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RIP Wednesday November 16th, 2011

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This site’s dead, in case you haven’t noticed…  Sorry. :(

I’ve moved on to other projects (Twitter, new blog), hopefully I don’t abandon those like I did here.

Plans for this site:

That’s right! If anybody out there in cyberspace wants to take over the philadelphiaphillies.wordpress.com domain when I am through with it, get in touch with me (email, twitter, comment on my new site).  Just the name though… All of the posts, media, comments, and content will be mine and (hopefully) migrated elsewhere.  In the mean time, I hope everyone had some fun times reading my nonsense, and hopefully I inspired you to write your own (for some reason).

Forever grateful,

Sean

I <3 Jayson Werth's Beard Wednesday May 5th, 2010

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It’s so awesome.  I love it.  Don’t you?

P.S. we’re back

This Week Is Special Sunday November 23rd, 2008

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It’s the one year anniversary of Phillies.tk.  Starting Monday, we will bring out our top-rated posts, and make new ones, all while partying it up.  Monday brings you top post #5, Tuesday (November 25th) is the site’s birthday, so Tuesday will bring an extra-special surprise, in addition to the  fourth-highest post, Wednesday the third highest, Thursday the second, and then we’ll end the work week with the best-rated Phillies.tk post ever.  I can hardly hold my excitement.

Greg Golson Traded Thursday November 20th, 2008

Posted by Sean in Greg Golson, John Mayberry, Jr., Phillies, Texas Rangers.
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Scott Lauber breaking the news. It seems that new GM Ruben Amaro, Jr. is not afraid to make daring, original deals. The Phillies traded the double-A prospect to the Texas Rangers for power-hitting prospect John Mayberry, Jr.  I think this deal adds another potential bat into the mix for left field, if Pat T. Bat leaves as a free agent.  I like the  deal.  It’s basically a speed prospect-for-hitting prospect deal.  Mayberry is primarily a left fielder, and split his time  between AAA and AA, and I think he could make a fine replacement for Burrell in the 5-hole.

[Ed.'s Note: I'll get numbers up eventually (yeah right).  I'm too tired right now, and NBC Thursday is on, as  well as Dodgeball on FX.]

Oh Noez. Thursday November 20th, 2008

Posted by Sean in Chase Utley, David Eckstein, Jason Donald, Marcus Giles, Nick Punto, Orlando Hudson, Pedro Feliz, Ray Durham, Tadahito Iguchi.
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Second baseman Chase Utley is going to have hip surgery next week, which could put him out until May or June. Uh-oh. Third baseman Pedro Feliz is also going to be out (but only for 8-12 weeks from now), but won’t be as big of a hit as Utley.

Who’s going to replace Utley? Good question. My favorite option is farmhand Jason Donald. He’s currently focusing on third base in the Arizona Fall League, but a transition to second should be easier for him, compared to a move to third (from shortstop, of course). Another in-house option would be Tadahito Iguchi, providing he doesn’t bolt for free agency.

A current list of free agent second basemen can be found here. Some interesting names include: David Eckstein (played with the Jays and Diamondbacks last year), Ray Durham (who played with the Brewers), Type A Orlando Hudson (Diamondbacks), Marcus Giles (who last played for the Padres in 2007) and former Phillie pharmhand Nick Punto (Twins, primarily as a third baseman, though).

What the Coco Crisp Deal Means To The Phillies Wednesday November 19th, 2008

Posted by Sean in A.J. Burnett, Boston Red Sox, Coco Crisp, Derek Lowe, Kansas City Royals, Pat Burrell, Phillies, Ramon Ramirez.
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Earlier today, it was announced that the Red Sox traded outfielder Coco Crisp (please, no breakfast cereals jokes) to the Royals for middle reliever Ramon Ramirez. Crisp started the year off as the Sox’s starting center fielder, but ended it as a platoon with center fielder of the future, Jacoby Ellsbury. The Red Sox had made it known publicly that they wanted more bullpen help, and with the addition of Ramirez (who is likely going to be the Sox’s primary setup man behind Jonathan Papelbon), which enables them to move righty Justin Masterson into to the rotation, where he is more comfortable.

This deal likely lessens free agent pitchers A.J. Burnett and Derek Lowe’s bargaining power. The Red Sox figured to be a major player in the “bidding war” for either (or both) of these quality starters. With the bullpen likely settled, and Masterson in the rotation, the 2007 World Champions are likely set with pitching. This means, now, that the Phillies could swing in and pick one up (however unlikely that is).

On a lesser scale, the Royals were considered far-fetched suitors for Pat Burrell. I say far-fetched because they most definitely do not have the money it would take to afford the former #1 pick. However, this does not put them out of the running completely. If they trade away David DeJesus and/or Mark Teahen (as expected), and if they somehow garnered some cash, a deal could be made for the slugger.

