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Four Teams Now Interested In Cole Hamels

April 28th, 2015 by Joe Buscemi | Comments Off on Four Teams Now Interested In Cole Hamels | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies, TalkSportsPhilly

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There is no secret the Phillies are in the midst of a very painful rebuilding process. No one is more aware of this situation than Phils ace, Cole Hamels. Headlining the trade rumor mill since the start of spring training, the Phillies front office now finds themselves scrambling to make a decision on “Kid Cole”, especially one that is in best interest for the future of the organization.

The Phillies inadvertently dug themselves into quite a deep hole, due to the poor decisions made by upper management the past few years. After winning the World Series in 2008, the team was all in on winning again and turned into heavy spenders.

At the time it seemed to make the most sense, however some moves and contract extensions were not in the best interest of the team’s long-term success and are now heavily suffering the ramifications for it. They pretty much have decimated their farm system and have been stuck with Ryan Howard’s abominable $125 million dollar contract since given the extension in 2010. The Phillies still owe him $60 million over the next two years and if they want to try and move him anywhere they would have to eat at least $40 million of it, with no guarantees of anything great in return.

Thanks to this and other moves (Hunter Pence trade comes to mind, amongst others), upper management has pretty much depleted the farm system in its entirety, making it incredibly difficult to turn the corner in the upcoming seasons.

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Source: Larry Bowa close to rejoining Phillies as bench coach for next season

October 9th, 2013 by Kyle Lutz | Comments Off on Source: Larry Bowa close to rejoining Phillies as bench coach for next season | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies, Sports

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A reliable baseball source told CSNPhilly.com that former baseball player, coach and manager Larry Bowa is nearing an agreement to become the club’s new bench coach. CSNPhilly.com’s Phillies’ insider Jim Salisbury first reported the news, which is yet to be announced/confirmed 100%, but seems likely and inevitable nonetheless.

Bowa was the Phillies’ 49th manager in team history from 2001-2004. In that time span, although he never took the team to the playoffs, he managed and helped a lot of the Phillies’ young talent to mature and thrive under his wing. Players such as Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Marlon Byrd, Jimmy Rollins, Nick Punto, Vincente Padilla, Randy Wolf, and Brett Myers, among others.

The team won 337 regular season games during Bowa’s tenure as manager, and just over 52% of their games in that time span.

Bowa is known as a no-nonsense, hard working, strict but smart coach, in all facets of the game.

In 2001, Bowa took the team to within two games of the division leading Atlanta Braves for a division title and playoff berth; what would’ve been the first playoff berth for the team in 8 seasons. That season, he went on to win the Manager of the Year Award, and the Sporting News honored him in the same season with the NL Manager of the Year award as well. On top of that, Bowa was also voted as the Baseball Prospectus Internet Baseball Awards NL Manager of the Year.

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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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Dodgers vs Phillies Preview

June 6th, 2011 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Dodgers vs Phillies Preview | Filed in Baseball, Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies (35-24, 1st place NL East) come home after a disappointing 4-5 road trip against the Mets, Nationals, and Pirates. Hopefully it was just playing down to the competition. The Phillies open an eleven game homestand which includes series against the Dodgers, Cubs, and Marlins, including a make up game of a rainout earlier in the season against the Marlins. The home stand kicks off with a three game series against the Dodgers (28-32, T-3rd NL West). Let’s dive right into how the series may shake out. (more…)

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Hot Stove Breakdown Part 5

December 6th, 2010 by Johnny G | 1 Comment | Filed in General

Goodbye Jayson

  • Lance Berkman signs 1 year $8 million deal with Cardinals
  • Adrian Gonzalez traded to Red Sox for Prospects
  • Rod Barajas signs 1 year $3.25 million deal with the Dodgers
  • Jayson Werth signs 7 year $126 million deal with the Nationals
  • Mark Reynolds traded to Orioles for David Hernandez and Kam Mickolio

1. On the surface, I like what the Cardinals are trying to do here: find a legitimate power threat for a corner outfield spot on a short term deal. I just don’t know if Lance Berkman was the right choice. A couple of years ago I probably would be more convinced that Berkman could handle the defensive workload for left field but at this point, and after knee surgery last season, it makes you wonder. You have to give credit to the Cardinals here for keeping the deal at one season and thinking outside the box, though. Berkman certainly has the ability with the bat to make this deal look like a bargain and the Cardinals are probably very optimistic about his ability to bounce back after a strong showing to end his season. I don’t have a problem with this deal for the Cards and coming back to the NL will probably a nice treat for the big puma.

