Friday, September 22, 2017

Pete Rose banned for individual sales at CBP memorabilia stand

Pete Rose has been convicted of nothing in his recent blowup in the press surrounding allegations that he did inappropriate things with a underage woman in Ohio back in the 1970's, but you wouldn't know that unless you were asking to buy his signed cards and memorabilia at the stadium at Citizens Bank Park.

Rose, who guided the Phillies to their first World Championship in 1980, apparently has earned a scarlet letter, as his items that have been signed have been cleaned out of sight and it seems like he a man who didn't exist for eager Phillies fans looking to purchase some piece of memories that connect Rose with the Phillies first ever World Series win.

Just a few months ago, I purchased an awesome signed card with Rose's autograph at the Hunt Auctions booth at CBP, to me seemed like a great deal. It was a few months prior to Pete's date with the Phillies to be put on the Phils 'Wall of Fame' - the induction for Rose onto the Phillies 'Wall' never happened of course. It was cancelled upon a firestorm of allegations and insinuations that was a result of Rose's lawsuit against long time detractor, John Dowd.

The whole sordid affair seemed to unfold like a soap opera in the Philadelphia press, and the news pressured the Phillies to cancel the whole event based on the court of popular opinion. News stories surfaced on the TV and radio concerning Rose just a week or so before Rose was supposed to be honored on-field by the Phils.

The facts remain though, that Rose has never has been charged with a crime in relationship to this, and will never be. The statue of limitations in Ohio for any such allegations or charges is 20 years, going back to the 1970's would 40 years or double the time that anyone could be held accountable for a crime like this, if committed, could face any punishment for.

Getting back to the Pete Rose memorabilia ban,  I spoke with an unnamed employee recently at the Hunt Auctions company, who has a sales booth at Citizens Bank Park, and they told me that there was a memo circulated that there would be no placing of Pete Rose items for sale at the booth, unless he was 'part of a group' of players. Meaning that you can't buy a single signed item that featured Rose, but you could probably buy an item that he signed if there were more than one player on a card or photo item. That doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me, but apparently Hunt Auctions thinks that it does.

History speaks for itself in regards to Pete Rose's contributions to the first ever winning of the crown of baseball that took this team until 1980 to do. If you do the math, that's almost a 100 years since the Philllies came into existence in 1883 to the time that the franchise won the first ever coveted World Series win. Peter Edward Rose was signed to the Phillies back in the early 1980's to do just that, bring a World Championship to the city of Philadelphia, his brash, swaggering style swept into the city of Philadelphia with Rose's big fur coats and driving the best Cadillac available at the time, and he delivered along with his teammates, a memory that will never be erased no matter what happens from now till the end of time.

Listen in to a recent audio show from the Phillies Talk Podcast concerning Rose's saga with what happened in his lawsuit against John Dowd in Ohio 

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Phils put up valiant effort and win 3 of 4 from LA

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Kenta Maeda started for the Dodgers in this game, he reminds me a little of 'The Tornado' Hideo Nomo

The Phils put up a very good fight today against the playoff bound Dodgers. Then poise that this team showed is amazing and they almost pulled something off that really seemed a bit impossible just a few weeks ago.

The Dodgers looked more like the team that's headed to the playoffs in this game than the team that lost 3 to the Phillies.

The star today for the Phillies again was Mr. Rhys Hoskins who made his MLB debut on August 10, has joined the likes of players like Votto, Judge, and Mike Trout in the BB stat. He has walked 31 times up to the start of this game. He has also been one of the most productive players in the game as well, with 43 total RBI since he was called up. Well, that is going to make a lot of Phils fans happy.

Suddenly for the Phillies, they can't seem to get out of the footprint that they have been in since the beginning of the season when they ended up in last place. Their home record is 35-40 now at home, they should be better than that.

Now, the season has dwindled to just 9 more games on the year. Some solid conclusions have been made towards the end of this season. Several players have impressed. Hoskins, Williams, Altherr, and to a certain extent, Herrera. Freddie Galvis is almost a certain player to return for 2018.

The Phils head out to Atlanta for a very brief 3-game series then come back to home to close out the season.