In short, this deal means that Derek Lowe, A.J. Burnett, and Pat Burrell all have lost at least some bargaining power, which makes them all the more sweeter for the reigning world champions of baseball.

Phillies v. Eagles, Who would win? Monday November 17th, 2008

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As most everyone knows, unless you have been living under a rock, the Phillies won the World Series and the Eagles are a big dissapointment. What I am going to do right now is analyze what would happen if the Eagles played in a baseball game against the Phillies , and if the Phillies played a football game against the Eagles…

Baseball:The Eagles are just not playing football very well (they tied against the Bengals!) so what would happen if they tried their luck in a game of baseball? First we have pitchers. McNabb can throw a bullet with a football, but may not have the pinpoint accuracy needed for a pitcher, and also they have Kolb as their backup so that may also have a chance. For catcher they could probably have any one of their linmen that could block the ball and at least throw it back to the pitcher. For most of the other fielding positions any of the RBs or WRs would be ok fielders. Now for Batting. Well they have Huge linemen and the theory is that the bigger they are, the farther they hit the ball, so that is a plus. In turn, those guys are also very slow so they would probably result in less RBI’s with RISP because those guys won’t be able to get around the bases fast enough. But you also have guys like DeSean Jackson and Brian Westbook, who can speed around the bases lightning fast. If the Eagles team was a seasoned baseball team, I conclude that they would not be able to defeat the Phillies in a regular season baseball game because the Eagles are not very good at anything and the Phillies RULE!!!!

Projected score: Phillies-7 Eagles-3

Football: First we have the Quarterback. Cole Hamels and Brett Myers would probably be great Quarterbacks, maybe even Lidge. Now for some receivers. Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino, and Eric Bruntlett would probably be great RBs, and Chase Utley and Jayson Werth could be good WRs. Feliz or Dobbs would be good kickers, don’t ask me why. For the Defensive and Offensive lines they have big and/or stocky guys such as “Chooch” Ruiz, Ryan Howard, Matt Stairs, Joe Blanton, and Pat Burrell. Since baseball players mostly play offense and defense in games, there would be some players playing offense and defense. If the Phillies were a seasoned football team, I conclude that it would be a close game with the Phillies ending up on top because the Phiillies RULE!!!!

Projected score: Phillies-21 Eagles-17

Hey guys Sunday November 16th, 2008

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Hey, my name is Harry and Im a proud Phillies fan. I spent most of my life living in Philadelphia thinking it would be cool to be different and not root for the Fightins, the Birds, the Broadstreet Bullies, or the Sixers. Well about three years ago I took a trip to Central Florida, Ray’s Country (as long as they are in the World Series), and never came back. Under the estimation that no one has been born in Central Florida since, oh say about 1877, it is safe to assume that many people migrate down here and bring their love of their home teams making a very heterogeneous mixture of sports fans, myself representing the 215 if you will. Over these years I’ve become obsessed, most notably with the Phillies (your 2008 WORLD CHAMPS BABY!), and I’m ready to spill my guts all over these blogs, leaking red pinstripes, golden gloves, perfect closers, and two-part world series games all over anyone willing to read.

And by the way, my fellow Philadelphians, lets just let the Eagles lose out and get rid of Andy Reid. As a person, we all love him, as a coach…GET OUT!

Hi, from Raffi Sunday November 16th, 2008

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My name is Raffi and my friend Sean wanted me to write for his site so now I am.

Hopefully you will read my posts and like them.

Thanks,

Raffi

Ruben Amaro, Jr. to Be Named GM Sunday November 2nd, 2008

Posted by Sean in Major Leagues, Phillies.
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Pat Gillick is going to officially retire on top, and his assistant Amaro is going to be named his successer. In a shocking move, Mike Arbuckle (who I considered the better man) is going to leave the organization and find better opportunities (another GM opening?) after losing out in the “two-man sweepstakes.” All of this is unofficial, of course, until Monday when the GM meetings kick off in California. It is not known whether or not other high-ranking officials will follow Arbuckle out the door.

Link.

Game 5 Play-By-Play Monday October 27th, 2008

Posted by Sean in Phillies, Tampa Bay Rays, WORLD SERIES.
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I didn’t intend to do this, but I figured that this game was too important not to do. If the Phillies win today (and take NOTHING for granted), then the parade will be Wednesday afternoon, but I’m not sure what time exactly.

On to the PBP. As with Games 1 and 2, this is going to cover all plays in the game as best as I can (plus a few extra tidbits), big plays boldified, and grammar be damned.

