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Who’s the Best Phillies Catcher of All Time?

July 13th, 2019 by Philly Pressbox | 1 Comment | Filed in Baseball, General, MLB, Phillies

The boys are gathered at the Philly Pressbox for a few cold beverages and some baseball talk. We recently posted a note that it was Mike Lieberthals birthday and received both positive and negative comments about Lieby and him being honored on the Phillies Wall of Fame. That led us to the conversation of Who’s the Best Phillies Catcher of All Time. We quickly decided on the four finalists, Bob Boone, Darren Daulton, Leiberthal and Carlos Ruiz. This pretty much covers the last 40 years of full time Phillies catchers.

We’re going to provide some statistical information, as Phillies only, on each of the four and allow you, the fans, to vote on your favorite. The players are listed in alphabetical order.

BOB BOONE

Bob BooneBoonie was the Phillies full-time starting catcher from 1973-1981. He caught 1000+ games in 7 seasons.

He ranks 2nd to Lieberthal in games caught in the modern day with 1125. He caught 100+ games 7 times

He is 3rd in Batting Average, .259, behind Lieberthal and Ruiz.

He is 3rd in Home Runs, 65, behind Lieberthal and Daulton.

He ranks 3rd in RBI’s with 456.

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Following The 40: Off-season Primer

October 12th, 2015 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Following The 40: Off-season Primer | Filed in Baseball, General, MLB, Phillies

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As the Phillies off-season begins, the first order of business was to pair down the roster to 40 players including ones that would be coming off of injured status. Earlier last week, the Phillies outrighted Justin De Fratus (who recently elected free agency), Jonathan Pettibone, Adam Loewen, Ken Roberts, Erik Kratz, Jordan Danks, and Chase d’Arnaud. The roster currently stands at forty, but with a strong likelihood that Cliff Lee, Chad Billingsley, Aaron Harang, Jerome Williams, Brian Bogusevic, Jeff Francoeur, and Andres Blanco all head to free agency.

Francoeur and Blanco are expected to be asked to return, but will both certainly be given offers with other clubs. Domonic Brown may have seen his last inning as a Phillie as he has a very strong chance of being non-tendered a contract. Jesse Biddle and David Buchanan are both likely to be outrighted in the near future due to their respective injury statuses. That sets the Phillies at 30 players.

Whoever the next General Manager may be, while they have the resources, there probably won’t be any huge splashes for 2016. In fact, the Phillies acquisitions will most likely be role players and players coming off of injury looking to establish value. The rotation will most likely consist of Aaron Nola, Jerad Eickhoff, and Adam Morgan as pitchers three thru five with Alec Asher and Severino Gonzalez given opportunities.

Matt Harrison, whom the Phillies acquired at the trade deadline in the Cole Hamels deal, could also be an option if he is healthy enough to compete. The Phillies could also add from within with Zach Eflin and Ben Lively as potential candidates. My personal targets for the Phillies to add from free agency: Mat Latos or Doug Fister.

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Deconstructing The Phillies: Middle Infield

November 20th, 2014 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Deconstructing The Phillies: Middle Infield | Filed in Baseball, Phillies

Ah, the Hot Stove is in full swing. Hot Stove is back on MLB Network. MLB rumors are blowing up on Twitter. Record/stupid contracts are being tossed at players like they are Cracker Jacks. You gotta love the MLB offseason. Not even just as a Phillies fan, but as a fan of the game. Some moves have WOW-ed, while others make you go, “What?”. It’s been a bit, but let’s push forward with wheels and deals. I am including the catcher position in the middle infield category as it is in the infield, and considered “up the middle”. Plus, I didn’t think it warranted its own post. Plus, I’m going to be updating my thoughts on a previous trade in the summary section. (more…)

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2014 AmyMac Awards

October 7th, 2014 by AmyMac | Comments Off on 2014 AmyMac Awards | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies
The sun has officially set on the Phils' 2014 season.

The sun has officially set on the Phils’ 2014 season.

Here in Philadelphia, we might not have postseason baseball to enjoy.  We don’t have a legendary Jeter-like career to celebrate, or even a relief pitcher with whom we’d love to dance (looking at you, Tom Wilhelmsen).  We do, however, have some memories.  Welcome to the 2014 AmyMac awards.

 

Most Honest About Stealing Money from the Phillies:  Mike Adams

Least Honest About Stealing Money from the Phillies:  Antonio Bastardo

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How I would fix the Phillies if I were GM

July 3rd, 2014 by Kyle Lutz | Comments Off on How I would fix the Phillies if I were GM | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

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As the losing commences, let the fire sale begin.

The Phillies are in a logjam this season, to say the least. They own baseball’s third-highest payroll at $180 million, behind the Dodgers’ $235 million and the Yankees’ $203, and yet they’re on pace at the halfway mark for just 72 victories. The only reason they were even close to being a contender in the NL East in June was due to the pitiful nature of the division this year. Prior to sweeping Philadelphia in a four-game series from June 27th-29th, division-leading Atlanta had a win-loss record of only 40-38. Now Atlanta’s pulled away from the last-place Phillies, who are 38-51 and 11 games back of first-place Atlanta (49-40). The Phillies have now lost nine out of their last 11 games, dating back to June 27th.

Phillies’ GM Ruben Amaro, Jr. has run the team down the sewage pipe. Pat Gillick constructed a championship-caliber team a half-decade ago as Amaro’s predecessor, and yet Gillick’s successor — who took over for him in 2009 — tore the team’s inner talent apart. Amaro did this by keeping around over the hill players, players past their peak/prime, overpaying for talent, and much more; mainly the first part. Amaro’s line of thinking= I’ll keep around the lovable, talented five-years ago type of players, even if they’re 30+ and/or with serious physical ailments.

