Sunday, November 28, 2010

Werth mulling over $55 million–let him walk!

  Jayson Werth is reportedly mulling over a $55 million dollar, 3 year deal from the Phillies as rumor has it. I am astonished he wouldn’t ink his name to that contract as soon as he could.

 Werth is a fan favorite in Philly, but this team is becoming overstocked with well paid millionaires and with Werth refusing such a large sum of money, I believe his good reputation with the fans just was spoiled.

  Just prior to coming to the Phillies, no one wanted Jayson Werth. I think he must have forgotten that little fact. He was a journeyman who played right field and didn’t really garner all that much interest after his couple seasons with the Dodgers, except from the Phillies.

  Being in his last year of his contract with the Phillies, probably spurred Jayson to have a blow out season for the Phillies and for his own stats. That’s all well and great, but the Phillies didn’t win the World Series this year, and they miraculously made it to game 6 of the NLCS despite not being able to get hits. Werth hired one of the greediest agents in baseball history, Scott Boras. Boras has a knack for being a real jerk and he’s one of the reasons that baseball is losing it’s fan base. When people open a newspaper or read online about a player refusing $55 million for more, it just turns people’s stomachs and sours them from major league baseball.

  Looking at last year’s numbers for Werth is amazing really. He had a nice year, but he didn’t hit 30 home runs and he didn’t drive in 100 or more runs. Yes, he had 46 doubles, but sprinkled in 147 strikeouts into the mix. His overall BA was .296. Not exactly superman here, but using BaseballReference.com’s ‘most similar by Age’ comparision tool has Werth compared to Ricky Ledee, and Glenallen Hill. These two guys didn’t rake in $55 million over 3 years for sure.

  So I say let Werth walk, don’t pay him $55 million and wish him the best. What the Phillies team needs to do is to get back down to reality and start bringing some of the younger talent up from the minors. This really should be the time for Domonic Brown to have a chance. He played in only 35 games last season for the Phils, and had 2 HR’s and 13 RBI.

  The fan base will still be with the team and this team won’t be the Yankees of the National League. You don’t need a stable of multi-millionaires out there to play baseball. It’s never been the way the Phillies have operated, so what has changed now?

Werth's MLB numbers so far:



YearTmGABRH2B3BHRRBISBSOBAAwards
2002TOR15464122106111.261
2003TOR264871040210122.208
2004LAD8929056761131647485.262
2005LAD102337467922274311114.234
2007PHI942554376113849773.298
2008PHI13441873114163246720119.273
2009PHI15957198153261369920156.268AS,MVP-17
2010PHI156554106164462278513147.296MVP-8
8 Seasons77525194336841381512040677727.272
162 Game Avg.16252791143293258516152.272
PHI (4 yrs)54317983205079999530060495.282
LAD (2 yrs)191627102155335239015199.247
TOR (2 yrs)4194112261216233.234
NL (6 yrs)73424254226621321411839075694.273
AL (2 yrs)4194112261216233.234
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/28/2010.

Matt from Colorado - Coveroo Phillies Winner

Matt from Colorado wins the iPhone 4 coveroo from FightinPhillies.com



Last month, the FightinPhillies.com site and Coveroo.com had a fun contest to give away a couple of iPhone covers to some lucky Phillies fans and readers of this blog and podcast we do called 'Phillies Talk'.

Matt from Colorado is an awesome Phillies fan out in the Rockies and he is sporting his win here in this picture that he emailed us.

Remember to visit Coveroo.com to find your Phillies related phone accessories. They have a lot of stuff for all kinds of phones and digital devices.

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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Phillies Talk Podcast - Thanksgiving Week 2010 Highlights Show




 Here's this week's edition of Phillies Talk Podcast. In this special 'rewind' show, we replay some of the better moments of last year's shows. One of the shows we really liked was the one with MLB.com's Todd Zolecki. Todd talks about his move to MLB.com from the Philadelphia Inquirer and his insight into the team that is one of the best observations in baseball. Todd also talks about all of the stories that make up his book about the Phillies which I really recommend! It's gonna make a great holiday gift for that Phillies fan that you know. Find it here on the web, or your favorite bookstore. The name of the book is: The Good, The bad, and the Ugly, Philadelphia Phillies history.

We would like to extend a very Happy Thanksgiving holiday to all of the readers of this blog, and the listeners of the Phillies Talk Podcast.



Friday, November 19, 2010

Calling all Phillies Ballgirl fans, vote now for the last spot on the team


  
This time of year the news in baseball is very slow. For the Phillies ballgirls though, it’s a real busy time. It’s down to the wire for a couple of the ladies that tried out for the Phillies ballgirls though and now you can make your vote count!
  Genevieve Haney wrote FightinPhillies.com for some support, so here we are and we hope she wins this final spot. She looks like a very competent fielder and she’s from Villanova so let’s help her land this final spot on the squad for this year.
 
