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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.]

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.

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.

J.A. Happ Sent Down to Start During All-Star Break Thursday July 10th, 2008

Posted by Sean in JA Happ, Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs, Mike Cervenak, Phillies.
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It was announce on the Phillies game today that the team sent J.A. Happ outright to AAA Lehigh Valley.  They did this because they want him to start while the big team is on the All-Star break.  To replace him, they brought up infielder Mike Cervanek, who will wear number 24.  I doubt he will get many bats.

Scot Rolen Trade Lines Tuesday July 8th, 2008

Posted by Sean in Clearwater Threshers, Detroit Tigers, Phillies, Placido Polanco, Reading Phillies, Scot Rolen, St. Louis Cardinals, Toronto Blue Jays, Trade Lines.
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This is the second edition of a series of posts called “Trade Lines.” For the first edition (and what they are all about, go here).

With the Cardinals coming to town today, I decided to do the trade lines from the last major deal we made with the St. Louis Cardinals, which was shipping out disgruntled third baseman Scot Rolen and nobody pitcher Doug Nickle for infielder Placido Polanco, and pitchers Mike Timlin and Bud Smith. Rolen first came up with the club at the tail end of the 1996 season, and won the Rookie of the Year award for the National League the next year (his first full year). He lasted in Philadelphia until July of 2002, when he was shipped out.

Doug Nickle was somewhat of a journeyman throughout his career. The Phils got him from the Angels in the ’98 offseason for outfielder Greg Jefferies. He did not last long at all for the Cards, because the San Diego Padres claimed him off of waivers in August of 2002. After the Padres, he has pitched for the Angels (again), White Sox and Dodgers AAA teams. He has not appeared in the majors since 2002.

Placido Polanco was the Phillies third baseman immediately after Rolen’s departure, and slid over to second when Doug Bell was “imported” from the Giants in 2003. He lasted until the 2005 deadline (a.k.a. Year 1 of the “Utley Experience”), when he was dealt to the Detroit Tigers for reliever Ugueth Urbina (pronounced oo-GET), and infielder Ramon Martinez. Neither made an impact on the team, nor returned in 2006 (Urbina went to jail, and Martinez left for the Dodgers). So, 3 years after he left, we have nothing left to show for Polanco, though Urbina’s sticky situation is no one’s fault but his own.

Mike Timlin was a solid, 12-year veteran pitcher when the Phillies obtained him (if somewhat unpopular). He had a decent season (giving up a career-best 14 walks), but left as a free agent to the Boston Red Sox after the season, where he rejuvenated his career. We have nothing left to show for him.

Bud Smith (the final player in the deal), never saw the light of the major leagues again after the Cardinals traded him. The reliever was, putting it nicely, one of the majors biggest disappointments this decade. His no-hitter as a rookie in September of 2001 against the Padres is most assuredly his biggest achievement in life. The highest he pitched for the Phillies was AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2002 and 2004. He was largely hurt throughout his short Philly tenure, and pitched sparingly in 2003 for both AA Reading, and High A Clearwater. After 2004, he departed for the Twins, and has since pitched in the Golden Baseball League (independent ball) in 2006 and 2007 for the Long Beach Armada. We got nothing out of him, except for a few minor league strikeouts.

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Where are they now?

Rolen went on to win the 2006 World Series with St. Louis, before being dealt to Toronto after 2007 for fellow third baseman Troy Glaus, where he is currently. Rolen has been hurt several times in his career, and, at age 33, is at nearing the end of his illustrious career.

Nickle retired after 2004 after having being largely anonymous in his brief career.

Polanco, as mentioned, was traded to the Detroit Tigers in 2005. He is still playing for them, and won the 2006 pennant. Earned a place in the all-star game in 2006 as the starting second baseman.

Timlin, now 42, is still pitching for the Red Sox and has been an integral part of the World Series-winning 2004 and 2007 Boston bullpens.

Smith is now out of baseball after pitching in the indy leagues, trying to salvage his once-promising career.

