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The Phillies’ Rebuilding Continues

January 2nd, 2015 by AmyMac | Comments Off on The Phillies’ Rebuilding Continues | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

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The rebuilding continues.

Veteran outfielder Marlon Byrd – whose signing last offseason, I will admit, I wouldn’t have made at the time – proved me very wrong with his 2014 season. Despite his having been part of an underachieving team, Byrd led the Phils with 25 homeruns. Additionally, his .264 average was responsible for 85 RBIs and 71 runs scored. Not too shabby for a man who’s older than I am, especially considering he increased his trade value and was able to provide the Phils with exactly what they really need: young talent.

Byrd, along with cash considerations, have been traded to the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for 22-year-old RHP prospect Ben Lively. He was recently named the Reds’ minor league Player of the Year, and will likely work toward a starting position at the back of Philadelphia’s rotation.

As for the Phils’ outfield for 2015, there are options (although none seems very appealing to me). Grady Sizemore, Dominic Brown, Darin Ruf, and Rule 5 Draft selection Odubel Herrara are all available, but I wouldn’t mind trying Cody Asche in left field – if Maikel Franco and Not Jimmy Rollins can hold up their end of the infield.

While it’s nice to see that Ruben Amaro, Jr. has finally read the memo that the Phils need to rebuild, I have to say that I’m waiting for the other shoe to drop. It’s not necessarily fun watching players leave Philadelphia, but for the sake of the team, I know it’s the right thing to happen. Does Amaro, though? History shows that he makes deals the way an old Italian grandmother might make a pot of linguini, and I’m a little tired of sitting and waiting to see what sticks to the wall. He’s made some prudent moves this offseason, for which I give him credit, but do not be mistaken: I wouldn’t trust that man to feed my cat. Let’s just hope that sensible trades continue so that the Phillies are able to actually rebuild and become contenders again.

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Temple Outplays Kansas in Surprise Win

December 24th, 2014 by AmyMac | Comments Off on Temple Outplays Kansas in Surprise Win | Filed in Basketball, College Sports, General

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There’s really only one word to describe the Owls’ win over Kansas Monday night: stunning.

The No. 10 Jayhawks’ eight-win streak came to a halt at the hands of Temple’s top-scoring trio, Will Cummings, Quenton DeCosey, and Jesse Morgan.  The three scored a combined 54 points, outscoring the entire Kansas team.  Head coach Fran Dunphy called it “our night,” and Temple fans flooded the floor of Wells Fargo Center at the conclusion of the second half.  And why shouldn’t we? The Flyers are off to a mediocre start, there’s a stalled fire sale at CBP, 76ers are winning about 12% of their games, and the Eagles are set to play a meaningless game against the Giants this week.  Go ahead and celebrate, Temple University fans; the Owls just rode the subway to South Philly and embarrassed a top-ten team in front of thousands.  Let’s enjoy this.

You may recall that exactly two years ago, on December 22, 2012, TU took down Syracuse at Madison Square Garden.

Bill Self’s Kansas team looked exhausted in their second loss thus far this season, shooting just 32.1 percent from the field.  Frank Mason III’s 20 points weren’t enough to keep the Jayhawks alive; in fact, no other Kansas player banked double digits.  The Owls held the lead throughout both halves, thanks in large part to the Jayhawks’ seventeen turnovers.

Temple, eclipsed in the Big 5 by undefeated Villanova, is now 8-4.  While Tulane holds onto first in the American conference, there is still plenty of basketball to be played.  the Owls will host Delaware State on Sunday at 5:00.

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Big Five: Villanova vs St. Joe’s

December 10th, 2014 by Leo | Comments Off on Big Five: Villanova vs St. Joe’s | Filed in Basketball, College Sports, General

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Undefeated Villanova, now ranked #10, hosted Saint Joseph’s University on Saturday night. The Wildcats don’t necessarily have a top scorer; instead, Jay Wright’s team really spreads the wealth. Josh Hart, a sophomore guard, scored twelve points; Darrun Hilliard and Phil Booth, both guards, each scored eleven. At the half, Villanova was up by 20; Ryan Arcidiacono opened the second half by being the Wildcats’ ninth player to score. About his dominant squad, Wright remarked, “I think we’ve got eight guys who could carry the team.” It’s hard to argue with a score of 74-46. Saint Joseph’s is now the eighth team to be mowed down by Villanova’s message: they want back in the Final Four this year.

The Hawks had 20 turnovers, missing eighteen consecutive shots at one point. Unfortunately for SJU, DeAndre Bembry’s thirteen points weren’t enough to carry the entire offense. Bembry, a 6’6″ sophomore
forward, averages 14.0 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. The Hawks’ rebuilding relies in part on Bembry’s leadership. Head coach Phil Martelli’s insight after the game included, “For us right now, it just doesn’t go in the basket.” Saint Joe’s is now 4-4, tied with LaSalle and rounding out the top 2/3 of the A-10.

