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Willard Preacher
Los Angeles
Enjoying show business, the So Cal weather, and following the Phils.
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curt, I absolutely agree. However, it also lessens the Phillies leverage, and extremely limits the base of teams with which they can trade (i.e. only ones in or on the throes of contention - those of which whom may not be so inclined to deal away young, just about ready for prime time talent). But, on it's face, yes, that's a small sticking point. And I certainly didn't mean to stymie further discussion with respect to the Cubs situation, as it really was great conversation. Just pointing out that the haul we'd be likely to see in return would be limited as Cole's NTC would be yet another hurdle to a deal being done (and saying nothing that the Cubs aren't quite knocking on the doors of the playoffs as of yet...).
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Looks like my link didn't work. Anyway, here was the article from earlier this summer. http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/sports/phillies/The-teams-Cole-Hamels-would-accept-a-trade-to-as-reported-by-FoxSportscom.html As I think we discussed at the time, it's a list of teams that either Cole would actually consider playing for (Dodgers, Padres) coupled with teams he knows the Phils would never trade him to (Nationals, Braves).
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All the "Hamels to the Cubs" trade scenarios, discussion and speculation is absolutely fantastic reading and stimulating conversation, and what I like about Beerleaguer above other sites. That said, all of the above scenarios omit one minor fact - that the Cubs are among all but 9 teams that Hamels would accept a trade to.
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awh, you're likely right. All the talk when it was opening was how well it set up for Santana. Perhaps it would be better referenced as "The House That Boras Had Remodeled?"
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CW, at this rate, by the 2019 season, the Mets park may be shorter than Williamsport. Seems they move those fences in pretty regularly.
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For the record, I actually appreciate the "recycled TGP content," here, as I as of yet still can't find a quick and concise way to engage in discussion of a multitude of ongoing topics there.
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I can't quite put into words exactly why I don't care for SFG, but I suspect that Buster Posey's face has quite a bit to do with it. But, yeah, the Cardinals are absolutely deplorable, what with their farm system, development, coaching and the like. Eff them and their obnoxious fans.
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‏@FranzkeLA Octobers where the highlight is hiring a scouting director must be a culture shock to the newer Phillies fans, but not the longtime ones
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BAP, you mean that if a utility IF isn't good enough to start at one of his multitude of positions, that playing him out of position AND starting him, isn't a good idea? This is why you're not GM.
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No baseball for a couple nights. Guess I'm going to have to take the opportunity to empty a packed DVR. I'm in the "anybody but the Cardinals" camp, and will even likely be pulling for the Giants to off them in the NLCS. I love that both AL teams are fairly likable young teams and historically are underdog-types, so no real rooting interest there. That said, there is a sick part of me that would take great pleasure in the misery of a Cardinal fanbase fresh off of an embarrassment at the hands of their in-state "younger step brother" Royals in the Series.
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BAP, I assume your comments were geared toward the Tal Venada article that you were the only one to read? Based on your commentary alone, I think I'll skip it.
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Living in LA, I've grown to have a special disdain for most things associated with the team (mostly their fans). That said, I'd love to see them squash the dreams of an even more deplorable St Louis fanbase. Plus, an LAD/SFG NLCS could get pretty interesting. Those teams hate each other in a special kind of way. Oh, and hearing the local broadcast commercials note that 2015 LAD season tickets are sold out, but you can still get on the waiting list, brought a team to my Phillies-loving eye. Such fond memories...
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I don't know if any of these moves are the precursor to anything of any relevance whatsoever, and I have no idea what impact a minor league pitching coordinator can have (outside of someone for Aumont to yell at...), but put me in the camp that any news that decreases the likely dependance on O'Sullivan, Brignac, Horst and Manship has to be greeted with open arms, right? *offers up a sacrifice to the baseball Gods that this isn't to open up roster space for Mini Mart* Let's get this 2015 season started already!
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Oh, good, we're better already! Todd Zolecki @ToddZolecki · The Phillies have outrighted RHP Sean O’Sullivan off the 40-man roster.
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BAP, as the world's foremost Giants fan, I'm surprised to see you showing an affinity for the Dodgers. Or are you 'hate rooting?'
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Good commentary on the TGP thread about Burnett, his "expectations," and potential outcomes for the future. I'll posit that my own recommendation as a better investment for that $12.75M would be to give the majority of it to another team along with Jonathan Papelbon. This feels like one example where there's potential "addition by subtraction" by shedding all of Burnett (if he allows), Paps and cash.
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dragon, I tend to agree with you there. And that will, of course, bolster the consistency of the starting rotation. Of course, that is consistent mediocrity, but consistency nonetheless!
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Since we've been kicking around the last couple days: Todd Zolecki @ToddZolecki Burnett coy about future after giving up lead in loss. http://mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2014_09_16_phimlb_sdnmlb_1&mode=recap_away&c_id=phi …
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Don't get me wrong, I actually think this is a very cool thing that the Phils are doing for TGJ, and I'm sure he's immensely thankful to have this opportunity. I don't think they do this if they're 2.0 GB in the Wild Card race or if Revere hadn't recently fallen out of the batting race contention. But therein lies the crux of my frustration with this team. By doing this, they are finally, essentially, admitting that they're no longer trying to win first and foremost (again, rightfully so in this respect). Yet, still, Darin Ruf and Mikael Franco do not start and get a maximum number of AB's against MLB caliber pitching (or at least San Diego's reasonable facsimile of such). I cannot comprehend the mindset that is being employed with this effing team.
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Matt Gelb @MattGelb A Cool Thing: Tony Gwynn Jr. will start in center field tonight at Petco Park, which is located on Tony Gwynn Drive. Ah, well, then that explains it. Glad to see the Phils have a little bit of heart (despite having previously released TGJ after DFA'ing him).
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When you need to both still win games (are they still saying that?) and develop young talent at the same time, you absolutely need to have Gwynn, Asche, and Sizemore in the lineup. No room for washed up talentless clowns like Ruf and Franco. But hey, at least Burnett maxes out his vesting option for next year tonight!
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As I read that Murphy article, I can't help but think of gravitate toward a potential outcome. What if Giles proves to be absolutely dominant in the closer role? Are the Phils exposing themselves (not pun intended) to a potential union fight if they decide that KG is actually the better closer? How much interpretation is there, anyway (even if KG is only "so-so," can the Phils argue that his stuff, once he gets a feel for the job, will only get better)? As I read about all the "tip-toeing" it's interesting that we may start to soon see some actions that allow the Phils to start to take an active role in not getting Paps the requisite "games finished," and the inevitable battle that it sounds like Paps may be preparing for if/when that occurs. Call me dubious, but this could get ugly...
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@PLM: "If he had enough Cojones he should of admitted he was wrong and apologized. Instead of denying what he did." I think Paps having Cajones is precisely the reason he's in this situation to being with...
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Asche in the 2-spot, huh?
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