Posts Tagged ‘Phillies Opinions’

My Open Letter to Gary Cederstrom

May 23rd, 2012 by AmyMac | Comments Off on My Open Letter to Gary Cederstrom | Filed in Baseball, General, MLB, Phillies, Sports

Dear Mr. Cederstrom,

In the third inning of last night’s game at Citizen’s Bank Park, you ejected Carlos Ruiz.  This caused a little uproar amongst us Phillies fans for two reasons: 1) No one ejects Chooch, and 2) No one ejects Chooch in Philadelphia. The Phils finished the game without Ruiz, who is not only an amazing catcher; he leads the team with 29 RBIs this season.  He was the first catcher to knock in seven runs in one game … does any of this ring a bell?  He’s a beast.  Not to mention, when his boy Halladay is off his game, Chooch provides the run support.  My friend Scott said about last night’s loss, “I blame the ump for booting Chooch.”  I’m OK with that.  I wasn’t happy last night and I hope that for your sake you requested a police escort to your car after the game.

We saw the game.  We saw Ruiz turn and tell you that it was a strike.  Suddenly, he was sent home.  If I wasn’t happy last night, then I’m not even sure what to say about how I feel today.  It turns out that because Ruiz made eye contact with you, you tossed him.  He didn’t swear, approach you physically, or lose his shit.  He looked at you.  I’m not sure how to say this other than … really? Really, Cederstrom? Since when is that offensive? As a matter of fact, where I come from, looking at someone when you speak to him or her is considered good manners.  Even my three year old knows not to whine “She’s looking at meeee!!!” in an attempt to get one of her sisters into trouble.

So, which is it, Gary? Were you acting like a bratty preschooler who doesn’t know how to act? Or were you asking like an arrogant asshole MLB ump with a God complex? I certainly can’t decide.  To be honest, I see arguments for both.  I suppose it’s the cool thing to do – all the umpires are doing it.  It’s super fun to make bullshit calls and not be held accountable by anyone.  Why not abuse your powers of calling strikes and balls and start tossing players on a whim? Sounds like a good time to me.  Remember my three year old I mentioned? She’s legally blind.  She could do a far better job in your position than you and your colleagues do.  Hell, maybe I’ll get rowdy and in someone’s face while in line at Starbucks today.  Ya know, if they dare to look at me.

My advice to you – and you might want to pass it along to your ump buddies – is to get the hell over yourself.  It’s a slippery slope and karma’s a bitch.



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I Wish I Had Raul Ibanez’ Job Security

August 18th, 2011 by Johnny G | 4 Comments | Filed in Baseball, General, MLB, Phillies, Sports

Imagine you worked at a major corporation where performance was absolutely critical and competition between employees was extremely intense. Now also imagine, among all of your fellow employees with enough opportunities to qualify, you ranked 139th out of 140. The man behind you was demoted, the man directly in front of you was demoted, and the man two spots ahead of you was just flat out fired. You on the other hand, continue to wake up every morning and go about your business in the same poor, slow, and unimpressive manner. Day after day you cost the company money even while a younger, faster, and more productive worker sits on the sidelines doing meaningless tasks such as fetching your lunch or giving you an occasional break when you are tired. This seems almost impossible, right? Not quite.

If you’re a Phillies fan, the story above probably sounds like an exact replica of the situation going on at Citizens Bank Park every night. Raul Ibanez ranks 139th out of 140 outfielders with at least 150 plate appearances (not that many for this point in the season). The 140th ranked outfielder is Felix Pie, who has been relegated to the bench. The 138th ranked outfielder is Magglio Ordonez, who has also been relegated to the bench, and finally the 137th ranked outfielder is Tyler Colvin, who was just flat out shipped to the minor leagues. Standing steady in between those three is the indestructible Raul Ibanez. He continues to trot out there night in and night out as John Mayberry Jr. sits on the bench.

