Found October 20, 2012 on
Yesterday, our own Pat Gallen outlined for you why he didn’t think A-Rod would be a good fit in Philly. The influx of trade rumors now surrounding the former superstar third baseman who is currently having his feet held to the fire by just about everyone in Yankeeland got me to thinking: A-Rod is an aging player with a lot of money left on a long-term deal he’ll seemingly never be able to match the exorbitant value of with his play on the field. He’s fallen out of favor and his struggles seem to be at an all-time high.
If this scenario sounds vaguely familiar, it should. The Phillies are currently going through a similar situation with one of their corner infielders–first baseman Ryan Howard. Howard is also a player with a superstar’s capabilities who has been hampered by injury of late, and whose contract seems to be moving rapidly into albatross zone.
So, imagine you’re Ruben Amaro, Jr. and you get a call from Yankees GM Brian Cashman. Here’s what Cashman says:
BC: Hey Ruby, long ...
BEST OF MAXIM
After a final month of increased hope, Ryan Howard and the Philadelphia Phillies remained relevant until game number 155. Did you watch the scoreboard and notice the same dynamic on other 2nd wild-card teams?TAL’S HANDY CAPS WELCOME, NEWCOMERS:I published after every battle that was not washed out. I had many summer-long highlights of puzzle pieces, which were especially important...
After a final month of increased hope, Ryan Howard and the Philadelphia Phillies remained relevant until game number 155. Did you watch the scoreboard and notice the same dynamic on other 2nd wild-card teams?
TAL’S HANDY CAPS
I published after every battle that was not washed out. I had many summer-long highlights of puzzle pieces, which were especially...
I am a wannabe GM, so here goes...2013 is going to be a transition year at many positions on the diamond for the Phillies, but I believe the solution for 3rd base is an easy and inexpensive one. Sure, fans are going to say, "Trade for David Wright or Chase Headley." Ha, keep dreaming. Let's go with something we already have, plus a reinforcement. Kevin Frandsen...
Fans, off-season leagues are in full swing and each week we’ll take a tour to review the performances of your Phillies players that are in action all over the world. Read ahead for the full rundown.
Venezuelan Winter League-
With the Lara Cardenales, outfielder Tyson Gillies, who has steadily concerned both the Phillies organization and its fans with his long list of injury troubles...
PhilliesTags: Cliff LeePhillies2012 Expectations
Coming off of a season in which he finished the year with a 17-8 record, a 2.40 ERA, and six shutouts, the Phillies had high very high expectations for Cliff Lee.
As a member of the vaunted starting rotation, Lee was being counted on to be one of three guys that the Phils could count [...](Read more...)
Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly looks at which corner outfielders the Phillies are likely to keep or are on their way out. Among the ones who could be free agents are Juan Pierre, Laynce Nix, and Ty Wigginton.
I have a mild interest in Wigginton, but Pierre may be a better fit for the team and he shouldn’t be too costly. Here is what Salisbury writes:
For a guy who...
I was an 8 year old growing up in Chicago when my dad took me to a Cubs/Phillies doubleheader in 1950. The Cubs stunk, even back then, but none of them would sign my scorecard. Seeing my disappointment, my dad took me over to the Phillies side between games and when the teams came back out, one of the Phillies (none of whom I knew), saw my outstretched hand and stopped to sign my...
Big Joe was the same old (AP)
Back in June, I asked if Joe Blanton was throwing too many strikes. It seemed that he was afraid to walk anyone.
During his time with the Phillies this season, Blanton’s K/BB ratio was 6.39, eclipsing his previous career high of 3.50 set in 2007 with Oakland. Big Joe was absolutely pounding the strike zone this season, almost to a fault. By throwing...