Friday, July 31, 2015

Pat The Bat is placed on Phillies Wall of Fame

Pat Burrell is one of the greatest Phillies players as voted on by the fans, they elected him to be honored on the Phillies Wall of Fame tonight. A touching ceremony at Citizens Bank Park as all the Phillies Wall of Fame alumni gathers for the yearly event.

Burrell, who started with the Phillies in 1998 as a young player had one of the greatest swings that there has been at the plate. 

He finished with 251 HR as a Phillies player, and retired in January of 2012 as a Phillie after signing a one day contract with them.

Career numbers for Burrell:

Year Age Tm G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SO BA Awards
2000 23 PHI 111 474 408 57 106 27 1 18 79 139 .260 RoY-4
2001 24 PHI 155 618 539 70 139 29 2 27 89 162 .258
2002 25 PHI 157 684 586 96 165 39 2 37 116 153 .282 MVP-14
2003 26 PHI 146 599 522 57 109 31 4 21 64 142 .209
2004 27 PHI 127 534 448 66 115 17 0 24 84 130 .257
2005 28 PHI 154 669 562 78 158 27 1 32 117 160 .281 MVP-7
2006 29 PHI 144 567 462 80 119 24 1 29 95 131 .258
2007 30 PHI 155 598 472 77 121 26 0 30 97 120 .256
2008 31 PHI 157 645 536 74 134 33 3 33 86 136 .250
2009 32 TBR 122 476 412 45 91 16 1 14 64 119 .221
2010 33 TOT 120 437 373 50 94 21 0 20 64 105 .252
2010 33 TBR 24 96 84 9 17 5 0 2 13 28 .202
2010 33 SFG 96 341 289 41 77 16 0 18 51 77 .266
2011 34 SFG 92 219 183 17 42 9 1 7 21 67 .230
12 Yrs 1640 6520 5503 767 1393 299 16 292 976 1564 .253
162 Game Avg. 162 644 544 76 138 30 2 29 96 154 .253
PHI (9 yrs) 1306 5388 4535 655 1166 253 14 251 827 1273 .257
TBR (2 yrs) 146 572 496 54 108 21 1 16 77 147 .218
SFG (2 yrs) 188 560 472 58 119 25 1 25 72 144 .252
NL (11 yrs) 1494 5948 5007 713 1285 278 15 276 899 1417 .257
AL (2 yrs) 146 572 496 54 108 21 1 16 77 147 .218
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Generated 7/31/2015.

Goodbye and Good Luck Cole Hamels

Cole's last game with the Phillies as a starter will be forever remembered, a no-hitter and then he was gone

Cole Hamels left out of Philadelphia today, but he left out with a lot of class. He talked about how this team drafted him many years ago, and how he will always be a part of the Phillies. Truer words have never been spoken. Cole has the hearts of Phillies fans too, they didn't want to see him leave, but even though he plays for another team, there will be a bond with the Phillies fans and Cole Hamels.

Hamels spoke this afternoon before he left the team, and made reference to the team as the 'Fightin Phils' who never give up and keep going. That's the kind of player that the ans in Philly like, a guy who gives his all and is a classy player off the field.

Jake Diekman, now a Texas Ranger, was a very nice player as well. I had the pleasure of speaking with him for a few minutes last season, an upstanding guy for sure!

Another move the Phillies made today of course was Ben Revere, who fell out of favor with the team really fast even though he is bringing his batting average up like he did last year. Revere will be an asset to a team like the Toronto Blue Jays that can move him around the bases and score.

Longest announced trade in Phillies history still didn't happen

A lot of people are crying with this trade deadline, not only Flores who will remain a Met

We've been talking about it for days. We've been assured that 'it's going to happen'.

Well, then why hasn't it happened?

The Cole Hamels and Jake Diekman to Texas for a bunch of prospects, and a pitcher who is described as a 'veteran starter' which is about all the Phillies sign anymore, hasn't been officially announced yet, though it's been reported on by nearly every major news service.

