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Explaining Cody Asche’s struggles this season

April 30th, 2014 by Kyle Lutz | Comments Off on Explaining Cody Asche’s struggles this season | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

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The Phillies’ young, 23-year-old third baseman Cody Asche has seen his fair share of struggles thus far this season, and the learning curve for him appears to be in full effect going forward.

Asche’s in his second season with the team after being promoted from AAA Lehigh last July, on the 30th. Cody put forth a solid effort with Lehigh last year, eventually earning himself a spot on the IL team (Class AAA International League) in the Triple-A All-Star Game. Prior to his promotion to the Major League level, he was batting a solid .295, with 15 home runs and 68 RBIs to boot. He would go on to be named the team’s Player of the Month for the month of July. The Phillies’ upper management decided to call him up in order to give him an extended look at playing third base, particularly to compare him to fellow third baseman Maikel Franco, the latter of which is currently with Lehigh; filling in for Asche. 

Even if Franco ends up becoming a star; all while overshadowing and making Philadelphia fans forget about Asche; if the latter doesn’t succeed in his Major League career, Asche is a piece that could remain in the organization nonetheless. This of course depends upon his willingness to be liberal; in trying new approaches at the plate, field, or within a new position on the field, given it comes down to that.

The team doesn’t have as much depth in positional spots like they did a few years ago when they had a successful blend of young stars and veterans yearning for a championship ring.

Asche somehow won a spot on the team out of Spring Training this past season over Franco, despite only hitting a meager .170 in Spring Training. In Spring Training he was tied for the team lead in home runs and RBIs with 3 and 8, respectively. Thus, it’s assumed that the team considering that fact, as well as the lack of depth at third base coming into this year, when determining whether or not he’d make the club. Apparently they saw something in him that his batting average didn’t.

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Phillies and catcher Carlos Ruiz agree to a 3 year, $26 million dollar deal

November 19th, 2013 by Kyle Lutz | Comments Off on Phillies and catcher Carlos Ruiz agree to a 3 year, $26 million dollar deal | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

(AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

The potential loss of an All-Star caliber catcher, and one of the best defensive catchers in the game, had to be looming over the Phillies’ heads, prior to re-signing the nine year veteran (all with Philadelphia) and All-Star to a lucrative deal on Monday.

Ruiz and the Phillies agreed to a $26 million dollar, 3-year deal that will keep him a Philadelphia Phillie for at least another three years (and overall, a decade almost) potentially. The contract also includes a club option for 2017.

Ruiz, in the thin market this off-season for catchers, was heavily pursued and contacted by numerous teams, many of which were contenders or playoff teams this past season, including Boston, the Yankees, and Colorado, among others.

Last season was a tough one, to say the least, for Ruiz. Not only was he officially suspended by Major League Baseball for 25 games, just over a year ago, prior to the 2013 season, due to testing positive for an amphetamine, but he performed poorly on the field as well offensively- perhaps due to his body weaning itself off of the drugs.

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Phillies sign Marlon Byrd to a two-year, reported $16M deal

November 13th, 2013 by Kyle Lutz | 1 Comment | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

It looks like the Fightin Phils have brought back our ole friend Marlon Byrd, who played originally with the team, primarily as a center fielder, from 2002-2005. According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, the deal is indeed for $16 million.

Byrd is a 36-year old outfielder from Florida. In a way, he’s a remarkable, low draft pick story, considering the fact that he’s had a decent career thus far. He was originally drafted by the Phils in the 10th round of the 1999 MLB amateur draft. The Phillies called him up three years later, as a September call-up, and he made his Major League debut at age 25 on September 8th, 2002.

Although he only played in 10 games that season, the following two years he played a combined 241 games with Philadelphia. In that span, he finished in the top 5 in NL Rookie of the Year Award voting (he placed 4th in 2003), and averaged a batting average of .272. He had a respectable, solid rookie year, in which he hit .303 with 150 hits, 28 doubles, 7 home runs and 45 RBIs in 135 games.  Immediately after that, his play would decline a bit statistically, up until he regained his form in 2007 with Texas. For those next four seasons (2007-2010), Byrd would hit .283 or better every season. He’s a career .280 hitter, with an average of 14 home runs, 69 RBIs, 158 hits and 33 doubles- per a 162-game season.

This past year, in which he split time with the Mets and Pittsburgh, he had a very solid season, despite his age. Overall, he hit .291, with a career-high 24 home runs, and 88 RBIs. He’s played on four different teams within the past two years (Chicago, Boston, New York and Pittsburgh), so, for Byrd, I’m sure this is a relief in being able to finally settle in one place for a little bit of time. Out of his 12 total MLB seasons so far, he’s played in Philadelphia the most amount of years among his other teams (4).

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Another Phillies Throw Up!

June 12th, 2010 by Schmitty | Comments Off on Another Phillies Throw Up! | Filed in Baseball, General, MLB, Phillies
Throw up

Throw up

Fellow fans I will make this brief. It is not even July yet, but this Phils team has sent me to the toilet several times already. And I don’t even hit booze anymore!

Seriously, what the heck is going on? Someone tell me so I can sleep!  We came in as a pretty heavy favorite in the NL this year again, but this becoming a joke.  There are tons of games left, but enough is enough!  I may have to turn to golf, which I hate, until they at least show respectability.  The Bad News Bears, with that loud-mouthed blonde shortstop could beat this team right now!

Is heart, hustle, mental cases, over-evaluation of talent, complacency?  I seriously dont know!

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