at 02:32 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, braves, mets, miami, nationals, orioles, phillies, rangers, rays, red sox, yankees

Saturday, December 17, 2011

ESPN: Rollins re-signs with Phillies for 3/33

Philadelphia narrowly avoids giving playing time to someone under the age of 33.

The Philadelphia Phillies have reached agreement with shortstop Jimmy Rollins on a three-year, $33-million contract, according to a baseball source.

The contract also contains a vesting option for a fourth year worth $11 million, the source said.

Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: December 17, 2011 at 07:37 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Dontrelle Willis joins Phillies, leaves admirers in Cincy

Whatchoo talkin about Willis?!?

After word of his move to Philadelphia got out Tuesday, Willis expressed his gratitude to the Reds via Twitter.

“I just want to say I owe the whole reds organization a great deal,’’ he wrote. “Great staff top to bottom and I wish those guys all the best.’‘

Willis actually pitched better than his record indicated with the Reds, at least initially. He had no wins but a 3.41 ERA through his first six starts and allowed more than three earned runs only once in his first 10 starts before posting an 8.27 ERA in September.

Posted: December 14, 2011 at 02:14 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, reds

Monday, December 12, 2011

Phillies Trade Francisco to Blue Jays for Local Product

The ‘Cisco Kid was a friend of mine.

Outfielder Ben Francisco was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for left-hander Frank Gailey, the Phillies announced today.

Gailey, a 26-year-old native of Philadelphia, split last season between single-A Dunedin and double-A New Hampshire in the Blue Jays’ minor league system where he combined to go 5-6 with a 3.41 ERA in 45 relief appearances.  For his minor league career he has gone 23-15 with a 2.45 ERA in 175 games (one start).  Gailey, Toronto’s 23rd round selection in the June 2007 draft, attended Archbishop Carroll High School and West Chester University.

Posted: December 12, 2011 at 06:14 PM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, phillies

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