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. 

and

“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.


 

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Phillies Talk Podcast live: Pete Rose talk live with Baseball sportscaster/ Attorney Ed Kasputis from Ohio








Tune in on Friday at 5:30 PM for a live special edition of the Phillies Talk Podcast, the longest running independent podcast show on the Philadelphia Phillies.

On this edition, I am talking with longtime sports commentator and Ohio attorney, Ed Kasputis from BaseballPHD.net on the latest Pete Rose story/ scandal that the Phillies organization and Rose himself thought it better that he didn't appear to have his name enshrined on the Phillies 'Wall of Fame' for Alumni night originally scheduled for August 12th.

What are your comments?

Phillies: Pete Rose, shrouded in yet another controversy must stay off 'The Wall' for now


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Pete Rose shown here with his wife in Cincinnati still has plenty of support, he'll be vindicated is what a lot of long time fans believe, but he isn't the one on trial even



Well, talk about a storm that brewed up and blew across the country in record time, fanning flames of different opinions about the latest controversy that has managed to circle around the hitter that has the most hits in baseball history, and one of the best players to ever play the game.

Pete Rose, who is apparently defending himself from these accusations from a person that seemed to have been after him for years, now faces another storm of public opinion fanned by the flames of a rampant social media platform in the USA that apparently presumes that you are indeed guilty until proven innocent.

Here's the facts as reported that surfaced in the past couple days:

From Cincinnati.com

The Philadelphia Phillies announced Wednesday that they've canceled a ceremony to honor Hit King and former Cincinnati Reds great Pete Rose and induct him into the Phillies Wall of Fame on Aug. 12. The team also won't distribute a bobblehead figurine of Rose as it had planned as part of a giveaway at Citizens Bank Park on Aug. 11 in light of testimony accusing Rose of statutory rape, included as part of an ongoing defamation lawsuit Rose filed last year against John Dowd. 


Meaning, that Pete Rose is suing a person for defamation of character. This person happens to be a lawyer and a person who is adept at using some really nasty dirty tricks to attempt to fend off Rose's lawyers from this case. All of a sudden, after all these years, there apparently someone in the wings that is saying that Pete Rose illegally had sex with a minor back in the 1970's. 

No, this wasn't an investigation, it's part of another matter of litigation. The accusation isn't new either, for all the people out there that have been hearing about this for the first time. It's understandably not pleasant to think about. 

Did Pete Rose have an affair while he was married back in the 1970's and have sex with a willing person who was 16 years of age? Apparently, the Hit King is saying yes, he did have an affair and the person was 16 years old, which according to Ohio law, wasn't a crime at the time. Yes, he's admitted to this according to documents filed in court on Monday.

John Dowd, the lawyer that Pete Rose is suing for defamation has asserted for years that Pete Rose use to run around and have a fascination with young women who were underage, had sex with them, and made it seem in radio interviews and elsewhere that Rose in fact did this regularly. He didn't have any proof apparently, but now somehow on que, this 'proof' has surfaced just in time for this lawsuit. Talk about odd timing for this to surface.
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Pete Rose shown next to an awesome statue of him with that famous head first slide, many fans didn't get see him play so they don't really know what they missed 

The news spread like wildfire on social media, the usual loose cannon sports writers, sent their cannons into full fire mode on Rose, condemning him as the worst person on earth behind this very 'loose' information on the court document that purports to have a witness, conveniently named, "Jane Doe" on the court document. This is legal speak that essentially means that this person may or may not exist. You put in a bunch of "Jane Does" and "John Does" in a lawsuit in hopes that something will materialize out of it. 

Poor unsuspecting fans that don't really know what is happening, really let loose too. Understandably, not many people are in favor of sexual deviants that find it joyful to take advantage of minors in a quest to have sex with them. It's morally and legally wrong and just plain bad. 

Is Pete Rose a sexual deviant? He acknowledged an affair, and he was married at the time, if someone had an affair with an 18-year old in today's world, it's classified as an affair which is what the situation was with Rose back in the mid-1970's with a person who was then able to decide for themselves that this was ok. The only difference is now the person that Pete Rose is suing for defamation is now alleging again what he's been accusing him of for years. 

It's amazing that people will bash and come to various conclusions in high profile writing jobs that would even take a side in this issue. That just shows you what kind of people they are. I am not going to even bother to name the names, you've read the articles already. These writers and commentators have already declared the Hit King guilty. Imagine that, they are now the judge, jury and use their silly foil of readers to buffet their claims. Only in America in 2017 can this be something that is happening. It's not just with this issue, it's with many issues of today. 