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Trivia Section

Who was the last Cardinal to wear 51 (the former number of fan favorite Willie McGee)?

What the Sabathia Deal Means to the Phillies Monday July 7th, 2008

Posted by Sean in Brad Penny, Bronson Arroyo, C.C. Sabathia, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Greg Maddux, Joe Blanton, Los Angeles Dodgers, Major Leagues, Milwaukee Brewers, New York Mets, Oakland Athletics, Phillies, Randy Wolf, Rich Harden, St. Louis Cardinals.
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If you haven’t heard, the Milwaukee Brewers traded Matt LaPorta and three minor leaguers to the Indians for LHP Carsten Charles Sabathia (better known as C.C.). The main point of this post is to point out how this deal affects the Phillies, and what the team should do about it.

First off, the Brewers picked up one heck of a pitcher, and added him to their already superb rotation, without giving up a major cog. As of writing (7 July, 2008), the 1998 June first-rounder is 4-8, with a 4.34 ERA, 87 K, 28 BB, and a 1.35 WHIP in 91.1 IP. Not his best start, but the 6′ 7″ giant will surely play better in the senior circuit. Traditionally, pitchers switching leagues end up with better stats when they jump to the NL. This is due, in part, to having the pitcher fend for himself at the plate (which is a whole other issue unto itself).

The following graphic is taken from a January 2007 NY Times article, regarding the same topic:

A nice graphic from NY Times depicting a pitcher\'s ERA+ when switching leagues.
A nice graphic from NY Times depicting a pitcher’s ERA and ERA+ when switching leagues.

Also from the same article: “A statistic called E.R.A.+, presented on the Web site baseball-reference.com, adjusts for (league, home ballpark dimensions and other factors) and presents a pitcher’s percentage, either above or below a league’s average. For example, Zito’s 3.83 E.R.A. (in the 2006 season) in Oakland — a good pitchers’ environment — translates to a figure of 116, or 16 percent better than the A.L. average.(…)

Of the 29 pitchers moving to the N.L. from the A.L., their E.R.A.+ figures increased to 110 (10 percent above league average) from 97 (just below average). This smaller shift than in E.R.A. is nonetheless more significant: It indicates that starters of equal caliber are more successful in the less suffocating National League.(…)

Pitchers found moving to the A.L. from the N.L. correspondingly unpleasant — the E.R.A.+ scores of the 28 pitchers decreased to 100 from 113, or to absolute average from healthily above. (The fact that the two groups moved 13 percentage points in opposite directions was purely coincidental.) A fair interpretation, then, is that moving to the A.L. is such a challenge that pitchers, at least temporarily, regress. Take the case of Boston’s Josh Beckett, whose 5.01 E.R.A. rose faster than the homers he allowed.

This proves that Sabathia (already incredibly successful (he won the Cy Young last season, after all)) will only increase his excellent numbers.

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PART II- What does this mean for the Phillies?

The Phightin’s only play the Brewers in one more series this year (Sept. 11-14, in Philadelphia), but that does not mean that they will go unaffected. This will most assuredly affect them in the standings. If, somehow, the Phillies don’t win the division (see ’07 Mets, and the ’64 phold), they can still fight for the wild card. With the Cubs sitting comfortably in first in the Central for the moment, the Wild Card may come down to Milwaukee, Philadelphia, St. Louis, and New York. With their current rotation (as mentioned earlier), Milwaukee has the tiebreaker here. I believe (along with several members on the internet, I’m sure) that, to stay afloat in the volatile NL, that the Phillies need a starting pitcher. And by this, I don’t mean a solid #3 or #4 starter like Kyle Lohse last year. I mean a decent #2 pitcher, or perhaps even an ace (providing the team can afford it).

Over on MLBTradeRumors.com, Bronson Arroyo, Joe Blanton, A.J. Burnett, Brad Penny, Greg Maddux, Randy Wolf, Rich Harden, among others, are listed as potentially available, with Wolf especially linked to the Phillies. Perhaps, if the Phils are willing to part with several prospects, we could see some of these pitchers in red pinstripes?

