Friday, December 19, 2014

It's taken long, but Rollins will be a Dodger for 2015

Rollins will have to fill his locker up with new blue spikes soon, his red ones will be from his 'old' team

In what has to be one of the longest trades to be completed in recent Phillies history, Jimmy Rollins is all but sure to be a Dodger for 2015. That is what all the 'experts' are saying.

The deal hasn't been announced as official as of this morning, but that announcement could come soon as Rollins is a man in the middle right now.

Even Jimmy's twitter page still reflects he is with the Phillies, but he hasn't said a word about the trade in twitter or public for that matter.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Mayberry Jr. to play for the Mets in '15

John Mayberry Jr. leaving the confines of Toronto for New York in '15

A signing by the New York Mets will have John Mayberry Jr. coming back to Philadelphia to not play for the Phillies again, but he will be in a Mets uniform as the Metropolitans picked up Mayberry pending a physical.

Now the fans in New York will have a nice chance to see the ex-Phillies player who we expected to do a lot better in his career, but never blossomed into that semi-star that perhaps a few tweaks to his game he could have been.

John Mayberry Jr and Domonic Brown were touted as being the next big stars that the Phillies would cultivate from their own farm system, but neither one really took off, although Brown did find his swing briefly and started hitting home runs faster than Ryan Howard for a short time a few seasons ago.

Ruben Amaro Jr. and John Mayberry are both alumni from Stanford University, and that's what a lot of people said helped keep Mayberry on the Phillies roster through his tougher times in his early career.

If Mayberry can get back to his double digit home runs that he has hit in 3 seasons in a row from 2011-2013, he'll be a welcome addition to that Mets team. 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Rollins going out to the sun and fun of LA?

Well so much for a quiet off-season.

Word is out that the Phillies have traded Jimmy Rollins, who has been a mainstay on this team for the last 15 seasons. Rollins has been with the team as their continuous shortstop for many years before the team got real good and then through arguably one of the best stretches of the Phillies history ever.

Something had to break though with this team, players had to be traded and now news that Rollins is apparently headed to LA and Antonio Bastardo is heading to Pittsburgh.

Now word is spreading is Utley may be on his way out to Dodgerville? Well, Hollywood Hamels might as well go out there too, and the Phillies might get 62 wins this year? The Rollins deal wasn't announced as official by either club yet as of the time of this posting, so we'll just have to wait for the official announcement.

Holding the line on the Phils best players is admirable

Ruben Amaro Jr. has had the task of making the Phillies younger, he hasn't been rushing this task since he's been trying

When you think of it, all Ruben Amaro has to do is move a few players that have been on the team a long time, and make a ton of money.

It would probably be easy to give these players away for next to nothing as teams would line up to get the likes of a Cole Hamels, Chase Utley or Ryan Howard for practically nothing.

So, the fact that Amaro and company haven't done that is very admirable. This team still isn't a team that's totally lost. It's in desperate need of some tweeks to make it younger but at the same time, have that youth contribute to this team in a very positive way.

Armchair GM's that follow the Phillies probably have a lot of ideas on making this team better. If you're one of them, share your move with the blog here by leaving one or more in the comments section. 

Monday, December 08, 2014

Former Phillie Jayson Werth to trade uniform for prison garb

The Phillies ex-player Jayson Werth will have to swap out his Nationals uniform for some prison issue clothes soon, as he was guilty going 105 mph in Virginia with his 911 Porsche.

That's not a good idea in Virginia, as their laws don't allow for just a fine and you're on your way. In fact, Werth has a suspended sentence of 170 days as well, so if he gets into any more problems, he could see himself into the slammer for up to 6 months.

Maybe community service would have served Virginia better in this case, but apparently that's not good enough and Werth will have to do time for his crime.

Sunday, December 07, 2014

NL East Baseball Podcast Simulcast hosted by Miami Marlins 'MarlinsFamilyPodcast' tonight at 7 PM Eastern Live

A special simulcast of the Marlins Family Podcast tonight with FightinPhillies Podcast, Mets Musings, Atlanta Baseball Talk and more! 