Please don't jump to conclusions. The Phillies fans have voted, they voted the Hit King onto the Phillies Wall of Fame. Big deal, a wall in a stadium to honor a guy that we've already known is one of the greatest players to ever play the game. He happened to put a few good years of his career on the Phillies team. No, he won't be on The Wall on August 12th due to the flame of social media pressures but think about the implications of this. A man accusing someone else of defaming him in court and now he's defaming him again in the same court (not surprisingly). It's surreal, hopefully one day we'll see him honored up on The Wall, Rose is getting another round of battering from an unsubstantiated source at this time. It's something that a lawyer in a defamation case probably loved to do, the unsuspecting people take the bait and run with it. The Phillies organization in in the middle of it all, tried to give the fans what they voted on. The Hit King at Citizens Bank Park being honored by their own.

Stay tuned to this blog for info on a special live Phillies Talk Podcast show this Friday at 5:30 PM Eastern talking the legal points on this with an Ohio lawyer and baseball podcaster as my guest.. tune in live right here at FightinPhillies.com or live via BaseballTalkRadio.com via the worldwide radio stream at http://radio.baseballpodcasts.net



Monday, July 31, 2017

Phillies find themselves on the winning side






Winning is refreshing isn't it? The Phillies have delivered some much needed wins in the last 11 games, if you're counting, it's 8 wins in 11 games. Today, the Phils face the Braves in a very rare 12:35 PM Monday PM game at Citizens Bank Park to wrap up a 4-game series.

What is behind the winning ways? Some may say it was Odubel's benching and spotlight that was thrown on him again for conduct that according to Pete Mackanin is an issue on this team. Maybe it was just a coincidence that this just happened around the same time. There's been a different player stepping up and coming through for the team in the past week.

In the first half of the season, the Phils were on the wrong side of just about every close game they were in. In May, the team somehow managed to turn in a 6-22 record that really set the tone for a long stay as the worst team in baseball. At 38-64, the Phillies are still at the bottom of all of baseball, but they have some contenders chasing them for that crown now. The San Francisco Giants are 40-66 all of a sudden, and the Reds are 42-63. Pythagorean theory has the Phillies team at 43-59 on the season, but that shows you that certain games the Phils were 'supposed' to win, they didn't. Unfortunately, that doesn't count.

There are 60 games left on the 2017 schedule with the Phils. If they can continue to stay competitive and reel in some more much needed wins, they may be able to salvage at least some respect for thsi team on the season.

Let's see what the month of July has looked like thanks to baseball-reference.com :


Team Game-by-Game Schedule
Gm# Date Tm Opp W/L W-L GB
Gm# Date Tm Opp W/L W-L GB
79Saturday, Jul 1boxscorePHI@NYML26-5320.0
80Sunday, Jul 2boxscorePHI@NYMW27-5320.0
81Monday, Jul 3boxscorePHIPITW28-5320.0
82Tuesday, Jul 4boxscorePHIPITL28-5421.0
83Wednesday, Jul 5boxscorePHIPITL28-5521.5
84Thursday, Jul 6boxscorePHIPITL28-5621.5
85Friday, Jul 7boxscorePHISDPL28-5722.5
86Saturday, Jul 8boxscorePHISDPL28-5822.5
87Sunday, Jul 9boxscorePHISDPW29-5822.5
88Friday, Jul 14boxscorePHI@MILL29-5923.5
89Saturday, Jul 15boxscorePHI@MILL29-6024.5
90Sunday, Jul 16boxscorePHI@MILW30-6024.5
91Monday, Jul 17boxscorePHI@MIAL-wo30-6125.5
92Tuesday, Jul 18boxscorePHI@MIAW31-6125.5
93Wednesday, Jul 19boxscorePHI@MIAW32-6124.5
94Friday, Jul 21boxscorePHIMILW33-6123.5
95Saturday, Jul 22boxscorePHIMILL33-6224.5
96Sunday, Jul 23boxscorePHIMILW34-6224.5
97Monday, Jul 24boxscorePHIHOUL34-6325.0
98Tuesday, Jul 25boxscorePHIHOUL34-6425.0
99Wednesday, Jul 26boxscorePHIHOUW35-6425.0
100Friday, Jul 28boxscorePHIATLW36-6425.0
Gm# Date Tm Opp W/L W-L GB
101Saturday, Jul 29boxscorePHIATLW-wo37-6424.0
102Sunday, Jul 30boxscorePHIATLW-wo38-6423.5
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Generated 7/31/2017.




Saturday, July 29, 2017

Hellickson, Kendrick, and Neshek are now gone from Phils, what now?