What a  game, huh?  If you wanna “relive” the magic, click for more. (more…)

Game 3 Play By Play Friday October 24th, 2008

Posted by Sean in Phillies, Tampa Bay Rays, WORLD SERIES.
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…is not gonna be done by me. now, I know I said that about Game 2, and then went back on my word, but this time I mean it. I’ve got schedule conflicts, and definitely will not happen…maybe.

Scratch that. My plans have been canceled, and Game 3 play-by-play is BACK ON, if there is a game. See you then!

PREGAME

Rain delay. Till Death sucks. Rain, rain, go away.

EDIT: F*ck it. Game’s not gonna be on until 10, which means it won’t be over until 1:30 am. So, forget it. Sorry, folks.

EDIT II: If you wan’t commentary, as oppposed to pbp, join me at Back She Goes! in this thread.

2008 World Series- Game 2 Play-By-Play Recap Thursday October 23rd, 2008

Posted by Sean in Phillies, Tampa Bay Rays, WORLD SERIES.
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Here we go again. I’m going to attempt to cover the game play-by-play, pitch-by-pitch as best I can. Brett Myers takes the mound tonight against James Shields, as the Phillies try to get a two game lead on the Tampa Bay Rays, and take it back home to Philly. Like yesterday, big plays are bolded, and grammar will be damned.

POLL!

PREGAME

Tim McCarver misses the opening speech, my guess is, he went to the can.

PHILLIES LINEUP: RAYS LINEUP:

JRoll, SS Iwamura, 2B

Werth, RF Upton, CF

Utley, 2B Pena, 1B

Howard, 1B Longoria, 3B

Burrell, LF Crawford, LF

Victorino, CF Floyd, DH

Dobbs, DH Navarro, C

Feliz, 3B Baldelli, RF

Ruiz, C Bartlett, SS

Myers, P Shields, P

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2008 World Series: Game 1 Play-By-Play Wednesday October 22nd, 2008

Posted by Sean in Phillies, WORLD SERIES.
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I’m going to try to do play-by-play for this whole, entire game. I’m gonna update it every inning, and boldify the important plays. Am I crazy? Probably, but, lets see how it goes.

EDIT: ho, boy. This was crazy-hard to do. Unless one of my faithful reader(s) wants to do it, there’s no way I’m gonna do this again. This is too long, so I’m putting it after the phold.

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Not One, Not Two, Not Three, But FOUR Posts For The Price Of One (Plus two polls!) Tuesday October 21st, 2008

Posted by Sean in Los Angeles Dodgers, Major Leagues, Milwaukee Brewers, Phillies, Predictions, Tampa Bay Rays.
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POST ONE: Today is a holiday

First, it’s the 28th anniversary of the last time time the Phillies won a Championship (1980, for those who can’t do math), but more importantly, it’s my birthday (Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me…). This is the second World Series in my lifetime, but only the first that I remember. Hopefully, this one will end better…

POST TWO: J.D. Durbin has Been Released

WOOHOO!!! I hate this guy. I’ve seen him several times this year at both AAA Lehigh Valley, and AA Reading. He S-U-C-K-E-D. The first start that I saw him (one of his first starts), he gave up 6 runs in a third of an inning. Yes, that gives him an ERA of 18.00 for JUST THE ONE START! C’MON! I can do better!!

POST THREE: Pessimists Never Win

Since the beginning of the season, I said that the Philllies wouldn’t make the playoffs. I knew they’d be good, but I didn’t see them as a serious playoff threat, and that 2007 was a fluke. I felt this all the way through the year, even though the team proved me so very, very, very wrong so many, many, many times. Even when they were a lock for the playoffs, I kept saying they wouldn’t make it. And I held on to this. Until they made it. Then what did I do? I played the pessimist card again. I said that I would be surprised if they could win one game against the power-heavy Brewers. How wrong I was. They then made it in 4, and what did I say this time? Manny and the Dodgers were gonna take the Phillies in 5 or 6, and lose to the Sox in the WS. That’s so wrong, it’s laughable. but now what am I doing? I’m jumping back on the Phillies bandwagon and saying Phillies in 7!! Although, following my current trends (NERD), I probably shouldn’t predict stuff. I’m 0-life in this postseason. Ahh, the heck with it. GO PHILLIES!!

POST FOUR: Why The World Series Has Convinced Me To Vote (if i could) For Obama

Throughout this whole “political season”, I couldn’t decide who to vote for. I generally didn’t agree with McCain (and I REALLY don’t like Palin), but I didn’t think Obama had enough experience. He’s too young, and hasn’t been in the Senate for too long (I believe). I thought the same thing of the Devil Rays this fall when they made the playoffs. What have they done? They advanced past two pairs of Sox (baaaad pun), and are in their first ever World Series. They have a serious chance of winning the championship, despite all the inexperience up and down the roster. If the Rays can make the World Series, why can’t Obama win? Forget what Curt Schilling or anyone else tells you, Obama is the way to go.

