Posts Tagged ‘cy young’

Roy Halladay Announces Retirement

December 9th, 2013 by AmyMac | Comments Off on Roy Halladay Announces Retirement | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies
Congratulations to Roy Halladay on a stellar career.

Congratulations to Roy Halladay on a stellar career.

 

This week, Roy Halladay announced what we’ve all seen coming: he is retiring from Major League Baseball.

Halladay, at age 36, has had a career most pitchers only see in their dreams.  With 203 wins, eight All-Star Games, two Cy Young awards, a perfect game, and a postseason no hitter, Doc has plenty to celebrate.  The only thing missing from Roy’s trophy case is that coveted World Series ring – the very reason he came to Philadelphia in 2010.

This is such a bittersweet announcement for Phillies fans, because we’ve watched Doc shift from the best in the National League to an aging pitcher struggling to get his fastball over the plate at 88 mph.  His shoulder issues have gotten the final say, and just like that, we’re all robbed of the sendoff that Halladay deserves.  This is the man who left footprints around Citizens Bank Park when a little snow was not going to slow down his disciplined workout regimen.

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The Curse of the Phillies BIG Contracts and Renewals

April 28th, 2013 by Emily Phung | Comments Off on The Curse of the Phillies BIG Contracts and Renewals | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

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by Emily Phung

I have always been an avid Philadelphia sports fan, but my frustration began in 2000 when I could not understand why the Philly teams were not winning any games especially the Phillies. That’s when I learned about the curse of Billy Penn. The gist of the story is that when Liberty Place was built in ’87, no Philly sports team won a championship from that point forward. The theory was that the losses were associated with the William Penn statue (which is affixed on top of City Hall). The statue was no longer the tallest object in the Philly skyline. In spring 2007, I decided to take matters into my own hands (what true sports fan wouldn’t?) and try to reverse the curse by setting up an incense-filled shrine filled with all my Philly sports bobbleheads, figurines, jerseys, and autographed pictures to rid of the bad demons that this curse held. That year, the Phils won the NL East after a 14 year draught! I was over joyous so I continued burning incense and building a Philly themed sports shrine the next few years. Coincidentally, for the following 4 years, the Phils continued to clinch the NL East division with one World Series win. I honestly think that the William Penn statue atop the Comcast Center did not reverse the curse, but I did (so I may be a bit biased). 2012 was a busy year personally so I never had the opportunity to hold this annual ritual. To my dismay, the Phils did not continue their winning streak. However, one thing is certain since 2012; the Phillies players have been struggling individually after renewal or extension of a bigger contract. Is the Curse of Billy Penn back?

I honestly think it is back and behind that curse is Rubén Amaro, the general manager responsible for those Phillies contracts. Bold statement you say, well let’s break down the circumstantial evidence in regards to the curse of the Big Phillies contract (aka version of the Curse of Billy Penn). First up is Ryan Howard, the Phillies home run king. 2004 he entered into the Philadelphia scene as a young promising player. He certainly was one of the best rookies that came into the Philly scene. After ’04, Howard began to be on ‘fire’. He was Rookie of the Year in ’05. Then MVP in ’06, contributing to the Phillies World Series in ’08, but after ’10 it seems like downhill. Ironically, 2010 was the year that Howard signed his extension. A whopping $125 million contract was rewarded to Howard, which many claim is too much for a continuously injured-hampered athlete (Achilles heel to groin injuries). Howard is not as an effective power hitter as before and that may be due to his recovery from prior injuries. Amaro threw down a big contract down to keep him, and now he’s stuck with Howard for a while. Is Amaro a bit upset? One might think so since Howard hasn’t had a long of game time and that means Amaro is not getting his money’s worth. It’s unfortunate, but that is the truth at the end of the day. Howard is a great player all around, but that big payday may be haunting Amaro.

The most recent of all contracts is this past summer’s resigning of World Series MVP, Cole Hamels. He has a 6 year contract with an average of $24 million dollars. That is the second highest in baseball after Yankees’ Sabitha. Amaro definitely found a rewarding way to thank Hamels for posting up some great pitching stats during the World Series playoff games. After Hamels signed on for a few more seasons, terrible pitching started to hinder him resulting in many surrendered runs and major game losses. Can Hamels dig himself out of this pitching deficit? I believe so, because it is still early in the season. Hamels is young and still has time to rebound back to his recognizable pitching self.

