Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Say goodbye to Hollywood, say Goodbye my baby

Shane Victorino was a great Phillies player, and now he's in Hollywood. He was traded by a Phillies team that has decided to shave down the payroll and along with him, the Phillies right fielder, Hunter Pence was moved to the West Coast to San Francisco.

 The Phillies will still give out the Pence Bobble in Mid-August, or you can politely tell them to keep it, now that they've traded him away!

These two players weren't the cause of the demise of this Phillies team this year. So why were they moved?

Victorino played 8 good years with the Phillies. I wasn't always his biggest fan, but he could play. He tracked down a lot of fly balls that some fielders couldn't think about getting. I think you can count Victorino as one of those 'lifetime' type of players for the Phillies. He's played 987 games with the team, and he's been with them for the glory years and the not so good years. The Phillies were paying him $9.5M this year, and they didn't want to even see if they could possibly sign him to more years, as they have a lot of money tied up with a few players already on the Phillies. Vic may be out in LA now, but he's always going to be a Phillie, like Willie Montanez or Bake McBride. Shane is a World Series winner with the Phillies and that in itself keeps his legacy at the forefront of some Phillies fans minds forever.


Dodger blog, True Blue LA, reports that Victorino is not in LA yet, so he didn't make the starting lineup today. He will be soon enough, and I'm sure he'll help the Dodger blue.

Hunter Pence was probably the Phillies best offensive player this year, besides Carlos Ruiz who is just having the best year of his career so far. Pence didn't deserve to get traded. He was a gift to the San Francisco Giants who snapped him up for next to nothing in return. That is my biggest gripe of both of these deals, the Phillies got very little in return.

If we were trading to get better, we most assuredly did not. These two guys were responsible for a lot of offense this year, and probably will be for a few years to come.

If the Phillies management is banking on John Mayberry Jr. and Domonic Brown to do the same as these two players, I think we're in for even rougher times ahead.

It's safe to say that a fire sale has started for the Phillies, and it's probably not over. Ruben Amaro isn't making great deals though and he's giving All-Stars away now, and getting nothing in return for them? It's just not the way to be a GM in this day and age if you expect to contend.







Last 4 hours of Hot Stove via MLB TradeRumors

Thought it would be informative to put the updating link to MLB TradeRumors for the latest news on the moves around the MLB, will the Phillies be making a move? We have until 4 PM today to see what will happen if anything with the Phils.

 Just what is the MLB trade deadline anyway?: 


 The Major League Baseball (MLB) non-waiver deadline is July 31. After the All-Star break, teams will determine whether or not they are in position to contend for the post-season. Because of free agency and the lack of a salary cap in baseball, players in the final year of their contract are often put on the "trading block" by many of the non-playoff contending teams. Smaller market teams will not — or cannot afford to — pay their better veteran players high salaries, so they will attempt to trade them to a post-season contender, in exchange for some minor-league prospects or other players who might be able to help them in the future.

The MLB waiver deadline is August 31. There is much less activity between July 31 and August 31 because players must clear waivers.[5] Players may be acquired after the August 31 deadline; however, while they can contribute to a team's push for the playoffs, they are ineligible for postseason play. The trade deadline was instituted by MLB in response to various attempts by two New York City-based ballclubs, the Giants and Yankees, to use its financial advantages to tilt its respective leagues' competitive balance in their favor from 1917 through 1922. In the Yankees' case, most of its dealings were with the Boston Red Sox. The American League (AL) established MLB's first-ever such rule in 1920 as an indirect result of the Red Sox's sale of Babe Ruth to the Yankees. It prohibited the trading and selling of ballplayers between August 1 and the conclusion of the World Series. A uniform rule serving both major leagues, which was adopted prior to the 1923 season, set the deadline at June 15. The date, chosen by MLB Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis based on a suggestion from Pittsburgh Pirates owner Barney Dreyfuss, remained in effect through the 1985 season.[6] The rule in its current form originated with the 1986 Basic Agreement which resulted from the resolution of the 1985 MLB strike.

 via wikipedia

MLB deadline today, Phils still standing 'pat'

Cliff Lee has been mentioned in rumors, but he is locked up with the Phillies for years to come

As of Tuesday morning, the Phillies have been rumored to be in the deal making process on a couple of current Phillies but so far it's been no activity as far as actually making any moves. The Phils supposedly have several players in mind for shipping out to other teams but so far there hasn't been any deals announced.

