Found February 14, 2013 on
New York Yankees
Jimmy Rollins made his major league debut back in 2000. It’s now 2013 and Rollins is entering his 14th major league season as a 34-year-old who’s played every one of his 1,792 games with the same team. Amazingly, even at his advanced age, Rollins hit 23 home runs last year. That total was his most since 2007 (30) and just the third time he’d hit more than 16.Rollins has always had great base-stealing ability, and because he’s been able to hit with more than a little pop at the top of what was once a great offense, he’s remained an elite fantasy shortstop for the past decade.For whatever reason, Rollins has seen his fly ball rate increase noticeably over the last several seasons. After posting just one fly ball rate over 40% in his first six years, Rollins has topped that mark three times in the last four. His HR/FB rate has remained constant around the 7.5% mark for the vast majority of his career (plus or minus a percentage point or two) and occasionally it peaks around 10%.Last ye...
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Roy Halladay told reporters yesterday that he was ready to throw 320 innings in 2013 if that’s what it took for the Phillies to win the World Series. That’s right – Halladay is ready to throw 54 innings more than he has ever thrown before, becoming the first Phillies pitcher since Steve Carlton in 1972 to throw over 300 innings.
Halladay is ready to pitch 320 innings if that...
Ryan Lawrence, Phillies beat writer for the Philadelphia Daily News, tweets: It actually says "What Can Brown Do For You" on Dom Brown's right shoulder. **Follow us on Twitter. Subscribe, or... Full story at Bob's Blitz ~ http://www.bobsblitz.com
Juan Cruz, 34, was the odds on favorite among the non-roster invitee relievers to make the club out of Spring Training. Today, Todd Zolecki reported that Cruz and the Phillies have decided to part ways. Zolecki indicates that the signing of Chad Durbin made Cruz believe his window to make the club was increasingly narrow. Cruz was the only pitcher to not report to camp on time yesterday...
Instead of a morning round-up of links today I thought it would be fun to take a look at the projected Opening Day lineup for the 2013 Phillies.
A few things to keep in mind when putting this together:
Remember that catcher Carlos Ruiz will be serving a 25-game suspension. This makes Erik Kratz the most likely candidate to receive the opening day job behind the plate.
This morning, the Phillies and Roy Halladay held their normal spring training news presser at the Phillies' spring training complex. When reporters asked about Halladay's shoulder, the Phillies revealed that his ailment last season was not due to an injured shoulder, but instead was caused from his lower back. Halladay...
Roy Halladay feels good and wants to stay in Philadelphia. The Phillies big right hander said today on how he felt compared to last year,
“If I feel the way I feel right now, I’m very confident.”
Halladay also made it clear that his lower back, not his shoulder was the issue in 2012.
When asked about testing free agency after this season Doc said,
“I really don’t see myself...
Venezuelan born infielder Cesar Hernandez was signed as an amateur free agent by the Phillies at the age of 16. Since then, the slick defender that primarily plays second base, has displayed solid progress and improvements in many areas of his game.
Hernandez, a switch-hitter, made his professional debut with the Venezuelan Summer League in 2007 at the age of 17. In two seasons...
Last season Joe Mather was signed to a minor league contract and then made the team. Joe Mather was not any good. Not before he signed with the Cubs and especially not with the Cubs. Despite this, he still had nearly 250 plate appearances.
Joe Mather was the worst player in baseball last year. Baseball Reference only thought he was the 5th worst player in baseball.
In four seasons...
Nearly 24 hours after Roy Halladay took the microphone at his Clearwater press conference, Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard took to the reporters to discuss his offseason and his preparations for the 2013 season. Howard, who missed the first half of the season last year with a ruptured left Achille's...
It is particularly difficult to watch a presidential debate or State of the Union and hear the party line as a response for each question. It becomes a predictable exercise where each answer is as rehearsed and choreographed as a pop music performance at the Grammys. When reporters engaged Carlos Ruiz in questions about his 25-game suspension for Adderall use, Ruiz stuck to the talking...
Over the last two seasons, Carlos Ruiz has become the most popular player on the Phillies roster. He has been admired for his unique combination of playing ability and adorableness (it's a word). Not once had we heard any news of Chooch being linked to banned substances or any other...
Juan Cruz, we hardly knew ya. Actually, we didn't get to know you at all. The veteran had agreed to a minor league deal with the Phillies, but then had a change of heart.
So here’s the deal…
It was Opening Day 2011, and the Phillies were coming off a heart-breaking Game 5 in the NLDS where they bounced from the playoffs by the Cardinals. Kevin and I were also bounced that night. We were thrown out of CBP by a douche bag security guard. Never has such little power gone to a man’s head so badly as it did with that security guard. But that had...
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