The Mets had a deal fall through for Carlos Gomez recently, and it was reported as nearly a done deal for Wilmer Flores, and Zack Wheeler. In fact, Flores was so upset, he actually wept on the baseball field in New York, as many fans were reading the trade on there phones, gave him a really nice send off with a round of applause. Problem was, that the deal wasn't done. Flores remained a Mets player along with Wheeler as the deal went sour.

 Very strange trade deadline so far, the only sure thing for the Phillies as of the time I write this post, is that Jonathan Papelbon is not on the team anymore as the trade deadline ticks towards the 4 PM deadline today.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Hamels and Diekman to Texas, we get prospects

Still don't know why the Phillies have the need to jettison Hamels, but prospects are like mining for gold, it's not always going to work out

The term prospect in baseball is thrown around a lot, and it usually means just that. A baseball prospect is someone who may be able to play the game really well, but there is a wait and see attached to it.

The Phillies will announce today that Cole Hamels, longtime Phillies ace, will be dealt to the Texas Rangers along with Jake Diekman for a bunch of Texas Rangers prospects. The Phillies also will send $9.5M cash to the Rangers, as reported last night by Jim Callis, MLB baseball writer.

It hardly seems right to send cash along with an ace like Hamels and reliever Diekman, but that's what the Phillies are doing.

What do the Phillies get in return? A bunch of prospects and Matt Harrison. Harrison has a 6.75 ERA in 3 games along with 2 losses for the Rangers. Harrison also has a career 4.21 ERA so that isn't very inspiring to know. The prospects are: Jake Thompson, Jerad Eickhoff, Alec Asher, Nick Williams, and Jorge Alfaro.

The SF Giants made a late inquiry to get Hamels, according to Ken Rosenthal, but no deal was made.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Papelbon, though traded won't be a stranger to Philly

Pap will trade in his Phillies 'P' for a 'W' now down in Washington

Jonathan Papelbon finally found a new team that he wanted to be traded to, it's none other than the Phillies division rivals, Washington Nationals.

It's not unprecedented, quality closers have been traded before among division rivals, but the notion that the Phillies are now going to face one of the top closers of the game is now something that may happen often against Papelbon's old team.

The last time a relief pitcher of Papelbon's quality went between division rivals was when the Phillies saw Billy Wagner sign as a free agent with the Mets back in 2006. Wagner had a 1.51 ERA in 2005 for the Phillies and recorded 38 saves.

In 2006 with the Mets, Wagner was the closer deep into the playoffs, but in 3 game appearances in the NLCS for the Mets, Wagner faltered, and turned in a 16.88 ERA giving up 7 H and 5 ER in the process as the Mets lost to the Cardinals in that series that did go 7 games.

Another blockbuster trade between NL East rivals of course was the time when the NY Mets sent closer Tug McGraw to the Phillies. On December 3 1974, Tug was traded to the Phillies by the Mets and went on to have a great career that culminated with a 1980 World Series victory for the Phillies with Tug closing out the win for the team. McGraw's ERA in 1980 was 1.46 in 57 G with the Phils. In the 1980 World Series, Tug's ERA was a stingy 1.17 in 4 G and 7.2 IP, he did have 8 BB and 10 SO in the World Series for the Phils.

So Jonathan Papelbon will be travelling through Philadelphia at least a few more times this season, and many times next year as it was announced that the Nationals would be extending Papelbon's contract into 2016.

His act has now taken onto a new city, in the process of staying for just short of 4 years in Philly, he became the Phillies all-time saves leader with a total of 123. Ocho Cinco is not a member of the Phillies anymore, but we will be seeing him quite often and that's a bit daunting.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Cole Hamels pitches only the 13th No-Hitter in Phillies History

Smiles again on the field for the Phils as Hamels goes into the history books with no-hitter

The No-Hitter is one of the rarest occurrences in baseball for a franchise. This is especially true in Phillies history as Cole Hamels fired the 13th no-hitter in the history of Phillies baseball that began back in 1883.

Think about it, it's only the 13th time this has happened in the past 133 years, that's pretty special indeed. Cole's game against the Cubs yesterday becomes an instant classic.