Shane Victorino remains the top player that most are talking about when it comes to trade talk, Shane will become a free agent after this year. Here's Shane's numbers over his career:

Year Age Tm Lg G AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BA
2003 22 SDP NL 36 73 11 2 0 0 4 .151
2005 24 PHI NL 21 17 5 0 0 2 8 .294
2006 25 PHI NL 153 415 119 19 8 6 46 .287
2007 26 PHI NL 131 456 128 23 3 12 46 .281
2008 27 PHI NL 146 570 167 30 8 14 58 .293
2009 28 PHI NL 156 620 181 39 13 10 62 .292
2010 29 PHI NL 147 587 152 26 10 18 69 .259
2011 30 PHI NL 132 519 145 27 16 17 61 .279
2012 31 PHI NL 101 387 101 17 5 9 40 .261
9 Yrs 1023 3644 1009 183 63 88 394 .277
162 Game Avg. 162 577 160 29 10 14 62 .277
PHI (8 yrs) 987 3571 998 181 63 88 390 .279
SDP (1 yr) 36 73 11 2 0 0 4 .151
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/31/2012.

Joe Blanton remains the second most talked about player to leave the team, he was also mentioned a lot last year, but nothing came of the rumors last year either. Hunter Pence was also mentioned as a player that may be packing up, but the Phillies probably wouldn't do that, Pence has been one of the Phillies that has played decently this year.

Here's Pence's numbers on the year:

2012 Totals 101 398 59 108 15 2 17 59 37 85 .271
Last 7 days 4 14 0 5 0 0 0 1 0 5 .357
Last 14 days 10 40 0 8 0 0 0 4 2 9 .200
Last 28 days 20 76 3 16 0 0 1 11 6 21 .211
Last 365days 154 606 84 190 38 5 22 97 56 124 .314
Last 365days 153 596 92 173 26 4 28 93 62 122 .290
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/31/2012.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Phillies Talk Podcast: 2012 MLB Trade Deadline show

 It's the Phillies Talk Podcast, talking about your Philadelphia Phillies team. Tonight, it's the 2012 MLB trade deadline show live! Can't join us toinght? Listen to the mixed podcast of the show you can find it right here, or iTunes, Android podcasts, or Stitcher radio.

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July 29 is the day

What is so significant about July 29th? Well, that is the date today for one thing, but for Phillies fans, it's usually the date that we've come to find new additions to the team.

This year, any such addition could include a subtraction as the trade deadline comes nearer. Any players that the Phillies feel that they either don't want to deal with after the season, or just think that moving them could be better for the team could be done today.

Ruben Amaro Jr. was interviewed on a local sports radio program in the Philadelphia area recently, he said he had just talked to a GM the night before about an 'intriguing' deal proposition. That was an interesting comment from him, and you could tell it had his full attention.

The players named for a possible move out of Philly have been Shane Victorino, and Hunter Pence. Somehow, I don't think that is everyone that is possibly also on that list.

The series in Atlanta is more or less telling Phillies management that there needs to be change somewhere on the Phillies. If not the players, then it could be management. Charlie Manuel has stooped to question the players 'heart' for winning. They haven't responded to the comment that positively so far. Surely the coaching staff is in jeopardy as a lot of these players are performing no where near where they should be.

What will happen? Will the Phillies stand 'pat' and do nothing? Will it be 'wheel and deal' and perhaps trade a centerpiece of the team. Is Utley or Howard part of these dealings? Or are they untouchable when it comes to making a deal.

Or of course we will wait until Monday, or Tuesday for the trade deadline before anything happens.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Phillies ALS Phestival a success

     A fun time was had by all at the Phillies 2012 ALS Phestival for charity on Thursday afternoon/evening, plenty of good times and for a great charity. If you missed it this year, please try to attend next season, it's for a great cause.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Phillies off day for ALS this afternoon

The Phillies are off today but it's time for the ALS Phestival again this afternoon. The Phillies players and coaches all take part in this tremendous charity starting today at 4 PM.

Ruben Amaro Jr. at last year's ALS Phestival

Last year, the Phillies raised over $900,000 for the ALS charity. If you've never been to this event, it's one not to miss at least once. There are autograph booths, most of the autographs have long since sold out, but there always is at least one that you can purchase at the event, usually Phillies coaches or management. Last year it was Ruben Amaro and Pat Gillick together in an outdoor 'booth'.

There is also a live auction that has plenty of autographed items from the Phillies biggest stars.

Tickets to the Phestival are $15, and there are plenty of items to see and purchase even without getting autographs, so if you're looking for a good charity to support, and have the time, this is a wonderful way to contribute while having a great time.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Cole Hamels remains with the Phillies, Phils sweep Brewers

Just like that, the Phillies signed Cole Hamels to a massive 6 year extension, and complete a sweep of the Brewers by winning three games in very dramatic style.

What appeared to be an uphill battle to re-sign Cole, is now just a memory. The Phillies and Cole inked a huge 6 year deal worth $144M with an option for 7 years and made Cole just the second highest paid pitcher ever just under what CC Sabathia raked in from the Yankees, with his huge contract from the Yankees that was for 7 years at $161 million.

That is a lot of money. In fact, that contract that Cole signed today was the largest ever in Philly sports history.

The Phillies broadcast crew even mentioned the fact that today was Christmas in July at the ballpark for the afternoon game, and Larry Anderson quipped, "Oh, is that what that Hamels contract was about." Yes, that is a huge present, but certainly a lot of people including myself, never thought it would happen.

