Posts Tagged ‘Jayson Werth’

Deconstructing The Phillies: Outfield

November 30th, 2014 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Deconstructing The Phillies: Outfield | Filed in Baseball, Phillies

Finally, we make our way to the outfield. Where hopes and dreams have gone to die. Ben Revere must be Juan Pierre’s illegitimate child, without the bunting skills. Marlon Byrd had one of the best offensive seasons at a discounted rate, but has very little value due to his age. Then there is Domonic Brown. I had a lot of hope for Brown. Five years ago, Brown was hitting .320 with 20+ home run power. His defense was a little suspect, but the offense more than made up for it. Heck we had dealt with Pat the Bat and Rauuuuuuuuul, so why not one more. Yeah, so his defense didn’t get any better and his offense has gotten significantly worse. If you look at the numbers, 25% of Brown’s CAREER home run total came in May of 2013. 12.5% of his CAREER runs batted in total are also from the same month. Yes, they are glimpses of what could be/have been, but I doubt anyone expects that to happen again in red pinstripes. Let’s put this baby to bed, so that we can have one last look at how this team would be different if I was calling the shots. (more…)

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The Best & Worst of Ruben Amaro Jr. (Part 1: The Best)

October 6th, 2013 by Mike H. | Comments Off on The Best & Worst of Ruben Amaro Jr. (Part 1: The Best) | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

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The fall of 2008 was a happy time for Philadelphia Phillies fans. Jimmy Rollins’ prophecy of being the team to beat had finally come true, and Pat Gillick’s genius shined thru and brought the team’s second world title in franchise history. We were on top of the world. As the future Hall of Famer stepped aside from the game, Ruben Amaro seemed primed to be next in line to take over the reigning World Champions. Since then, Amaro returned the Phillies to the World Series, but luck (and health), has not been on the team’s side. In the meantime, let’s look at the top ten moves the current GM has made to keep this team successful. (more…)

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Nationals End Their Season

October 13th, 2012 by AmyMac | 1 Comment | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

C'mon, Jayson! Where's your Natitiude???

By Amy McGinnis

I probably took far too much joy in typing that title.  There are several reasons that I hate the Nationals, the biggest of which is Jayson Werth.  I didn’t like him as a Phillie, and I don’t like him as a National.  It wasn’t easy for me to cheer for St. Louis, but I did it … and you can imagine my excitement to see the Cardinals come back to beat Washington in Game 5 of the NLDS.

I’m sure Jayson Werth will find a way to badmouth Philadelphia fans for this, and not take responsibility for those words when asked about them weeks later.

Chin up, Werth.  You’ll be watching the rest of the playoffs from your couch, just like the rest of us … and you’ll get paid about a gazillion dollars to do it.  Maybe now that you have extra time on your hands, you can see about getting that long overdue haircut.  You could always call your old buddy Raúl Iba – oh, my bad.  He’s busy.  Looks like Hunter Pence is, too …  at least the former Phillies right fielder who advanced to the NLCS is the likeable one.

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Jayson Werth Needs to Stop Talking

August 26th, 2012 by AmyMac | 1 Comment | Filed in Baseball, General

Hey, Jayson, know what's good for wrist pain? A trip to the barber.

By Amy McGinnis

Jayson Werth makes me like Domonic Brown more and more.  To be fair, I’ve never liked Werth.  I was a Geoff Jenkins fan; sure, he didn’t possess the same athleticism as Werth, but I’m fond of utility players with good attitudes.  I was happy to see Werth go after 2010, because along with his cocky attitude, I was growing tired of watching him stand at the plate like a deer in headlights when there were two outs and RISP.  I was as shocked as everyone else when I heard how much Washington offered him – I realize that inflated contracts are popping up all over the place, but that kind of money – to me, that should be reserved for star players.  Werth has always been a good complementary player, meaning he’s a vital piece to the puzzle.  He’s not a player to build a team around.  When that contract was formed, Werth had never hit .300, nor had he knocked in 100.  My reaction was, “Good luck with that, Nats.” A lot of fans were offended that Werth left for the money; I was more offended that he even asked for that ridiculous amount.  I mean, honestly … who the hell does he think he is?

