Monday, July 21, 2014

Phillies Talk Podcast: After The All Star Break 2014


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Marlon Anderson returns to Phillies






I know what you're thinking... The old Phillies all are returning to the roost. Well, this headline was a little misleading. Marlon Anderson will be returning to talk about the Phillies. He'll be added to the roster of big league players that comment on the CSN Philly SportsNet on the pregame and postgame shows on the broadcasts starting tomorrow night.

Anderson was with the Phillies for 5 seasons and he joins Ricky Bottalico and Ben Davis for the commentary about the Phillies in their daily schedule of games.

Anderson is 40 years old now, and was a Major League baseball player for 12 years. He was on the Phillies for a period in which the Phillies weren't too good, from the 1998 to the 2002 seasons.

Tune into the broadcasts on Monday night as the Phillies return home to welcome Cliff Lee to the mound and Marlon Anderson talking baseball on the pre-game and post-game shows.


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Phils down 6-4 to Braves on return







The Phillies returned to the baseball diamond on Friday night in a rainy humid Atlanta. The first game back from the All Star Break ended in a loss for the Phils.

Something was noticed that needs to be corrected, and it's Jimmy Rollins. A bloop fly ball was hit by Ryan Howard and Rollins barely scored from third base while a charging Chase Utley nearly passed him and he scored from second base. This has been happening a lot this season, Utley is charging so fast, he is nearly catching Jimmy most of the time.

Jimmy needs to play somewhere else where he won't have to run too fast, because especially this season, he just doesn't seem like he has that hustle in him.

Enough is enough, we've seen this for too long from him and if the Phils can't trade him, bench him until he gets the message.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Phillies at the All-Star Break







The Phillies haven't had a very good run so far to the All-Star Break in 2014. The team is 42-53 after 95 games played, there are 67 games left to be played.

 Here's how they have done up to this point as a team statistically for runs scored:


Runs Games Wins Loss W-L%
0 11 0 11 .000
1 10 2 8 .200
2 14 2 12 .143
3 14 4 10 .286
4 10 3 7 .300
5 11 8 3 .727
6 9 7 2 .778
7 7 7 0 1.000
8 2 2 0 1.000
9 3 3 0 1.000
10 2 2 0 1.000
12 1 1 0 1.000
14 1 1 0 1.000
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/16/2014.



This stat list kind of tells it all about this team, they have piled up an incredible 30 losses combined when they have only been able to scored from 0-2 runs in a game. They have been shut-out an amazing 11 times already this season.

The Phillies need to put it together and start scoring runs, get players on base and start to move runners and score them. They have been woefully ineffective at this so far this year.

We'll see if the Phils can start getting this simple fact that they need to start scoring more runs.

We've seen some poorly played baseball this year so far as well, you would think with Ryne Sandberg at the helm, this would not be happening.

Moves by this team by the GM, Ruben Amaro, also stand to be looked at, Amaro has been guiding this team into very poor finishes now for several seasons.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Looking at the Phillies and the trade deadline



Grady Sizemore is a player that the Phillies sought out after he was released by the Red Sox, a few years ago, this would have been excellent news


What will the Phillies do after this year's All-Star break. They've been rumored to be sellers, but that was before the team embarked on a 5 game win streak as the All-Star Break is happening.

Is this enough to try to remain optimistic with this year's Phillies team?

Looking at the players that the Phillies could move, and you suddenly have a whole bunch, the Phils could move players and dump salary and start to rebuild this older team with some younger players.

Here's the roster list of Phillies players and a look at a few that could move:

