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Chase Utley's 2012 on-base percentage was 89 points higher than his replacements.
How does Chase Utley do it?
For the second straight year in 2012, chronic knee pain kept him out for much of the first half of the season. But just like 2011, once Utley returned, he was good to go every day.
Utley returned in the Phillies 77th game, homered in his very first at-bat and proceeded to play 83 of the remaining 86 games, including 71 of the final 72.
He played at a high level, too. Utley hit .256, his lowest batting average since his rookie season, but had as many walks (43) as strikeouts. The result was a .365 on-base percentage. More impressive was the return of his power. Utley hit 11 homers to equal his 2011 total, but he did it in 92 fewer plate appearances.
Utley was obviously a huge upgrade over his first-half replacements. Freddy Galvis, Michael Martinez, Mike Fontenot and Pete Orr combined for a .670 OPS. Utley was at .793. Utley’s OBP was 89 points higher.
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Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. will head to MLB’s GM meetings with a lot of work to do. The holes on his team have been well chronicled and after a very disappointing 81-81 season to forget, it is RAJ’s job to try to fill those holes and get the Phillies back on the winning side of the ledger.
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Former Phillies batting practice pitcher Ali Modami, who was fired from the job last October, is suing the team and GM Ruben Amaro Jr. for defamation.
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Ryan Howard never really got back into the swing of things when he returned from his achilles injury this season. The power-hitting first baseman played in just 71 games in 2012. He struggled and admitted to being out of shape. Now, though, Howard is shedding the pounds and getting closer to his playing weight.
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The Arizona Diamonbacks are once again shopping young, power-hitting outfielder Justin Upton in another effort to rebuild. There is a clear need for a game-changer in the Phillies outfield as questions still surround Domonic Brown, Darin Ruf, and John Mayberry Jr. The Phillies will be in the market searching for another option...
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr has been named in a lawsuit. Armed with just a street law degree, I found it interesting that Phillies fans could file a class action lawsuit against Amaro just because of the Ryan Howard extension and the Jonathan Papelbon contract. As it turns out, the lawsuit has little to do with Amaro's incompetence with a checkbook.Former batting...
Former Philadelphia Phillies batting practice pitcher Ali Modami is suing the Philadelphia Phillies and has Ruben Amaro Jr named as a defendant on the suit. A copy of the suit is below but basically Modami alleges that Amaro told both Dodgers GM Ned Colletti and Nationals GM Mike Rizzo that Modami was fired from the Phillies for stealing and selling memorability. Dodgers first base...
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The other day Greg passed on a release from the Reading Phillies in which they discussed plans to change the team's name. After a few days of mixed reactions from the fanbase, it appears that the team's name is coming out. Last night on the Reading Eagle's website, Mike Drago identified the "Reading Fightins" as the likely...
The Philadelphia Phillies have at least two holes to fill in their outfield for the 2013 season. Some combination of Domonic Brown, Darrin Ruf, John Mayberry Jr, Laynce Nix, and Nate Schierholtz should be able to adequately man one of the positions. Could the other two holes be filled with former division rival Mets Angel Pagan and Jason Bay?
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-Cody Ross is expected to ask for a three-year, $25 million deal as he becomes a free agent. The Phillies are thought to be interested in the 31-year-old corner outfielder, who hit 22 home runs with the Red Sox, but splits much better against lefties than righties. I’ve been a big proponent of Ross to the Phillies, as he would provide...
Former Phillies batting practice pitcher Ali Modami is suing the team and general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. for defamation. Ruben fired Ali on October 11, 2011, stating that the team was going in a...
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According to a report from CSN Philly's Jim Salisbury, the Phillies are in communications with free agent B.J. Upton's agent, Larry Reynolds.
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