Saturday, November 09, 2019

Mike Schmidt honored at Louisville Slugger bat history museum





Last night in Louisville, ex-Phillies slugger and current broadcaster Mike Schmidt was honored at the Louisville Slugger museum:


The announcement:

Louisville, KY – November 1, 2019 – Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory will honor National Baseball Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt with its 2019 Living Legend Award on Friday, November 8th.





Schmidt was recognized during a special ceremony that kicks off the 15th Annual Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory Auction with Hunt Auctions, Inc. "I’m proud to be the recipient of this year’s Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory Living Legend Award," said Schmidt.

"Louisville Slugger is an iconic brand that is synonymous with baseball. It’s an honor for me to be recognized by the museum and be included among the award’s past honorees,” Schmidt added.
Schmidt used several Louisville Slugger models throughout his storied career. In the early part of his career (1974-78), he swung a 36-inch K75 model. From 1979-84, his preferred bat model was the K55; a 35-inch bat with natural finish. In total, Schmidt ordered 518 Louisville Slugger bats during his career.

Mike Schmidt Highlights:

Mike Schmidt played his entire 18-season career for the Philadelphia Phillies, was a twelve-time All-Star and a three-time winner of the National League Most Valuable Player award. Known for his combination of power hitting and strong defense, he hit 548 home runs and 1,595 runs batted in (RBIs), while earning the Gold Glove Award 10 times as a third baseman.

Success followed Schmidt in every phase of his career, starting in college when he led Ohio University to the College World Series in 1970. He was drafted by the Phillies the following year and by 1974 led the league in home runs. He went on to lead the National League in homers eight times during his career and his 48 home runs in 1980 set the Major League record for a third baseman, which he held for 27 years. Schmidt won six Silver Slugger Awards and was voted the National League’s MVP in 1980, 1981 and 1986.

With Schmidt leading the way, the Phillies won the National League pennants in 1980 and 1983. Philadelphia won the World Series in 1980 and Schmidt was selected as World Series MVP.
He retired from baseball in 1989 as a Philadelphia legend and is considered by many as the greatest third baseman in baseball history. His iconic number 20 was retired by the Phillies the next season. Schmidt was honored again by the Phillies in 2004 when the franchise unveiled a life-sized bronze statue outside the third-base gate at Citizens Bank Park.


“We are proud to include Mike Schmidt as part of the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory family and honored to present him with the 2019 Living Legend Award,” said Anne Jewell, Vice President and Executive Director of Louisville Slugger
Museum & Factory. “One of the best to ever play the game, Schmidt is a true ambassador for the sport and a fan favorite.” Limited Edition Louisville Slugger Bat

To honor the Living Legend, Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory has produced an iconic two-toned maroon and powder-blue finished K55 model collector bat for this special occasion. The K55 is the same model Schmidt used at various times throughout his illustrious career. The expertly crafted collector bat will be autographed by Schmidt. The bat design includes his jersey number and career statistics.Only 100 signed bats are available. The cost is $299.99 per bat and includes two tickets to the invitation-only Living Legend celebration on Friday, November 8th. For more information or to purchase a bat, call 502-588-7286, email museumstore@sluggermuseum.com or visit SluggerGifts.com.


Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory Experience history-in-the-making as you stroll through the factory where the world-famous Louisville Slugger bats are created. Admission includes the newly renovated factory tour, engaging exhibits, historic memorabilia, and much more. At the museum store, guests can create a Louisville Slugger bat with their very own name on it, just like the pros.

Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, located at 800 West Main Street, is open Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sundays 11a.m. – 5 p.m., with extended summer hours. Admission is $16 for adults, $15 for seniors (60+), $9 children (6-12), and free for children 5 and under. For more information, including holiday hours and extended summer hours, visitsluggermuseum.com or call 502-588-7228, or find us on Facebook (@sluggermuseum), Twitter (@sluggermuseum), and
Instagram (@slugger_museum)

Monday, November 04, 2019

New For November - Phillies Talk Podcast




Getting the 'Hot Stove' on for winter and Awards Week!