The last no-hitter occured last year, it was a combined no-hitter that was thrown by Cole Hamels, who pitched 6 innings, then the bullpen of Diekman, Giles, and Papelbon. That was the first combined no-hitter ever in the history of Phillies baseball on September 1, 2014 against the Atlanta Braves.

No-hitters can be elusive for a team, the longest amount of time to pass between no-hitter games for the Phillies was 58 years from May 1, 1906 when Johnny Lush pitched his left handed (the first lefty for the Phils to do it) no-hitter, to June 21, 1964 when Jim Bunning broke the streak of not having a Phillies no-hitter thrown.

The most no-hitters for a career were thrown by Nolan Ryan, he has 5 total no-hitters to his credit over the course of his career.

Cole Hamels now has two no-hitters for the Phillies, he ties Roy Halladay who has two no- hitters (one was a perfect game) for the Phils in 2010. Roy had the Perfect Game (which is the most rare no-hitter that includes no walks) in May against the Florida Marlins, then in October of 2010 in his first postseason start, he threw a no-hitter against the Reds that was only the 2nd postseason no-hitter ever thrown.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Should Phillies fans cut Jonathan Papelbon a break?

Smiles as the Phillies win 5-4 in extras today

We've heard it all too much, the Phillies fan base are apparently fed up with the All-Star closer, Jonathan Papelbon.

It's true that Jonathan Papelbon wanted to come here to win, he came to Philadelphia for a lot of money also. But where did things go all wrong with someone who has the most Phillies saves ever?

Well, to start off, J Pap has his peculiar ways. You could even go as far to say strange ways. He looks as if he just stepped off of another planet sometimes in interviews after a game and just in general, he's a bit odd.

He gets the job done on the field though, and with all of those saves, he has earned the all-time record for the total amount of Phillies saves now at 123 as of today's win at Citizen's Bank Park. So I am still examining why we don't as fans see eye to eye with a great Phillies pitcher like Papelbon.

There was the incident, with the fan or fans who heckled Pap from the stands. It never was reported what was said, but if you've ever sat around them, some baseball fans can get very abusive when they hurl insults in the direction of a player on the field. There was a grab by Pap towards the fan, and of course the grab was described as being one that was obscene in nature as well.

That move wasn't directed at every Phillies fan, mind you, but it was taken out of context by fans who didn't appreciate it. From that moment on, Pap was in a different league among fellow Phillies players.

Back up to the All-Star weekend now, Papelbon was very vocal in the press, he wanted out, and he was willing to listen to other teams that he may want to be traded to. Still more uproar from the fan base, how could a Phillies player want to leave this team?

Can you honestly blame him? he demostrated today that he wants to win, he tackled Odubel Herrera like a linebacker after Odubel got the game winning hit. The guy thrives on winning, you can see that today more than anytime.

So is it about time, we start to take Papelbon for the player he is, and understand that the man just wants to win?  

Nola takes the hill for the Phillies, brings new excitement for fans

Nola's line from his debut:

IP -  6.0  / H-  5 / R -  1 / SO -  6 /  ERA 1.50

Last night was the Major League debut of Aaron Nola for the Philadelphia Phillies. He was drafted in 2014 as the 7th pick of the June Amateur Draft, and his start last night brought some renewed interest in this Phillies season that there has been very little to cheer about.

In the end Nola pitched really well as the Phillies ended their 4-game win streak with a tough 1-0 loss, but this start was promising for Nola.

The social network twitter, was all aglow with plenty of comments concerning Nola's start last night. Best wishes, and people tweeting out their photos with their Nola jerseys on to welcome him to the big leagues took over the Phillies tweets for most of the night.


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

4 wins brightens season after All-Star Break

Some smiles have broken out on the field for the Phillies this season, finally

It seems the Phillies team has left behind all of the losing it did in the first half of the season, and now in the second half, the winning has been a little easier to come by.

