Posts Tagged ‘Charlie Manuel’

The Best & Worst of Ruben Amaro Jr (Part 2: The Worst)

November 5th, 2013 by Mike H. | Comments Off on The Best & Worst of Ruben Amaro Jr (Part 2: The Worst) | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies


Although I’ve obviously had this portion of the two-part series done for a while now, I figured I’d better get it out of the way before Amaro makes a significant move of stupidity before Christmas (because we all know Rube likes to get his shopping done early). I think that it is important to note prior to revealing this list, that they are not in order of financial pain, even though the majority of Ruben’s self-inflicted problems are monetary ones. (more…)

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2013 AmyMac Awards

October 10th, 2013 by AmyMac | Comments Off on 2013 AmyMac Awards | Filed in General, Phillies, Sports, TalkSportsPhilly

AmyMac Awards

Well, folks, we all know what October means: postseason baseball.  And for those of us in the City of Brotherly Love whose team isn’t participating (again) this year, it’s time for some awards.

Best First Career Home Run   Cody Asche

Saving Grace   Domonic Brown (specifically, in the month of May)

Biggest Reason for My Heart to Break into Pieces   Watching Roy Halladay struggle


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Manuel Out, Sandberg In

August 16th, 2013 by AmyMac | Comments Off on Manuel Out, Sandberg In | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel in 2008 with the World Series trophy

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel in 2008 with the World Series trophy


By Amy McGinnis

In a press conference this afternoon, Ruben Amaro, Jr. announced that effective immediately, we will be without Charlie Manuel’s services. That’s right – effective immediately – as in, the Phils will play the remainder of the season without Manuel.  Ryne Sandberg, who has long been expected to take Manuel’s spot once it was time for him to move on, has been promoted earlier than we anticipated.

Charlie admitted that he doesn’t want to leave, confirming that he was, in fact, fired.  Anyone who knows me knows that I’m not a fan of Manuel’s and that I think he should have left at least two years ago.  I think he made some terrible in-game decisions, he didn’t act when the team needed leadership, and his laissez-faire style was only suitable for out 2008 team, which essentially ran itself.  That being said, I am outraged, furious, upset, and embarrassed by Amaro’s decision.


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Phils Punctuate Halfway Mark With Sixteen Exclamation Points

June 29th, 2013 by AmyMac | Comments Off on Phils Punctuate Halfway Mark With Sixteen Exclamation Points | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies
Delmon Young has plenty of reasons to smile.

Delmon Young has plenty of reasons to smile.

By Amy McGinnis

Last night in Los Angeles, the Phils ended the first half of their thus-far-unremarkable season with an explosive Game 81. Phils won 16-1 (not a typo), while Dodgers fans surely wished MLB had a mercy rule in place.  Needless to say, Philadelphia’s offense was aggressive; winning pitcher John Lannan had three hits of his own.  Combined, the Youngs went 7 for 12 – Michael had four hits and Delmon was responsible for six (yes, six) of Philadelphia’s runs.  It’s worth noting, however, that Lannan kept the Dodgers’ offense (who had scored six runs the night before) to just one run.  Delmon Young’s superhuman canon of an arm helped defense quite a bit, as well.

At one point, Facebook began grouping all the “You think Howard’s mad???” posts together in their own little section of my news feed.  Charlie Manuel made the decision to bench Howard for two games, a decision with which I am fully on board, and he sat and watched the runs pour in.  For the record, I love Howie, and if he’s smart (he has to be; only a genius would have a lazy river built around the perimeter of his home), he’s taking the two nights off to get his head back in the game.  Manuel mumbled his usual marbles-in-his-mouth, redneck English spiel, stating that Howard “is okay with it.” Here’s the thing: okay with it or not, he’s out of the lineup for 48 hours, so it’s in his best interest to make good use of that time.  His offensive slump (combined with his visible physical discomfort and two consecutive lefty Los Angeles starters) is a great reason to  take a couple days off, run drills, and refocus.

Another popular topic of conversation last night was “Why can’t the offense do this for Cole?” Really? Really?  The offense hasn’t delivered nearly the way they did last night for anyone this season.  Trust me; I was voted “Baseball Nerd Most Likely to Get Into a Fist Fight While Defending Cole Hamels,” and you won’t hear or read a negative word about that man from me. That being said, his ERA thus far is 4.58.  Run support is clearly not his only issue.  (I’ll go on the record and say that I don’t know what his issue is … he has pitched twelve fewer innings than Cliff Lee thus far this season, and their strikeouts are 99 and 105, respectively. It feels like Cole’s 2009 Part 2.)


