Posts Tagged ‘Raul Ibanez’

Nationals End Their Season

October 13th, 2012 by AmyMac | 1 Comment | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

C'mon, Jayson! Where's your Natitiude???

By Amy McGinnis

I probably took far too much joy in typing that title.  There are several reasons that I hate the Nationals, the biggest of which is Jayson Werth.  I didn’t like him as a Phillie, and I don’t like him as a National.  It wasn’t easy for me to cheer for St. Louis, but I did it … and you can imagine my excitement to see the Cardinals come back to beat Washington in Game 5 of the NLDS.

I’m sure Jayson Werth will find a way to badmouth Philadelphia fans for this, and not take responsibility for those words when asked about them weeks later.

Chin up, Werth.  You’ll be watching the rest of the playoffs from your couch, just like the rest of us … and you’ll get paid about a gazillion dollars to do it.  Maybe now that you have extra time on your hands, you can see about getting that long overdue haircut.  You could always call your old buddy Raúl Iba – oh, my bad.  He’s busy.  Looks like Hunter Pence is, too …  at least the former Phillies right fielder who advanced to the NLCS is the likeable one.

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Raúl Ibañez Saves the Day

October 11th, 2012 by AmyMac | Comments Off on Raúl Ibañez Saves the Day | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

New York's newest golden boy!

By Amy McGinnis

I’m sure you’ve all seen or heard by now that last night, former Phillies left fielder Raúl Ibañez single-handedly saved the Yankees from falling 2-1 in the ALDS against the Orioles.  I suppose he had been saving up that postseason awesomeness for the last few years.

We all remember that Ibañez had his streaks at the plate … some hot, and some very, very cold.  Last night, he made MLB history as the first player to homer twice in a postseason game in which he did not start.  The last four words of that sentence are my favorite part (or maybe the only part I even like) about Raúl’s heroics in Game 3.  He came in as a pinch hitter for … wait for it … Álex Rodríguez.  A-Rod’s performance in the 2012 playoffs thus far are a far cry from his numbers in 2009.  For the ALDS, he has been 1-12 (not a typo).  Yankees fans essentially begged Joe Girardi to move Rodríguez from the 3-spot in the lineup, and last night, he did … he moved him to the bench.  It turned out to be a risky move that paid off in a big way – Ibañez homered to tie the game in the ninth, and he homered again in the twelfth.  Luckily, A-Rod was gracious about it … and I use the word “luckily” because I would have gladly put him on blast for unnecessary douchebaggery otherwise.

Raúl isn’t exactly a hometown boy, but he did spend three division-winning years here in Philadelphia.  I could say “I TOLD you Amaro should have kept him,” but I would be lying through my teeth.  Incidentally, do not say those words to me – that you never wanted him to leave Philadelphia – because you’ll most likely get an earful.   Do you remember the end of the 2011 season? I do.  I like Ibañez as much as the next baseball nerd – I have a foul ball of his in my living room – but I was ready for him to ship out after last season.  Why?  you ask.  Why the piss do you have to be so mean?  Well, kids, I’ll tell you why.  He was a 39 year old banged-up left fielder who had hit .245 for the season.  Yes, he gets a lot of credit for the 84 RBIs, but please do not forget that the Phils paid him more than $12M for them.  Our already-old, already-overpaid team needed to make room for new contracts (looking at you, Cole Hamels).  It was the right decision.

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Countdown To Opening Day 2012: 1 Day

April 4th, 2012 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Countdown To Opening Day 2012: 1 Day | Filed in Baseball, Phillies

One day left. The rosters have been set. It seems like an eternity since Ryan Howard collapsed coming out of the batter’s box to end the season, but tomorrow starts a new season. Team TSP pod casted about life without Ryan Howard last weekend, and it got me thinking, how exactly does this lineup look with both Howard and Chase Utley out for undetermined amounts of time? We looked at what Galvis has to do to improve the level of the position over 2011 yesterday. Today, I wanted to look at not only what the Phillies need to do to replace Howard’s impact, but to also replace Raul Ibanez’, as it appears that left field and first base will be platoons with some of the same players.