==UPDATE== (July 8th, 8:15 pm) The Cubs just traded for A’s starters Rich Harden and Chad Gaudin.  The Phillies definitely need to make a move like this NOW.

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Trivia section:

C.C. Sabathia is the reigning AL Cy Young winner. When was the last time a pitcher of this quality (MVP/Cy Young, All Star, and/or Rookie of the Year nomination) was traded away during the season (as always, include the name)?

J.A. Happ to Start Tomorrow Thursday July 3rd, 2008

Posted by Sean in JA Happ, Johan Santana, Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs, New York Mets, Phillies.
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J.A. Happ pitching at AA Reading, 2006.  Taken by the author.

J.A. Happ pitching at AA Reading, 2006. Taken by the author.

Comcast SportsNet has announced that the AAA southpaw has been recalled and will be given the ball tomorrow night against the evil Mets. This will be J.A.’s (pronounced “Jay”) second start in the majors. He pitched one game last year going 4 innings, allowing 3 earned runs and struck out 5 batters before being sent back down to AAA Ottawa following the game.

Happ, a third round selection in the ’04 draft, has slowly pitched his way up the organizational ladder, starting with then Rookie affiliate Batavia Muckdogs. Perhaps his best season came in 2005, when he pitched for both Low-A Lakewood BlueClaws and AA Reading Phillies (for only one start). He had a record of 5-4 (getting the win in Reading), a combined ERA of 2.30, combined WHIP of 1.13, 78 strikeouts (eight coming from Reading), and only 28 walks in 78.1 innings.

Happ has been a constant success for the Iron Pigs this season, where success is often hard to find. He owns a record of 5 wins and 6 losses, an ERA of 3.54, 1.27 WHIP, 104 strikeouts (one more than Mets’ starter Johan Santana, by the way), and 38 walks, all in 101.2 innings. He has easily been the ace of the staff. He is the team leader in K’s, second in wins (one behind leader Brian Mazone), sixth in ERA (well behind team leader Stephen Randolph) and WHIP (only .1 points away from Mazone), but is also tied for staff-lead in walks surrendered with Travis Blackley.

TRIVIA SECTION
This is a new thing I’ve decided to do. I’m going to ask a trivia question on every post (hopefully–you guys know how I am with fulfilling promises). The winner will be the first person the correct answer in the comment section.

How many (and name them) current Phillies played for the previous three AAA franchises (Lehigh Valley, Ottawa, and S/WB) at some point in their career (not necessarily with the Phillies)?

Inaugural Phillies.tk Podcast Released Monday April 21st, 2008

Posted by Sean in Brad Harman, Chicago Cubs, Chris Snelling, Chris Woodward, Cincinnati Reds, Jason Donald, Jimmy Rollins, Joey Hammond, Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs, Pat Burrell, Phillies, Reading Phillies, Ryan Howard, Shane Victorino, TJ Bohn, Washington Nationals.
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It’s around Seven minutes long. Topics covered include the transactions for the week (JRoll and Snelling to the DL, and the replacements), and what the Phils can do to replace the MVP and Victorino.

Update: Stupid WordPress won’t let me post it here. You’re going to have to go to philliestk.podbean.com to see/hear it (not too difficult), or search for it in the iTunes library. I submitted it today, so it should be available for download in a few days.