Jeremy Hellickson would have probably would have liked to be traded to a contender, but the Orioles still may be able to deal him to a contender in a better deal for them




Jeremy Hellickson was a game time scratch last night, a sure telltale sign that he was on the move from the Phillies as an imminent deal was in the cards for him. An unlikely team in the Baltimore Orioles picked him up, they really aren't in the pennant race the team is currently 6.5 GB in the Wild Card race, but they took Jeremy off of our hands.

What did we get in return for Hellickson (and cash)?  Not a whole lot. We get an outfielder, Hyun Soo Kim, a pitcher, Garrett Clevinger, and some money to sign international talent.

Howie Kendrick (and cash) went to the Nationals, I don't understand this trade too much. Why would we pay someone's salary that is doing good for the team and then trade him to a team in the same Division as the Phillies? We get McKenzie Mills, a minor league pitcher.

For Neshek, we got 3 players that featured one minor league player that has promise.

The Klentak era is getting more and more puzzling. We need Howard Eskin in there asking questions on these trades. What is happening to this Phillies team?

Well, the team won last night in a very much needed win again. This was the Phils 36th win on the year, they are now 36-64 still the worst team in baseball. Some teams are trying to catch up with the Phillies though for that crown.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Phillies find a refreshing winning streak and battle more in 2nd half



The team battled back last night, and has been playing a little more crisply in the 2nd half of the season


Just when you thought the Phillies season was over and everything was filled with losing, the team ventured on and finally found a nice winning streak. Even though, they lost last night in an epic game where they battled back to a 9-8 loss, the team seems to be really trying the hardest they have all season. The brief winning streak got some fans talking at least.

The Phillies will have to continue playing well to match the season high of a six-game winning streak which was set back in April.  It's great to see the teams wins total rise after what seemed to be forever anchored to the twenty something wins that the team has been mired on for some time. The Phils notched their 20th win on June 5th, and didn't get to 30 wins until July 16th.

This is just what Phillies fans needed to bring up the spirits and give us some faith that this team can indeed win ballgames. The Phil won their 3rd game in a row before a crowd of 17,550 on a humid Friday night against a team that is in first place in the NL Central.

The Brewers just got finished playing the Phillies in Milwaukee last week, with the Brew crew taking two of three there. The Phils are just 11-26 this year in 1-run games including last night where they clawed their way back in a 9-8 loss. The month of May was especially difficult for the Phillies, the Phils were 6-22 for the month. I would really like to know what went on to cause this to happen. I know the bullpen was imploding regularly, and the offense was sputtering very badly.

There has been talk where some of the players on the Phils roster may be traded, that could be good for them as players. The Phillies management have shown the fans that this rebuild is very much in a state of flux so far. Matt Klentak has answered questions about the Phillies future with a lot of mumbo jumbo talk about this team. We're smarter than that in Philly, we don't buy into talk that we know is a bunch of double speak.




Howard Eskin asks a legitimate question to Matt Klentak and Matt gets mad that this press person is a real press guy, not a team 'party line' press person like most of the guys that sit up in the Phillies press box. 

Monday, July 17, 2017

Williams gets first Grand Slam, who will the Phillies bring up next?



Nick Williams was touted as being the 4th best player in the Phillies minors. Who ever thought that must be onto something as Williams hit his first Grand Slam in a Phillies uniform yesterday to give the Phillies a decisive 5-2 win vs. the Brewers to avoid a sweep.

It seems that Nick has made a pretty smooth transition to the big leagues, now the Phillies organization has to keep on going and bring more players up that can make an impact on this team. Why wait till September? Well, there are only 25 roster spots as of right now, so that is the main reason.

In years past, it seemed like the Phillies let players languish in the minors forever. There are reasons for that as well, when the team was playing greatly, there was no space for the younger players to come up, but even with Ryan Howard and Chase Utley, it seemed like the team waited way too long to bring them up.

There is new upper management here now though, it's no longer the old long time established group that use to be in charge of this team. Ruben Amaro Jr. had long time Phillies ties to the organization as did his predecessor, Ed Wade. Wade is still with the Phillies to this day as a special consultant. He really gave the Phillies some gifts after going to Houston, we got Brad Lidge and Hunter Pence from Houston and we all know what impact they have had on baseball.

So who will be the next player that the Phillies bring up? Rhys Hoskins is 24 years old, and the Phils have big plans for him. What not waive Tommy Joseph or trade him and bring him up?  It seemed like Maikel Franco was going to be protected for a long time by the team, but now with the revelation that no one is untouchable as far as trade. Perhaps the Phillies can get inventive with moving and acquiring players?

This team can't keep waiting to get better, it's been bad for a long time now. Recent moves by GM Matt Klentak have been puzzling. Mostly every move that's been made so far on this team has been wrong.