Cliff Lee was the hottest pitcher at the end of baseball season 2010. The Rangers and Yankees made lucrative contract offers to tempt Cliff to join on board. However, Cliff was ‘PHaith’ful to the Phillies nation, and came back to in December ’12 with a $120 million contract thanks to Amaro. After signing his contract, Lee began swallowing his pride a little bit since he was not posting up the results as prior years. Eventually, Lee got back to his momentum, but one must wonder was he cursed just a bit by signing Amaro’s big contract.

After his contract extension in ’10, it has been somewhat a quick decline for Roy Halladay. Halladay, known as the overachieving double Cy Young winner and pitcher of the perfect game in ‘10, is not pitching like he used due to a shoulder ridden pain that occurred last year. He used to throw ‘fastballs’ and now can barely pitch faster than 90 mph. Roy even claims to be tired and worn out and admits that his strength is not where it used to be. Thankfully, other teammates such as Ruiz has been helping Halladay make some great defensive plays off the pitching mound. Halladay’s age may be showing, and Amaro has to make a decision if to keep Halladay after this season or it’s time to let him go.

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AL Cy Young Race Isn’t Really a Race

September 30th, 2010 by Johnny G | 2 Comments | Filed in Baseball, General

King Felix Reigns Supreme

I’ll admit I thought the entire fan base of baseball as a whole, had taken at least a couple of steps forward as far as throwing old, ridiculous myths and falsehoods out the window. Apparently, I was wrong. In reality, there should be no need for an article to discuss who should win the AL Cy Young award because this isn’t even close. If not for the people who still grasp at a pitcher’s record to judge how their season played out, this would be a unanimous vote. I really honestly have gotten to the point where I feel bad for people who will say “Felix Hernandez can’t win the Cy Young! He only has 13 wins!”. Oh, he only has 13 wins? So what?

I’m going to show you on the most basic levels why wins for a pitcher are meaningless and why Felix Hernandez should be your unanimous Cy Young winner.

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Lets first start by analyzing two different situations. Pitcher A goes 8 innings while allowing 1 earned run and striking out 10. Pitcher B goes 5 innings while allowing 4 earned runs and striking out 2. Pitcher A’s offense is shutout for the entire game and Pitcher B’s offense explodes for 10 runs. Well, Pitcher A gets tagged with the loss and pitcher B gets a gift wrapped win. This is the most basic level of why wins and losses are practically meaningless for a pitcher. For anyone who is still putting emphasis on wins and losses, I have a simple question for you. Do you still believe the earth is flat? Because that is the same type of logic we’re using here.

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Let’s Get It On!

October 7th, 2009 by Christian | Comments Off on Let’s Get It On! | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

Troy Tulowitzki & Ryan Howard

The Phillies seek to avenge their 2007 NLDS loss via sweep to the Colorado Rockies, when they open the 2009 best-of-five NLDS series in Philadelphia this afternoon.

Reigning AL Cy Young winner, Cliff Lee (14-13, 3.22 ERA) takes the mound for the Phillies, vs. Ubaldo Jimenez (15-12, 3.47 ERA) for the Rockies.

Lee has faced the Rockies only once in his career, beating them 3-1 on Aug. 6. He allowed one run and six hits, striking out nine in seven innings.

Jimenez held the Phillies to one run in 6 1/3 innings in the clincher of the ’07 series, but is 0-1 with an 8.10 ERA in two regular-season starts against them.

Game Time: 2:37 p.m. ET
Venue: Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA

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Pedro Rises To Challenge

September 4th, 2009 by Christian | Comments Off on Pedro Rises To Challenge | Filed in General, Phillies

The old gunslinger took down the young kid Thursday night, as Pedro Martinez outdueled reigning Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum, 2-1, and the Phillies won the rubber match of their three game series. Martinez went seven innings, striking out nine, while scattering five hits. Brad Lidge picked up the save.

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