Tune in at 7PM Eastern time to hear the show and get a chance to call in and speak live on the show!

Everyone knows the Phillies need change as Winter Meetings start

The Phils World Series win is now but a distant memory, but there are still familiar names still on this team some 6 seasons later

Ruben Amaro Jr. has kept longtime Phillies together for a chance a returning to the World Series well past the time he should have.

As the years have gone by, the core group of Hamels, Howard, Rollins, and Utley have also had a lot of others staying with the team as well. Lessor known names to the casual baseball fan as Kyle Kendrick, Domonic Brown, and until recently John Mayberry have been on this team for long periods of time too.

The facts hare all there to see that this team has needed change for some time now, and only recently did the Phillies front office officially acknowledge that they weren't a contender anymore and it could be several years before they become a contender again. You think?

Maybe it was the last two years that the Phillies finished dismally in the standings. That gave the front office a clue that this was indeed the case, that the Phillies were not in good shape.

If anything, the last three years have been dismal for this team, and the last three years have seen this team spend a whopping $509M on salaries. That is a half a billion dollars my dear readers.

The front office above Ruben Amaro has been on snooze alert as this team has spent and not gotten anything in return for it. Normally a business that is managed so poorly as that gets some attention. Usually the people responsible for things like that find themselves out of a job.

What happens after such a poor performance last year? The Phillies announce there will be no changes in the coaching staff. Huh? A terrible season in which the team had a 73 win season and there won't be any changes? That's just proof that this team is hurting more than we realize.

What will happen at the Winter Meetings that start up today? Maybe the Phillies will trade Cole Hamels has the media has been clamoring for. That isn't the answer to the Phillies problems though, it goes much deeper than that.

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Holiday Selfies this afternoon at Citizens Bank Park with Ben Revere

Its' the annual Christmas Tree lighting at Citizens Bank Park, and this afternoon it was holiday selfies with Ben Revere...

Monday, December 01, 2014

Baseball Winter Meetings just a week away

A huge baseball floats down the Thanksgiving Day Parade from New York City's 88th Annual parade

The winter meetings for baseball is just a week away, taking place in San Diego this year from Dec. 7 through the 11th at the San Diego Hilton Bayfront.The city of San Diego is the 3rd time for hosting this event, the first two times were 1963 and 1985. It's 113th such Winter Meeting of baseball.

There is usually a trade buzz happening around the Winter Meetings, although we've seem a lot of movement already, we could see a lot more as this meeting generally shakes the trees loose when it comes to trades.

We could see a significant trade involving the Phillies during this event, if there was ever a time to get something done, this meeting would be the time.

A lot more than just trades happen at this event, the business of baseball also happens as well.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Moyer leaves Phils broadcast booth; Games after Wheeler left booth suffered

Jamie Moyer won't be in the booth for the Phillies broadcast games in 2015. That might be a good thing, as the broadcasts last year with the two new additions to the TV broadcast team were seriously lacking for about the first 3/4 of the season.

Jamie Moyer and Matt Stairs shared the duties after the longtime broadcasters Chris Wheeler and former Phillies player, Gary Matthews contracts were not renewed for the 2014 season in a surprise move. It's important to note that this was Comcast's decision and not the Phillies.

Comcast Sportsnet will be searching for a replacement and wished Moyer well for his services, as Jamie cited family time as his main reason for not coming back after only 1 season in the booth.

Many fans commented on Wheeler and Matthews style of doing the games, but when they heard the alternative with Moyer and Stairs, they had to be wanting some quality to return to the booth which was seriously lacking the whole season.

The tandem of Stairs and Moyer were new to the booth and weren't ready to take on this assignment as most of the conversations weren't really game focused and the color commentary that they were supposed to be talking about often fell back to the games that they have played in the majors and a session on learning baseball, rather than what we were seeing happen on the field.

What direction will the Phillies game day broadcast go in now? There can only be an improvement here as last year's games were extremely hard to listen to and even hear the comments made by Stairs and Moyer.