At least it seems like the Phils won't lose 100 games this year. They do have 92 with the loss today though.

Phils crawl out of basement of the worst team of baseball

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Aaron Altherr has been on a tear for the Phils, who is the best offensive player on this team now?

The Phillies have made the transition from the worst team in baseball to the second worst baseball team in the MLB behind the win last night against the LA Dodgers. The San Francisco Giants now have the dubious honor of being at the bottom of the totem pole in the MLB.

Does this mean better things for the Phils in 2018? That is very much a mystery at this point, but it's something that is being talked about in the media and some optimistic fans. Maybe it's the late surge that the Phils have been experiencing and the success the team has been having makes it seem like they have found an interesting combination of young players who seem to be firing on all cylinders.

What's this team missing? Maybe a pitcher or two? The pitching staff, led by Aaron Nola's 12 wins on this season that the Phils looked as if they would lose 100 games, is one that could use an upgrade. It will be interesting to see what moves GM Matt Klentak makes over the off-season. Nola has had an awesome season for the team, he's notched 175 SO and has a 3.56 ERA to lead all of the Phils starters. Overall though, the pitching staff needs improvement, it's currently ranked at 21st in the MLB in ERA at 4.64. The BAA for team pitching is .266 which is 25th in the MLB.

The Dodger series has been good for Phillies fans and the team alike! A chance to sweep the Dodgers today at CBP with the matinee 1:05 PM start. The Dodgers are cruising into the playoffs anyway, and they head out to LA after the game, and Friday night in LA will see the Dodgers and their fans celebrate the 90th birthday of Tommy Lasorda with an on-field ceremony.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Phils might be in last still but are they are showing signs of what's to come?

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The Phils have now beat the Marlins twice in this series, but you have to admire Ichiro, who keeps himself in tip-top shape, hustles every play, and lives each moment to play this wonderful game of baseball

The Phillies seem to have a new attitude as the season is winding down here in 2017 - only about 3 weeks left in this baseball season for them, but it promises to be an exciting postseason for the other teams in the lead and still in the hunt for wild card spots.

The Phils seem to have found a connection to find ways to win against the Marlins last night with an awesome comeback to win in 15 innings, then a convincing win against them tonight. Is it something great they have found or is it a bunch of players who are trying to earn a spot on next year's team and they just happen to be producing well?

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Odubel Herrera hit his 13th HR of the year on Wednesday night (even though he forgot to run in the game before tonight's in a ball that was in the dirt.. Odubel is just not one to pick up on learning these things and that is frustrating to watch a professional athlete do), and oh yeah, that guy named Hoskins hit another one, this was 17 on the year for him.. One has to wonder would he have cranked out 60 HR's if he had a full season.

Is this what the future holds for the Phillies? Hitting and scoring and good pitching? In only a few more weeks, there will be volumes of pages written about the Phils plans for the offseason, and the hopes and dreams that they aim to fulfill for a successful 2018. But, there is so much to talk about this team in the off season, who will the Phillies pursue in the off season to augment this team?

Aaron Nola notched his 11th win of the season, he has 10 losses, but we are talking about a team that has been a very poorly performing team this year. So you have to look at this with a plus. Could he have won 20 or so with a better offense? I think that it's a great possibility.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

The Phillies and the Hoskins phenomena

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The fans have been through one of the worst seasons ever so far in Phillies history this season. We're reminded on a daily basis that this current team and last year has been an utter flop. The fans didn't retreat into a dark dusty cave though as Phillies fans may have many years ago. This time the slide has been a bit different.

What could this team do to improve itself was the cry from the fan base this time around. In this day of instant media, you don't have to wait for the headlines the way you use to when your primary source of news from a baseball team arrived on your porch in the morning, or if you like the Bulletin, in the late afternoon. No, it's very different now, blogs, podcasts, many different sources. A myriad of angles, you don't have to settle for just a news statement here or there or how about the Howard Eskin  question? Asking Matt Klentak about his options a few weeks ago, with the fact that certain players he brought in won't be here for the end of the season? What kind of pressure is Klentak under to make things happen? This is modern baseball in the city of Philadelphia.

