Thursday, December 05, 2019

Phillies land Zack Wheeler, for a fairly steep price

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There was a serious doubt that the Mets would be able to sign all of the players still on the team last year. Zack Wheeler was deemed one that the Mets didn't keep in the fold, they did give him a qualifying offer of $17.8M for this season but it was declined by Wheeler to stay with the Mets. The Phillies signed him yesterday for 5 years and $118M - which is quite a lot for a pitcher with Wheeler's results so far. Yes, he is a good pitcher, but is he worth that much?

Last year, Wheeler was 11-8 for the Mets, with a 3.96 ERA, in 2018 he was 12-7 with a 3.31 ERA. Those numbers don't really jump out at you with a guy who will be making over $20 million a season to pitch for you. Wheeler did give the Mets a chance to equal the offer, they passed and now he's a Phillie.

The Mets offer was fairly generous, show us you can pitch very good or better for one more year for $17.8M, but Wheeler who is 29 could have thought that if he doesn't accept a bigger contract and did poorly, he wouldn't be getting a big contract at all if he had stayed with the Mets.

The Phillies passed on a chance to add Cole Hamels for 1 season at $18M, which was probably a big mistake. Why wouldn't you bring back the former MVP of the 2008 World Series for this Phillies team, if nothing else, fans would have had a really increased interest in his starts especially at home. This was a major failure of the Phillies offseason so far.

As reported by My Top Sportsbooks, The Phillies opened the 2019 season as NL East favorites at +225 after beefing up their batting order in free agency. Their divisional odds will reflect that and are likely to open in the +375 to +450 range, behind the Nats and Braves. That would accord with the current World Series futures, where Washington (+1400) and Atlanta (+1200) are shorter than Philly (+2200).

Monday, November 25, 2019

MLB Network to present Dave Parker in 'The Cobra at Twilight'

It's the 40th Anniversary of the World Series win for the Pittsburgh Pirates, and to honor this and one of the Pirate's star players, MLB Network has put together a Profile video on Dave Parker. Parker is interviewed along with other important people that were around Dave and observing from a distance.

The premiere takes place on December 12th at 8:00 PM Eastern:

November 25, 2019 – Following the 40th anniversary celebration of the 1979 World Series champion Pittsburgh Pirates, MLB Network today announced that one of the stars of the “We Are Family” Pirates lineup, Dave Parker, is the focus of the latest installment of the MLB Network Presents documentary series, titled The Cobra at Twilight. Premiering on Thursday, December 12 at 8:00 p.m. ET, the 90-minute film looks back on the life and 19-year MLB career of “The Cobra,” from 1978 NL MVP, seven-time All-Star and two-time World Series champion to his current battle with Parkinson’s disease. A trailer for the film can be viewed here.

MLB Network Presents: The Cobra at Twilight Profiles Dave Parker,
From 1978 NL MVP and Two-Time World Series Champion to Life with Parkinson’s Disease

90-Minute Documentary Features New Interviews with Parker,
Hall of Famers Dennis Eckersley, Tony La Russa and Barry Larkin,
Parker’s Former Teammates Eric Davis, Phil Garner, Gary Sheffield and Kent Tekulve,

Plus Tony Dungy and “Mean” Joe Greene

Saturday, November 09, 2019

Mike Schmidt honored at Louisville Slugger bat history museum

Last night in Louisville, ex-Phillies slugger and current broadcaster Mike Schmidt was honored at the Louisville Slugger museum:

The announcement:

Louisville, KY – November 1, 2019 – Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory will honor National Baseball Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt with its 2019 Living Legend Award on Friday, November 8th.

Schmidt was recognized during a special ceremony that kicks off the 15th Annual Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory Auction with Hunt Auctions, Inc. "I’m proud to be the recipient of this year’s Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory Living Legend Award," said Schmidt.

"Louisville Slugger is an iconic brand that is synonymous with baseball. It’s an honor for me to be recognized by the museum and be included among the award’s past honorees,” Schmidt added.
Schmidt used several Louisville Slugger models throughout his storied career. In the early part of his career (1974-78), he swung a 36-inch K75 model. From 1979-84, his preferred bat model was the K55; a 35-inch bat with natural finish. In total, Schmidt ordered 518 Louisville Slugger bats during his career.

Mike Schmidt Highlights:

Mike Schmidt played his entire 18-season career for the Philadelphia Phillies, was a twelve-time All-Star and a three-time winner of the National League Most Valuable Player award. Known for his combination of power hitting and strong defense, he hit 548 home runs and 1,595 runs batted in (RBIs), while earning the Gold Glove Award 10 times as a third baseman.

Success followed Schmidt in every phase of his career, starting in college when he led Ohio University to the College World Series in 1970. He was drafted by the Phillies the following year and by 1974 led the league in home runs. He went on to lead the National League in homers eight times during his career and his 48 home runs in 1980 set the Major League record for a third baseman, which he held for 27 years. Schmidt won six Silver Slugger Awards and was voted the National League’s MVP in 1980, 1981 and 1986.