Bill Conlin Gets It Thursday September 18th, 2008

Posted by Sean in Chicago White Sox, Gavin Floyd, Josh Outman, Off-topic, Phillies, Phillies Farm teams.
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It seems that at least one member of the “real-world media” understands my point-of-view. Frankly, it’s comforting knowing that someone else has the same opinion as me on this “issue”. Report via Philly.com.

ON A DAY and night fraught with postseason implications, I couldn’t help thinking about Gavin Floyd.

Brett Myers went for the Brewers’ spurting jugular last night on 3 days’ rest, which is only a big deal because no pitcher under the age of 45 does it anymore. Joe Blanton started the day game of the players union-induced split-admission doubleheader against the gagging Brew Crew. The National League wild-card invitation sits there waiting for somebody to pick it up and order the party balloons. But the Brew Crew is shoveling the handsome lead they once enjoyed into a shallow grave. The Cardinals are done. And Ed Wade’s Astros are doing what the Rockies did a year ago with a late run that has put them right in the Phillies’ wind shadow.

It is exciting stuff if you are turned on by NASCAR collisions and Hurricane Ike footage.

Meanwhile, Gavin Floyd is 15-7 with a 3.77 ERA. While Myers was hopping through three minor league levels during his confidence rehab, Floyd was flirting with no-hitters for a White Sox team he helped pitch into first place. The 25-year-old is manager Ozzie Guillen’s top winner.

And he represents one of the most indictable screwups in Phillies history. Screwup? The Gavin Floyd saga deserves a more pungent word than that. When you factor in all the good money thrown after bad, it is the worst series of transactions in franchise history.

And the umbrella of guilt overspreads the watches of both Ed Wade and Pat Gillick. The one guy here for all of it has been Mike Arbuckle, the minor league system manager and assistant GM who drafted Floyd No. 4 overall in 2001, paid him a club- record $4.2 million bonus, and signed off on the Coup de Disgrace. That would be the 2006 winter meetings deal where Gillick sent Floyd and minor league prospect Gio Gonzalez to Chicago for damaged veteran righthander Freddy Garcia and his $10 million contract.

It is trendy to speculate where the Phillies would be had Myers pitched as well before the All-Star break as he has since returning as a fire-breathing dragon from his three-level limbo.

I wonder what the rotation could have been had it included a Gavin Floyd the Phillies decided to dump because nobody had the people skills to help him through his crisis of confidence. Why he had become more nibbler than a 6-5, 230-pound, $4.2 million force of nature sure to become a dominant power pitcher in a rotation with Cole Hamels and Myers.

The Phillies are never much for playing the blame game. Historically, they have chosen the “Anybody can make a mistake” avenue of accountability. It is a rutted and well-traveled road. Rolled heads do not line their bumpy boulevard of broken dreams. The Phillies move the Ox carts stoically ahead – even when the blunder costs the services of a Floyd and a total of $14.2 million in cash, factoring the $10 million paid to Garcia, who contributed one 2007 victory before beginning a backward count from 10 to 1 for Dr. Andrews.

Front-office types blame pitching coach Joe Kerrigan for changing Floyd from a four-seam-fastball power arm with a huge 12-6 curve to a two-seam sinkerballer with a cut fastball. But in Kerrigan’s defense-a feeble one, I admit-the Professor was trying to give the kid a way to stay in the big leagues. He had lost his killer stuff. Mentally, the kid was a mess.

Floyd has since admitted he fell victim to the blizzard of conflicting advice he was getting and didn’t begin to reclaim his Futures Game stuff until he cleared his head of all good intentions and remembered the delivery and straight-ahead aggressiveness that earned him that record bonus.

One hot night when he was pitching for Class A Clearwater, I watched him go from no-hitter stuff to fretting, petulant brat who turned another goose egg into a crooked number because an umpire pinched him on a couple of pitches. I told Arbuckle that Floyd totally lost his poise and appeared to have demeanor issues. Mike said, au contraire, media man, the reports said the exact opposite.

The reports lied . . .

Joe Blanton was OK yesterday after a shaky beginning. The Phillies gave up badly mishandled lefthander Josh Outman and a nobody outfielder to acquire the leviathan righty.

Outman won his first major league game for Oakland Saturday, allowing one run in five innings against the Rangers’ big offense. Josh had been used in setup relief most of the Reading season. His manager, P.J. Forbes, and pitching coach, Tom Filer, will not be back next season.

Neither will Gavin Floyd nor Josh Outman.

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