In spring 2012, we got to know Nationals’ COO Andy Feffer – by the way, I can’t read or hear his name without saying the Dr. Seuss line, “four fluffy feathers on a fiffer feffer feff.” He’s the one who initiated the bullshit “Natitude” and “Take Back the Park” nonsense.  In May, when Werth ate it in the outfield while trying to grab Polanco’s sinking liner, he broke his wrist.  I remember saying, “Maybe his Natitude got in the way.” Apparently, while exiting the field (see photo), Phillies fans chanted “You deserve it” and “That’s what you get.” Afterward, Werth stated, “After walking off the field feeling nauseous knowing my wrist was broke and Philly fans yelling … I am motivated to get back quickly and see to it personally that those people never walk down Broad Street in celebration again.”  I’d never suggest that Feffer would wish injury on a player, but I’m pretty sure he saw this as an opportunity to feed the rivalry he is so desperate to have with Philadelphia.  A+ for effort in trying to get “those people” fired up, but … a lot of us think Werth is a douchebag and didn’t take the pitiful bait.

Much to my liking, Jayson Werth was out of any kind of spotlight for a little while.  Well, now he’s back, and he’s talking to the media again.  Jayson, if you’re reading this (and let’s be honest – you seem like the kind of dude to Google your own name), let me give you a tip: Stop talking.  Or, at the very least, keep our names out of your mouth … and it’s “my wrist was broken,” not “broke.”  It’s bad enough that you look like a caveman; there’s no need to talk like one.

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Phillies Could Be In Trouble

February 5th, 2012 by Commons8 | 6 Comments | Filed in Baseball, General


I took each position in the division and gave each Opening Day starter a number one to five, one being the best, five being the worst. The lower the team’s overall number, the “better” the team. Keep in mind, these are my personal rankings for each position. Discussion is suggested.

These types of rankings are never reliable forms of predicting the standings at the end of the year, but they do give you an interesting look at how the roster of a team was built. Even with these rankings, I still think the Nationals will give the Phillies a good run for 3rd Place this upcoming 2012 season.

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Let us know where you disagree on the rankings.

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All Eyes on Ibañez, Werth in Phils-Nats Series

May 5th, 2011 by AmyMac | 1 Comment | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

By Amy McCormick

We had all been waiting for Jayson Werth to return to Philadelphia for the first time as part of the Washington Nationals.  How would he be received?  Some Phils fans couldn’t wait to heckle him, while others said they would welcome him back with appreciation, since he was part of our 2008 championship team.  The result?  Well, it sort of started out with some booing that led to a standing ovation and a lot of applause for his first at-bat.  He recognized the fans with a tip of his helmet.  On MLB Network Radio, Charlie Manuel said, “They definitely have a warm spot in their heart for Jayson, ‘cause he played good here.”  I suppose I’m part of the minority, then.

Werth hit a dismal .221 in the month of April, and didn’t exactly win me over with his 2 for 10 in the series against the Phils.  That, to me, solidifies my opinion that he doesn’t perform on a team that struggles.  I maintain that DC made a comically awful deal when they signed Werth.   

Meanwhile, the Phillies have much to celebrate.  Not only did they sweep the Nats, but Raul Ibañez finally abandoned his 0-35 batting slump.  That’s right.  Zero hits in 35 at-bats.  My patience had worn thin, but Charlie Manuel, always loyal to his players, insisted that he would shake it off.  I wondered how long he would let this go on before he wised up and played Mayberry.

This was not a gradual climb out of a slump.

Ibañez went 8 for 12 in the three game series (not a typo).  This includes two homeruns and five RBIs. Welcome back, Mr. Ibañez.  We’ve missed you.  It’s nice to see an offense that isn’t merely a Howard-Polanco effort.  Hopefully this streak is longer than that terrible slump was.  I don’t mind being proven wrong when it benefits the team this much.

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Time To Prove His Werth During National Concern

April 12th, 2011 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Time To Prove His Werth During National Concern | Filed in General

Zimmerman is out. LaRoche is questionable. Can Werth pick up the slack?

As the Phillies enter game one of their three game series with the Nationals, news out of the nation’s capital doesn’t look good. Well, for the Nationals that is. Yesterday, the Nationals placed 3B Ryan Zimmerman on the 15-day DL with a slight abdominal strain. Zimmerman has been dealing with the strain since spring training. To make matters worse, 1B Adam LaRoche is questionable for tonight’s game with a slight labrum tear in his shoulder and left Sunday’s game against the Mets with a slight groin strain. While the groin strain isn’t believed to affect LaRoche too much if he does play, I would definitely think the shoulder injury will affect his hitting. So the Nationals are already down Zimmerman, losing LaRoche would definitely impede their ability to compete with Phillies. Looks like even more pressure will be on “premeire” off season acquisition Jayson Werth to succeed against the Phillies.

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