This is Willard Preacher's Typepad Profile.
Join Typepad and start following Willard Preacher's activity
Join Now!
Already a member? Sign In
Willard Preacher
Los Angeles
Enjoying show business, the So Cal weather, and following the Phils.
Recent Activity
"Howard not talking about not playing, possible platoon. "Talk to him," he said, leaving clubhouse. "Bye. Talk to the manager." Uh oh, I hope he doesn't do something drastic, like demand to be traded.
1 reply
If M. Martinez is still on here, he should be posting in 3, 2, 1...
1 reply
Wow, great first inning for Cole there.
1 reply
Granted, there are varying interpretations of what a true "platoon" entails. Some think it should be based on handedness. Others prefer to simply play the matchups based on numbers/history. Regardless of ones definition/perspective, today's decision flies in the face of it no matter what. What a way to introduce the concept, guys! Thanks for debunking the perception that you guys are clueless. The amazing part of it all is that in the process of trying to actually improve the team, they're actually continuing to screw with Ruf and set him up to fail.
1 reply
BAP, and if Rube is still at the helm, 2015 signals the use of Howard's 2008 stats/scouting report (where he had 146 RBI and finished 2nd in MVP voting) as the basis for making critical decisions on personnel.
1 reply
“I look at it as a scenario where against some left-handed pitchers it could be a platoon situation going forward, depending on the numbers,” he said. Well, unlike Cholly, Sandberg's comments do show some sort of progressive tendencies toward accepting actual stats to make his decisions. Todd Zolecki @ToddZolecki Ryan Howard has faced Tim Hudson more than any pitcher in his career. Has hit .328 (22-for-67) with 7 homers, 17 RBIs and a 1.112 OPS. Ahhhh, dammit!!!!
1 reply
Sizemore in the 5-spot in today's order. Versatility at its finest!
1 reply
JW, thoughts on grooming an internal candidate (Franco?) versus going out and getting a new 1B? I'm with you, we've gotten accustomed to having a mainstay at 1B for so long now that the thought of getting a guy on 1-2 yr deals feels "weird." But, in light of recent events where Ryan Howard is turning into Mo Vaughn before our very eyes, perhaps it makes sense... Though the FA 1B candidate list isn't exactly inspiring.
1 reply
I don't think Cholly benches Howard today (or even last night, for that matter). That said, the FO considering writing off ~$60M in remaining contract obligation is also in play. Now becoming a national story, too (was a topic even on Olbermann's show last night).
1 reply
It's almost as if it's a bad idea to throw a ton of money and a bunch of years at big-bodied, power-hitting first basemen...
1 reply
Fat, your second idea sounds like the Bobby Bonilla contract that everyone likes to bring up (how he's paid by the Mets despite not having played for years). It cost the Mets a hell of a lot more than they were originally on the hook for, but they paid it over a very prolonged period of time. So, in essence, there is a precedent. http://www.celebritynetworth.com/articles/entertainment-articles/bobby-bonilla-baseball-contract/
1 reply
"True, but shifts happen." Not if Verducci has his way... http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/07/23/verducci-baseball-should-think-about-an-illegal-defense-rule-to-combat-shifts/ (link from above)
1 reply
Purely and totally hypothetical question (and doesn't even have to be specific to Howard) - what are the ramifications to the cap on a player who has a few years remaining on a guaranteed deal, but is forced to retire due to injury? Though likely there is some insurance dynamic in play, is the team culpable for the entire contract anyway? Is it like the ARod dynamic this year?
1 reply
Fat, I'll add him to the list! BAP, fair point on the RAJ proxy boo. It's comments like the ones posted above from RAJ, coupled with these articles from beat reporters talking about the FO "losing patience with Howard" that irk me. It was a damn bad decision. Let's not try to spin it that the guy who was projected to age poorly, never really had command of the strike zone to begin with, and suffered an injury that takes years of recovery, is at the root of a lack of performance. Anyway, I digress. I'm just venting at this point. Clearly, I'm preaching to roughly 96% of the choir (BTW, who knew that RAJ's family was big enough to command 4% of that vote?).
1 reply
BAP, to be fair, even Idi Amin thought that the first Lee trade was effing ridiculous...
1 reply
curt, you're correct, but that doesn't mean it's right. There was an entire contingent that suggested that the Howard extension was a terrible idea at the time. And that was well before the Achilles injury created another contingent that suggested that Howard will likely never be quite the same player. Yet, lo and behold, despite having to defend their positions, both proclamations appear to have come true. Now, that's not to say that those "doom and gloomers" deserve some sort of pat on the back, so much as to say that it was all actually pretty predictable - to many except anyone affiliated with making the actual decisions with the Phillies, anyway.
1 reply
"As for Howard, Rube said Howie "knew he had to be better," as if that was going to solve the problem" See? This is exactly the bullsh8t stuff that I'm not okay with. Does Howard suck out loud? Absolutely. Is he the reason that he's not trade-able and tying up resources? Not even a little bit.
1 reply
I'm not aware of any real precedent to just write off that kind of a sunk cost. I could see them trying to find a trade suitor (would almost have to be an AL team) that might see some value still there, at which point the Phils would still have to pay a substantial portion of that remaining contract. What's the going rate for a player putting up Howard's current numbers for the next few years?
1 reply
Sad that the Phillies are playing Howard off as a drain (and large sunk cost), yet they're the entire reason he's exactly that!!! I just don't like these stories imply that Howard is a handicap that they have to overcome. Howard didn't hold a gun to anyone's head to sign him to that contract a full year before he was due to hit FA.
1 reply
"And yeah, it's been a disappointing year. It's been a disappointing year for me, period." And we're 100% sure he's talking about this year? Not last year? The year prior, maybe?
1 reply
"Why is Blanco still on the team?" To see if anyone on the team noticed that he's not Freddy Galvis?
1 reply
Howard and Brown are in positions where we're about to find out if Sandberg really is any different than Cholly. With Ruf and Sizemore as alternatives, "trying to play my way out of it" just isn't going to cut it anymore. Now I'd like to see Marquis brought up and push KK and Fausto.
1 reply
I did scroll through the TGP post linked above, and, though there are some salient points made in general, awh is largely right. There's some extremely thin skin/insecurity in the posters over there compared to here. Sure, we're all somewhat accustomed to awh's tone, though it can be off-putting now and again (whose can't?), but to claim that some people don't post for fear of how a faceless poster in a blog comment section might react? That's a bit melodramatic, no? BAP has also suggested that the commenters there are a bit more prone to getting their feelings hurt. Kind of funny to think about when we're largely talking about Philadelphians, a fanbase known for being a bit "abrasive" in general. Anyway, I think that's one of the reasons I frequent TGP less and less. The "holier than thou" attitude and condescending tone toward legacy BL posters is hypocritical. I'm glad that between TypePad fighting back DoS attacks and JW implementing the login procedure that BL "regulars" are coming back (good to see Fatalotti!), since this really is the best dialog, irrespective of approach/tone. Now, if only we could get a new header every once in awhile... ;)
1 reply