E.g. Ryan Howard, first off, by paying him $125 million over five years. Howard in his prime perhaps was worth that amount of cash, but not when he was on the downside of his career and over 30-years old, at 32, to boot. Yes, you can make the point that, for the most part, it all evens out, as Howard was only making $355k in ’06 when he hit 58 home runs and won league MVP, but he’s way overpaid now. Since that MVP season, Howard’s broken (later broken again by multiple players) the single-season record for strikeouts too at 199 in 2007.

In his career, per 162 games, he’s averaged 193 strikeouts. He’s also averaged 42 home runs and 131 RBIs/year as well. But regardless of Howard’s past accomplishments, facts are facts. The Phillies’ management, in order to have a lower payroll and acquire free-agency talent, should have taken advantage of Howard; sports are a business, for both sides.

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With Phillies’ Golden Era Over, It’s Time to Sell Assets and Rebuild

July 2nd, 2014 by Jim Chesko | Comments Off on With Phillies’ Golden Era Over, It’s Time to Sell Assets and Rebuild | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

We had it darn good for several years, Phillies fans: a packed ballpark almost every night, a trio of best-in-franchise-history position players in the lineup each game, postseason excitement every fall – even a World Series title, the first one in a generation. Those days are now fading nearly as fast as a Ken Giles heater.

Yes, from 2007 thru 2011, attending a Phillies game was a real treat – Ryan Howard knocking home runs to every section of the outfield stands, Jimmy Rollins backing up 83274804CC097_World_Series_his “We’re the team to beat” proclamation, Chase Utley proving that he is indeed “the man,” Cole Hamels blossoming into one of the game’s top southpaws, and closer Brad Lidge capping a perfect 2008 season with that never-to-be-forgotten, down-on-his-knees exultation on the pitcher’s mound, arms and eyes skyward, in reaction to the Phils’ first World Series win in 28 years.

Five straight postseason appearances. Back-to-back trips to the Fall Classic. A franchise-record 102 wins in 2011. Yep, 2011 – a mere three years ago.

Of course, in 2011, Utley’s knees were still pretty healthy, the “big piece” at first base was still one of the most feared sluggers in the game, Roy Halladay took the mound every fifth day and could be counted on to go seven or eight innings, no problem. And the Phils’ defense was among the best in the sport during most of those glory years.

What a difference a few years makes. Halladay and Lidge are now retired, Shane Victorino and Raul Ibanez are long gone, and all of the other core players from 2011 still with the team – Howard, Utley, Rollins and catcher Carlos Ruiz – are three years older and showing it. Skipper Charlie Manuel was fired nearly a year ago, a scapegoat for a fading, underperforming squad – replaced by Ryne Sandberg, whose 2014 club may well finish with an even worse record than last year’s sad 73-89 campaign.

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As Spring Training Begins, Phils Fans Wonder What the Summer Will Bring

February 12th, 2014 by Jim Chesko | Comments Off on As Spring Training Begins, Phils Fans Wonder What the Summer Will Bring | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

In Philadelphia and South Jersey, we’re still dealing with freezing temperatures and bracing for yet another winter storm. In Florida, afternoon temps are in the 60s and 70s.

Here, Flyers fans are eager for the Olympic break to end to see if the guys in orange and black can continue their recent surge over the final quarter of the season, while Sixers fans – having seen Brett Brown’s club drop seven straight games, the last two of them by 40-plus points – are just waiting for the NBA’s draft lottery. Down in the Sunshine State, meanwhile, Phillies fans are making their annual migration to Clearwater to watch their favorite team get ready for a 2014 season that will start with even more questions than usual. Among them:

philliesAre they too old and will they stay healthy? It’s not true that the ballpark in South Philly has been renamed Senior Citizens Bank Park, but most of the questions about the Phils’ roster are related to the fact that many of the players being counted on are in their mid-30s, which is twilight time for the majority of Major League ballplayers. Only the New York Yankees are expected to have an older opening-day starting lineup.

First baseman Ryan Howard is 34 and hasn’t been completely healthy since the end of the 2011 season, when he suffered an Achilles tear in the at-bat that ended the Phils’ last trip to the post-season. Knee and calf issues followed, along with a drop in Howard’s power numbers. Middle infielders Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins are both 35; Utley’s knees held up better than expected in 2013, but can he be counted on again this year? Rollins hit just .252 last season, with a mere six home runs and 39 runs batted in. (Maybe new bench coach Larry Bowa will light a fire under Rollins.) Catcher Carlos Ruiz is 35, newly reacquired outfielder Marlon Byrd is 36 and non-roster spring-training invitee Bobby Abreu will be 40 in March. Pitchers Cliff Lee and Mike Adams are no kids, either. More on them later.

How will Domonic Brown perform in 2014? The 26-year-old Brown was the National League Player of the Month last May, when he slugged 12 homers, and was named an NL All-Star in July. He cooled off in the second half of the season and had trouble staying healthy, but still put up some pretty decent numbers for the year: 27 HRs, 83 RBI, .272. He’ll have to do at least that well – maybe better – for the Phillies to have a shot at contending in 2014.

Is Cody Asche ready to be the everyday third baseman? After veteran Michael Young was sent packing last summer, the job was handed to the 23-year-old Asche for the remainder of the season, and – though inconsistent – he showed he has some talent. In 50 games, Asche hit .235 with five home runs and 22 runs batted in, but had a rough September. Still, the job is his to lose.

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