Monday, November 30, 2009

Cyber Monday deals from MLB – 20 percent off


         Dreaming of that perfect Phillies gift for that special someone? MLB.com is offering 20 % off today for ‘Cyber Monday’ if you would like to order right from the MLB shop.

        Nice discounts like this one only happens a couple times a year from MLB.com and this is one of them, here’s the link for the shop and Happy Holidays from FightinPhillies.com:


                             http://shop.mlb.com/home/index.jsp



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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Renewals are in for 2010 season ticket holders, parking is going up to $15

    The Phillies organization wasted no time in getting the renewal packages out for season ticket holders this year. Most received their packets for renewals by Black Friday, just a reminder not to spend all of that holiday cash, and you still have a big bill staring at you from the Phillies and the upcoming 2010 season.

      In the 2010 season, there will be a big increase in parking lot fees, they are going to be charging $15 to park this year at the ballpark. Just a couple years ago, it was $10 – where did all the increases come from with parking? That’s almost half the cost of one 300 or 400 level ticket now. It’s too expensive when you compare it to that.

      The seating ticket prices overall had a modest but steadily increasing over time price hike as well. If you want a full season seat between first and third base you’ll be parting with over $4,525 for each seat. There are 81 home games so, it’s $55 per seat, which is still very reasonable compared with New York’s ballparks which are off the scale. Tickets outside the first and third base line are $41 per game except the first 6 rows which are $55 from where the ball girls sit in left and right field. Outfield in the first level is $29 per seat on a season ticket buy or Sunday plan, at this time there is very limited Sunday seats available, as people decide not to renew there may be openings though, as the Phillies need a response by December 16th to give them time to sell the vacated seats.

         Individual ticket prices will likely be more when they are available, six pack plans go on sale on December 4th, so get in early.


             Here's the Season Tickets locations the dark brown are the $55 per seat prices:


Thursday, November 26, 2009

'Phillies Talk Podcast' - Thanksgiving special with Chris Wheeler

Here's a replay of our Thanksgiving Holiday special podcast with Chris Wheeler and his new book, "A View From The Booth" - Happy Thanksgiving to all!















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Monday, November 23, 2009

2009 MLB Awards wrapup

   The votes are in the winners have been announced and here they are once again in case you haven’t seen them yet:

Cy Young Award:

Tim Lincecum, NL, SF Giants
15-7 - 2.48 ERA
Zack Greinke, AL, KC Royals
16-8 – 2.16 ERA


Rookie of the Year Award:

Chris Coghlan, NL, Fla. Marlins
.321 BA
Andrew Bailey, AL, Oakland A’s
1.84 ERA, 26 Saves


MVP Award:

Albert Puljols, NL, St. Louis Cards
3rd career MVP award
Joe Mauer, AL, Minn. Twins
First MVP


Manager of the Year Award:


Jim Tracy, NL, Colorado
Took over 1/2 season for Rocks
Mike Scioscia, Calif. Angels
Angels manager for years




            Charlie Manuel finished a distant 6th in voting in the Manager of the Year award, had the Phillies won the World Series this year, they may have been swayed to vote him higher if not vote him outright manager of the year.

            The other awards were somewhat predictable, Tim Lincecum wasn’t the favorite to win the Cy Young, and just days before winning it, he gets pulled over with marijuana in his car. I guess there goes all the promotional deals for him, when will these athletes learn that drugs aren’t good for you, especially when you get pulled over and caught with them in a very public way. Lincecum gets two demerits for that, and he really dents his reputation with the younger kids that follow baseball and looked up to him.

           The season’s best have been announced with these awards but you can still take part in the fan’s picks for your favorites here! This Year in Baseball Award are voted on by the fans, the other one’s we have no say in, so here is your chance to make your vote count!

           Counting down to Thanksgiving, only a couple more days till Turkey Day, Happy Thanksgiving to all of the readers of this blog, and folks who listen to the podcast associated with this site, called “Phillies Talk”

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Phillies Talk Podcast - Chris Wheeler talks about his book, "View from the Booth"


   Harry Kalas and Chris Wheeler on a Phillies broadcast



  This week on our special Thanksgiving time Phillies Talk Podcast, we talk with longtime Phillies broadcaster, Chris Wheeler, on his new book called "View From The Booth: Four Decades with the Phillies". Chris talks about how the book went from an idea to reality and it's a great read! A must for any Phillies fan to own for their own collection. Listen to Rich Baxter and Jim Mulry chat some baseball with Chris, we remember Richie Ashburn, Harry Kalas, and have a nice chat with Chris on his stellar career with the Phillies.

