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As bad as this team is its hard to believe anyone can make it worse... but Dom Brown is ACTIVELY hurting this team.
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So no "clerical error" in exposing Domingo Santana... they were just knowingly fleeced. good to know.
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@Iceman -- here's your report: http://bbref.com/pi/shareit/z6Zhh 18 games... only of the games had pitch data... the lowest was 137... there were only 4 games were ended before 8 innings.. .
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how bad has our bench been this year??? You could make the argument that we would have been better off with Mini Mart over the combined. Seriously. BETTER OFF. Nix/Galvis/Hernandez/Brignac/Gwynn .138 .219 .185 .404 Mini Mart career .187 .234 .261 .495
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If Rollins and Utley become borderline cases for the HOF... what would have put them over the top? wins in 2009 and 2011. Had this team had 2 or 3 WS championships? probably a no brainer. alas...
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@NEPP -- what percentage of games played at 2B did you choose for your numbers. I chose 75%... And get the following for Utley and using conservative career Averages to see where he'll end up after this season: NOW -- EOS 44th H -- 34th -- passing Trillo/Cash 24th 2B -- 19th tied with Nellie Fox 50th 3B -- 43rd passing Sax/Kent/Grich 10th HR -- 8th still chasing Uggla 21st RBI -- 17th still chasing Cano 2nd HBP -- 2nd HBP... needs to be hit 83 more times to pass Ron Hunt... with a handful of a years he gets closer and closer to the top 20 or top 10 in those counting categories... in this list he's 2nd all time in OPS behind Gehringer ahead of Cano and Kent. 20th AVG 10th OBP 3rd in slugging but with .002 of Cano. So Utley is right there... He'll likely get another start at 2b this year int he All Star game and assuming he's healthy for a couple of seasons should get close to those HOF numbers. http://bbref.com/pi/shareit/pj2NG
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Would JD Drew count? I'm assuming these are the hated players while they played here... He never played here...so he wouldn't count. And I think Rolen should be lower on the list, because his "hate" didn't occur until 2002... and was gone by mid season. The real hatred came after.
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In this inning alone... Tmac has called Rollins Howard and Ethier Grienke.
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I know TMac has a tough time judging flyballs. But I swear he just said Jayson Nix hit a home run off Zach Grienke. That can't be true right?
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Or that Chooch struggled early and has started to come on as of late... Last 7 days for Chooch coming into tonight: .286/.375/.786/1.161
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Burnett hurt... Good thing the Phillies have all that starting pitching depth...
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That's a heckuva at bat by Howard... seriously... he would have struck out 3 times over last year.
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Forgot to add... "it seems like a lot for a professional athlete" but it's about the average amount of paid leave for fathers in any industry.
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@MG -- local phans and media were just as "kind" to JRoll when he went on Paternity Leave for his first child. And I recall similar "trolls" right here blasting him for taking his FULL leave. I've seen the same thing lately on JRoll's paternity leave this time on social media. Not as much on talk radio (mostly because I don't listen as much anymore)... One claiming the only reason he was at opening day instead of with his wife was so he could get the opening day short stop record. (You know except for the fact the birth hadn't happened yet). But I would imagine you'll hear the trolls speak up this weekend. Eventually guys with that "old school" mentality will pass from existence... and the next generation of Men, will understand the privilege of fatherhood, and the need for those 3 days (if not more). We are a still a backwards nation when it comes to Family Medical Leave. 3 days seems like a lot for a professional athlete. And father's get less of the benefits that do exist. Hopefully that will change someday too.
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If any other pitcher is pitching or its anything other than a save situation, Sandberg would have pulled the pitcher. I never understand why you let a closer finish the blown save. I didn't understand it when Lidge was flailing... and I don't understand it here.
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With a major league bullpen, the Phillies had a good chance at starting the season 3-0. Now, 1 and 2... and its this horsebleep.
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I also hate the idea of just letting your closer finish the inning out when he's got nothing. And that was a strike. This ump has been awful all night.
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why draw the infield in. that was a double play ball that ends the game.
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What I noticed about the Yes Network broadcast and comparing it to the Phillies broadcast while it was professional... they spent entire at bats and innings not discussing the play in the field. NOW for the most part its spring training and for sure you really don't need to address every pitch that's thrown on TV when you can see the ball and strike counter etc... (aside: Sideline (field? grandstand? crowd?) reporter Meredith Marakovits seems to come from the same "school of thought" as TMac. When 5 words can describe what you are thinking, but you can do it in 30 words. Choose more words. Greg Murphy is actually 10 times better in the stands than Tmac ever was. If you can believe that.) But Stairs talks through multiple at bats... not pitches... multiple at bats! And TMAC doesn't seem to notice? or care? which leads me to believe this is their intention. I swear during the 8th inning last night, Stairs talked for 4 minutes straight without saying a thing. Gary Matthews at least had a rhythm and a cadence (as you would expect from someone named Sarge) that at least passed for a broadcaster. Stairs will get better. This however doesn't belong on a major league broadcast. Broadcasting is hard. Despite what you might think. The best people (Vin Scully) at the job are the best because they have years and years of games broadcast. The better ones get good with broadcasting various sports or perhaps adding pre and post game experience or call-in shows. Sticking a guy in there with virtually NO experience and no competent broadcaster to provide you a net. This is what you get with Stairs. Its going to be a VERY long season. And I'll spend most of that listening to the radio I think.
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since I'm not a doctor... explain why you would not use an ultrasound to diagnose a hand injury. wouldn't this allow you to detect tendon issues or fluid around joints that an x-ray wouldn't? or are you suggesting an MRI??? It's not like they put leeches on him.
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Buchanan fooling Ichiro on a 3-0 pitch who weakly grounds out to end inning. alright.
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from an earlier comment that never posted... "I also agree that it's much more important for football than any other sport (basketball's probably next-closest), but the NCAA can't make sweeping rules for the behavior of athletes in individual sports - not least because [Heisman Winner A] might join the track & field team simply so he can hire an agent "oh, he's representing professional my hammer throw interests - definitely not my QB interests." @Philibuster -- but they do make rules specific to sports. Consider that you can play minor league or major baseball, make hundreds of thousands of dollars or even millions in salary and signing bonuses, and return to college and keep your College eligibility in your sport. See Russell Wilson, Chris Weinke, etc.. and then consider what the NCAA did to Enes Kanter... Baseball seems to be a special case... and if the Phillies were ratting out two players... perhaps there was some collusion on the "advisor/agent" part? But punishing the players for the spat with an agent is unseemly.. and regardless of how you think the Phillies organization is... this is not something they would typically do. Rogue scout? perhaps. But considering the organization tries to fall in with the party line from the commissioners office, i'd be surprised the Phillies were intentionally being nefarious. but you know... if you hate Ruben...
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