Friday, November 10, 2006

Phillies Phlashback Phridays: Jordan

The Phillies seem to have the market cornered on Jordans in baseball. In fact the Phils have employed 6 out of 17 possible Jordans to ever play professionally on the diamond. Charlie Jordan was the first all the way back in 1896, followed by Buck in 1938, Niles in 1951, and more recently Kevin, Ricky, and Ricardo (no, not Ricky Ricardo....Lucy!) in the 90's. The best Jordan to ever grace the field was the 2-sport athlete Brian Jordan who was last seen hobbling around in a Braves uniform. Maybe Philly can lure him into town with the incentive of allowing him to end his career the way he started it by roaming the outfield for the Phils and playing cornerback for the Eagles (he can't get burned any worse than what they have back there now).

The 2nd best Jordan to ever don a baseball uniform was none other than former Phillies 1st round pick of 1983 Ricky Jordan. Ricky played for the Phils from 1988-1994 and ended his career with a swan-song in Seattle in '96. Ricky never came close to living up to his hype. He was a 1st baseman with little power (55 career homers) and pitiful plate discipline (77 walks in 2,104 at bats). Many of us only have fond memories of him because he was a member of the '93 squad (he went 2-10 in the World Series). I do believe Ricky now does the Phillies fantasy camps for over-the-hill rich yuppies to live out their dreams...I can't wait for that to be me.

The 3rd best Jordan to play Major League Baseball was infield utility man Kevin Jordan. You know the pickings are slim when I'm referring to Ricky and Kevin as the 2nd and 3rd best Jordans of baseball. Anyway, Kevin was a life-long Phillie (1995-2001), unless you count his days with the Independent League's Camden River Sharks. Kevin made a career out of being just serviceable enough to make a team think he was a useful player (i.e. Tomas Perez, Abraham Nunez, Lenny Harris). Truth was Kevin had horrible range at 1st, 2nd, and 3rd base but managed to hang around long enough to actually get the million dollar pay day back in 2000. He wore the #23 just like another famous Jordan, too bad he didn't share in his greatness.

Speaking of Mike, remember his ill-fated attempt at playing baseball? He was signed by the ChiSox as a publicity stunt, but Mike played the 2004 season for the Birmingham Barons AA. He did reasonably well batting .206 in 127 games. He even managed to knock in 51 runs while "crushing" 3 homers and stealing 30 bases. Thank goodness he went back to what he did best...basketball. But then again, if he would have stuck it out developing in the minors he could have unseeded Ricky or Kevin on the ladder of best Jordans in baseball...wouldn't take much.

Too bad this Jordan isn't a Phillies ballgirl...HOT!

~Carson

38 comments:

GM-Carson said...

from phillies.com- "Regardless of whether they land Soriano, the Phillies will continue to shop left fielder Pat Burrell, and they remain willing to absorb a good portion of the $27 million he's owed over the next two seasons. If Burrell is traded and the Phillies don't land Soriano, they can turn to incumbent Jeff Conine, attempt to lure David Dellucci back or move Aaron Rowand or Shane Victorino to left, with Conine playing right."

wow, that would be an extreme of shittiness in the OF with conine, vic, rowand, and dell...piss poor!

plus the phils are already paying 7 mil for thome then add about the same on for burrell's contract and you're looking at a $14 mil player that doesn't even wear a phils uni. oh yeah, that makes a whole lotta sense now doesn't it?

~carson

GM-Carson said...

more carlos lee rumbles being picked up on the phils richter scale.

between sheff, soriano, and lee i hope we land one of them and don't get stuck with preston wilson.

~carson

GM-Carson said...

from mlb.com- "Bell is dogged by back problems that have hurt his offense, but remains good enough defensively to warrant a starting job somewhere."... now that's just funny!

~carson

michael said...

mlb.com needs to stop allowing players to write reviews on themselves.

GM-Carson said...

david "h-mo" bell will most likely go down as my most hated phillie of all-time, ranked slightly ahead of rob ducey. i used to cheer while cursing bell out when he actuallt managed to do some worthwhile.

~carson

GM-Carson said...

as ridiculous as burrell's contract seems, take minute to consider the following.

1. jd drew just opted out of his final 3 years of 33 mil contract...he must expect to get more than 11 mil a season...not even close to worth it!

2. jim edmonds is about to re-up with yhe cards for 2 years 20 mil...are you kidding?

3. craig biggio just agreed to a 1 year pact to stay an astro in the neighborhood of 5 mil....246 avg.

~carson

michael said...

i'm surprised about the jim edmonds one the most because last i heard stl wanted him gone!

Los said...

Where does Joe Cowley rank as the most hated Phillie?

GM-Carson said...

los- i had to go look joe cowley up...damn he was bad as a phil. 5 games pitched with 4 losses and a 15.44 era. he did go 1-3 at the plate though.

Bob D said...

A few thoughts on Burrell:
He hit 29 Hrs and 95 Rbis all the while only playing half the time after the all star break. Could there have been more if he played all the time?? maybe
He played banged up half the time. Could he have done better healthy?? sure
Now I question those who want to just give him away or pay for someone to take him.
With Drew, Edmonds, Sheff, etc,etc... getting $10+ mil a year, he could be traded with salary a non-issue, and get something in return. I think Gillick will play this well in talks.
If no takers - then keep him, health maybe an issue, but if healthy and regular playing time the upside could very well be a solid 280/35/100 year or better.