Play the show here, and we are also on the iTunes Music store podcasts section






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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Phillies players collect awards for 2009 season & MLB Baseball Awards schedule 2009

    The awards are piling in this year for the Phillies players who have earned them by having great seasons. Here’s the story on the awards and who won what:

     Phillies Gold Glove Winners 2009:
Jimmy Rollins
Shortstop (3rd GG in a row)
Shane Victorino
Center (2nd GG in a row)



   Each year since 1957, the prestigious ‘Gold Glove’ Award has been awarded to a single player at each position. The award was created by the baseball glove maker and sporting goods maker, Rawlings. The players who have won them consecutively over the years read like a who’s who of baseball. Keith Hernandez won the award 11 years in a row at first base, Greg Maddux won the Gold Glove for pitcher 13 years in a row from 1990 to 2002 and then skipped winning it in 2003, and then Maddux won it 5 more years in a row from 2004 to 2008. The Phillies great third baseman, Mike Schmidt, won the award 9 years in a row from 1976 to 1984.

   The Gold Glove is awarded by voting by managers and coaches in each league and the managers are not permitted to vote on their own players.

    
    Phillies player who won a Silver Slugger in 2009:

Chase Utley
Second Base (4th Silver Slugger Award in a row- 2006-2009)


     The Silver Slugger Award is one that is more recent in baseball. The award was started in 1980 by the makers of the baseball bat, Louisville Slugger, a company called Hillerich and Bradsby manufactures the bat. The award is voted on by managers and coaches of baseball and like the Gold Glove, managers are not able to vote for their own players.

   Phillies players to win the award previously are: Baseball Hall of Fame member Mike Schmidt; 6 times, Manny Trillo; 2 times (1980-81), Darren Daulton; 1 time (1992), Juan Samuel; 1 time (1987), Jimmy Rollins; 1 time (2007), Pete Rose; 1 time (1981) Lenny Dykstra; 1 time (1993), Bobby Abreu; 1 time (2004), and Ryan Howard; 1 time (2006).

                The Sporting News NL Rookie of the Year for 2009:

  J.A. Happ
Pitcher


         The official award for NL Rookie of the Year that is voted on by the BBWAA, or Baseball Writers Association of America, is still due and hasn’t been officially announced. It is supposed to be announced on November 16, 2009. Here’s a schedule of other awards to be announced and when:

AWARD SCHEDULE 2009



  • Nov. 16 - AL & NL Rookie of the Year






  • Nov. 17 - AL Cy Young award






  • Nov. 18 - AL & NL Manager of the Year






  • Nov. 19 - NL Cy Young award






  • Nov. 23 - AL MVP award






  • Nov. 24 - NL MVP award






  •                   We’ll see what other awards await the Phillies players and manager, Charlie Manuel. I think Charlie should win Manager of the Year for the NL. We’ll see what happens.


          You can participate in voting for your picks for awards in baseball also! Just go to the link below, it's called 'This Year In Baseball' and you have until December 11, 2009 to get your picks in for this past season.

                                                       This Year In Baseball Awards Voting 

    Saturday, November 14, 2009

    The Phillies 2009 season and how they lost the World Series: Part 2

      In Part one of this post, we looked at starting pitching for the Phillies during the regular season. This is one area in which they need to patch up for the 2010 season. The starting pitching was anything but stellar at times during the regular season. The bullpen was also an area of concern for the Phils.

          The Phillies bullpen was not what it should have been all year. The Phil’s closer, Brad Lidge, was the opposite of what he was in 2008. In 2008 Lidge was the stopper for the Phillies, in 2009 his ending ERA was 7.21 and he was 0-8 on the season with 11 blown saves. That means that directly the Phillies lost 8 of the 11 games that Lidge couldn’t save. Lidge did end up with 31 saves on the season, but he finished the year with only 58 innings total pitched and surrendered 11 homeruns. All season manager, Charlie Manuel, pledged to stick by him. The Phillies were paying Lidge big money to be their closer and suddenly, he looked very vulnerable.

          The rest of the bullpen pitched in, patched things up and helped the Phillies win a division title for the third straight year. The bullpen as a whole finished 4th in the NL with total saves with 44, and 4th in wins with 27, but 9th overall in the National League for both ERA, and strikeouts. Starters for the Phils finished the season 66-46 and the bullpen finished with a 27-23 record combined. Here’s the bullpen numbers from 2009 sorted by G (Games):


