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The 2012 AmyMac Awards

October 2nd, 2012 by AmyMac | Comments Off on The 2012 AmyMac Awards | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

The AmyMac Awards

By Amy McGinnis

As the Phillies’ 2012 season draws to a close, I have some awards I’d like to give.

Best Silver Lining for the End of the Sellout Streak:  We were able to throw some fans-since-2008 bandwagoners overboard this season.

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Jayson Werth Needs to Stop Talking

August 26th, 2012 by AmyMac | 1 Comment | Filed in Baseball, General

Hey, Jayson, know what's good for wrist pain? A trip to the barber.

By Amy McGinnis

Jayson Werth makes me like Domonic Brown more and more.  To be fair, I’ve never liked Werth.  I was a Geoff Jenkins fan; sure, he didn’t possess the same athleticism as Werth, but I’m fond of utility players with good attitudes.  I was happy to see Werth go after 2010, because along with his cocky attitude, I was growing tired of watching him stand at the plate like a deer in headlights when there were two outs and RISP.  I was as shocked as everyone else when I heard how much Washington offered him – I realize that inflated contracts are popping up all over the place, but that kind of money – to me, that should be reserved for star players.  Werth has always been a good complementary player, meaning he’s a vital piece to the puzzle.  He’s not a player to build a team around.  When that contract was formed, Werth had never hit .300, nor had he knocked in 100.  My reaction was, “Good luck with that, Nats.” A lot of fans were offended that Werth left for the money; I was more offended that he even asked for that ridiculous amount.  I mean, honestly … who the hell does he think he is?

In spring 2012, we got to know Nationals’ COO Andy Feffer – by the way, I can’t read or hear his name without saying the Dr. Seuss line, “four fluffy feathers on a fiffer feffer feff.” He’s the one who initiated the bullshit “Natitude” and “Take Back the Park” nonsense.  In May, when Werth ate it in the outfield while trying to grab Polanco’s sinking liner, he broke his wrist.  I remember saying, “Maybe his Natitude got in the way.” Apparently, while exiting the field (see photo), Phillies fans chanted “You deserve it” and “That’s what you get.” Afterward, Werth stated, “After walking off the field feeling nauseous knowing my wrist was broke and Philly fans yelling … I am motivated to get back quickly and see to it personally that those people never walk down Broad Street in celebration again.”  I’d never suggest that Feffer would wish injury on a player, but I’m pretty sure he saw this as an opportunity to feed the rivalry he is so desperate to have with Philadelphia.  A+ for effort in trying to get “those people” fired up, but … a lot of us think Werth is a douchebag and didn’t take the pitiful bait.

Much to my liking, Jayson Werth was out of any kind of spotlight for a little while.  Well, now he’s back, and he’s talking to the media again.  Jayson, if you’re reading this (and let’s be honest – you seem like the kind of dude to Google your own name), let me give you a tip: Stop talking.  Or, at the very least, keep our names out of your mouth … and it’s “my wrist was broken,” not “broke.”  It’s bad enough that you look like a caveman; there’s no need to talk like one.

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My Letter to Plácido Polanco

August 22nd, 2012 by AmyMac | Comments Off on My Letter to Plácido Polanco | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

We have some lovely parting gifts for you, Mr. Polanco. How do you feel about a Hunter Pence bobblehead?

Dear Mr. Polanco,

This letter is not easy for me to write, as I have been a fan of yours for some time.  I’ll try to get to the point as quickly and painlessly as I can.  You returned to Philadelphia in 2010, making us forget about Pedro Feliz (I know, I  forgot about him again, too) at third base.  We fans were excited to see you back, and you delivered both in the field and at the plate.  Last season, you earned a Gold Glove Award and a spot in the All Star Game in Phoenix.  Thank you for everything you’ve done as a Phillie.

During your latest stint on the Disabled List, we’ve seen Kevin Frandsen at third base.  I would have had Charlie tell you, but his redneck English is so hard to understand, and he always sounds as if he has marbles in his mouth, so you might think he’s really saying something completely different.  Ruben would be the next choice, but if you’re like me, you don’t believe 95% of what comes out of his mouth.  I think I should be the one to tell you this: It’s time for you to retire.

I don’t want you to think it’s anything personal, because it’s not.  If anything, I’m thinking of you.  Don’t you want to go out on a somewhat positive note?  You wouldn’t want to be that old dude hobbling off the field, way past his prime, would you?  I’m not blaming you, but be honest – you get banged up like it’s your job. Your finger, your hip, your elbow – it’s always something.  You might feel better, you know … at home.

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A 7-6 Walk-off Win for the Phils

June 21st, 2012 by AmyMac | Comments Off on A 7-6 Walk-off Win for the Phils | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

By Amy McGinnis

Last night’s game at Citizens Bank Park illustrated one of my favorite parts about a baseball game: It’s not over ’til it’s over.