The years to come will tell if that was a wise move to sign Cole for an extended contract. The way he is pitching now is certainly reason to believe it was a good move.

Cole talked about wanting to win for the "Phillie Nation" and that the standing ovation by the fans in his last start really hit home to him and that he realized he wanted to be here in Philadelphia to be helping a team that is always 'Fightin'. That's what we like to hear!

So, the Phillies are finally getting a break and starting to win ballgames. The sweep of the Brewers was just what the Phillies needed to push their mantra to 'win more'. The Phillies haven't won too many ballgames in dramatic style in the 'walk-off' fashion that they have won the last couple days.

It seems that this team must make the playoffs to keep the key players on the team to continue what they've started. The Phillies have a lot of money invested in a small number of players. To keep them all would be a tough task if they don't start making run to get into the playoffs.

I think this afternoon, the Phillies have started that run!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

A little luck goes a long way

       Roy Halladay talks about his second start since returning from the DL

It's the first time that the Phillies have rallied from being down at the 8th inning all year (0-42). The Phillies pulled out an improbable victory last night Eric Kratz slid home on his stomach to give the Phillies the victory after Jimmy Rollins walked, Juan Pierre singled and moved Rollins to third, Chase Utley walked, and Ryan Howard scored both Rollins and Pierre with a single. Utley moved to third on the Howard single and  Carlos Ruiz singled to left center, scoring Utley and Howard went to 2nd base. Another walk to Hunter Pence had the bases loaded with Phillies with Howard coming out of the game with Eric Kratz coming in to run for him, now at third base. Ty Wigginton came in and lofted a sacrifice fly to score Kratz from 3rd base and end the game for the Phillies win 7-6.

A little bit of hustle and a lot of luck goes a long way. This game surely looked as if it would be a loss after the Phillies went to 6-2 after Roy Halladay gave up a three run home run to Carlos Gomez in the top of the 4th inning which hit the left field foul pole.

Francisco Rodriguez hasn't been steady for the Brewers this year. So much so that he hasn't even been the closer for the past week or more. The Brewers have chosen to go with John Axford in that role recently, and it may be that they go to him again now with the blown save and loss that Rodriguez. K-Rod as he is called went an amazing 46-48 in save opportunities last season with the Brewers, but that has since changed a whole lot this year. K-Rod came over from the Mets, as has flip flopped from setup man to closer with the Brewers since he's been with them. Before the Mets, K-Rod also saved 62 games in a season for the Angels back in 2008.

Game 2 of the series continues tonight when Cliff Lee takes on Zack Greinke for the Brewers. Zack has had no decisions in 3 of 4 starts this month for the Brewers.

Greinke's starts this year:

Rk Date Tm Opp Rslt Inngs Dec IP ERA
1 Apr 7 MIL STL W,6-0 GS-7 W(1-0) 7.0 0.00
2 Apr 12 MIL @ CHC L,0-8 GS-4 L(1-1) 3.2 6.75
3 Apr 18 MIL LAD W,3-2 GS-7 7.0 5.09
4 Apr 23 MIL HOU W,6-5 GS-6 W(2-1) 6.0 4.56
5 Apr 29 MIL @ STL W,3-2 GS-6 W(3-1) 6.0 3.94
May Tm Opp Rslt Inngs Dec IP ERA
6 May 4 MIL @ SFG W,6-4 GS-6 5.1 4.11
7 May 9 MIL CIN L,1-2 GS-8 8.0 3.35
8 May 15 MIL @ NYM W,8-0 GS-7 W(4-1) 7.0 2.88
9 May 20 MIL MIN W,16-4 GS-7 W(5-1) 6.2 2.70
10 May 26 MIL @ ARI L,5-8 GS-3 L(5-2) 2.1 3.66
11 May 31 MIL @ LAD W,6-2 GS-6 W(6-2) 6.0 3.46
June Tm Opp Rslt Inngs Dec IP ERA
12 Jun 6 MIL CHC W,8-0 GS-7 W(7-2) 7.0 3.12
13 Jun 12 MIL @ KCR L,1-2 GS-7 7.0 2.96
14 Jun 17 MIL @ MIN L,4-5 GS-8 8.0 3.10
15 Jun 22 MIL @ CHW W,1-0 GS-9 W(8-2) 9.0 2.81
16 Jun 27 MIL @ CIN W,8-4 GS-6 W(9-2) 6.0 2.82
July Tm Opp Rslt Inngs Dec IP ERA
17 Jul 2 MIL MIA W,6-5 GS-6 6.0 3.08
18 Jul 7 MIL @ HOU L,3-6 GS-1 L(9-3) 0.0 3.17
19 Jul 8 MIL @ HOU W,5-3 GS-3 3.0 3.32
20 Jul 13 MIL PIT W,10-7 GS-5 5.0 3.57
MIL 116.0 3.57
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/24/2012.