Phillies Talk Podcast with Rich Baxter and Matt Veasey rolls into the offseason with a new Phillies manager, we talk about Joe Girardi and offer opinions on the selection. Bryce Harper has put his first season in on the Phillies, we talk about that. Who do the Phillies need on the mound along with Nola, Arrieta, and ??? - we talk about that and of course the exciting World Series win by the Nationals on this show.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Joe Girardi - Full Press conference - hired as Phillies manager October 28th 2019




The Phillies were looking for a new manager, after releasing Gabe Kapler, the Phils went out and got experience, Joe Girardi. Former Yankees and Marlins manager, and the manager who beat the Phillies in the 2009 World Series.

Girardi is well aware of the passion of Phillies fans, I think he understands the city and their thirst to win. 

Monday, September 30, 2019

FightinPhillies.com countdown to the Phillies 2020 season







Bookmark the page and stop by often over the offseason to see how many days until we have Phillies baseball again - the season for 2020 opens early March 26, 2020 in Miami, then the team heads to New York for a three game series before opening at home in Philadelphia on April 2nd, 2020

First day of the Phillies off-season


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Is this the last time we see Gabe giving the starting lineup at home plate for the Phillies?


The only thing I am thinking about on the first day of the Phillies off-season is about the hype of the Phillies possibly making the playoffs during the past couple months, this team was no more on its way to the playoffs than the man in the moon, but thanks to a bunch of sites that gave the most outside chance for a team to still be in it, the Phils were being constantly mentioned as a team that 'still has a chance' to make it.

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Parker had a peculiar wind up, we haven't seen since the days of Kent Tekulve or Wayne Twitchell


The Phils may have had a really long shot of a chance to make it, almost like saying you have a chance to get struck by lightning, yes, I do think you have a greater chance of getting hit by lightning than the Phillies had to make the playoffs this year. That's the fallacy of sabermetrics in a nutshell, a number that is essentially meaningless but got a lot of attention by writers and the visual media.

What to do in the off-season? Word is that the Phils will announce the fate of manager, Gabe Kapler, and unless they have someone in the wings, the answer will be that Kapler will return as manager, because that is all that has been said by upper management. There has been a small faction of fans that want him fired but not a big public outcry. In fact, there was an article that says if Kapler is fired, it may not be his fault, but points at upper management as a more plausible reason. Some articles say Kapler is gone, but it's the team that lost the games, like it not.

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Kapler thanks Charlie for coming on board as hitting coach, it didn't seem to help Rhys at all though

The pitching staff was a mess, this team spent a ton of money on bullpen pitchers that hardly pitched. Millions of dollars in fact, money that should have went to a quality starter. You had 4 relievers that made millions, (a combined $36M) Neshek, Nicasio, Hunter, and Robertson - that were a near complete bust. The rest of the pitching staff except Arrieta (who made $25M last year for mediocre or less performance) and Nola at $4.5M were guys that weren't highly paid, Velasquez, Pivetta, Eickhoff, and Eflin ($4.4M combined for all). All moves orchestrated by upper management. The Phillies managed to survive on one of the weakest starting rotations in baseball.

There will be time to talk more about what went wrong with this team, will Kapler be returning next year. He stood in the dugout and thanked all the players after the last out yesterday and that was an appreciation that you don't see all that often in the dugout, especially since it may be the end of his career as Phillies manager as well.

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Joe Maddon is available will Phillies make a move?


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If I am Matt Klentak, I'm calling Joe Maddon's agent this afternoon

The games have hardly began on this Sunday when the official announcement was released, Joe Maddon and the Cubs have parted ways officially. It's been rumored for a long time, and now it's true, so the Phillies (and a lot of other teams) can now sit back and possibly make a move for a new manager.