Ryan Howard Traded Tuesday April 1st, 2008

Posted by Sean in Adam Eaton, Phillies, Ryan Howard, Texas Rangers.
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As reported by Phillies.com:

Former MVP Ryan Howard has been traded today by the club to the  Texas Rangers for RHPs Brennan Garr (expected to start for AA Reading), Thomas Diamond (also expected to start for AA Reading), and Omar Poveda (expected to start for High A Clearwater), LHP Zach Phillips (expected to start at Low A Lakewood), and SS Joaquin Arias (expected to take Howard’s place on the major league roster).  Reportedly, the club has considered Howard to be “overpaid for his value to [the team],” and wants his “cancerous” attitude out of the clubhouse.  When asked who would start at first base in his place, Manager Charlie Manuel replied “Most likely Helms, Feliz, or maybe even Burrell.  The season is still early, and we will get that settled when the time is right.” Later asked what he thought of the trade, Manuel said “I believe Gillick knows what he is doing, and this club is headed in the right direction with this move.”  Also traded today was starting pitcher Adam Eaton, who was sent to the San Francisco Giants for a player to be named later, or cash.”

BA’s Major League Preview Issue Out Wednesday March 26th, 2008

Posted by Sean in Alex Rodriguez, Boston Red Sox, Brandon Webb, Brett Myers, Carlos Carrasco, Chicago Cubs, Clay Buchholz, Cleveland Indians, David Wright, Detroit Tigers, Erik Bedard, Evan Longoria, Geovany Soto, Grady Sizemore, Jake Peavy, Jay Bruce, Joba Chamberlain, Johan Santana, Josh Beckett, Josh Outman, Justin Verlander, Kosuke Fukudome, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Major Leagues, Mark Teixeira, Miguel Cabrera, New York Mets, Phillies, Predictions, Prince Fielder.
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The issue has the Phillies ranked second in the division behind the NY Mets, and losing in the first round of the playoffs to the Chicago Cubs as the Wild Card. A few things it has under the team’s listing is Quick Take (which is an overview of the club in the upcoming year), a person in the spotlight, the team’s best player 25 years old and under, top “not quite prospect (” [A] player [who] exceeds his rookie eligibility, but [not yet] a dependable major leaguer.”), top rookie, and the team’s best prospect.

Straight out of the magazine, copied word for word:

Quick Take: The Phillies will score enough runs, and if they can prevent enough, they should win the wild card.

In The Spotlight: RHP Brett Myers. After winning in double digits for four straight year[s], he became a closer last year. Now he’s the No. 2 starter again. (Ed.’s
note: This issue went into print before Manuel named Myers the club’s Opening Day starter, and
thus, #1 pitcher
).

Top 25-And-Under Player: LHP Cole Hamels (ranked No. 14 overall).

Top Not-Quite Prospect: RHP Kyle Kendrick (unranked)
Top Rookie: LHP Josh Outman (unranked)

Top Prospect: RHP Carlos Carrasco (No. 54 overall).

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Other Predictions

American League

ALDS
Red Sox (East winner) over Indians (Wild Card), and the Tigers (Central winners) over the Angels (West winners).

ALCS
Tigers over Red Sox.

MVP Voting
1- Miguel Cabrera, 3b, DET
2- ARod, 3b, NYY
3- Grady Sizemore, OF, CLE

Cy Young Voting
1- Josh Beckett, BOS
2- Justin Verlander, DET
3- Erik Bedard, SEA

ROY Voting

1- Evan Longoria, 3b, TB (Ed.’s Note: Longoria was optioned down to AAA Durham this week, though it is likely he will be back up later this year).
2- Clay Buchholz, P, BOS
3- Joba Chamberlain, P, NYY

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National League

NLDS
Cubs (Central winners) over Phillies (Wild Card winners), and the Mets (East winners) over the Diamondbacks (West winners).

NLCS
Mets over Cubs.

MVP Voting
1-D avid Wright, 3b, NYM
2- Prince Fielder, 1b, MIL
3- Mark Teixeira, 1b, ATL

Cy Young Voting
1- Johan, NYM
2- Brandon Webb, ARZ
3- Jake Peavy, SD

ROY Voting
1- Kosuke Fukudome, of, CHC
2- Jay Bruce, of, CIN (Ed.’s Note: Bruce was also optioned down to AAA, but he will be back later. My guarantee).
3- Geovany Soto, c, CHC
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World Series

Tigers (AL) over Mets (NL).

Next Time:  I will put out my predictions, and compare them to BA.