With Schmidt leading the way, the Phillies won the National League pennants in 1980 and 1983. Philadelphia won the World Series in 1980 and Schmidt was selected as World Series MVP.
He retired from baseball in 1989 as a Philadelphia legend and is considered by many as the greatest third baseman in baseball history. His iconic number 20 was retired by the Phillies the next season. Schmidt was honored again by the Phillies in 2004 when the franchise unveiled a life-sized bronze statue outside the third-base gate at Citizens Bank Park.

“We are proud to include Mike Schmidt as part of the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory family and honored to present him with the 2019 Living Legend Award,” said Anne Jewell, Vice President and Executive Director of Louisville Slugger
Museum & Factory. “One of the best to ever play the game, Schmidt is a true ambassador for the sport and a fan favorite.” Limited Edition Louisville Slugger Bat

To honor the Living Legend, Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory has produced an iconic two-toned maroon and powder-blue finished K55 model collector bat for this special occasion. The K55 is the same model Schmidt used at various times throughout his illustrious career. The expertly crafted collector bat will be autographed by Schmidt. The bat design includes his jersey number and career statistics.Only 100 signed bats are available. The cost is $299.99 per bat and includes two tickets to the invitation-only Living Legend celebration on Friday, November 8th. For more information or to purchase a bat, call 502-588-7286, email or visit

Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory Experience history-in-the-making as you stroll through the factory where the world-famous Louisville Slugger bats are created. Admission includes the newly renovated factory tour, engaging exhibits, historic memorabilia, and much more. At the museum store, guests can create a Louisville Slugger bat with their very own name on it, just like the pros.

Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, located at 800 West Main Street, is open Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sundays 11a.m. – 5 p.m., with extended summer hours. Admission is $16 for adults, $15 for seniors (60+), $9 children (6-12), and free for children 5 and under. For more information, including holiday hours and extended summer hours, or call 502-588-7228, or find us on Facebook (@sluggermuseum), Twitter (@sluggermuseum), and
Instagram (@slugger_museum)

Monday, November 04, 2019

New For November - Phillies Talk Podcast

Getting the 'Hot Stove' on for winter and Awards Week!

Phillies Talk Podcast with Rich Baxter and Matt Veasey rolls into the offseason with a new Phillies manager, we talk about Joe Girardi and offer opinions on the selection. Bryce Harper has put his first season in on the Phillies, we talk about that. Who do the Phillies need on the mound along with Nola, Arrieta, and ??? - we talk about that and of course the exciting World Series win by the Nationals on this show.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Joe Girardi - Full Press conference - hired as Phillies manager October 28th 2019

The Phillies were looking for a new manager, after releasing Gabe Kapler, the Phils went out and got experience, Joe Girardi. Former Yankees and Marlins manager, and the manager who beat the Phillies in the 2009 World Series.

Girardi is well aware of the passion of Phillies fans, I think he understands the city and their thirst to win. 

Monday, September 30, 2019 countdown to the Phillies 2020 season

Bookmark the page and stop by often over the offseason to see how many days until we have Phillies baseball again - the season for 2020 opens early March 26, 2020 in Miami, then the team heads to New York for a three game series before opening at home in Philadelphia on April 2nd, 2020

First day of the Phillies off-season

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Is this the last time we see Gabe giving the starting lineup at home plate for the Phillies?

The only thing I am thinking about on the first day of the Phillies off-season is about the hype of the Phillies possibly making the playoffs during the past couple months, this team was no more on its way to the playoffs than the man in the moon, but thanks to a bunch of sites that gave the most outside chance for a team to still be in it, the Phils were being constantly mentioned as a team that 'still has a chance' to make it.

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Parker had a peculiar wind up, we haven't seen since the days of Kent Tekulve or Wayne Twitchell

The Phils may have had a really long shot of a chance to make it, almost like saying you have a chance to get struck by lightning, yes, I do think you have a greater chance of getting hit by lightning than the Phillies had to make the playoffs this year. That's the fallacy of sabermetrics in a nutshell, a number that is essentially meaningless but got a lot of attention by writers and the visual media.

What to do in the off-season? Word is that the Phils will announce the fate of manager, Gabe Kapler, and unless they have someone in the wings, the answer will be that Kapler will return as manager, because that is all that has been said by upper management. There has been a small faction of fans that want him fired but not a big public outcry. In fact, there was an article that says if Kapler is fired, it may not be his fault, but points at upper management as a more plausible reason. Some articles say Kapler is gone, but it's the team that lost the games, like it not.

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Kapler thanks Charlie for coming on board as hitting coach, it didn't seem to help Rhys at all though

The pitching staff was a mess, this team spent a ton of money on bullpen pitchers that hardly pitched. Millions of dollars in fact, money that should have went to a quality starter. You had 4 relievers that made millions, (a combined $36M) Neshek, Nicasio, Hunter, and Robertson - that were a near complete bust. The rest of the pitching staff except Arrieta (who made $25M last year for mediocre or less performance) and Nola at $4.5M were guys that weren't highly paid, Velasquez, Pivetta, Eickhoff, and Eflin ($4.4M combined for all). All moves orchestrated by upper management. The Phillies managed to survive on one of the weakest starting rotations in baseball.