In 2011, Ibanez and Howard combined to hit a rather pedestrian .249/.315, with the majority of the failure lying on Ibanez’ shoulders. The four players on the roster who look to see extensive time at either first base or left field, Laynce Nix, John Mayberry, Jim Thome, and Ty Wigginton, combined to hit a slightly better .254/.327.

While it is only slightly better, the numbers may actually better than they appear. Nix and Thome are significantly better against right-handed pitching. Mayberry is significantly better against left-handed pitching. If used properly, the four-man platoon may not combine to reach Howard’s and Ibanez’ power potential, but they should be able to provide the offense with a little more consistency. If Manuel can manage their use properly, the Phillies could potentially be without Howard and Utley and not skip a beat offensively.

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Phillies Notes: Hamels, Brown, Victorino, Draft, First Base

February 21st, 2012 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Phillies Notes: Hamels, Brown, Victorino, Draft, First Base | Filed in Phillies

Spring Training has begun. Pitchers and catchers have reported and so have a bulk of the regulars including, but not limited to, John Mayberry, Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, and Jimmy Rollins. Here are a couple of tidbits as we are just over six weeks from Opening Day.

  • With Raul Ibanez signing with the Yankees, the Phillies will receive the 54th overall pick in the 2012 First Year Player draft according to Jim Callis of Baseball America. (Via Twitter)
  • Callis also reports that the Phillies should have roughly $4,916,900 to spend in the 2012 draft.
  • Todd Zolecki (Via Twitter) is reporting that Domonic Brown had been working with 9-time All Star and 5-time Silver Slugger Gary Sheffield in the offseason.
  • Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com examines Cole Hamels’ value heading into his final season before potentially hitting free agency.
  • As Johnny G reported yesterday, don’t be surprised to see Chase Utley get some playing time at first base this spring in addition to Ty Wigginton, Jim Thome, and John Mayberry.
  • Comcast Sportsnet Philadelphia got a sound byte over the weekend of Charlie Manuel stating that he wouldn’t be surprised to see Ryan Howard back before the beginning of May.
  • Shane Victorino made his acting debut on the CBS hit “Hawaii Five-O” last night.

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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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Preparing For A Move?

July 1st, 2011 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Preparing For A Move? | Filed in Baseball, Phillies

Is Raul's time as a Phillie running out?

This afternoon Phillies GM Ruben Amaro was a guest on 610 WIP. He called in and discussed Cole Hamels’ injury and other topics. What struck me was that Amaro mentioned that he’d like to see more production out of the corner outfield positions. While it is true that Domonic Brown, Ben Francisco, and Raul Ibanez aren’t lighting the world on fire offensively, banking on the three of them to create offense is foolish. It made me wonder, “Is Rube getting ready to drop the hammer?”. I doubt that any team would take Ibanez in trade. There is no way the Phillies are giving up on Brown. A team may take Francisco, but you wouldn’t likely get more than the bag that the balls go in. So where does that leave us? I wonder if it means that Amaro is ready to designate Ibanez for assignment once a trade lines up for his replacement.

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The Window

June 23rd, 2011 by Mike H. | Comments Off on The Window | Filed in Baseball, Phillies

Brown is the youngest position player on the team

The Phillies current roster features just three position players under the age of 30: Domonic Brown, Ben Francisco, and Michael Martinez. Brown is still proving himself and Francisco and Martinez shouldn’t be starters for a AAA team. Jimmy Rollins (32) and Raul Ibanez (39) are free agents at the end of the season and relieve the Phillies of roughly 20 million dollars of salary commitment. Half of that basically goes to a Cliff Lee’s raise. Jimmy Rollins may be offered arbitration due to his low salary, but I have a better chance of being signed to a team than Ibanez’ chances of receiving an arbitration offer.

Shane Victorino (30), Placido Polanco (35), and Carlos Ruiz (32) could all potentially be free agents after 2012. Polanco and Ruiz both have options for 2013 and it is very possible both get picked up. Chase Utley’s last year of his contract is 2013, but in a recent post, we discussed if the Phillies may try to trade him before the end of his contract. (more…)

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