Back to the fan base, they called for some action. 'Bring up the AAA guys", is what the cry was from a lot of fans that saw an avalanche of talent waiting to be picked of the fruit tree of the Phillies minor league system. This is something that has been happening for a while, but with each year or few, we would be introduced to a player who has been highly touted to do well. The Phils didn't always allow themselves to bring up younger talent especially with the run of greatness that the team experienced from 2008-2011, they tried to keep what they had in place.

Let's go back a couple years to revisit some names that we thought would really make an impact.

Going back to 2003, which was the last season of Veteran's Stadium, we have Marlon Byrd, who as a 25 year old rookie, finished 4th of ROY voting and started us thinking that he may in fact be the best upcoming player to make a big impact with this Phillies baseball team. Bobby Abreu, a guy that I still think to this day really wasn't ever considered one of the best Phillies players ever, was the top offensive slugger on the Phillies team at this time with an audacious 5.3 WAR if you like that saber stat number. Plus the fact that this 2003 year team had Jim Thome and his 4.9 WAR (he put up 47 HR in the season for the Phils in 2003) brought in for good measure on a team that finished in 3rd place at 86-76 for scrappy manager Larry Bowa.

The next year, of course Citizens Bank Park opened up for it's first season. Let's look at someone from a more modern era that had offensive pop prowess. For that player, I think we would have to look at Pat Burrell, he seemed to own the city of Philadelphia when especially in 2005, he parked 32 HR and drove in 117 on the season. The love affair with the home run and Phillies fans have always existed. Players that hit them were like old friends, you could rely on them to come though for you. Oh and that youngster back then the Phillies brought up in 2005 as well, Ryan Howard, with his ROY win that year and a big 22 HR on his first offical MLB season, ahh the memories.

So lets look at today. The Phillies have a new bright spot of the team. Things are much different though with the rest of the team, perhaps ever the presence of Babe Ruth wouldn't make an impact on this team. But all of a sudden there is a player named Rhys Hoskins, and he's been on an offensive tear lately. In the record books for the fastest first 10 HR ever to be hit in a career (Hoskins 10 HR in first 17 GM). The man is trying to make up for lost time! It's something that is great for him as a player and it's giving a lot of fans a reason to keep their interest in a team that isn't going anywhere this year, but there is still plenty of baseball left to play.

What will become of the Hoskins phenomena? What will Phillies management do for next year in regards to free agents, this newly tapped talent and what's to follow for 2018? We'll see when that gets here but for now, we've still got the World Series champs in town with us, and they reminded this young Phillies team just who they are with a 17-2 trouncing of them at Citizens Bank Park last night.

Friday, August 25, 2017

The afternoon that got away - now Player's Weekend express yourself!

Yesterday afternoon was a textbook at a lot of things that have gone wrong with the season with the Phillies. Nick Williams and Cesar Hernandez took the wrap for a day game pop-ups that just drifted away in the Philly sun, I was listening to the first inning on the radio and Larry Anderson nearly lost his composure on the radio broadcast within the first couple of plays in the game. He just keeps stressing what the Phillies aren't doing, executing the fundamentals of the game.

It's hard to watch at times, especially for ex-ballplayers who have played the game and they know what is expected on players on the field. There are no excuses, even though Pete Mackanin explained that 'he lost it in the sun.." Well, that's stating the obvious. Get a bit more mad at times, Pete, it's ok.

The Phillies wrapped up the series of 4-games with the Marlins. No, we didn't get Stanton in any trades and as I've written here, I don't think we need him. We have a guy named Hoskins now. Thank you very much. I can see Matt Klentak now going back to his trusted group of numbers punchers somewhere embedded into the deep recesses of the CBP thnk tank room. By the way guys in that think tank area, that was the 80th loss of the season for the Phillies this year. Do you think you can get anymore usable data from that?

It was the 126th game of the season for this team. Still trying to stay somewhat positive and if you follow me on twitter @fightinphillies - you probably know that I've been tuning out of a lot of these really bad games by the Phils, it's just a waste of time to watch paint dry sometimes.