Name Age Contract Status 2014 2015 2016
Cole Hamels 30 7 yrs/$153M (12-18) & 19 team option $22.5M $22.5M $22.5M
Ryan Howard 34 5 yrs/$125M (12-16) & 17 team option $25M $25M $25M
Cliff Lee 35 5 yrs/$120M (11-15) & 16 vesting option $25M $25M $12.5M [FA-*]
Jonathan Papelbon 33 4 yrs/$50M (12-15) & 16 vesting option $13M $13M $0 [FA-*]
Jimmy Rollins 35 3 yrs/$33M (12-14) & 15 vesting option $11M $0 [FA-*] FA
Carlos Ruiz 35 3 yrs/$26M (14-16) & 17 team option $8.5M $8.5M $8.5M
Chase Utley 35 2 yrs/$25M (14-15) & 16-18 vesting option $15M $10M $0 [FA-*]
A.J. Burnett 37 1 yr/$16M (14) & 15 mutual option $15M $1M [FA-*] FA
Marlon Byrd 36 2 yrs/$16M (14-15) & 16 vesting option $8M $8M $0 [FA-*]
Mike Adams 35 2 yrs/$12M (13-14) & 15 team option $7M $0 [FA-*] FA
Kyle Kendrick 29 1 yr/$7.68M (14) $7.67M FA
Roberto Hernandez 33 1 yr/$4.5M (14) $4.5M FA
Antonio Bastardo 28 1 yr/$2M (14) $2M Arb-3 FA
Ben Revere 26 1 yr/$1.95M (14) $1.95M Arb-2 Arb-3
John Mayberry 30 1 yr/$1.59M (14) $1.59M Arb-2 Arb-3
Wil Nieves 36 1 yr/$1.13M (14) $1.12M FA
Tony Gwynn 31 1 yr/$900k (14) $900k Arb-3 FA
Grady Sizemore 31 1 yr/$750k (14) $750k FA
Domonic Brown 26 1 yr/$550k (14) $550k Arb-1 Arb-2
Jake Diekman 27 1 yr/$516k (14) $515.5k Pre-Arb-3 Arb-1
Justin De Fratus 26 1 yr/$513k (14) $513k Pre-Arb-3 Arb-1
Freddy Galvis 24 1 yr/$500k (14) $500k Pre-Arb-3 Arb-1
Jonathan Pettibone 23 1 yr/$500k (14) $500k Pre-Arb-2 Arb-1
B.J. Rosenberg 28 1 yr/$500k (14) $500k Pre-Arb-2 Pre-Arb-3
Phillippe Aumont 25 1 yr/$500k (14) $500k Pre-Arb-2 Pre-Arb-3
Darin Ruf 27 1 yr/$500k (14) $500k Pre-Arb-2 Pre-Arb-3
Cody Asche 24 1 yr/$500k (14) $500k Pre-Arb-2 Pre-Arb-3
Ethan Martin 25 1 yr/$500k (14) $500k Pre-Arb-2 Pre-Arb-3
Cesar Hernandez 24 1 yr/$500k (14) $500k Pre-Arb-2 Pre-Arb-3
Cameron Rupp 25 1 yr/$500k (14) $500k Pre-Arb-2 Pre-Arb-3
Koyie Hill 35 Arb
Reid Brignac 28 Arb Arb
Jeff Manship 29 Arb
Luis Garcia 27
Aaron Altherr 23
David Buchanan 25
Ken Giles 23
Mario Hollands 25
Chad Durbin buyout $250k
Payroll (no options) Est. Total Payroll w/o Options (Guaranteed + Arb + Other) $134.4M $100.1M
Payroll (options) Est. Total Payroll w/ Options (Guaranteed + Options + Arb + Other) $164.9M $161.6M
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/13/2014.


Just a glance at the top 12 players, gives you plenty of ideas on who could be moved. Is anyone sacred on this list? Meaning that is anyone on this team a keeper, and not to be moved regardless?

Hamels is signed through 2018 at a hefty $22.5M per year, I am not so sure he would have a lot of takers at that salary and the Phillies don't need to subsidize a move by Hamels by paying any of his salary to another team.

Two Phillies starters this season will probably not be back next year, Kyle Kendrick and Roberto Hernandez. The Phillies kind of need to think about pitching for next season.

Ryan Howard would be a player that the Phillies would probably like to deal. Not so sure many teams would be picking him up with his salary with what he is offering right now. Could an injury pop up with a contending team that needs a first baseman, that could change things.

Papelbon probably leads the parade for first Phillies to get moved. He's been really vocal about wanting to leave, but does any team want Papelbon and this alter-ego Ocho Cinco?

We'll see if any of the Phillies better players are moved, will the Phillies get anyone in return for them? That's an important part of trying to rebuild a team as well to get a decent player in return.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - when the Phillies win




This season hasn't gone as planned by the Phillies, they've been in last place for most of the season already. Fans, and people that know baseball wondered what has been wrong with this team. We seem to know that the team is older, but that doesn't mean that they can't play the game.

At times this year, this team has looked anemic, and a team that just can't put the pieces of the puzzle together. They've also looked like a team that can't get the basics of the game down very often. They've looked uncharacteristically sloppy at times.

In between those times that this team has looked poor, there has been glimpses of what this team is capable of. The last three games, the Phillies looked very capable as they have won 3 games against a team that has almost run the table on the NL this season so far.

