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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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Phillies Offseason Preview: Rotation

August 18th, 2014 by Ryan Waterman | Comments Off on Phillies Offseason Preview: Rotation | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies


With the remainder of the MLB season winding down, I will be previewing the upcoming offseason for our Philadelphia Phillies. Over the next set of articles, I will take an in-depth look at each aspect of the Phillies team, where they currently stand, and how/if they can make themselves better in the upcoming offseason. First up, is the Phillies rotation, which has been just dreadful this season. Now, let’s get started.

Entering this season, there was much hope for an aging rotation that consisted of a 35-year-old Cliff Lee, 37-year-old AJ Burnett, and a 30-year-old Cole Hamels. However, that hope quickly turned to dismay, as Hamels started out the season on the DL, Lee served a 2 month DL stint early on in the season, and Burnett quickly struggled in pinstripes. To top it off, back-end starters Roberto Hernandez and Kyle Kendrick struggled mightily as well.

Cole Hamels, arguably the Phils best pitcher, currently has a record of 6-6, with a 2.37 ERA. After starting the season in ugly fashion, posting an ERA over 3.50 in both April and May, Hamels has lit the NL ablaze since June. He has posted 2 1/2 months of baseball, with a sub-2.00 ERA, and a sub-.225 opposing avg. Compiling 100 SOs since the month of June, Hamels’ tally is now up to 144 on the season. However, with trade rumors swirling around him, Hamels’ future in pinstripes is uncertain-to say the least. If I had to guess if Hamels would be the Phils 2015 Opening Day starter, I’d say it’s highly unlikely.

Cliff Lee has struggled this season. Posting a 4-5 record with a 3.65 ERA, Lee has yet to find his “stuff”, finding himself on the DL for two months early in the season, and than once again just weeks ago. The latter trip to the DL has ended Lee’s bad season, and it remains to be seen whether Lee will ever appear in red and white pinstripes again. If Lee returns next season, he will be 36 years old and have many questions surrounding his performance.

AJ Burnett just never really seemed to find his feet in the city of Brotherly Love. Despite his horrendous 6-13 record with a 4.35 ERA, not all of this season can be blamed on AJ. He hasn’t really received great offensive support, an issue that I’ll tackle in a future article. I’m pretty sure that if AJ was provided with more offense, his record would look much different than it does now. However, at 37 years of age, Burnett’s clock is ticking with father time, and his career will eventually come to a close. Many are speculating that due to his terrible season, he’ll cut his losses and hang up the cleats.


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