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2. This trade is a perfect example of two very good General Managers and two very good front offices coming together to make a trade that improves both clubs. This is the future of baseball deals and how trades should be made. Jed Hoyer and Theo Epstein came together to make a deal that sent Adrian Gonzalez, San Diego’s most valuable asset to the Red Sox for a crop of tremendous young talent that will be of assistance to the Padres as early as 2012. Adrian is a player with such a good feel for the strike zone and such great power to all fields, I feel like the change in parks will be much more of a factor than the talent differential between the NL and AL. Petco Park is just massive and really limited Adrian’s potential on the offensive side. To put that into perspective, over the last two years on the road Adrian’s numbers look something like this: .311/.402/.610 with 48 homeruns and 90 walks. We’re approaching triple crown talk with those numbers and with the short right field and Green Monster in Fenway, I can’t even fathom what he might do with 81 games there. The Padres received a nice haul for their slugging first basemen and the main piece to this deal was right-hander Casey Kelley. After being selected in the first round of the 2008 draft and receiving top 5 bonus money for the draft class, Kelley was a two way prospect until last season. Kelley will mostly sit anywhere from 90-94 mph and has a tremendous curveball and an improving change-up with solid depth to it. If all goes well, Kelley projects as a top of the rotation workhorse for years to come. The second piece to this trade is first basemen Anthony Rizzo. Rizzo looks to be the eventual replacement for Gonzalez at 1b in San Diego and the two are actually quite similar. Rizzo, like Gonzalez, has great feel for the strike zone, is an excellent defender, with tremendous power. Between the two, Rizzo is probably a notch below Gonzalez in all categories but that still is a very valuable player to have if he can develop properly. The final piece would be Reymond Fuentes, a centerfielder with tremendous range and phenomenal speed who looks to have the capability and potential to hit for average down the road. All in all, this is a trade that any true baseball fan really enjoys hearing about. This deal improves both clubs tremendously and gives San Diego some salary relief and prospects to build for the future. Great job on both sides.

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Hot Stove Breakdown Part 3

December 1st, 2010 by Johnny G | 5 Comments | Filed in General

* 1. Dodgers Sign Jon Garland to 1 year $5 million deal.
* 2. Rangers sign Yorvit Torrealba to 2 year $6.25 million deal.
* 3. Cardinals trade Blake Hawksworth to the Dodgers for Ryan Theriot.
* 4. Dodgers sign Juan Uribe to 3 year $21 million deal.
* 5. Giants sign Miguel Tejada to 1 year $6.5 million deal.

1. There’s nothing too bad about this Garland deal. I expected a couple of teams to get fooled by his fluky season last year and overpay for a mediocre innings eater. He recorded just 136 strikeouts in 200+ innings but it was also the highest number of strikeouts in his career. Its extremely unlikely that a guy with a 3.92 K/BB ratio can pitch to the tune of a 3.47 ERA. If it is possible, Garland would have to be extremely stingy with his walks and giving up 87 on the year isn’t exactly the definition of stingy. The Dodgers played this right, though. They are slotting Garland into the back end of the rotation in a pitcher’s park similar to Petco and they’ll let him take the ball every fifth day. Believe it or not, there is value to a pitcher who can eat up innings on a consistent basis, just don’t get fooled into having Jon Garland on your fantasy team or anything crazy like that.

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2. I really don’t like this deal at all. The Texas Rangers seem to have a knack for finding some really, really, bad catching options out there. Saltalamachia, Teagarden, Molina, and now Torrealba to continue the tradition. Yorvit is a career .257 hitter who doesn’t walk much and has very little power. He’s never hit 10 home runs in a season, he’s never had more than 35 walks in a season, and he’s never had an OPS+ higher than 85 (100 is league average). Does he make up for it on the defensive side? Not really. He struggles with his consistency to throw the ball and has slow feet behind the plate. Even with one of the best offensive seasons of his career last year, he still rated negatively on Win Probability Added. This wouldn’t be so bad if the Rangers didn’t lock themselves in for multiple years but that’s what Free Agency is all about.

3. Another head scratcher here for me. The Cardinals give up a fire-baller out of the pen who could also start if his team wanted to go that route with him for Theriot, who is such a defensive downgrade over Brendan Ryan, its difficult to put into words. Don’t get me wrong, Ryan has struggled mightily with the bat, but so has Theriot. Just last season Theriot hit .243 with a .323 OBP, one home run, and four stolen bases. What exactly does Theriot put on the table? Nothing. They plan to immediately start him over Ryan, who is one of the best defensive shortstops in the game. This on top of the refusal by Tony LaRussa to play Colby Rasmus on a consistent basis is really starting to make me question the Cardinals organization as a whole. The Dodgers on the other hand get some significant value for a stop gap utility player who they were going to non-tender in a couple of days anyway. Theriot made $2.6 million last year and was eligible for arbitration. Nice deal for the Dodgers.

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ZerOswalt!

August 11th, 2010 by Christian | 4 Comments | Filed in General

Oswalt Puts up Zeroes

Roy Oswalt pitched seven shutout innings, striking out five and looking like the dominant righthander he’s been for most of the past decade, as the Phillies beat the Dodgers 2-0. Ryan Madson pitched the eighth and Brad Lidge pitched a perfect ninth for the save, and combined shutout. If Oswalt pitches like this for the rest of the season – which I expect – the Phillies will win the division and be very tough to beat in the playoffs.

It’ll be interesting to see how Charlie Manuel sets his playoff rotation, when/if the Phillies get there. Who’s number two behind Halladay – Hamels or Oswalt? It’ll depend on how they’re pitching at the end of the year, but my money is on Oswalt.

Offensively, the Phillies got RBIs from Domonic Brown and Raul Ibanez. On the down side, Ross Gload pulled a hamstring hustling to second base, and from the look of it, he’ll soon be on the 15 day DL.

The Phillies are 2 1/2 games behind Atlanta in the NL East and a 1/2 game behind San Francisco in the Wild Card.

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