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Posted by Mike Frohwirth The internets have been rife with talk about the Phillies organization's recent decision to "give up on the 2012 season." Many "Phillies fans" seem rather eager to bury the team, and to proceed to dance on their metaphorical graves. But has the Phillies' organization really "given... Continue reading
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Posted by Mike Frohwirth Photo: Philliedelphia/Lindsey Crew If you agree with the statement made in the title, you are excused from reading the remainder of this post. This post really shouldn't even be necessary, just like posts themed "Wilson Valdez Is Not Good. At All.", or "Offering Kyle Kendrick Arbitration:... Continue reading
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Posted by Mike Frohwirth Even without All-Stars Chase Utley and Ryan Howard available, the Phillies are still a formidable team, and a playoff contender. Their starting rotation may very well be the best in the National League. Their bullpen is more than serviceable, their defense is above average, and Messrs.... Continue reading
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Posted by Mike Frohwirth Phillies' General Manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. has no reason to reveal his personnel plans and valuations to the media. It would be quite disadvantageous for the Phillies' organization if opposing franchises had such knowledge at their disposal. Amaro's best course of action is to mix truth... Continue reading
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Posted by Mike Frohwirth With the injuries to All-Star 2B Chase Utley, and AA-quality utility infielder Michael Martinez, there has been some complaint about the Phillies' offseason decision to trade AAA-quality utility infielder Wilson Valdez. Though Valdez' two unaccomplished seasons on the Phillies' payroll left a sizeable statistical trail supporting... Continue reading
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Posted by Mike Frohwirth Prior to the 2011 MLB season, the Boston Red Sox acquired 1B Adrian Gonzalez from the San Diego Padres, in exchange for three highly-regarded minor league prospects. Despite Gonzalez' status of one of MLB's elite hitters, it was an expensive price to pay, considering that Gonzalez... Continue reading
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Posted by Mike Frohwirth Philliedelphia/Corey Shaw The Phillies avoided arbitration with Kyle Kendrick on Friday, agreeing to a $3.585MM deal for 2012. The right-hander is expected to serve as a long reliever, and as insurance for the starting rotation. Kendrick, who made $2.45MM in 2011, would likely have made between... Continue reading
Posted by Mike Frohwirth The Phillies' signing of reliever Jonathan Papelbon to a free agent contract worth a minimum of $50MM (4 years/$50MM, with a $12MM option for Year 5) was surprising this early in the offseason. Was it a smart acquisition by the Phillies? Let's look at the pros... Continue reading
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Posted by Mike Frohwirth When St. Louis Cardinals Manager Tony LaRussa announced his postseason pitching rotation, there was jubilation- among the Phillies' fanbase. As Cardinals' ace Chris Carpenter pitched in the division-clinching win on Wednesday, he will be unable to pitch until Game 3. But LaRussa also made the surprising... Continue reading
In a previous post, we determined that the Phillies' postseason roster would likely include (at least in the first round) fifteen position players. They have one open spot for a position player who was not on the MLB active roster on 8/31, provided they don't use that spot on a... Continue reading
In the previous post, we determined that the Phillies are likely to carry ten pitchers in the postseason's first round. The projected definites: Starting Pitchers (4): Halladay, Lee, Hamels, Oswalt Relief Pitchers (3): Madson, Bastardo, Worley This leaves three postseason roster spots open, with eight candidates to fill them: Brad... Continue reading
With a postseason berth guaranteed, the Phillies will look to lock up the NL East, and to assure themselves of homefield advantage throughout the playoffs. The Phillies, through their impressive regular season performance, have afforded themselves two luxuries: they can use these final two weeks to give their regulars some... Continue reading
Posted by Mike Frohwirth (Spoiler Alert: The following was originally posted on July 25, 2033, as part of BleacherReportPhilly's Hall of Fame Induction coverage. It may contain spoilers if read prior to that date.) Domonic Brown Former Phillies' outfielder Domonic Brown was enshrined in Major League Baseball's Hall of Fame... Continue reading
Posted by Mike Frohwirth Vance Worley Vance Worley threw seven shutout innings on Monday, as the Phillies beat the host Marlins, 1-0. Worley has allowed only two runs, in his last twenty-five MLB innings, lowering his ERA to 2.20. For his efforts, Worley was dispatched to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs... Continue reading
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Posted by Mike Frohwirth (Spoiler Alert: The following is an excerpt from Digipedia, Version 5.0. It may contain spoilers, if read prior to December 31, 2061.) Charlie Manuel, Master Tactician Despite being the most successful manager in the history of his sport, Manuel was not always regarded as a great... Continue reading
Posted by Mike Frohwirth The Minion's fist struck Phillies' General Manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. squarely in the mouth. The captive Amaro remained emotionless and unperturbed. "I'll never tell you our secrets.", Amaro stated dispassionately, directing a mixture of blood and broken teeth at his interrogator. Red Sox' General Manager Theo... Continue reading
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Posted by Mike Frohwirth "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." Albert Einstein *** Courtesy nbcphiladelphia.com Every day, I try to find time for a long walk. I just grab my iPod, make sure it's not in shuffle mode (albums are meant to... Continue reading
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Posted by Mike Frohwirth Earlier this week, Phillies closer Ryan Madson made an interesting comment about a possible All-Star Game selection: "It would be a dream come true. It would probably beat going to the World Series, to be honest with you." The Closer Mentality-possessing reliever is known for his... Continue reading
Posted by Mike Frohwirth Shane Victorino looking dapper at the Grammy Awards. As starting centerfielder Shane Victorino approaches his return to the Phillies, a difficult roster decision lies ahead. Which player do the Phils remove from the active roster, to open a spot for Victorino? The Phillies could option a... Continue reading
Posted by Mike Frohwirth Kyle Kendrick In a pair of connected moves, the Phillies announced that RHP Kyle Kendrick will start in Pittsburgh on Saturday, and that LHP Mike Zagurski will replace optioned RHP Vance Worley on the MLB roster. Why not just keep Vance Worley around? Worley is the... Continue reading
Posted by Mike Frohwirth After Monday's win over the Washington Nationals, the Phillies optioned RHP Vance Worley to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (AAA). A corresponding move has not yet been announced. Is this move meant to send a message to Worley, who recently complained to the press about his usage?... Continue reading
Posted by Mike Frohwirth On Sunday, the Phillies announced the signing of veteran outfielder Scott Podsednik, to a minor league contract. It is anticipated that he will be assigned to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (AAA), but no associated roster move has been announced yet. Most of Podsednik's limited value comes... Continue reading
Posted by Mike Frohwirth Chase Utley makes his long-awaited return to the Phillies lineup tonight, as the Phillies face soft-tossing right-hander Bronson Arroyo and the Cincinnati Reds. Wilson Valdez, and his .551 OPS (.252 wOBA), has been relegated to the bench. Pete Orr, and his .578 OPS (.258 wOBA), has... Continue reading
Posted by Mike Frohwirth The internets are alive with the news that second baseman Chase Utley is in Philadelphia, and expected to rejoin the team for Monday's game against the Reds. The days of watching the likes of Wilson Valdez, Pete Orr, and Michael Martinez play regularly (and bat in... Continue reading
Posted by Mike Frohwirth (Note: The following post is free of Rapture puns and/or references. If you crave such puns and/or references, please visit one of the other 847 Phillies blogs.) In a game that Fox Television thought was only of interest to a small, select portion of the country,... Continue reading