The Phils have one more game against the Brewers tonight in Milwaukee and then they go home to play the Nationals for 3 games and then most of the team, except Chase Utley, will have a 4-day break for the All-Star Game.


Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Phillies Talk Podcast: The Baron, Larry Shenk, Interview






 Here's our interview with Larry Shenk, Phillies Vice-President of Alumni Relations and book author of "If These Walls Could Talk - Stories From the Philadelphia Phillies Dugout, Locker Room, and Press Box."  We talk to Larry about the many great players that the Phillies have had on the team as well as some names you may never heard of. All this and more on Phillies Talk Podcast with Rich and Jim. Listen to the show on Stitcher Radio

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Sunday Bookshelf: Great Phillies summer read by Larry Shenk




  If These Walls Could Talk is a series of baseball books by Triumph Books, here Larry Shenk authored this Philadelphia Phillies edition with great stories about his 50 years working for the Phillies and being up close and personal with all of the Phillies that made a mark on this fabulous game of baseball and being on the Phillies team.

Larry Shenk was there, he lives, breathes, and works around baseball now and for the last 50 years. It's an amazing accomplishment in itself, but now you can read all about individual stories that Shenk has recalled with some of the most colorful characters to put on a Phillies uniform.

I'll be talking with Larry Shenk about his book on the next edition of Phillies Talk Podcast with my co-host Jim Mulry. So please tune into that show, you'll be able to find it right here on the blog and of course on iTunes and Stitcher Radio and BaseballTalkRadio.com as well.

This is a fantastic summer read about the Phillies, pickup a copy every good books are sold, or you can order it right from the link below with Amazon books!

Friday, July 04, 2014

Sabermetrically speaking, Dom Brown is the worst offensive player on the Phillies



Dom Brown has the worst sabermetric numbers on the Phillies, but is he the worst player on the team?



I've got to preface this headline by saying that I don't put too much credence into sabermetrics, that is of course complicated baseball equations that measure your overall worth of a baseball player to a team. The numbers don't speak well of Domonic Brown this year with the Phillies if you're a believer in such sabermetric numbers.

If fact, Dom Brown is at the bottom of the list in most measurements that are supposed to show baseball greatness. Take this first one, with stats up to July 4th 2014, it is called WAR, or wins above replacement player or more simply put a number of wins that this player adds to a team other than a player from the minors would.



Name Age G PA WAR ▾ Salary Acquired
Chase Utley* 35 81 357 2.5 $15,000,000 Amateur Draft
Jimmy Rollins# 35 81 359 1.9 $11,000,000 Free Agency
Marlon Byrd 36 84 348 1.8 $8,000,000 Free Agency
Carlos Ruiz (7-day dl) 35 66 273 1.6 $8,500,000 Free Agency
Wil Nieves (15-day dl) 36 14 57 0.6 $1,125,000 Free Agency
Cody Asche* 24 54 191 0.4 Amateur Draft
John Mayberry 30 58 128 0.3 $1,587,500 Traded
A.J. Burnett 37 16 38 0.2 $15,000,000 Free Agency
Cole Hamels* 30 14 31 0.2 $22,500,000 Amateur Draft
Antonio Bastardo 28 36 1 0.1 $2,000,000 Amateur Free Agent
Cliff Lee (15-day dl)* 35 8 19 0.1 $25,000,000 Free Agency
Mario Hollands* 25 30 0 0.0 Amateur Draft
Jonathan Papelbon 33 32 0 0.0 $13,000,000 Free Agency
Jake Diekman* 27 38 0 0.0 Amateur Draft
Ken Giles 23 9 0 0.0 Amateur Draft
B.J. Rosenberg 28 10 0 0.0 Amateur Draft
Mike Adams (60-day dl) 35 19 0 0.0 $7,000,000 Free Agency
Aaron Altherr (40-man) 23 2 5 0.0 Amateur Draft
Phillippe Aumont (40-man)* 25 2 0 0.0 Traded
Ethan Martin (40-man) 25 2 0 0.0 Traded
Luis Garcia (40-man) 27 3 0 0.0 Free Agency
Cesar Jimenez* 29 2 0 0.0 Free Agency
Brad Lincoln* 29 2 0 0.0 Traded
Andres Blanco# 30 1 0 0.0 Free Agency
Shawn Camp 38 2 0 0.0 Free Agency
Justin De Fratus# 26 21 1 0.0 Amateur Draft
Jeff Manship (15-day dl) 29 16 2 -0.0 Free Agency
Jayson Nix 31 18 43 -0.0 Purchased
Jonathan Pettibone (40-man)* 23 2 2 -0.0 Amateur Draft
Sean O'Sullivan 26 1 2 -0.0 Free Agency
Ben Revere* 26 76 306 -0.1 $1,950,000 Traded
Ryan Howard* 34 83 357 -0.1 $25,000,000 Amateur Draft
Darin Ruf (40-man) 27 7 11 -0.1 Amateur Draft
Koyie Hill# 35 4 11 -0.1 Traded
Cameron Rupp 25 5 17 -0.1 Amateur Draft
David Buchanan 25 8 16 -0.2 Amateur Draft
Ronny Cedeno 31 7 9 -0.2 Free Agency
Roberto Hernandez 33 18 31 -0.2 $4,500,000 Free Agency
Kyle Kendrick 29 16 37 -0.2 $7,675,000 Amateur Draft
Reid Brignac (15-day dl)* 28 24 74 -0.3 Free Agency
Cesar Hernandez# 24 46 101 -0.5 Amateur Free Agent
Tony Gwynn* 31 59 110 -0.6 Free Agency
Freddy Galvis (40-man)# 24 16 46 -0.9 Amateur Free Agent
Domonic Brown* 26 81 311 -1.4 Amateur Draft
Team Total 31.4 1174 3294 4.5 $168,837,500
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/4/2014.