Not that this season is all Gabe Kapler's blame, but he's had the Phillies job now for a couple seasons and nothing has come of it. Nothing bad toward Kapler, he's gone in and tried to do a good job with this group and last year's but just didn't come up with a half decent result. In fact, it's a failure this year. All Kap's blame? No, but someone else should now have a chance at turning this team around.

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It would be great to have Joe Maddon in Phillie pinstripes for 2020

Would Maddon even want to come to Philly with the current roster? He's the kind of manager that has turned teams around with less talent, will Maddon want to take time off to consider? We'll see as this opportunity for the Phillies is now there.


Phillies wrap up season today, will finish in 4th place


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Phils get a win with Zach Eflin on the mound last night

The 162 game season started in what feels like it wasn't too long ago, the baseball season flies by even though we start way back in very late March. After 162 games, the Phillies will finish a solid 4th place in the NL East, in what is very much a failure for this team.

Talk of the playoffs, and even more pervaded the airwaves prior to the start of the season, and the Phillies burst out on to the 2019 season looking like they might make good on the promise of that. The Phils spent 76 days of the season, including days off, in first place. Then June took place, and the Phillies fell from their perch, never to look back or return.


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Two players that could have got a bit more love this season, both maybe gone for 2020

What happened to this team? A total collapse from where they started the first couple months of the season. Looking back at the season and you look at many spots of the season that this team if it had done things better would be in the playoffs as of today.

One thing is pitching, the pitching deserted this team. The pitching staff gave up the 2nd most HRs in the NL right behind the Colorado Rockies. Out of the 15 NL teams the Phils finished 11th in ERA. Phils pitchers gave up the 3rd most hits in the NL. The Braves were right behind the Phils in hits given up this season, but there offense was good enough to overcome this.

Another reason the Phils are in 4th place is the team that they are playing today to close the season out with. The Miami Marlins beat the Phillies 9 times this year, but the worst team the Phillies faced was the Washington Nationals, the Nats beat the Phils in 15 of the 19 games that the two teams play against one another.

This isn't really an end of year report card, but it's an attempt to further look into what went wrong with this season. The Phillies were totally unpredictable this past year, every day it seemed if it was a different result from this team, they either lacked pitching or offense or a combination of both for their losses.

It all wraps up today though, fan appreciation day at the ballpark at 3:05 PM - prizes, thrills, and baseball oh my.




Wednesday, September 25, 2019

It's official - no playoffs for Phils

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Aaron Nola couldn't win a game from Aug. 20th - he's had 7 starts since


At odds that hovered from less than 1 percent up to 3 percent for some time, the Phillies postponed the inevitable time when they would be eliminated totally from the playoffs in the afternoon by not winning ballgames. The Nationals put that to the Phillies in Game 1 of the doubleheader yesterday when they beat the Phils 4-1, and then reinforced it 6-5 in Game 2 of the matchup.

The talk of even being in the playoffs was a far off farce for this team, they didn't have the right combination of players to get it done on the field. Now, they will battle to stay at .500 or better for the season.

Aaron Nola lost again, he hasn't won a game for the Phillies since the middle part of August, every start that would be 'counted' on by Phillies management even backfired, the talk was we'd have a fighting chance each time he was on the mound, well we had a chance but we didn't end up winning any of the games because of his starts.




Harper is well aware of postseason unhappiness, the Nationals will go to the playoffs again, but it won't be with Bryce Harper, who signed on with the Phillies this year. The Nationals could handle teams like the Marlins, they had a 15-4 season record against them, where the Phillies struggled mightily against them. On the other hand, the Mets beat the Marlins in the season record 12-7 so go figure.

The talk of the Phillies going out and signing Nationals star Anrhony Rendon is completely ludicrous in this writers opinion, adding highly paid players isn't the way to go for this team. We see what a lot of those type players have done on the field, which is fine, but the Phillies glaring need is pitching.