Here comes the weekend before Labor Day weekend, oh look, the MLB players will be wearing silly uniforms with their nicknames on the back on them for this weekend. That should be a whoot in Philly, there's a young bunch of players here though, they aren't that far removed from their youth and doing this kind of thing. Still it should be interesting to see what it all looks like on the field.

The Phils take on the current World Champions of baseball this weekend at the ballpark. The Cubs.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

They are home - What is Phillies upper management planning for this Phillies team

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From what we've heard about Matt Klentak, and his connection to the Los Angeles Angels, as an assistant GM, a lot of people were really excited about what he may bring to the future of this Phillies team. Interestingly, he was passed up upon as GM of the Angels when he had an interview for the job and lost out to Billy Eppler back in 2015.

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Is Matt Klentak telling a player that he once stepped on the field for a Dartmouth Baseball Game?

Klentak did get a GM job in baseball when he was hired by a man named Andy MacPhail. MacPhail had been a long time name in baseball, with his father and grandfather both lifers in the game, but Andy walked away from baseball and disappeared from the baseball scene after he stepped down from his President's position with the Orioles back in 2011. A guy who worked with him in Baltimore was named Matt Klentak. Was MacPhail just burned out with the game, and somehow when the Phillies contacted him, he got a yearning to get back into it?

MacPhail's greatest accomplishment in Baltimore may have been bringing Buck Showalter on board as Oriole manager, but he's been criticized that his skill in acquiring quality free agents was something he really lacked in.

Who is calling the shots here in Philly? Is this something that Klentak has a big say in with need to bring a quality free agent of two to Philly. Or is this something that his hands are tied on, and it's actually MacPhail up in the cat bird's seat overlooking and approving?

Pat Gillick seemed to be a master of acquiring free agents. But of course that era is over with this team. Right now the Phillies are not an attractive place for a player to even want to land with the promise that they have been showing the last few seasons even.

There have been articles that have surfaced.. one just yesterday that just want to make you smile. Articles that say what we've heard for a few years, just wait until next year, we're going to be pretty good.. Oh just wait until next year...

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Neris gets no respect, I'll tell ya.....

From the 'no respect' department to add to the list of Phillies embarrassments this year, ex-post facto Phillies closer Hector Neris was called 'an idiot' by Giants player Buster Posey during the game and that comment was then backed up after the game by Giants manager, Bruce Bochy. Now, doesn't that put the topping on this season.

I'm glad that I didn't watch too much of this West Coast road trip that the Phillies took.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Phillies now with Hoskins as the experiments continue for Phils

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Is Klentak suitable as a GM in the MLB?

All a lot of long time Phillies fans have been talking about this season is bringing up some of the players in the minor leagues that have been doing quite well for the AAA affiliate, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. Usually, the Phillies will not be bringing the younger players on until September, when the rosters expand and the team can add them the way they'd like to on the Phillies roster. Questions of service time and rookie status all play a part in the decisions of calling up players.

Apparently, the Phils succumbed to fan and media pressure, because they did add a couple of higher profile players to this team despite the fact that even though they were doing well in the minors, they are on the major league roster today.

Has this made a significant improvement for the Phillies? The answer to that would be at this point not really all that much. It's given some fans a reason to buy a ticket to ballgames to see these new players on the field, but I would say that nothing significant has been changed as to the outcome of the games in regards to winning.

That leaves some more questions about the Phillies rebuild? What is going on with this? We've already seen the money wasted that was spent on two acquisitions on Howie Kendrick and Michael Saunders. These two were unlikely to remain with the Phillies after this year and were an odd paring. Down deep I really think the only reason the Phillies GM added them to the roster was to boost up the payroll. It was very low if no free agents were added fans would have been vocal about that, this was an experiment that really makes you wonder about Matt Klentak.

Did Klentak have the credentials to become a major league GM? I really don't think this is the case, yes, he may have been employed in some capacity in the upper management level with the Angels and before that with team President, Andy MacPhail, but what have these two brought to the Phillies table?

