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Deconstructing The Phillies: Middle Infield

November 20th, 2014 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Deconstructing The Phillies: Middle Infield | Filed in Baseball, Phillies

Ah, the Hot Stove is in full swing. Hot Stove is back on MLB Network. MLB rumors are blowing up on Twitter. Record/stupid contracts are being tossed at players like they are Cracker Jacks. You gotta love the MLB offseason. Not even just as a Phillies fan, but as a fan of the game. Some moves have WOW-ed, while others make you go, “What?”. It’s been a bit, but let’s push forward with wheels and deals. I am including the catcher position in the middle infield category as it is in the infield, and considered “up the middle”. Plus, I didn’t think it warranted its own post. Plus, I’m going to be updating my thoughts on a previous trade in the summary section. (more…)

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Why Steve Carlton Should Have Won the 1972 National League Most Valuable Player Award

January 12th, 2014 by Kyle Lutz | Comments Off on Why Steve Carlton Should Have Won the 1972 National League Most Valuable Player Award | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies
(AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy)

(AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy)

Steve Carlton, arguably the Philadelphia Phillies’ best pitcher in franchise history, came into the league with St. Louis in 1965. He wasn’t drafted, but instead, out of college no less, signed with the team for $5,000 two years prior in 1963. From there he transformed over time into one of the best pitchers in baseball, and in hindsight one of the best of all-time.

His repertoire included a sweeping curveball, a powerful ‘mid-90s fastball and a late-breaking slider, which all proved to equally be his out pitches. After seven seasons with the Cardinals, he was traded in February of 1972 for fellow starting pitcher Rick Wise, who made the National League All-Star team a year prior to the trade (1971). Wise was a strong, top-of-the-order starting pitcher at the time. In 1971, he went 17-14 with an impressive ERA of 2.88 in 272.1 innings pitched. He only pitched two seasons with St. Louis before being traded again, after winning 16 games in succession; this time to Boston,

With St. Louis, Carlton had three seasons with below-3 ERAs. Although he led the league in losses (19) in 1970, the previous three seasons he compiled an ERA of 2.70, a win-loss record of 44-31 and a winning percentage of 59. In two of those three seasons he also made the All-Star team. His minor setbacks on the mound mixed with his contract demands (he wanted $65,000 from St. Louis, which they refused to pay him. They offered him $60,000 instead) the next two years led to his subsequent trade to Philly.

It was a strange, peculiar scenario for both players, as both teams were willing to pay the opposite team’s player the amount they wanted (both wanted $65,000), but yet they were unwilling to pay their own the same amount for whatever reason.

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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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