The season will be picked apart, will Gabe go or stay? Those are the immediate things we'll see with this team. There will now be plenty of time to address it, the Phils season is over in regards to fighting for any playoff spot, not that they really even had a substantial chance, it's just mathematically the team was still clinging to some sort of chance that they could (how ever far fetched that notion was) make the playoffs.

More baseball to end out this season to be played, it's the Nats vs Phillies again at 7:05 PM

Monday, September 23, 2019

Phils bashed on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball 10-1

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Santana with his huge gawdy gold chain on slides into home to score against the Phils, we didn't see this Santana in Philly very much


It was one of those games that the Phillies again reverted back to Jekyll and Hyde like characteristics. This team can't seem to play good on several successive games, they play good one or two games then look terrible in a short time, that's the terrible Phillies that showed up for ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball last night, as they were thumped 10-1 on national TV.

Competitors have still scored 11 more runs than the Phillies all year, and now the Phils are the sole proprietors of 4th place in the NL East, below the Mets and above the Marlins. This team has earned every bit of that. Despite the talk that we heard from Gabe Kapler about a team that is scratching and clawing, there isn't any real evidence of that.

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Duh, which way did it go boss ...

Vince Velasquez should move on after this season, he's a pitcher that is up and down and mainly down, the Phillies can't rely on pitchers like him. When they do, you'll see seasons like they are having now. It's been a few seasons like this now, with this bunch, Pivetta, Velasquez, and even Eflin. There needs to be a massive change in this pitching lineup. There always did need to be, but nothing was ever done about it.

I do my best not to listen to anything Gabe Kapler says after a game, it's all fluff designed to make you feel everything isn't as bad as it looks. The Kapler experiment should be over in this town, he's come into a role that he never has done before this Phillies stint, and hasn't delivered. Someone should be getting a chance to turn this team around. It isn't Kapler.

In 6 days it will be the end of the regular season, another big disappointment from the Phillies, a team that couldn't get it done on the field. They had a few injuries, but the personnel that was assembled for this team is lacking, it's a reflection on the President's office and GM, they are the guys that are responsible for what goes on and have been for a while now.

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MacPhail hasn't done much to improve the Phillies to get them into the postseason since he's been hired in 2015

The only thing fans can do is vote with their dollars, don't buy tickets to see such a travesty on the field. Doing so only sends a message that you're happy with what you're seeing. We're stuck on stupid in this current management from the President's office on down. And this is a town that deserves better. MacPhail and Klentak aren't the guys either. John Middleton and the ownership of the Phillies have to be disappointed with what they are seeing.

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Vargas gets first win in Phils uniform, 9 to play for '19


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Vargas finally gets a win in Phils uniform on 10th start

The Phillies won last night in Cleveland, by a score of 9-4, Jason Vargas picked up his first win as a Phillie. The season is winding down fast, as there is only 9 more games left in the baseball season now, with one in Cleveland tonight, 5 games vs. Washington and another 3 against the Marlins. It was the 4th time the Phillies won the game in the 10th overall start by Vargas as a Phillie, his record is 1-3 as a Phils player.


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JT Realmuto is the Phillies 'go to' player in 2019, he's really been good for this team


The curtain is coming to a close on this 2019 team, here's how the standings look as the Phils are still in 4th place in the division:

NL East Division Table
Tm W L W-L% GB RS RA pythW-L%
ATL9660.615--830714.568
WSN8568.5569.5816695.573
NYM8074.51915.0750707.527
PHI7974.51615.5743745.499
MIA53101.34442.0580767.375
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/22/2019.


The elimination number for the Phillies is down to 4 - not much room for error, though at this time, the playoff chance is less than 1 percent. What more can be said about this team, it's an average ballclub that couldn't get on a roll because they weren't that good. Just like Vargas, he kept the Phils in several ballgames by getting deeper into the games, but isn't that good.

