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Willard Preacher
Los Angeles
Enjoying show business, the So Cal weather, and following the Phils.
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BAP, guilty of exactly the same thing today! Just shows how monumentally bad they were to dig themselves into this hole (shades of being no-hit and stringing together epic 0-run innings). But, hey, at least we get good, competitive baseball now, when the ownership is thinking about key positions in the organization for next year and beyond! (I'd bet on a RAJ extension coming soon...)
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"Yay first-inning KK." I'm yet to turn on the game, or even pull up the score, but I suspect this means that I shouldn't be in much of a hurry.
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GBF, my own take is that it's likely a combination of factors, not the least of which is that the players are at a point where looking in the mirror and realizing that "the window is rapidly closing" is a harsh reality. They're competitors and they want to win, but they've not been given the infrastructure to do so. That said, I think that they're smart enough to know who is really at fault for that, and it's not Sandberg. Sadly, Ryne has proven to be a puppet (as has RAJ, for that matter...), with the puppet masters showing no inclination of a plan to make things better. I think the non-moves at the deadline sent some real mixed messages to the players, and even the fans. Essentially, there isn't a single person who believes that this is a contending team as constructed, yet no one with any power seems to want to do anything about it. That creates a toxic work culture, and frustrations show themselves and mount quickly. I actually think that Sandberg commanded a bit of respect for the two days that he trumpeted a Howard platoon and spoke of trying to see what we have for the future. Sadly, he got put back in his place and quickly recanted, only to allow the stench of mediocrity (at best) to permeate and fester. Sandberg's perceived success as a manager is going to be made or broken this coming off season, and the one after that (if he's still around...).
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Ah, yes. It's amazing how young one can feel when the promise of a potential $12.75M guaranteed contract lingers out there. And with RAJ needing pitching next year, it looks like another "same old situation" looms.
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I thought that Ruf/Galvis had to be the extent of it, but nope. We even get a dose of Blanco and Chooch in the 3-hole! #winnow 1. Revere 2. Rollins 3. Ruiz 4. Byrd 5. Ruf 6. Sizemore 7. Galvis 8. Blanco 9. Hamels
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"And how we thought he was beyond that in 2013.........?" Or how we were willing to take a step backwards on defense, just so long as he continued to live up to expectations on offense? I feel like Dom could go the way of Lastings Milledge pretty quickly.
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And candidly, like most, I think playing Ruf over Howard is precisely what the rest of this season should look like (not so much the same with Galvis/Utley, though...). It's just comical how much these guys contradict virtually everything that comes out of their mouths.
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"Darin Ruf has his weekly start tonight, this time at first base. And Freddy Galvis is at second." AKA the "we ensure we won't be swept last night, so we're good with mailing it in for a game or two" lineup. You know, just like the "win now" credo dictates...
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Oh, okay, whoa. For a few days last week every single comment I made evaporated into the ether. Was beginning to think I may have been banned.
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"A.J. Burnett said, 'Probably not' when asked if he plans to pitch next year." Hmmmm, sounds familiar, as he said the same thing last year, too, and that was without being guaranteed $10M+ reasons to think otherwise.
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TMac mentioning Galvis and Hernandez as likely to complicate the Phils' interest in Blanco next year only proves that even being paid to watch and be with this team, literally every single day, doesn't guarantee an awareness as to how they work. As if there's ever been a concern by the Phils about having too many light hitting utility IF's. Pfft.
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"Day game Hamels." Maybe we need our GM to instruct our manager on how/when to use our highly paid ace?
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I sure didn't mean to generate any political discussion. My overarching point remains, regardless - if this FO so much as considers extending RAJ (even if just to circumvent a "lame duck" scenario), it would be about as bad a decision as any entity can make. If the attendance drop this year isn't eye opening enough to the ownership group that this city wants/needs a competitive team in order to generate that revenue they mainlined through the "glory years," then they should be forced to sell on the basis that they're not intellectually competent to be running an organization and immediately institutionalized.
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The Phillies ownership group extending Ruben Amaro, Jr. would be a more egregiously terrible move than all of the many noted bad moves that RAJ, himself, has made. This team is already a handful of years away from being competitive again thanks to Amaro and keeping him at the helm will only served to set the team back exponentially. A RAJ extension would be a worse abuse of power than anything Rick Perry is being indicted for.
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Juums, it will be interesting to see whether the Phils put their money where their mouth is with regards to Sizemore. He's a fine "fall back" plan as a stop gap until you find your "build for the future guy." I don't think you'll ever see him and Castillo on the same 40 man roster. But if I'm a betting man, I suspect next year you do see Grady in lieu of of the "for the future guy." But your larger point stands. If there's one area of surplus to deal from (aside from closer) it's in the OF. Seeing Mayberry's name there makes me cringe. Seeing Ruf's name there makes me wish they really, truly knew that he's actually a 1B, like they say they do...
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"So, the Phillies have the largest drop (%-wise) in attendance this year, going from 8th in attendance to 15th." And yet everyone gets all incensed when JRoll calls the fans "front runners." Sometimes the truth hurts.
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So the lesson is that the real problem here is "Cody Asche as protection?" Perhaps that explains why Brown has been a sh8tshow this year, as well.
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"Byrd's had some serious stinkers recently too." Patented BAP reverse jinx?
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If we're really being fair to the staff in charge of making these decisions, we should actually be looking at what Ruf did 7 years ago.
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"Per how these things tend to work, he's going to rediscover the stroke he had last year just in time to become the leading Phillie Killer of the year for the last six weeks of the season." But the only real problem is that the Phillies are already dead. Unfortunately, the ultimate Phillie Killer already has a semi-permanent location right in the Phillies Front Office.
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Juums, I was alluding more to the simple rules, processes, etc., of the game. Something like, oh I don't know, how the waiver process works. Basically, just so long as you demonstrate that you're not a "talk out you ass WIP-type whackadoo" we could use your site! The one thing that I am starting to miss about BL is JW's unique perspective as a jumping off point for discussion.
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Juums, if you build it, they will come... I'm all for it, just so long as you promise to actually understand the game, provide some sort of insight outside of the standard prevailing wisdom, and not use it to try to get attention, all like some /cough/ posters here...
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Yeah, I've gathered as much... Oh well, not the first time someone has posted without even a limited understanding of what it is they're talking about. I do love that about this site!
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"And Amaro cannot afford to give him away his biggest chip." WHICH IS EXACTLY WHAT HE'D RISK DOING BY EXPOSING HAMELS TO IRREVOCABLE WAIVERS!!! And, to reiterate, exposing Cole to irrevocable waivers is, quite literally, the only possible way to now trade him in this season, thanks to the Cubs previous claim. Basically, any discussion of Cole being traded this year at all is absolutely, 100% moot, unless it revolves around trading him after the season. Don't waste your breath or time even discussing it, analyzing it, reasoning it, etc., because it will not happen.
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