Tonight, Saint Joseph’s will host Loyola-Maryland, and Villanova will play No. 24 Illinois at Madison Square Garden in the Jimmy V Classic. Both games begin at 7:00 pm.

Temple battled LaSalle on Saturday night to win 58-57. The Owls’ win, thanks in large part to junior guard Quenton DeCosey’s nineteen points, didn’t come easily. Temple was up 35-29 at the half, but the second half of the game was almost too much for them. Top scorers for LaSalle were senior forward Jerrell Wright with fifteen and redshirt sophomore guard Jordan Price with thirteen.

Temple is now 5-3, sitting in the middle of the American conference, tied with South Florida. The Owls will host 7-2 Towson on Wednesday night at 8:00. The Explorers will play Drexel (2-5) on Saturday at 1:00 pm.

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The Big 5, Two Weeks in

December 1st, 2014 by AmyMac | Comments Off on The Big 5, Two Weeks in | Filed in Basketball, College Sports, Sports
The NCAA basketball season is fully underway.

The NCAA basketball season is fully underway.

Here’s a look at what’s been going on with the basketball teams from Temple, LaSalle, Saint Joe’s, Penn, and Villanova.

1. Villanova’s Dylan Ennis and JayVaughn Pinkston have already led the 12th-ranked Wildcats to six wins. On Sunday, they breezed past Delaware in a 78-47 win (five Wildcats – Kris Jenkins, Darrun Hilliard, Daniel Ochefu, Dylan Ennis, and Phil Booth – recorded double figures). Not all of Nova’s games have been so simple, though; it took a late comeback last Tuesday to edge past Michigan, 60-55. Coach Jay Wright, who is understandably very happy with his team’s start this season, says, “We have a lot of work to do offensively, and we can do that.” With a tougher schedule approaching, Wright knows that his squad can’t rely on its outstanding defense alone – they’ve allowed an average 56.3 points per game. Luckily, he has a solid frontcourt that will only get better with practice. Villanova leads the Big East with a 6-0 record, and their next game is on Wednesday at 8:30 at LaSalle.

2. LaSalle will go into Wednesday’s game against Villanova with a 4-2 record. Not even Jarrell Wright’s 19 points could move the Explorers past Vanderbilt on Saturday, as LaSalle lost 68-55. While 4-2 is a decent start, coach John Giannini has some issues on his hands. His team is missing easy scoring opportunities by committing turnovers and missing free throws; forget about 3-pointers. Giannini is apparently channeling Andy Reid, and says, “We need to get better.”
To be fair, LaSalle’s other loss this season is to reigning ACC champs and 9th-ranked Virginia. Luckily, the rest of the A-10 conference is off to a similar start this season.

3. Temple’s Mark Williams led the Owls to a 76-67 victory over Penn last Tuesday night. Three others (Will Cummings, Quentin DeCosey, and Josh Brown) also had double-digit games. Granted, Penn is a terrible team; however, Temple succeeded in shaking off their losses to Duke and UNLV. The Owls entered Sunday’s game against LIU Brooklyn with a win against Penn under their belt, and thanks in large part to Quentin DeCosey’s three 3-pointers, the Owls took the game 70-56 in overtime. Starters Josh Brown and Will Cummings, along with DeCosey, have been putting up consistent numbers so far this season. Cummings, a senior, and DeCosey, a junior, are showing the leadership that coach Fran Dunphy needs. Temple absolutely has the ability to hold its own in the American conference this season, and hopefully surpass last year’s 9-22 record. The Owls play at Saint Joe’s on Wednesday at 6:30 pm.

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Celebrate the Holidays at Citizens Bank Park

November 19th, 2014 by AmyMac | Comments Off on Celebrate the Holidays at Citizens Bank Park | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies
Get you picture with Phanta Claus!

Get you picture with Phanta Claus!

Saturday, December 6 will be the Phillies’ annual tree lighting festivities at Citizens Bank Park.  The event is at the Majestic Clubhouse Store from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm, and parking is free.  Here is a list of the day’s events:

  • Phillies Charities Memorabilia Sale
  • Meet and Greet with Chris Wheeler, 10:30 am – 11:30 am
  • Take your photo with the Phillie Phanatic (as Phanta Claus), 11:00 am – 2:00 pm (bring your own camera)
  • Book signing with Len Epstein, illustrator of the Phillie Phanatic’s Children’s Book Series, 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm
  • Book signing with Larry Shenk, author of If These Walls Could Talk, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
  • Visit the dugout and take your holiday photo on the field, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm (first 500 fans, weather permitting, bring your own camera)
  • Christmas tree and ballpark lighting with carolers, ball girls, and the Phanatic, 5:00 pm

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Giancarlo Stanton Inks Historic Deal

November 18th, 2014 by AmyMac | Comments Off on Giancarlo Stanton Inks Historic Deal | Filed in Baseball, General
Miami Marlins have signed Giancarlo Stanton for $325M/13 years.

