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The Man Behind The Curtain

May 24th, 2013 by Mike H. | Comments Off on The Man Behind The Curtain | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies


by Michael Haftman

Why is Ruin Tomorrow Sooner…..I mean Ruben Amaro Junior, the general manager of this team? What did/does he do to make him the most qualified to be in his position? In 2008, it really seemed as if the Phillies were down to two options as Pat Gillick’s successor: Amaro and Mike Arbuckle. While Amaro literally worked his way up from bat boy to player to front office representative, Arbuckle did his fair share of work. Arbuckle had been a scout since before Amaro was shaving. So with literally 30 years of evaluation under his belt, what held back Arbuckle? He obviously had a reputation within the league, as he was hired literally days after resigning from his position with the Phillies.

One has to wonder where this franchise would be if the choice was different. Would there have been another championship? Would the farm be in such a state of disarray? Like the reasoning behind the choice four and a half years ago, the world will never know. Ultimately, I think it’ll be a choice this franchise will regret, and with each season that passes, and each prospect traded away for a band aid, this franchise will fall deeper and deeper into baseball obscurity.

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Halladay Hiding Injury?

May 1st, 2013 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Halladay Hiding Injury? | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

After yet another batting practice session, Roy Halladay is looking less and less like “Doc” and more like a patient. Halladay’s ERA is dangerously close to 7.00, and it’s becoming clear to me what the problem is. Halladay is injured. In fact, it’s my belief that Halladay has a shoulder injury. In my experience watching baseball, pitchers show obvious signs as to how they are feeling. A pitcher whose average velocity is significantly lower than normal is usually hampered by an elbow injury. A pitcher who is having control issues is generally suffering from a shoulder problem. Some skeptics will say that Halladay is striking out six per start and nearly a K/9 of 9, but let’s dig deeper for a second. As recent as 2011, Halladay averaged between 70-80% of his pitches to be strikes in the zone or balls swung at out of the zone. This year that number has dropped significantly as his strike rate is closer to 50-60%.

Hopefully, Halladay can beat this issue and spend as little time on the disabled list as possible. If not, no words will be truer than those of Aaron Eckhart in “The Dark Knight”:

“You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain.”

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Phillies Notes: 4/9

April 9th, 2013 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Phillies Notes: 4/9 | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

Oswalt back to Philly??

by Michael Haftman

When asked by a fan on Twitter if he would return to Philadelphia, Roy Oswalt said that not only would he come back due to his friendship with Roy Halladay, but he hasn’t felt this good since 2010. Could a mid-season reunion be in store?

With the Phillies having question marks in the outfield, one has to wonder if the recently designated for assignment Julio Borbon would be worth placing a claim on. He’d definitely be both an offensive and defensive upgrade over Laynce Nix.

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Rollins = America!

January 17th, 2013 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Rollins = America! | Filed in General

As the official 2013 United States roster is unveiled for this iteration of the World Baseball Classic, the Phillies only representative so far is Jimmy Rollins. Later today, when the international teams are announced, we may find other Phillies involved, but for now, only Rollins will miss time with team. This will benefit Freddy Galvis, as he will most likely get the nod at short in his absence.

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Return To Oz?

May 19th, 2012 by Mike H. | 2 Comments | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

Oswalt a Phillie again??

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports tweeted Friday that Roy Oswalt recently threw a bullpen for the Phillies. He also went on to report that it is very possible that Oswalt may sign as early as next week.

Now if the Phillies are attempting to bring back Oswalt for a second tour, one of two scenarios seem inevitable. The first is that Vance Worley’s injury is worse than reported. Would it really surprise any Phillies fan that the Phillies would not be entirely truthful about the health of a player.

The second scenario involves a complimentary move. Specifically, trading one of your current pitchers in the starting rotation. There would be no room for Oswalt if Worley is in fact healthy. Right now the only options that will potentially bring back any value are Cole Hamels and Joe Blanton, with Hamels bringing back a better return. Each day (and start) that passes, each pitcher’s value drops a little more. So if the Phillies are in fact close to bringing back Oswalt, a complimentary trade could be announced simultaneously. Which pitcher is involved is the more important question.

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Qualls Proving His Worth

May 16th, 2012 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Qualls Proving His Worth | Filed in Baseball, Phillies

The addition of Chad Qualls is still baffling to me. All recent data pointed to Qualls being horrible, but the Phillies ignored logic. After a decent start to the season, Qualls has fallen apart at the seams and already has blown four saves. Despite being on top of, if not already over the cap, Qualls’ next appearance will hopefully be on the designated for assignment report.

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Amaro’s AA Meeting

May 11th, 2012 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Amaro’s AA Meeting | Filed in Baseball, Phillies

Is Wheeling and Dealing again

No, Ruben Amaro isn’t a raging alcoholic, but Ken Rosenthal has tweeted that, according to multiple sources, the Phillies GM has been in contact with Toronto Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopolous about both SP Cole Hamels and CF Shane Victorino. At this point nothing is imminent, but if Toronto wants Hamels plus, hopefully the conversation begins and ends with 3B Brett Lawrie.

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