There will be time to talk more about what went wrong with this team, will Kapler be returning next year. He stood in the dugout and thanked all the players after the last out yesterday and that was an appreciation that you don't see all that often in the dugout, especially since it may be the end of his career as Phillies manager as well.

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Joe Maddon is available will Phillies make a move?

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If I am Matt Klentak, I'm calling Joe Maddon's agent this afternoon

The games have hardly began on this Sunday when the official announcement was released, Joe Maddon and the Cubs have parted ways officially. It's been rumored for a long time, and now it's true, so the Phillies (and a lot of other teams) can now sit back and possibly make a move for a new manager.

Not that this season is all Gabe Kapler's blame, but he's had the Phillies job now for a couple seasons and nothing has come of it. Nothing bad toward Kapler, he's gone in and tried to do a good job with this group and last year's but just didn't come up with a half decent result. In fact, it's a failure this year. All Kap's blame? No, but someone else should now have a chance at turning this team around.

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It would be great to have Joe Maddon in Phillie pinstripes for 2020

Would Maddon even want to come to Philly with the current roster? He's the kind of manager that has turned teams around with less talent, will Maddon want to take time off to consider? We'll see as this opportunity for the Phillies is now there.

Phillies wrap up season today, will finish in 4th place

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Phils get a win with Zach Eflin on the mound last night

The 162 game season started in what feels like it wasn't too long ago, the baseball season flies by even though we start way back in very late March. After 162 games, the Phillies will finish a solid 4th place in the NL East, in what is very much a failure for this team.

Talk of the playoffs, and even more pervaded the airwaves prior to the start of the season, and the Phillies burst out on to the 2019 season looking like they might make good on the promise of that. The Phils spent 76 days of the season, including days off, in first place. Then June took place, and the Phillies fell from their perch, never to look back or return.

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Two players that could have got a bit more love this season, both maybe gone for 2020

What happened to this team? A total collapse from where they started the first couple months of the season. Looking back at the season and you look at many spots of the season that this team if it had done things better would be in the playoffs as of today.

One thing is pitching, the pitching deserted this team. The pitching staff gave up the 2nd most HRs in the NL right behind the Colorado Rockies. Out of the 15 NL teams the Phils finished 11th in ERA. Phils pitchers gave up the 3rd most hits in the NL. The Braves were right behind the Phils in hits given up this season, but there offense was good enough to overcome this.

Another reason the Phils are in 4th place is the team that they are playing today to close the season out with. The Miami Marlins beat the Phillies 9 times this year, but the worst team the Phillies faced was the Washington Nationals, the Nats beat the Phils in 15 of the 19 games that the two teams play against one another.

This isn't really an end of year report card, but it's an attempt to further look into what went wrong with this season. The Phillies were totally unpredictable this past year, every day it seemed if it was a different result from this team, they either lacked pitching or offense or a combination of both for their losses.

It all wraps up today though, fan appreciation day at the ballpark at 3:05 PM - prizes, thrills, and baseball oh my.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

It's official - no playoffs for Phils

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Aaron Nola couldn't win a game from Aug. 20th - he's had 7 starts since

At odds that hovered from less than 1 percent up to 3 percent for some time, the Phillies postponed the inevitable time when they would be eliminated totally from the playoffs in the afternoon by not winning ballgames. The Nationals put that to the Phillies in Game 1 of the doubleheader yesterday when they beat the Phils 4-1, and then reinforced it 6-5 in Game 2 of the matchup.

The talk of even being in the playoffs was a far off farce for this team, they didn't have the right combination of players to get it done on the field. Now, they will battle to stay at .500 or better for the season.

Aaron Nola lost again, he hasn't won a game for the Phillies since the middle part of August, every start that would be 'counted' on by Phillies management even backfired, the talk was we'd have a fighting chance each time he was on the mound, well we had a chance but we didn't end up winning any of the games because of his starts.

Harper is well aware of postseason unhappiness, the Nationals will go to the playoffs again, but it won't be with Bryce Harper, who signed on with the Phillies this year. The Nationals could handle teams like the Marlins, they had a 15-4 season record against them, where the Phillies struggled mightily against them. On the other hand, the Mets beat the Marlins in the season record 12-7 so go figure.

The talk of the Phillies going out and signing Nationals star Anrhony Rendon is completely ludicrous in this writers opinion, adding highly paid players isn't the way to go for this team. We see what a lot of those type players have done on the field, which is fine, but the Phillies glaring need is pitching.

The season will be picked apart, will Gabe go or stay? Those are the immediate things we'll see with this team. There will now be plenty of time to address it, the Phils season is over in regards to fighting for any playoff spot, not that they really even had a substantial chance, it's just mathematically the team was still clinging to some sort of chance that they could (how ever far fetched that notion was) make the playoffs.

More baseball to end out this season to be played, it's the Nats vs Phillies again at 7:05 PM