Here's another measurement of sabermetrics call RAA, or Runs this player is better then the average player, again Brown is in last place if that means anything:

Name Age G PA RAA ▾ Salary Acquired
Chase Utley* 35 81 357 14 $15,000,000 Amateur Draft
Marlon Byrd 36 84 348 8 $8,000,000 Free Agency
Jimmy Rollins# 35 81 359 8 $11,000,000 Free Agency
Carlos Ruiz (7-day dl) 35 66 273 8 $8,500,000 Free Agency
Wil Nieves (15-day dl) 36 14 57 4 $1,125,000 Free Agency
A.J. Burnett 37 16 38 2 $15,000,000 Free Agency
Cole Hamels* 30 14 31 2 $22,500,000 Amateur Draft
Antonio Bastardo 28 36 1 1 $2,000,000 Amateur Free Agent
Cliff Lee (15-day dl)* 35 8 19 1 $25,000,000 Free Agency
Mike Adams (60-day dl) 35 19 0 0 $7,000,000 Free Agency
Aaron Altherr (40-man) 23 2 5 -0 Amateur Draft
Phillippe Aumont (40-man)* 25 2 0 0 Traded
Andres Blanco# 30 1 0 0 Free Agency
Shawn Camp 38 2 0 0 Free Agency
Justin De Fratus# 26 21 1 0 Amateur Draft
Jake Diekman* 27 38 0 0 Amateur Draft
Luis Garcia (40-man) 27 3 0 0 Free Agency
Ken Giles 23 9 0 0 Amateur Draft
Mario Hollands* 25 30 0 0 Amateur Draft
Cesar Jimenez* 29 2 0 0 Free Agency
Brad Lincoln* 29 2 0 0 Traded
Jeff Manship (15-day dl) 29 16 2 -0 Free Agency
Ethan Martin (40-man) 25 2 0 0 Traded
Sean O'Sullivan 26 1 2 -0 Free Agency
Jonathan Papelbon 33 32 0 0 $13,000,000 Free Agency
Jonathan Pettibone (40-man)* 23 2 2 -0 Amateur Draft
B.J. Rosenberg 28 10 0 0 Amateur Draft
Cody Asche* 24 54 191 -1 Amateur Draft
David Buchanan 25 8 16 -1 Amateur Draft
Koyie Hill# 35 4 11 -1 Traded
John Mayberry 30 58 128 -1 $1,587,500 Traded
Jayson Nix 31 18 43 -1 Purchased
Darin Ruf (40-man) 27 7 11 -1 Amateur Draft
Ronny Cedeno 31 7 9 -2 Free Agency
Roberto Hernandez 33 18 31 -2 $4,500,000 Free Agency
Kyle Kendrick 29 16 37 -2 $7,675,000 Amateur Draft
Cameron Rupp 25 5 17 -2 Amateur Draft
Reid Brignac (15-day dl)* 28 24 74 -5 Free Agency
Cesar Hernandez# 24 46 101 -7 Amateur Free Agent
Tony Gwynn* 31 59 110 -8 Free Agency
Ben Revere* 26 76 306 -8 $1,950,000 Traded
Freddy Galvis (40-man)# 24 16 46 -9 Amateur Free Agent
Ryan Howard* 34 83 357 -9 $25,000,000 Amateur Draft
Domonic Brown* 26 81 311 -20 Amateur Draft
Team Total 31.4 1174 3294 -32 $168,837,500
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/4/2014.


