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UD Hens
Life long Phils fan from the 1st state
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Doc - "Poor reporting on the extreme end of poor reporting. It couldn’t be further from the truth." Did all of the reporters around Halladay wet themselves out of fear for their lives? Last year, Eskin tried to make a story out of Doc not talking to reporters. Same stuff with this story. Just leave Doc alone to take care of business.
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They are both great pitchers. No need to contrast them.
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I think they have to go with a platoon in LF (Mayberry/Ibanez) and in RF (Brown/Francisco)going forward. That being said, I would give the bulk of the playing time to Brown as soon as he is ready. There is something about his game that I can't stomach anymore. It may be that he does not seem agressive in his approach and has this 'oh darn' look on his face when he strikes out. Or maybe it's that he just can't hit!
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From Jayson Stark today - "Nothing is final yet. But there is an excellent chance that this year's postseason will begin just two days after the end of the regular season and, if these series go the maximum number of games, there would be only one off day between the end of each round and the beginning of the next." Assuming all goes well and the Phils make it to the post season again, they will have a distinct advantage with their rotation. It is a given that Doc is #1, but after him, does it matter if Lee, Oswalt, or Hamels open a series? Probably not. It gets even better if the opponent does not have their #1 starter lined up for Game 1. They would have to go with their #2 or #3 starter, or better yet go with their #1 on short rest.
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So, you are saying they are going to struggle all year, but still be the best team in the NL, and then get smacked around in the World Series...by the Twins! Really?
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It's the cool thing to pick against the Phillies. I guess we should get used to Phillies haters just like the Yankee haters and the Red Sox haters.
This is Madson's shot at proving he can be a closer. This is his free agent year and he is looking at big money if he can be the guy in the 9th inning. Look for him to succeed.
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I used to like Eskin, but he has become even more bizzare lately. He is just doing this for ratings because the other station is taking all of his listeners. Now everyone will tune into his radio show today to hear about some contrived controversy. Halladay has been nothing but a class act and great to the fans and the media. Why would anyone criticize him for anything? For me, Eskin lost all credibility when Cholly called him out in the locker room. Then the Phillies won the World Series and made Eskin look like a complete moron for wanting Cholly fired.
Maybe Rube is trying to move Blanton to make room for the only free agent pitcher whose middle name is Phifer. (Isn't it obligatory at this point to mention this?). By the way, for anyone that wants to see an actual college football playoff game, the Delaware Blue Hens host New Hampshire tonight at 8 PM on ESPN2.
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mlbtraderumors report - "Source: Nationals to offer Cliff Lee a seven-year deal. Source says Yanks appear unwilling to go to a seventh year." The Nats must be printing money!
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SF Riots last night. Dragging people out of their car and beating them > Throwing snowballs at Santa Here is a link ... http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/blog/big_league_stew/post/Riots-break-out-in-San-Francisco-after-Giants-wi?urn=mlb-281806
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Offseason = Begin RAJ Bold Moves. I think the Phillies have the opportunity to restructure the roster so that they can continue to be a threat to win a championship for the foreseeable future. I think the inconsistency with the offense will continue as the core gets another year older. But they can still win if they get timely hitting, solid defense, and great pitching from the starters and from the bullpen. I suspect that RAJ will take a close look at the Giants success this year and note that the Giants have four terrific starters and quality arms in the bullpen. The Phils need to get two or three of the best arms available. I don’t know who they are; I’ll leave that up to RAJ. I think Jayson Werth will not be back. The Phils now should go in another direction with the outfield. Go with Dom Brown in RF. Move Raul and his contract and pick up a LF that can hit for average, run a little bit, play solid defense, and strike out less. If Werth or Crawford signs to the Red Sox, maybe that makes Ellsbury available. (Maybe Raul can DH in Boston?) Think of the speed in the outfield with Victorino, Brown, and Ellsbury. RAJ has shown that he likes to make a bold move in the offseason and at the trade deadline. Just in the last twelve months he has made deals involving Halladay, Lee, Oswalt, and Polanco. I think we can expect more bold moves from RAJ this offseason too. It should be interesting.
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Lake Fred: "Twenty years down the road, the WS will be broadcast on the Versus Channel! " Nah, it will be downloaded to your iBrain.
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Yawn. Mondays. When does the Hot Stove start?
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Jack - They should not offer KK arbitration. He is not worth $2M and I would rather give that fifth spot in the rotation to someone like Worley. There are other players that they should not resign - Durbin, Romero, Moyer, Dobbs. They are all either free agents or have a club option. I also think they can keep Werth if they can move Victorino and Ibanez. Werth becomes the CF, Dom Brown takes over in RF at least part time, and sign a guy like Brad Hawpe.
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From Jim Salsbury yesterday... Because of a rising payroll and a roster teeming with players on long-term contracts, it has been widely speculated that the Phils won’t be players for big-ticket free agents. While that might turn out to be true, don’t rule out the club trying to get into the Cliff Lee sweepstakes. The Yankees are the favorites to land Lee, but the Phils owe it to themselves and their fans to get into the mix because Lee and his family loved Philadelphia – people in the know say he’d come back -- and, in the end, pitching rules the day. Amaro is a pitching-first guy and he likes to think big. You can bet he will speak with Lee’s representative after the World Series, even if landing the lefty is a long shot. Lee will be expensive -- figure $20 million per season in a multiyear deal -- and the Phils already have two $20 million players in Howard and Roy Halladay. Amaro would have to clear payroll space by moving a Joe Blanton (two years remaining at $17 million) and/or Raul Ibanez (one year, $11.5 million) to afford Lee. Yes, a lot of hurdles would have to be cleared to land Lee, but don’t be surprised if the Phils at least try to bring him back.
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re: Stealing Signs - did anyone else notice this? There were several closeups of Chooch before the was giving the signs. On several occasions, I noticed that Chooch was looking up at the batter as if to catch him looking down at the signs. Then later they went to the multiple touch signals.
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Old Phan and Burt, no more drinks for you tonight. You are officially over the legal limit.
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Blood pressure just getting back to normal. Stomach still not feeling good, but I'll take it. The legend of Roy Halladay continues to build. Once we got the lead, I thought there was no way he was going to give it up. Just heard JRoll on CSN tell the fans to "let 'em have it" when the Giants are back at CBP.
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It will be interesting to see how Doc pitches in an elimination game.
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no name fame = stupid post re Utley
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Why don't you let them play the games until someone wins four of them before you start talking about firing the manager. This team has won 101 games so far this year. How is that possible if everyone is old or stupid and the manager stinks? The team in the other dugout is pretty good too, and some guys get hot at the right time (Ross) and some get cold at the wrong time (Ibanez, Utley, etc). Let's play it out and see what happens.
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Can't blame Oswalt. Durbin was terrible. So was Perlozzo.
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