Let’s try to put this all in perspective, as much as we can. The Phillies have no future commitment to Ibanez, his contract is up after this season (thank god). He is ancient (39 years old). He is ranked 139th out of 140 qualifying outfielders. There are SIXTY players in the Major leagues right now with a better batting average than Raul Ibanez’ on base percentage (.282). He ranks 293rd in on base percentage, just a tick above Wilson Valdez. According to Fangraphs WAR statistic, Ibanez has cost the Phillies 1.5 wins on the season. Ibanez ranks dead last in defensive efficiency among qualifying outfielders, costing the Phillies just about 19 runs more than average defensive outfielder would. Not only is it amazing that he’s dead last, but he has cost the Phillies 7 more runs than Felix Pie has cost the Orioles, who ranks 139th on the list. Ibanez is hitting .105 in his last 10 games, .133 in August, .187 on the road, .193 in the last 30 days, and most importantly .236 on the season.

Enter John Mayberry Jr. Let me start off by saying, there is no one in the Philadelphia area with a more pessimistic view of Mayberry as a player than me, but even I recognize that this kid deserves to play in the situation that he is in. Mayberry has received limited at-bats but he still boasts a .263 batting average, .321 OBP, with 9 homeruns. Mayberry has actually been better than average defensively, saving the Phillies 0.1 runs in his limited time in the outfield. Not to mention his WAR (Wins Above Replacement) of 1.2, compared to Ibanez’ -1.5. Mayberry is younger, has more upside, could be player on this team beyond this season, is faster, throws better, gets on base more, hits for more power, and hits for a better average. Raul Ibanez has been historically bad this season and it is all in the shadows because of the mediocre 16 homerun total he has sitting on his stat sheet. In every other portion of the game of baseball, Raul Ibanez has been horrendous. Mayberry may be nothing more than a platoon bat or a AAAA player but Raul has sunk quite a ways below that point. Let the kid play and see what you have there. It’s a disservice to the pitchers that take the mound, it’s a disservice to every player in that clubhouse, it’s a disservice to the fans, and most of all it’s a disservice to John Mayberry.


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Wheels & Sarge At It Again

May 22nd, 2011 by Tophat | Comments Off on Wheels & Sarge At It Again | Filed in Baseball, General, MLB, Phillies, Sports

Gary Matthews

The Phillies announcers were it again today. 

Wheels ‘educates us’ to the fact that Texas’ whole dynamic will change when two regular players return to the lineup from the DL, replacing two bench players.  No spit Sherlock!  You could have added that  this happens to every team in the history of the game.


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Renewed Faith in RAUULLLLLL?

September 24th, 2010 by OD20 | 7 Comments | Filed in Baseball, General, MLB, Phillies, Sports

Raul.. but bad Raul – Right arm barred out, he’s already getting extension BEHIND home plate, that is one LOOOONG swing. Thank God It has changed!

I’m going to tell you now, if you are looking for some soft article about an inspiring story, this isn’t it.  This is going to be some serious mechanical analysis, so if you are interested in what these guys are working on day in and day out in the cage, then buckle up – because I wanna dig deep into the swing of RAUUUUUUUL.

There was an interesting article posted on another Philly sports site this morning (I won’t link it, our site is better) and it got into the psychology and the intangibles that have lead Raul Ibanez to hit close to .300 and OPS close to .900 over the last 90 or so games.  Essentially the article emphasized the character of Raul and his approach and philosophy to slumps and staying resilient in the game.

Its all fun, its all fluff, until some almost throw away quotes mid story.  Look, Raul deserves credit.  He’s one of those athletes that “GETS IT”.  He’s a hard worker, he’s not spoiled, he’s humble, he’s hungry to win, and he turned down some chances to be one of the key pieces hitting in the 3-5 spot on some average teams, to come to Philly, hit 6th or 7th and be a complimentary player on a team that has a shot at a ring.  He’s awesome.

What I am interested in, however, is what he’s done mechanically to get from point A to point B.  The article on the other site included a quote from Charlie Manuel about 2/3rds of the way through it about a change that Raul made.


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