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50 Greatest Phillies Games: The wild, the Wagner, the Shea Stadium shuffle

Until March 27, we’ll be counting down the 50 greatest Phillies games of the last 50 years. This is 50 of 50. And this is No. 42. THE DATE: Sept. 11, 2004 THE GAME: Phillies vs. New York Mets, Shea Stadium, Queens, N.Y. THE STAKES: Another meaningless September game … or was it? THE GREAT: Visiting New York City always gets your heart pounding. But on Sept. 11, just three years...
Via Phillies Nation
11 days ago

Starters, relievers, and the Hall of Fame

Relievers might belong in the Hall of Fame, but let’s make sure we ask the right questions to find out. Two weeks ago, MLB Now did a segment on relief pitchers, where they discussed their merits in the Hall of Fame. On the panel was Brian Kenny (host of MLB Now), Jon Heyman, Mike Lowell, and our own Evan J. Davis. Every single one of them seemed to agree that the best relievers...
Via Beyond The Box Score
23 days ago

Former Braves closer Billy Wagner on his truck being stolen

Former Atlanta Braves​ closer Billy Wagner was only in Atlanta for a few minutes before his truck was stolen.
Via FOX Sports South
June 30, 2016  |  Discuss

Former Braves closer Billy Wagner had his truck stolen in Atlanta

Former Braves closer Billy Wagner was only in Atlanta for a few minutes before his truck was stolen.
Via FOX Sports South
June 30, 2016  |  Discuss

Build a Better WAR metric, part 6

In the previous post about the two-run reliever with the three-run lead, the Fangraphs readers leaned 80-20 toward “a run is a run”, compared to “he did his job”. Let’s make this one similar, but tougher. We have our ace reliever entering the bottom of the 9th inning. This time, our ace reliever gives up a leadoff HR, followed by striking out the side. We have two different...
Via Fangraphs
February 26, 2016  |  Discuss

Voters Please Don’t Overlook Billy Wagner

There are shocks, there are absolute surprises, and then there are one-in-a-million shots-in-the-dark-type of events. Billy Wagner not being selected for the 2016 Baseball Hall of Fame class is none of these. No one of any prognostication skill thought Wagner would be selected this year, but one day he should be. Billy Wagner holds up […]
Via Baseball Essential
January 10, 2016  |  Discuss

Cooperstown 2016: Billy Wagner

BILLY WAGNER First Year on Ballot PLAYING CAREER:  Houston Astros (1995–2003), Philadelphia Phillies (2004–2005), New York Mets (2006–2009), Boston Red Sox (2009) and Atlanta Braves (2010) ACHIEVEMENTS: 422 career saves…good for fifth all-time and second most among all left-handed pitchers. Sixth all-time in games finished. Seven-time All-Star (1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007...
Via Hall of Very Good
January 03, 2016  |  Discuss

Sunday Notes: Cecil Fielder, Wagner, Firpo, Ducky, more

Four players propelled baseballs over the left field roof at old Tiger Stadium. Frank Howard, Harmon Killebrew and Mark McGwire did so in visiting uniforms. Cecil Fielder was the lone Detroit Tiger to achieve the feat. Mammoth power was required to reach that rarefied air. The left field fence was 340 feet from home plate, and the roof above the second deck was 94 feet high. Those...
Via Fangraphs
November 29, 2015  |  Discuss

The merits of voting closers into HOF

Traditionalists wrinkle their nose, old-timers gripe and complain, and some writers refuse to vote for them, but the debate over whether closers belong in the Hall of Fame will continue.  This year, the ballot adds two names to the list who were solely closers (zero career starts between them), Trevor Hoffman and Billy Wagner. For the younger folks who don’t remember these guys...
Via The Outside Corner
November 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Hall focus in 2016 turns to Griffey, Hoffman, Wagner

  Next January the Hall of Fame focus will turn to Ken Griffey Jr., Trevor Hoffman and Billy Wagner after an unprecedented dominance by starting pitchers over a two-year span. When Griffey left the Seattle Mariners in 2010, there was no farewell tour. The 40-year-old outfielder pretty much drove off into the night: Griffey got in his car, headed out of Seattle in the middle of a...
Via Associated Press
January 07, 2015  |  Discuss
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