Vote here

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Uggla Trade Bolsters Phillies foes


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 Dan Uggla is now a Brave, should Phillies fans be worried about the 2011 Braves?


The recent trade of Dan Uggla to the Atlanta Braves gives that team an added power base, and it gives them a better chance in 2011 against the Phillies.


Trades between National League East teams with superstars are very rare. A team like the Marlins really didn’t do themselves a favor by trading a talented guy like Dan Uggla to a team that will face them 18 times in 2011.


Here’s the low-down on Uggla and how he’s performed in his career

Year Age Tm G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SO BA Awards
2006 26 FLA 154 611 105 172 26 7 27 90 123 .282 AS,RoY-3
2007 27 FLA 159 632 113 155 49 3 31 88 167 .245
2008 28 FLA 146 531 97 138 37 1 32 92 171 .260 AS
2009 29 FLA 158 564 84 137 27 1 31 90 150 .243
2010 30 FLA 159 589 100 169 31 0 33 105 149 .287 SS
5 Seasons 776 2927 499 771 170 12 154 465 760 .263
162 Game Avg. 162 611 104 161 35 3 32 97 159 .263
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/18/2010.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Awards Season: Halladay most deserving

Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Roy Halladay celebrates after throwing a no-hitter against the Cincinnati Reds in Game 1 of the MLB National League Division Series baseball playoffs in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 6, 2010. REUTERS/Tim Shaffer (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL HEADSHOT IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Roy Halladay celebrates after throwing a no-hitter against the Cincinnati Reds in Game 1 of the MLB National League Division Series baseball playoffs in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 6, 2010. REUTERS/Tim Shaffer (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL HEADSHOT IMAGES OF THE DAY)










It’s no secret that Roy Halladay had a great season for the Phillies this year. It’s one of those seasons that will be hard to be beat. Just like Brad Lidge’s magical season of 2008, Halladay had one of his best pitching seasons ever.

A Perfect game comes around for the Phillies team very rarely, but this year we got to witness the rare feat. We also got to witness a no-hitter in the playoffs. Today, Roy Halladay won the Cy Young Award for the National League.

  The Phillies offense sputtered during a lot of games this year. It sputtered for Roy Halladay and it really sputtered when Cole Hamels was pitching. So, for Roy to have won the Cy Young, it really says something about his pitching ability despite having not the greatest run support on the mound this year.

2010 was the 13th season for Halladay in his career, here is the results so far and the numbers that added up to his second Cy Young Award for his career. Congrats to him and the Phillies for a nice season despite the NLCS power outage.



Year Age Tm W L W-L% ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR Awards
1998 21 TOR 1 0 1.000 1.93 2 2 1 0 14.0 9 4 3 2
1999 22 TOR 8 7 .533 3.92 36 18 1 1 149.1 156 76 65 19
2000 23 TOR 4 7 .364 10.64 19 13 0 0 67.2 107 87 80 14
2001 24 TOR 5 3 .625 3.16 17 16 1 1 105.1 97 41 37 3
2002 25 TOR 19 7 .731 2.93 34 34 2 1 239.1 223 93 78 10 AS
2003 26 TOR 22 7 .759 3.25 36 36 9 2 266.0 253 111 96 26 AS,CYA-1
2004 27 TOR 8 8 .500 4.20 21 21 1 1 133.0 140 66 62 13
2005 28 TOR 12 4 .750 2.41 19 19 5 2 141.2 118 39 38 11 AS
2006 29 TOR 16 5 .762 3.19 32 32 4 0 220.0 208 82 78 19 AS,CYA-3
2007 30 TOR 16 7 .696 3.71 31 31 7 1 225.1 232 101 93 15 CYA-5
2008 31 TOR 20 11 .645 2.78 34 33 9 2 246.0 220 88 76 18 AS,CYA-2
2009 32 TOR 17 10 .630 2.79 32 32 9 4 239.0 234 82 74 22 AS,CYA-5
2010 33 PHI 21 10 .677 2.44 33 33 9 4 250.2 231 74 68 24 AS,CYA-1
13 Seasons 169 86 .663 3.32 346 320 58 19 2297.1 2228 944 848 196
162 Game Avg. 17 9 .663 3.32 35 33 6 2 235 227 96 87 20
TOR (12 yrs) 148 76 .661 3.43 313 287 49 15 2046.2 1997 870 780 172
PHI (1 yr) 21 10 .677 2.44 33 33 9 4 250.2 231 74 68 24
AL (12 yrs) 148 76 .661 3.43 313 287 49 15 2046.2 1997 870 780 172
NL (1 yr) 21 10 .677 2.44 33 33 9 4 250.2 231 74 68 24
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/16/2010.