Joe Blanton had a shaky start, and managed to give up three home-runs.  The back end of his performance, though, was pretty good.  He really settled in and retired the last eleven batters he faced.

Offensively speaking, Hunter Pence (first inning) and Jimmy Rollins (fourth inning) each had an RBI.  Michael Martinez hit a three run home-run (not a typo) in the bottom of the second inning.  We went into the ninth inning tied 5-5, until Papelbon (who ended up with the win) let up a run.

About as soon as the bottom of the ninth inning began, Phils had two outs.  I’ll be honest; it didn’t look good; I knew it wasn’t over, though.  Ty Wigginton singled to left, and we had ourselves a baserunner.  Hunter Pence then cracked the ball into the corner of left field … Wigginton scored, tying the game, and Pence was on second base.  Rafael Betancourt intentionally walked Carlos Ruiz.  Maybe it was to ensure Chooch didn’t get beamed with another pitch, because the IBB strategy didn’t work out well for Colorado in the end.

Shane Victorino hit a ground ball to shortstop Marco Scutaro, and it would have been the end of the ninth inning if Vic hadn’t hauled his ass down the basepath.  “You bust your behind down the line, and anything can happen,” said Victorino.  That’s what I like to see, and it’s what I like to hear:  hustle until the very end.

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Countdown To Opening Day 2012: 6 Days

March 30th, 2012 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Countdown To Opening Day 2012: 6 Days | Filed in Baseball, Phillies

One of the major flaws facing this Phillies roster is their age. 60% of the 25-man roster is on the wrong side of 30. This also leads into a bigger problem, the length in which their tenure lasts. Instead of looking at it with doom and gloom on the horizon, let’s take a different approach to this. Let’s take a look at what may come to pass as we have less than a week for the marathon to begin. (more…)

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Phillies Notes: Utley, Piniero

March 19th, 2012 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Phillies Notes: Utley, Piniero | Filed in Baseball, Phillies

Phillies Notes

The Phillies announced that they have released 33-year-old right hander Joel Piniero. Piniero was signed to a minor league deal worth 1.5 M dollars. If assigned to the minors, the Phillies would have owed Piniero 100,000 dollars as per a stipulation in the new CBA. Piniero wasn’t exactly lights out this spring either.

  • 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA. 6 IP, 7 hits, 3 ER, 1 HR, 2 BBs, 3 Ks

Another reason why the Phillies have been making cuts could be to free up space to acquire another infielder. Chase Utley left camp today to see a knee specialist. MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki is reporting that the knee isn’t getting any better and there is a good chance that Utley starts the season on the disabled list.

His problem isn’t going away. More than likely, it maybe never goes away. Will he ever be 100 percent? I don’t know about that. He might never be that.

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Letting The Machine Make The Lineup

March 6th, 2012 by Johnny G | 11 Comments | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

A couple of years ago, I discovered a pretty fascinating tool for putting together baseball lineups. I’m already envisioning most of the reactions from the “baseball purists” and the “anti sabermetrics” crowd. Just relax, guys. There MAY be a better way to approach building a lineup than what your grandfather told you on the front porch while you were listening to Harry Kalas (R.I.P, we miss you).

We’ve all heard all the “rules” of building a line up; You need speed at the top of the order, you need a contact hitter who can bunt in the two-hole, your best hitter hits third, and your best power guy hits clean up, and so on and so forth. Well, maybe that’s all wrong. I’m willing to go out on a limb and say at least some of it is. For me, the easiest one to get on board with debunking is, you need speed at the top of the line up. I don’t agree. Speed is way down on my list of priorities when choosing a lead-off man. First of all, by simple logic and mathematics, your lead-off man, over the course of a game and a season, will accumulate more at-bats than anyone else in the line up. That’s usually something you would leave to your best hitter. Besides, the lead-off man is only the lead-off man in the first inning. After that, he’s just the guy after the pitcher, and he’s probably the guy who got his 4th or 5th at-bat when the rest of the lineup didn’t. Call me crazy, but I don’t want Jimmy Rollins to have the most at-bats over the course of 162 games on this Phillies roster. That alone is enough for me to give some credence to this tool on baseballmusings.com.

Their lineup analysis tool takes the statistics of the players involved and creates the best lineup possible as far as run expectancy goes. The findings are always very interesting and usually quite unorthodox, which I can appreciate. Here’s what the computers had to say:

  1. Carlos Ruiz
  2. Hunter Pence
  3. Jimmy Rollins
  4. John Mayberry Jr.
  5. Shane Victorino
  6. Ty Wigginton
  7. Chase Utley
  8. Pitcher
  9. Placido Polanco

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