The Phils take on the Mets this afternoon in a battle for mediocrity in the NL East, my suggestion, get outdoors and skip hanging near the TV watching this, as Mike Schmidt said yesterday at the alumni night gathering at the stadium, "Live every day like it's your last, be a beacon of light and spread love at home and in your community."

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Phils can't solve Mets - on what would have been Pete Rose Bobblehead night

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Darren Daulton's jersey hangs in the Phillies locker room

There should have been a promotion handed out last night. It's something a lot of Phillies fans were waiting for all season. It was supposed to be Pete Rose bobblehead night at Citizens Bank Park but 'do to recent events' this plan was cancelled.

Here's what the giveaway would have looked like

Let's go back a week in time and look at what the recent events were. Pete Rose is in a protracted lawsuit against John Dowd, a person who over the years has been going out of his way to continually drag Pete Rose's name down to the depths of areas normally reserved for people who are very much more concerning that a guy like Pete Rose is.

Out of that litigation came a claim from the Dowd side, he claimed that he had someone who was saying that over 40 years ago, this person admitted that as a teen, she supposedly sleep with Pete Rose. Rose said she was 16 years old, which is the legal age for consent in the state of Ohio. She now states she may have been younger than 16. Rose refutes this and now even it's a mute point.

That's where the story started to get the radio airwaves going and people on social media throwing around their two cents, many of whom have never seen a Phillies games, nor would ever be going to the ballpark. Somehow after listening to a lot of rhetoric, the Phillies decided they didn't want to go through with the Pete Rose events that were planned.

What has changed with the outcomes of legalities surrounding Pete Rose? Absolutely nothing. There is nothing that has changed with the status of Rose. Perhaps there is a bit of a judgement against him by people who think they are very close to god, all of those twitter folks that profess to be close to near perfectness (just ask them and they'll tell you) but nothing significant has changed in the Rose story.

Back to baseball, and the Phillies are starting to pile up losses again. The team just isn't playing well against the Mets. The Phils are 11-2 on the season against the Braves but only 3-8 against the Mets. Last night, the Phils dropped their 8th loss to them by a score of 7-6.

Darren Daulton was honored in a moment of silence last night. Daulton was a very popular player from the incredible 1993 team, who made it from out of no where to the World Series. Team chemistry plays a lot in baseball and that team has plenty of chemistry. A lot of players who played team baseball, not the individuals that seem to dominate the baseball news scene of today.

Alumni weekend rolls on minus Pete Rose tonight, rain is in the forecast though, we'll see how that possibly affects the game. The Phils have two more games left in this series with the Mets and then they hit the road again, in a very strange Phillies schedule this year. I don't remember this many quirks in a schedule ever for the Phillies.

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Daulton's death adds to Phillies list, but still no connection

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The death of Darren Daulton the other day from brain cancer was a very tough event on longtime Phillies fans. Dutch was a very popular player among his peers and the fans really loved him too.

His death is the 4th player that has been from the same aggressive brain cancer, Gliboblastoma, that has taken Tug McGraw, John Vukovich, and John Oates from us over the years. It is also the cancer that politician John McCain has.

The common denominator is that all of these players played in Veterans Stadium for some time, and other Astro Turf stadiums that were popular in the mid-1970's and into the 80's and 90's and in Philadelphia's case, right up until 2003 when Veterans Stadium closed up after that season.

What I remember as a fan from back in the Veterans Stadium era, that when we had heatwaves, the heat on the field was unbearable. The temperatures could be as high as 130 on the field when it was in the 90's. There would need to be a larger study of more people that know someone who perhaps worked at the stadium for years and came down with this or something similar.

Here's an article link that goes back to 2011 on more players that have come down with this type of cancer.

Is there a connection between what is a mystery that may never be solved? This was a question that was posed to a doctor, John Lee of the University of Pennsylvania hospital, area recently by CBS 3,

“Although we’re getting a rash of Phillies baseball players, it’s probably just the statistical anomaly and probably nothing we would be able to prove scientifically,” Lee said. 


“We currently have very little info or science to prove there’s any kind of association with brain cancer with anything that you’re exposed to,” Lee said.