And that isn't all of the stats that don't speak too well of Dom Brown in this season so far. Personally I don't think he's been as bad as these Sabermetric numbers say, but the numbers speak for themselves and for some reason, he is at the bottom.

Here's a stat called WAA, or Wins Above Average Player, the amount of wins added to a team from a player rather than the average player. With the last two stats, you can see Ryan Howard right near the bottom of the list as well along with Brown, so it seems Brown has some company in these not so good sabermetric stats.

Name Age G PA WAA ▾ Salary Acquired
Chase Utley* 35 81 357 1.4 $15,000,000 Amateur Draft
Jimmy Rollins# 35 81 359 0.8 $11,000,000 Free Agency
Carlos Ruiz (7-day dl) 35 66 273 0.8 $8,500,000 Free Agency
Marlon Byrd 36 84 348 0.7 $8,000,000 Free Agency
Wil Nieves (15-day dl) 36 14 57 0.4 $1,125,000 Free Agency
A.J. Burnett 37 16 38 0.2 $15,000,000 Free Agency
Cole Hamels* 30 14 31 0.2 $22,500,000 Amateur Draft
Antonio Bastardo 28 36 1 0.1 $2,000,000 Amateur Free Agent
Cliff Lee (15-day dl)* 35 8 19 0.1 $25,000,000 Free Agency
Jake Diekman* 27 38 0 0.0 Amateur Draft
Mario Hollands* 25 30 0 0.0 Amateur Draft
Jonathan Papelbon 33 32 0 0.0 $13,000,000 Free Agency
Mike Adams (60-day dl) 35 19 0 0.0 $7,000,000 Free Agency
Ken Giles 23 9 0 0.0 Amateur Draft
B.J. Rosenberg 28 10 0 0.0 Amateur Draft
Phillippe Aumont (40-man)* 25 2 0 0.0 Traded
Andres Blanco# 30 1 0 0.0 Free Agency
Shawn Camp 38 2 0 0.0 Free Agency
Justin De Fratus# 26 21 1 0.0 Amateur Draft
Luis Garcia (40-man) 27 3 0 0.0 Free Agency
Cesar Jimenez* 29 2 0 0.0 Free Agency
Brad Lincoln* 29 2 0 0.0 Traded
Ethan Martin (40-man) 25 2 0 0.0 Traded
Aaron Altherr (40-man) 23 2 5 -0.0 Amateur Draft
Jeff Manship (15-day dl) 29 16 2 -0.0 Free Agency
Sean O'Sullivan 26 1 2 -0.0 Free Agency
Jonathan Pettibone (40-man)* 23 2 2 -0.0 Amateur Draft
Darin Ruf (40-man) 27 7 11 -0.1 Amateur Draft
John Mayberry 30 58 128 -0.1 $1,587,500 Traded
David Buchanan 25 8 16 -0.2 Amateur Draft
Koyie Hill# 35 4 11 -0.2 Traded
Jayson Nix 31 18 43 -0.2 Purchased
Cameron Rupp 25 5 17 -0.2 Amateur Draft
Ronny Cedeno 31 7 9 -0.2 Free Agency
Roberto Hernandez 33 18 31 -0.2 $4,500,000 Free Agency
Kyle Kendrick 29 16 37 -0.2 $7,675,000 Amateur Draft
Cody Asche* 24 54 191 -0.3 Amateur Draft
Reid Brignac (15-day dl)* 28 24 74 -0.6 Free Agency
Cesar Hernandez# 24 46 101 -0.8 Amateur Free Agent
Tony Gwynn* 31 59 110 -1.0 Free Agency
Freddy Galvis (40-man)# 24 16 46 -1.1 Amateur Free Agent
Ben Revere* 26 76 306 -1.1 $1,950,000 Traded
Ryan Howard* 34 83 357 -1.2 $25,000,000 Amateur Draft
Domonic Brown* 26 81 311 -2.4 Amateur Draft
Team Total 31.4 1174 3294 -5.4 $168,837,500
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/4/2014.