Miami Marlins have signed Giancarlo Stanton for $325M/13 years.

 

Today, the Miami Marlins and Giancarlo Stanton agreed to a $325 million, 13-year contract. Stanton can opt out after six years, and he has a no-trade clause in place. Jeffrey Loria, Miami’s owner, remarks that the “landmark moment for the franchise and Giancarlo” is “for the city and fans to rally around.” Did Loria miss the memo that Miami still doesn’t care about their baseball team? Certifiably insane business deal aside, who does he think he’s kidding? If a brand new stadium – with fish tanks, folks -couldn’t draw a crowd, I don’t know that Stanton and his $150,000+ per game will. The Fish only have seven fans, and I’m pretty sure one of them is Giancarlo’s mom. Don’t kid yourself, Loria.

It’s no secret that I find these kinda of hyper-inflated contacts to be ridiculous. It’s not even the money that seems the craziest – it’s the number of years. This all started with the likes of Jayson Werth and his Boras-drawn contract with Washington. It only got worse when the Angels signed Albert Pujols for $240 million over ten years – plus a boatload of extras. Now, Giancarlo Stanton has the the largest MLB contract in history – for the time being.

Stanton just turned 25 – a lot can change between now and when he’s 38. If he’s able to tear the leather off the ball the same way 13 years from now, I’ll eat my hat, but these contacts have gotten out of control. I wonder how this makes minor leaguers feel – we’d love to have them come up, but there’s barely any payroll left. Don’t get me wrong; I appreciate that Stanton is one hell of a hitter – in 2014 his numbers were .288/37/105 – but I’ve yet to see him sprout wings and fly or breathe fire. 105 RBIs or not, a commitment of $325 million until after my first grader graduates high school is ludicrous.

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Saint Joe’s Hawks Begin Season 0-1

November 17th, 2014 by AmyMac | Comments Off on Saint Joe’s Hawks Begin Season 0-1 | Filed in Basketball, College Sports, General
Saint Joe's takes on Drexel tonight at 7:00 pm.

Saint Joe’s takes on Drexel tonight at 7:00 pm.

The Saint Joseph’s Hawks’ basketball team lost all three of their All-A-10 players from last season, leaving head coach Phil Martelli with an inexperienced group of guys and roster spots to fill.  Langston Galloway, Ronald Roberts, Jr., and Halil Kanacevic all logged a lot of minutes on the court, which played a role in earning an NCAA tournament bid last March.  It didn’t, however, allow some of the younger players to gain experience.

Returning for the Hawks this season is Deandre Bembrey, last season’s co-Rookie of the Year in the A-10 as a freshman.  He’s suddenly a leader of this Saint Joe’s team this season, but don’t expect the sophomore to crack under the pressure – he was good for 4 assists and 8 points Friday night against Fairleigh Dickinson.  Senior Chris Wilson, who averaged 9.1 points and 2.8 assists per game last season, also performed well Friday night, going 5/13 from the field. Isaiah Miles, a junior this year at SJU, is off to a great start – in Friday night’s game, Miles scored 12 of the Hawks’ 57 points and was good for 14 rebounds and 3 assists.  Joining Bembrey, Miles, and Wilson as returning players are 6’8” Javon Baumann, 6’3” Evan Maschmeyer, and 6’6” Brendan Casper for the Hawks’ bench.  Notably missing from the court is senior forward Papa Ndao, who is out for the season for an undisclosed medical reason. Martelli fully expects Ndao to be a presence at practice and at games, providing leadership where he can.

New to the Saint Joe’s roster are freshmen Shavar Newkirk, a 6’0” point guard from the Bronx, and 6’6” forward James Demery from North Carolina. Obi Romeo (6’10”) and Markell Lodge (6’7”) are also new forwards that add some options for the Hawks’ frontcourt.

Saint Joe’s had a successful season in 2013-2014, but this year could be a bumpy road for the Hawks.  While Martelli has a good deal of talent in front of him, it’s a lot of new talent – these newcomers will really need to step it up and follow the example of the few poised veterans on the team.  Unfortunately, in Friday night’s 58-57 game, Fairleigh Dickinson slipped past Saint Joe’s in the end. The Hawks play the Drexel Dragons tonight at 7:00 pm. You can purchase tickets at drexeltickets.universitytickets.com.

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