    Rk
    Pos
    W
    L
    W-L%
    ERA
    G ▾
    SV
    IP
    H
    R
    ER
    HR
    BB
    SO
    1
    RP
    Ryan Madson
    5
    5
    .500
    3.26
    79
    10
    77.1
    73
    29
    28
    7
    22
    78
    2
    CL
    Brad Lidge
    0
    8
    .000
    7.21
    67
    31
    58.2
    72
    51
    47
    11
    34
    61
    3
    RP
    Chad Durbin
    2
    2
    .500
    4.39
    59
    2
    69.2
    56
    38
    34
    8
    47
    62
    4
    RP
    Clay Condrey
    6
    2
    .750
    3.00
    45
    1
    42.0
    37
    17
    14
    4
    14
    25
    5
    RP
    Chan Ho Park
    3
    3
    .500
    4.43
    45
    0
    83.1
    84
    43
    41
    5
    33
    73
    6
    Scott Eyre*
    2
    1
    .667
    1.50
    42
    0
    30.0
    22
    6
    5
    3
    16
    22
    8
    Tyler Walker
    2
    1
    .667
    3.06
    32
    0
    35.1
    31
    12
    12
    4
    9
    27
    12
    Jack Taschner*
    1
    1
    .500
    4.91
    24
    0
    29.1
    38
    18
    16
    3
    20
    19
    13
    J.C. Romero*
    0
    0
    2.70
    21
    0
    16.2
    13
    6
    5
    2
    13
    12
    14
    Brett Myers
    4
    3
    .571
    4.84
    18
    0
    70.2
    74
    38
    38
    18
    23
    50
    15
    Sergio Escalona*
    1
    0
    1.000
    4.61
    14
    0
    13.2
    12
    7
    7
    0
    5
    10
    17
    Kyle Kendrick
    3
    1
    .750
    3.42
    9
    0
    26.1
    27
    11
    10
    1
    9
    15
    19
    Rodrigo Lopez
    3
    1
    .750
    5.70
    7
    0
    30.0
    42
    24
    19
    3
    11
    19
    20
    Antonio Bastardo*
    2
    3
    .400
    6.46
    6
    0
    23.2
    26
    18
    17
    4
    9
    19
    21
    Andrew Carpenter
    1
    0
    1.000
    11.12
    3
    0
    5.2
    11
    7
    7
    1
    4
    5
    22
    Steven Register
    0
    0
    4.50
    1
    0
    2.0
    3
    1
    1
    0
    1
    1
    Team Totals
    93
    69
    .574
    4.16
    162
    44
    1455.2
    1479
    709
    673
    189
    489
    1153
    Rank in 16 NL teams
    2
    15
    6
    4
    4
    12
    6
    6
    15
    2
    18206
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
    Generated 11/14/2009.






           The Phillies offense was a powerhouse in the regular season at times, and other times they couldn’t get it together and score hardly any runs. It’s a long season though and all balanced out, the Phillies ended up with the best offense for producing runs (R) in the National League in 2009. Here’s what the starting players turned in at the plate for the regular season sorted by highest BA (batting average):


    Rk
    Pos
    G
    PA
    AB
    R
    H
    2B
    3B
    HR
    RBI
    SB
    CS
    BB
    SO
    BA ▾
    1
    CF
    Shane Victorino#
    156
    694
    620
    102
    181
    39
    13
    10
    62
    25
    8
    60
    71
    .292
    2
    2B
    Chase Utley*
    156
    687
    571
    112
    161
    28
    4
    31
    93
    23
    0
    88
    110
    .282
    3
    1B
    Ryan Howard*
    160
    703
    616
    105
    172
    37
    4
    45
    141
    8
    1
    75
    186
    .279
    4
    LF
    Raul Ibanez*
    134
    565
    500
    93
    136
    32
    3
    34
    93
    4
    0
    56
    119
    .272
    5
    RF
    Jayson Werth
    159
    676
    571
    98
    153
    26
    1
    36
    99
    20
    3
    91
    156
    .268
    6
    3B
    Pedro Feliz
    158
    625
    580
    62
    154
    30
    2
    12
    82
    0
    1
    35
    68
    .266
    7
    C
    Carlos Ruiz
    107
    379
    322
    32
    82
    26
    1
    9
    43
    3
    2
    47
    39
    .255
    8
    SS
    Jimmy Rollins#
    155
    725
    672
    100
    168
    43
    5
    21
    77
    31
    8
    44
    70
    .250
    Team Totals
    162
    6338
    5578
    820
    1439
    312
    35
    224
    788
    119
    28
    589
    1155
    .258
    Rank in 16 NL teams
    2
    1
    6
    1
    8
    1
    2
    14
    7
    9
    9
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
    Generated 11/14/2009.



               Looking at the chart above, we can see how the team did on offense for the starting position players. It's amazing to see some of these statistics after the season is over. Ryan Howard lowered his strikeout total for the season (186) which is great, he also hit 37 doubles on the season and stole 8 bases. His offseason conditioning program really helped him this past season. In 2008, Howard had 26 doubles and 1 stolen base on the season with 199 strikeouts so the improvement is well documented. Another standout performer was Jayson Werth, he turned in an awesome 2009, with 36 HR and 99 RBI on the year his homerun total was 7th highest in the NL. Werth also had a team high 99 BB (walks) which was 10th in the NL on the year. Raul Ibanez had a great year as well with 34 HR and 93 RBI in a season where he was injured for some time. 



    In the next part of this post we'll get into the playoffs the whys of how the Phillies lost the World Series. Look for it next week right here on FightinPhillies.com