Now, the Phils have reeled off 4 victories in a row and tonight, it's the much anticipated debut of Aaron Nola, a first round pick by the Phillies in 2014 as the 7th pick in the 2014 June Amateur Draft. Nola has been rated as the 39th overall best prospect by Baseball America prior to this year.

Maybe the Phillies have felt the need to bring fans out to the ballpark, as they are running a 2 for $27 ticket promotion with the debut of Nola tonight. Just a short time ago, the notion of bringing up younger players like Nola was dismissed by Phillies GM, Ruben Amaro, but now apparently things have changed with this.

The Phils finish up this series with the Rays tonight and Wednesday afternoon, they have an off-day on Thursday and then settle into Wrigley Field for a weekend series against the Cubs, this one is the first trip there without Ryne Sandberg at the helm after the quit the team on June 26th, citing the fact that he didn't like to lose.  

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Phils win 1st game in 2nd Half

Pap was back on the hill for the Phillies last night, he earned his 121st save as a Phillie, of course he heard boos

The All-Star Break probably gave this team a good chance to rest and get ready for the final 71 games of the season. The season is a little more than half done, but we'll still call it the '2nd Half'.

The team earned it's 4th win of the 18 games that Pete Mackanin has managed last night in the first game of a three game series with the Miami Marlins.

Jeff Francour helped seal the victory with a 3-run homer in the 8th inning and All Star reliever, Jonathan Papelbon got the save in this game for his 121st save of his Phillies career last night. Of course the fans let him hear it for saying that he wanted to be traded off of this team.

This team doesn't need the talent of Jonathan Papelbon anymore. Management has known about this for a long time, the Phils aren't going to contend for anything this season and didn't contend for anything in the last couple seasons, so why have a big salaried guy like Papelbon on the staff? His talents are really being wasted, but instead of staying quiet, like a few other players have been on this team that are making millions and not even producing, Papelbon has stated that he'd like to move on.

Papelbon is very close to vesting a contract that would keep him in Philadelphia for another contract year, though the team can even trade him under those circumstances so maybe the vesting portion of Papelbon's contract is not an issue anymore with the team.

It was nice to put a 'W' in the win column last night, is this the start of better things for this team?

On the horizon, Aaron Nola is scheduled to debut on Tuesday for the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Phils start rest of season for 2015 tonight

Papelbon is at the All Star Game in Cincinnati talking with AJ Burnett who turned in the worst season of his career for the Phillies last year at 8-18

The Phillies have had their worst ever run to the All-Star Break at 29-62 in the history of the franchise. That's a long history. To be the worst at this point really says something about this team that can't be ignored.

There are 71 games left in the season, the Phillies would have to win 75% of the remaining games just to finish near .500 on the year.

If they lose 38 or more games of the remaining 71, they will stand at 100 losses or more this year.

Pete Mackanin has a 3-14 record for this team since he took the reins from Ryne Sandberg. Incredibly, the Phillies have won just 3 games since Ryne decided to call it a day after their was a change in the upper management in the office was announced a couple days after Sandberg quit the team.

You can't blame Papelbon for requesting a trade during the All-Star break, but he should have been traded from this team a long time ago. Papelbon has long wore his welcome out here in Philadelphia and with a season like this now in the books, there is really no reason to carry a player like him.

 The status quo of being awful on this team has been the same for months now, and no one currently in the top management of the Phillies have even tried to change anything.

This team in last in walks, last in runs scored in the National League and it shows. They are also near the bottom in OBP and SLG.

Maybe the best prescription will be to just avoid watching this type of team all together for the remaining games of the season. It's painful to watch most of the time, but it all begins again tonight against the Marlins if you like to see pain.   

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Phillies Talk Podcast: Interview with Mitch Nathanson on his upcoming Richie Allen book

It's the latest Phillies Talk Podcast, our All Star Break edition, we're talking with Mitch Nathanson, baseball author, on his book that is coming out in March of 2016 about former Phillies and Chicago White Sox player, Richie Allen.

It's all on this edition of Phillies Talk Podcast with Rich and Jim talking Phillies baseball on the longest running independent podcast talking about the Philadelphia Phillies.