Posts Tagged ‘john mayberry jr.’

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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Mayberry Traded

September 1st, 2014 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Mayberry Traded | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies


This one gets filed under W for Why? On the last day of being able to make a trade of significance, Ruben Amaro Jr spent the afternoon haggling with Alex Anthopoulos over how to save $250k this season. The Phillies traded Mayberry to Toronto for minor league third baseman Gustavo Pierre. Outside of saving the money, the Phillies gain nothing moving forward. Pierre, 23 in December, is a career .247/.282/.378 hitter who has never seen double digit home runs in any season.

With the log jam of players who either are third basemen, Cody Asche, Maikel Franco, etc., and guys, like Jake Fox, who can play third base, why acquire another third baseman. Worse yet, the way this guy projects, he’s going to end up a career minor leaguer who can play first base, third base, or be a designated hitter. Don’t get me wrong, Mayberry had zero value in the trade market. I probably would’ve been happier having him traded for Low A relief pitcher that had even a remote shot at potential.

I guess this one falls “under making a trade, just to make a trade.” Whatever. All we can do is hope this is the last (non-) move Ruben Amaro Jr. is allowed to make as general manager of the Phillies.

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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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John Mayberry Jr. with Walk Off Grand Slam Win

June 4th, 2013 by Leo | Comments Off on John Mayberry Jr. with Walk Off Grand Slam Win | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies


The Phillies won their game last night against Miami in the most dramatic fashion.  After the game going into extra innings and going down a run in the 10th, Mayberry stepped up and hit a home run to tie it at 3-3.  In the bottom of the 11th Mayberry stepped up to the plate again with the bases loaded and hit a walk off Grand Slam homer to win it for the Phils 7-3.  It’s the first walk off grand slam since Dale Murphy in 1991.

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All In The Name: Josh Hamilton vs. B.J. Upton

November 19th, 2012 by Mike H. | Comments Off on All In The Name: Josh Hamilton vs. B.J. Upton | Filed in Baseball, Phillies, Sports

Earlier in the offseason, I wrote a piece in which I stated that Ruben Amaro and the Phillies should completely stay away from the free agent class for centerfielders. Alas, what you or I would do is generally the exact opposite of what Amaro does.  I’m still advocating staying away from signing either option as both have their flaws that throw up red flags to me.

The case for not signing either one:

First of all, both have their off the field problems.  Hamilton’s a walking anxiety disorder. He suffers from alcoholism, has trouble staying on the field, and is already on the wrong side of 30. As we know most “elite” players who are signed to massive contracts after age 30, generally don’t live up to their contract.  He is also left-handed. On a lineup already saturated with left-handed hitters, Hamilton doesn’t help the need for a right-handed power bat. On the other hand, B.J. Upton is a right-handed bat with pop, but tends to strike out on par with Ryan Howard. While Upton does manage to stay on the field, his level of “effort” seems to make people wish he wasn’t in the lineup. The biggest reason why neither player should be signed is purely financially motivated. Both are looking for multi-year deals in the neighborhood of 5-7 years at 15-25 million per year. (more…)

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Phils Win in Extra Innings

September 2nd, 2012 by AmyMac | Comments Off on Phils Win in Extra Innings | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

A+ for effort, Chipper.

By Amy McGinnis

Last night at Turner Field, Roy Halladay and Mike Minor were the starting pitchers for what turned out to be an exciting game.  Here are some things I enjoyed on Friday …

It was a hot and humid night in Atlanta; Doc was sweating like a whore in church and it seemed as if he was spoon-feeding his sinker to batters.  I hate to say it, but I’m glad Halladay was as pissed off as he was.  It’s rare that we see him show any emotion, since he’s always so focused, and the anger he displayed showed that he cares.  When Charlie pulled him from the mound to allow Jeremy Horst to take over, Doc stormed through the dugout and kept walking.

Jimmy Rollins was back in the lineup after having apologized to Manuel for his lack of hustle.  I respect when a player takes responsibility for his actions, and Jimmy initiated the meeting, which shows some humility.  I also respect when a player hustles his ass no matter what, though, so we’ll see if Rollins flips that switch.


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Phils Split the Series in Milwaukee

August 21st, 2012 by AmyMac | Comments Off on Phils Split the Series in Milwaukee | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

Attaboy, Kendrick!

By Amy McGinnis

Thursday night began a four-game series for the Phillies in Milwaukee.  Cliff Lee struck out twelve; our bullpen effectively threw the Phils’ lead into the garbage.  Josh Lindblom, of Victorino-trade fame, let up a grand slam to Corey Hart in the eighth inning.  Thanks, Josh.  Welcome to Philadelphia.  “I haven’t really made pitches,” he said.  Again … Thanks, Josh.  In addition to Hart’s blast, Ryan Braun also homered twice.  Test.  Him.  For PEDs.  Again. After the game, my least favorite Brewer ever said, “Baseball’s such a game of confidence … when you’ve had success, you’re that much more confident.” Fine; it’s true.  Anything that comes from Ryan Braun, though, seems so … douchey.

On Friday night, Vance Worley took the hill.  I’m sure you agree with me when I say I’m not happy with Worley’s performance post-All Star Break; something I have always loved, though, is how Worley handles the media.  He doesn’t mince words, and he takes responsibility for his misgivings.  When asked about the public’s speculation that his poor outings are due to an injured arm, Worley said, “Quit crying.” He stated – adamantly – that his arm feels fine, and that he needs to do a better job with his pitches.  (That earns a few points in my book.) In the bottom of the fourth inning, on Dom Brown’s error, Nyjer Morgan ripped a two-run triple.  As if that weren’t bad enough, Worley let up two more runs in that inning, after 44 pitches (not a typo).  The fourth inning was brutal to watch; it was one of those “Please, for the love of all things holy, just end this, for shit’s sake” kinds of innings.  Domonic Brown, like his teammate Worley, took responsibility for his blunder.  “I got back there good.  I just dropped it.”  I think it would be unfair and inaccurate to blame the loss on Brown.  Thank you, Vance and Dom,  for not insulting our intelligence with bullshit excuses.  Have I mentioned how happy I am to see Dom in Philadelphia?  Phils lost, 6-2. 

Cole Hamels started Saturday night, earning his fourteenth win.  Is this a late surge for Cy Young?  I’m pretty sure you all know who gets my vote.  Offensively, Howard and Utley each went 2-4, and John Mayberry Jr. and Erik Kratz hit back to back homers.  It’s nice to see Howard and Utley hitting the way they really should be; it’s equally as nice to see Mayberry and Kratz pulling their weight.  Overall, it was a solid offensive effort by Philadelphia.  In the Phils’ 4-3 win, Cole had ten strikeouts, and Braun hit his fourth homerun of the series.  Seriously … get the man a cup to piss into.  Somebody.  Quickly.  Sure, it’s possible that he could perform like this naturally; given his past, um, indiscretions … just test him. 


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