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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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I look forward to the sports radio clowns filling there hours with anti-abreu morons.
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"@Dickie Thong Jim Salisbury (‏@JSalisburyCSN) Source says Phillies have continued to pursue P Chad Gaudin. He was in Phila last week, possibly for physical." rumored as a joke on beerleaguer. coms true.
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Of players who played from 1901 to 1994 (pre-steroid era)... Here are the top players by OPS who played over 500 games after the age of 35. http://bbref.com/pi/shareit/aL0vY Of the top 10... 9 are in the Hall of Fame including Mike Schmidt. of the top 20... 15 are in the Hall of Fame. Babe Ruth and Ted Williams had OPS over 1.000 after the age of 35. They are hall of famers for a reason.
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Congrats to Tom Glavine who's 7 run 1/3 of the first inning on 9/30 against the Marlins basically gave us the first Division title 14 years. Makes up for the standing ovation we gave him at the Flyers game in 2003 when the Phillies courted him as a Free Agent. Congrats to Frank Thomas picked 7th in the 1st round of the 1989 June Draft. 3 spots behind the Phillies Jeff Jackson who played in exactly 666 Minor League Games. Congrats to Greg Maddux for being the better brother in "Phillies always have the worst brother" tradition.
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Babe Ruth age 35-40 OPS 1.116
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If you don't plan on contending... and signings like this prove you aren't interested... just play Ruf and save the money for the bullpen. And maybe you get lucky.
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Here's the Post Game thread from after the game: http://www.beerleaguer.com/beerleaguer/2008/10/post-9/comments/page/1/ Beerleaguer's arm in arm, dropping their enmity for some rejubilation Here's Game 5 part 2 game thread: http://www.beerleaguer.com/beerleaguer/2008/10/post-8.html
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I logged onto beerleaguer and somehow ended up on crossingbroad. agree Hugh... *worst thread ever*
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So... road interleague games will go into September... joy... that won't come back to haunt at all. I mean really it won't since we won't be in the pennant race next year. ;) I don't like playing 9 games out of the division either as the season starts. You really should start the season off and end with division rivals.
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@derek/mini -- according to the b-r play index, its true... and it happened 4 time this year. Once by Gio, twice by Phillies... http://bbref.com/pi/shareit/5Qpxa Also on the list Hideo Nomo, Bobby Witt, Jim Beattie, David Cone and Scott Kazmir
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Re: Michael Martinez... His career OPS+ of 36 is tied for 8th all time worst offensive players. In the top 10, 6 are catchers. And the number one, worst offensive player of all time? Or old friend Jon Vukovich. who had a career 20 OPS+ and lived with his utility glove in his .607 PA he recorded a slash line: .161/.203/.222/.425 I have no doubts that if Mini Mart were to get to 600 pa he would eclipse Vuk. The Mendoza line (who is #25 on the list) should really be .500 OPS. There have been 30 players with min 370 PA who have recorded less than .500 OPS. Only ONE player had less than .400!!!!! A Brooklyn Superbas/Dodgers catcher from the early 20th Century who had 3229 PA with an OPS of .395 http://bbref.com/pi/shareit/bYTAO
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