Here's the NL as a whole so far:

NL Overall Table
Tm W L W-L% GB RS RA pythW-L%
LAD9956.639--846600.652
ATL9660.6153.5830714.568
STL8867.56811.0726625.568
WSN8568.55613.0816695.573
MIL8570.54814.0735738.498
CHC8273.52917.0787675.570
NYM8074.51918.5750707.527
ARI8075.51619.0777711.541
PHI7974.51619.0743745.499
SFG7481.47725.0657740.446
CIN7382.47126.0679678.501
SDP6986.44530.0661759.437
COL6788.43232.0801924.435
PIT6590.41934.0724886.409
MIA53101.34445.5580767.375
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/22/2019.

Early looks at the statistics of the team overall as compared to other NL teams, the Phillies really did poorly in the pitching department overall - finishing 14th out of 15 teams in giving up HRs and 13th in strikeouts, so the Phillies pitchers got hit badly this year, the team is 11th out of 15 teams in ERA with 9 games to go.

If you're more than a casual fan, this season was a bust for the team. After getting off to good starts both years in the last two seasons with this team, it just fell apart for one reason or another. All the excuses in the world don't explain it, but numbers point at some deficiencies. Poor pitching is one of them, you can't have a good team with this poor of a pitching staff.

Some pitching stats for the Phils with only 9 games left in the season:


Team Pitching
Rk Pos Name Age W L W-L% ERA G GS SV IP H R ER HR BB SO
1SPAaron Nola26126.6673.7533330196.217186822676220
2SPZach Eflin25912.4294.0030260150.215880672442121
3SPJake Arrieta (60-day IL)3388.5004.6424240135.214976702151110
4SPVince Velasquez2777.5004.8931210108.210861592443121
5SPJerad Eickhoff (60-day IL)2834.4295.711210158.1583737181851
6SPDrew Smyly*3032.6004.631111056.1583229122158
Rk Pos Name Age W L W-L% ERA G GS SV IP H R ER HR BB SO
7CLHector Neris3036.3332.986602866.1452422102487
8RPJose Alvarez*3034.4293.32641157.062232171748
9RPJuan Nicasio (10-day IL)3223.4004.93450145.255272542043
10RPRanger Suarez*2351.8333.27350044.046171661239
11RPAdam Morgan* (60-day IL)2933.5003.94400029.220141341029
Rk Pos Name Age W L W-L% ERA G GS SV IP H R ER HR BB SO
12Nick Pivetta2646.4005.522813191.11026456203885
13Jason Vargas*3613.2505.121010051.054342961940
14Cole Irvin*2521.6676.38133136.242272671328
15Edgar Garcia22201.0006.03330034.1352323102138
16Mike Morin2812.3334.62250025.12213133712
17Seranthony Dominguez (60-day IL)24301.0004.01270024.224131131229
18Blake Parker34201.0004.71200021.01511114626
19J.D. Hammer (40-man)24101.0003.79200019.0158821213
20Jared Hughes3321.6674.34210018.213996815
21Pat Neshek (60-day IL)3801.0005.00200318.0231110529
22Austin Davis*26007.20100015.017121251116
23Edubray Ramos26101.0005.14180014.01898459
24Enyel De Los Santos (40-man)2301.0007.3651011.01399459
25Nick Vincent3211.5000.90100010.07111314
26David Robertson (60-day IL)3401.0005.407006.2844166
27Drew Anderson25007.502006.0655166
28Tommy Hunter (60-day IL)32000.005005.1200005
29Victor Arano (60-day IL)24101.0003.863004.2222127
30Roman Quinn (10-day IL)2601.0008.102003.1733031
31Fernando Salas34006.753002.2822103
32Yacksel Rios260013.504002.2674232
33Sean Rodriguez34000.002001.1000001
34Aaron Altherr28009.001001.0211002
Team Totals28.17974.5164.50153153361372.213717456872425161303
Rank in 15 NL teams98111010 13111014913
Rk Pos Name Age W L W-L% ERA G GS SV IP H R ER HR BB SO
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/22/2019.