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Halladay’s Struggles

April 11th, 2013 by AmyMac | Comments Off on Halladay’s Struggles | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

Roy Halladay is off to a rough start in 2013.

By Amy McGinnis

While at the Phillies – Mets game this past Monday night, I turned to my friend and said, “If someone had told me two years ago that Halladay would look like this in 2013 I would have called him a liar and punched him in the face.”  Phils fans everywhere are sort of scratching their heads and wondering, “What’s going on with Doc?”

Let’s look at the not-so-great (but painfully obvious) things first.  Halladay’s velocity has decreased, his command looks sloppy, he’s 0-2 for the season, his 2013 ERA is 14.73 thus far, and he has let up 12 runs in just 7.1 innings pitched. This might seem par for the course with an almost-36-year-old pitcher in his 16th season in the bigs.  He’s not getting any younger, after all.  While this all sounds (and looks) discouraging, it doesn’t need to mean that it’s the end for Doc.

Yes, Halladay’s velocity is down.  Years ago, Doc could throw upwards of 95 mph; in the past several seasons, his fastball has been in the 90-92 mph range.  Speed is only one part of the equation, though.  It’s easy to focus on it, because it’s quantitative and we baseball nerds love our data, but there are intangible factors that go into a pitcher’s performance.  When it comes to Roy Halladay, of course, it’s his discipline.  He has conditioned himself to be so focused that he will work out, run, and throw bullpen sessions in the snow if necessary.  He self-regulates himself so well that in the past few seasons, it’s hard to recall many times that Charlie Manuel visited him in the mound and didn’t have Roy send him back to the dugout alone.  Halladay has always trusted himself to know his own body, and that’s why I think that he will stay in Philadelphia’s rotation until he pulls himself out of it.


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The 2012 AmyMac Awards

October 2nd, 2012 by AmyMac | Comments Off on The 2012 AmyMac Awards | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

The AmyMac Awards

By Amy McGinnis

As the Phillies’ 2012 season draws to a close, I have some awards I’d like to give.

Best Silver Lining for the End of the Sellout Streak:  We were able to throw some fans-since-2008 bandwagoners overboard this season.


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Time For a Much Needed Break

July 10th, 2012 by AmyMac | Comments Off on Time For a Much Needed Break | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

By Amy McGinnis

Yesterday afternoon, the Phillies completed the first half of the 2012 season, and marked the occasion with a loss to the Braves.  It wasn’t just a loss; Atlanta swept us in a three game series.  The Phils are currently 14 games behind Washington, and 13 games below .500.  I’d say it’s time for a break.  Roy Halladay is expected to rejoin his teammates once baseball resumes, and the way I see it, that sure as hell couldn’t hurt.

Representing Philadelphia in this year’s All Star Game will be Cole Hamels, Jonathan Papelbon, and Carlos Ruiz.  I’ve come to not care much about the All Star Game. Of course, I’ll watch; it is baseball, after all, and Cole Hamels will be part of it.  I’m also glad that Carlos Ruiz was finally asked to participate in the All Star Game.  It’s a long overdue invitation for Chooch, and I’m excited that he is getting some much deserved recognition.  That being said, the All Star Game doesn’t interest me much any more.  I’d like to see the Phillies take a breather and get some rest.

Whether or not the National League earns home field advantage in the World Series probably won’t affect the Phillies (be honest with yourselves).  The Mid-Summer Classic, in my opinion, should be a chance for fans to enjoy watching their favorite players on the field,  and for teams to take a little time to try to get their shit together (looking at you, Phils), reflect on the first half, and generate a plan for the remainder of the season.  It seems sort of silly that the outcome of an All Star Game would dictate anything in the postseason.

So, let’s reflect on the past few months, shall we?  We’ve seen:  injuries, PED use, an insanely long winless streak (I still love you, Cliff), a trainwreck bullpen (see ya, Qualls … you should have taken Bastardo with you),  Cole Hamels in national news for plunking Bryce Harper and not being afraid to admit he did it intentionally, too many stranded runners to count, Thome getting sent to Baltimore (lucky bastard), Utley and Howard showing up fashionably late, John Mayberry Jr. disappointing us in left field, Hunter Pence taking a lesson from Jimmy Rollins and swinging at anything that came his way, Blanton and Kendrick showing us that they’re bipolar on the mound, Victorino getting scratched from a lineup and people crossing their fingers that it meant he was traded, lots of talk about unloading expensive players, tons of pissed off fans, and one female baseball nerd repeating “I don’t even want to talk about it” ad nauseum.


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