Posts Tagged ‘MLB Rumors’

Following The 40: Prime Directives

November 6th, 2015 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Following The 40: Prime Directives | Filed in Baseball, General, MLB, Phillies

Team President Andy MacPhail, General Manager Matt Klentak, and John Middleton

As expected, the Phillies selected the successor to Ruben Amaro Jr.’s throne. It really seemed like a formality that Team President Andy MacPhail would choose Matt Klentak based off of previous work experience in Baltimore where he served as Director of Baseball Operations. During his introductory statement, Klentak laid forth a set of prime directives that the Phillies would abide by under his watch.

  • Discipline
  • Connectivity
  • Information
  • Culture
  • Winning

Just reading his quotes as to how he will lead this team going forward gives me a sense of hope. Granted a potentially strong base of prospects relatively close to the majors backed by an ownership group with rather deep pockets doesn’t hurt, but talking about discipline, which wasn’t one of his predecessor’s finest qualities, should also let the fans know not to expect the huge splash….yet. What Amaro never learned in his time as General Manager was a lesson he could have learned from Taylor Swift (yes that Taylor Swift). That band aids don’t fix bullet holes. Roy Oswalt and Hunter Pence were both reactionary moves that set the franchise back. Both were meant to cover mistakes in getting rid of Cliff Lee and Jayson Werth, but the cost was detrimental in long-term decisions.

Connectivity and Information will work hand in hand as the team re-evaluates how the team is built going forward. The concept of synergy was not a point of strength since Pat Gillick rode off into the sunset, World Series trophy in hand. In fact, it really seemed like one hand didn’t know what the other hand was doing the majority of the time. I’m excited to see what this franchise can become with an analytic weaponry and the payroll to back it up.


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Report: Phillies and Cubs talking Cole Hamels deal

July 24th, 2015 by Sam Shipley | Comments Off on Report: Phillies and Cubs talking Cole Hamels deal | Filed in Baseball, MLB, Phillies

The MLB Trade Deadline is officially one week away and the big question in Philadelphia is whether Cole Hamels will still be a member of the Phillies after July 31st.

As of now there have not been many reports indicating that a Hamels trade is in any kind of advanced stages, and quite honestly there haven’t been many reports indicating a lot of trade talk for the former World Series MVP.

However, talks are likely to pick up as we get closer to the deadline. One team who has interest in trading for Hamels is the Chicago Cubs.

According to CSN Chicago’s David Kaplan, the Cubs and Phillies are in conversations about a deal that would send Hamels to the Cubs:

“MLB sources confirmed to me this afternoon that the Cubs have been in discussions with the Philadelphia Phillies on a deal for Cole Hamels who has three years left on his current contract plus an option year. While he is an expensive piece he fits the needs of the team to upgrade their rotation while adding a player who would be a part of the team beyond the rest of this season. The Cubs will probably add an additional starter for depth perhaps as a rental type but that is not expected to be a significant acquisition.”


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Pat The Bat Retires **UPDATE**

April 12th, 2012 by Mike H. | 1 Comment | Filed in 94WIP, Baseball, General, MLB, Phillies

Thanks for the memories!

Pat Burrell has decided to call it a career. He’s been plagued by a chronic foot injury for years. Burrell played in 12 seasons for the Phillies, Rays, and Giants winning World Series rings with the Phillies (2008) and the Giants (2010). He finished his career eight home runs shy of 300 and 24 RBIs from 1000. While Burrell isn’t a sure fire Hall of Famer, he has a very good chance to make the Phillies Wall of Fame. Burrell finished his Phillies career on top winning a World Series, leading the parade with Elvis (his dog), and compiling a .257/.367/.485 career line with 251 home runs and 827 runs batted in.  On behalf of all of at TSP, thanks for the memories and good luck in all of your future endeavors.

**UPDATE** Pat Burrell will leave his baseball career the same way he entered it, as a Philadelphia Phillie. Burrell is set to sign a one day contract, so that he can retire a member of the organization that drafted, developed, and made him a star. The Phillies are also preparing a special event on May 19th for Burrell. Pride of the Phillies print for all fans in attendance? Who knows.

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ESPN Sources: Josh Hamilton Has Alcohol Relapse

February 2nd, 2012 by Johnny G | Comments Off on ESPN Sources: Josh Hamilton Has Alcohol Relapse | Filed in Baseball, General, MLB, Sports


ESPN sources are stating that Texas Rangers’ slugger Josh Hamilton has had a relapse with his alcohol addiction on Tuesday.

The Rangers said in a statement that they are “aware of a situation but have no further comment at this time.”

The news was first reported by the Dallas Morning News on Tuesday. There are not many details regarding the situation but Hamilton did have an issue a little over three years ago in a bar in Tempe, Arizona. There were several photos taken (two of which are above) of Hamilton and three unidentified women in bar. This is a very sad story if this has negative implications on his life and career. The Rangers have dealt with Hamilton’s issues very well over the years, going as far as eliminating alcohol from post-season victory celebrations.


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Dallas Braden – Alex Rodriguez Feud

May 8th, 2010 by Christian | 10 Comments | Filed in Baseball, General, MLB, Phillies, Video

Not sure how many of you are following this story, but Alex Rodriguez and A’s pitcher Dallas Braden have been embroiled in a mild feud and exchanging words in the press after A-roid ran across the mound after making an out back on April 22nd.

The video below shows the incident and Braden’s comments after the game.

Things have heated up a bit since then…

“There are things that are going to have to happen,” Braden told CSN Bay Area. “Out of respect to my teammates, out of respect to the game. I think he’s probably garnered a new respect for the unwritten rules and the people who hold them close to their game. But I think you’re right, we don’t do much talking in the 209.”

Braden was referring to Stockton, Calif., known as 209, where he is from and attended high school.


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