Found April 29, 2012 on MyTeamRivals.com:
0a
I was watching the “Phillies On Deck” on Sunday and realized something. Dom Brown has more raw ability that Juan Pierre, both featured in Sunday’s program, but Juan Pierre has much more baseball sense.     What does that mean? The Phillies have a ton of pitching, a ton of confidence, and a good chance to win. You think that ability has everything to do with sport. Explain Brian Dawkins and what he meant to the Philadelphia Eagles. Then I remembered the story of Billy Beane, a guy with a ton of talent, but not much baseball sense on the field of play. From the book,”Moneyball,” which I read four months ago or more: The Mets held the first overall pick in the 1980 draft, and so Billy was theirs for the taking. World was that the Mets had narrowed their short list to two players, Billy and a Los Angeles high school player named Darryl Strawberry. Word was that a Mets official preferred Billy to Strawberry. (He was not alone). Speaking of Beane, Roger Jongwaard said: “He had the size, t...
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

David Herndon to 15-Day DL

Will Herndon's absence create an opportunity for Diekman or Sanches? Photo (AP)According to Todd Zolecki, David Herndon is headed to the 15-day DL with right elbow inflammation. Herndon has pitched to a career high 4.70 ERA but is also posting a career high in K/9 IP and low in BB/9 IP. At best, Herndon has been a reliable reliever whose peripherals (1.95 xFIP, .391 BABIP) indicate...

Why Do People Like Freddy Galvis?

The crowd cheers "Freddy!  Freddy! Freddy!".  Blogs chart the awesomeness of his defense and improvement at the plate since his 0-12 start.   Me, I roll my eyes and wonder what the hell the big deal is.Batting Average - .194 On Base % - .229 Slugging % - .299 OPS - .527 No amount of defensive wizardry can make up for that. That's not good. That's not okay....

Jim Thome Doesn’t Live In Double Wide; Look At His New $4.6M Mansion!

Here we figured all these years that Jim Thome spent his winters in a double wide in Peoria, IL and scraped by because he was an Every Man. We’ve been lied to by broadcasters who’ve given Thome his Paul Bunyan mystique, yet the guy is now living in a house with his & hers showers. Just look at that bathroom. Never seen a double wide with marble floors before. We’ve had...

Phillies' Lee won't come off DL Friday

Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee is eligible to come off the disabled list on Friday, but he will not be activated then because his strained left oblique has not healed sufficiently. The Phillies want Lee to throw two bullpen sessions before he returns to the starting rotation, and his first bullpen session has not been scheduled. "It's better," Lee told...

Blanton Dazzles, Chooch Drives In Three As Phils Defeat Cubs

Jimmy Rollins' two-run double in the fourth inning helped the Phillies on their way to a 5-2 victory. It was Rollins' first hit in 13 at-bats. Photo: APShortly after learning that Ryan Howard and Chase Utley are moving closer to game action, the Phillies took to the field and dispatched of the Chicago Cubs in a clean 5-2 victory.After an aggravating game last night in which...

Philadelphia Phillies storyline: unconventional smarts

Roy Halladay and the aces of the Philadelphia Phillies are living up to their billing, but not all other hyped staffs are. The experts say pitching continues to be the dominant force, but are they relying on easy numbers? Is it worth watching a national baseball broadcast to hear surface-oriented information? Facts are like an iceberg: Most of it is below the visible line. TAL'...

Philadelphia Phillies storyline: burn rate

Jonathan Papelbon can be used correctly by the Philadelphia Phillies, and there still can be relief-corps issues that affect the locals.  Did what happen in Atlanta over last season impact the Phils?  Did it work in favor of or against the red pinstripes? TAL'S HANDY CAPS   CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT: Penthouse Occupancy for the 5-2 triumph:  4 The Crystal Champagne Toast is a...

Gameday: Cubs (8-14) vs. Phillies (10-12)

Philadelphia Phillies (10-12) vs. Chicago Cubs (8-14)Chris Volstad (0-3, 6.14) vs. Vance Worley (2-1, 2.16)Time: 7:05 PM, Citizens Bank Park TV: PHL 17 Weather: Overcast, 55 Media: Twitter and FacebookINJURY UPDATE: Cliff Lee will NOT come off the disabled list on Friday, the first day he would have been eligible to do so. That doesnt mean he isn’t doing well; Rich Dubee...

Phillies 5, Cubs 2

Carlos Ruiz homered and drove in three runs, Joe Blanton threw 7 1-3 sharp innings and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Chicago Cubs 5-2 on Saturday night. Jimmy Rollins, back in the leadoff spot for the first time this season, added a two-run double for the Phillies, the five-time defending NL East champions who are off to a 10-11 start. Blanton (2-3) allowed two runs and eight...

Phillies Lineup For 4/28 Against the Chicago Cubs

Listed below is the Phillies lineup for Saturday's 7:05pm start against the Chicago Cubs. Joe Blanton will be on the mound looking to improve upon his 1-3 record and 4.34 ERA: 1. Jimmy Rollins 2. Placido Polanco 3. Hunter Pence 4. Jim Thome 5. Shane Victorino 6. Laynce Nix 7. Carlos Ruiz 8. Pete Orr 9. Joe Blanton

Phillies-Braves Preview

The last time Philadelphia and Atlanta met, the Phillies left the field victorious and ready to begin the playoffs. The Braves walked off stunned that they would be missing the postseason after holding a seemingly insurmountable wild-card lead just weeks earlier. Atlanta and Philadelphia open a three-game series Tuesday night at Turner Field, the site where the Phillies eliminated...
MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.