Plan C may have Rowand/Vic/Dell/Conine/ and 1 other OF, if that happens then I hope 3B will have a big hitter then. Blaylock, Beltre, ARam, or another hitter to protect Howard/Utley.

Carlos Lee - not bad, but remember he is not a good fielder but could fill that hitter needed role.

Ricky Jordan in fantasy camp? Thanks for the info, I'll have to look into the camp and bring his rookie card to sign. I traded a Doc Gooden card for it, back when I considered the Mets as such the enemy that I would do such a thing.

Bob D said...

Cowley he did have a no hitter for CWS. Thats why we traded for him. Or did we sign him? anyway a great move by the GM

goDuke said...

I agree with you on David Bell. For some reason, as bad as Burrell always is once the college girls are done for the spring semester, the past few years... its always been Bell who I've hated the most.

GM-Carson said...

bud smith also had a no-hitter for the cards and that's why wade demanded he be includedin the rolen deal. he never did shit for the phils!

GM-Carson said...

goduke- excellent point about burrell's downfall coinciding with the colle hochie leaving. i'm sure they kept his joints well lubricated and functioning.

GM-Carson said...

add rich aurilla to the phillies rumor mill. he would play 3rd.

goDuke said...

Burrell actually sent someone up into the stands to get my buddy's fiance's sister's phone number. He's a class guy. When Burrell called the house, rumor has it her dad answered and told Pat, "Thanks for calling, but no way you're talking to my daughter."

And if you look at it... his numbers really do die, its more like middle of the summer when the girls are wearing less in the stands, but its still clearly there. He hits the wall... or the mall maybe in his case, who knows.

michael said...

thats amazing. the phillies should release stuff like that to the papers, the guys popularity will go through the roof.

Maria said...

"The danger when you enter into a contract of that magnitude is that you're probably signing a guy at his peak time, " an American League executive said. "Your emotions are high and he's coming off a great year, and you say, 'We're not going to move him anyway. Let's give him a no-trade.' Three years later, you have Pat Burrell."

-Jerry Crasnick of ESPN

joe said...

>the girls are wearing less in the
>stands

Anybody remember the fan group "Burrell's Girls"? Yeh, they didnt last long... something about being unable to keep their clothing on.

skeeter said...

Anybody remember who was hotter.. Burrell's Girls or Chase's Chicks?

Also, I wanted to let corey and carson know that I created this account just so I can post on these comment sections. I have been reading this page religiously and it forced me start an account to post here. Then i realized i should maybe start my own phils page. very similar to this, however, im not as smart or clever. just a dumb lasalle student. mentioned u guys in my first post. keep up the awesome work...

also i agree with u on bell. he is more like sasha baren cohen's "Bruno" than a ballplayer.

GM-Carson said...

skeeter- corey is a lasalle grad, class of '02. welcome to the fold.

and you guys just inspired me to do a burrell's girls/chase's chicks tribute.

and joe- there's wrong with a lady that doesn't like to keep her close (reference last Jordan pic from this post).

~carson

GM-Carson said...

skeeter, i am a proud member of the explorer class of '02. former resident of st. jerome hall (second floor), theresa court apparments (13 maybe?) and st. miguel townhouses (A11, like the steak sauce bitches.) spent a few nights in belfield park. was on a first name basis with the guy in Wister Cold Beer (Wold, Jamaican dude who smoke ganja in the back all day long.) gained about 60 pounds at the B&G. spent most of my time in holroyd non-purposely getting high on fumes in the chem lab. and now i write a phillies blog. i get back to 20&olney a few times a year for b-ball games. a great place. if i knew the alma mater, i would sing it.

and burrell's girls were hotter than chase's chubby chasers or whatever hell they were called.

corey

goDuke said...

Chase's chubby chasers... thats great... Soriano's Sweeties... I can see it now...

michael said...

so apparently the tigers got sheff for Humberto Sanchez and Class A pitchers Kevin Whelan and Anthony Claggett. according to SI.com and mlbtraderumors.com..we'll see, if true cross that name off of our lists.

GM-Carson said...

Humberto Sanchez is crap. like they said on the website, "The 23 year-old throws four different fastballs." Four? Gavin Floyd throse at least 5. One that gets hit in the LF seat, one that gets hit into the CF seats, one that gets hit into the RF seats, one that hits the dirt in front of home-plate...the other is his out pitch, as in, out of the majors and back to AAA.

corey

GM-Carson said...

did you like how i completely invented a word in the previous post- "throse" - what the hell is that?

corey

Los said...

From what I remember, we traded Gary Redus for Joe Cowley. In that no-hitter, I think he had like 6-8 walks, but I'm not sure.

I just remember his ERA being like 43.00 with the Phils.

michael said...

"throse". bring on the pulitzer my friend.

David M. Bell said...

For Corey and Carson,

You guyths have been making fun of me for yearths now, and I wanted to tell you that I'm tired of it. Jutht becauthe I don't have beautiful bunths of thteel like Chathe Utley, or mathive manly muthleths like Ryan Howard, doethn't mean that I'm not a very good ballplayer who doeths all the little thingths right.

You've call me fairy feet (or even gay!) before, and I think you're wrong. It'ths called athletithithm...YOU THOULD TRY IT THOME TIME, and I'll thtart a blog on your thweet thorry athes, BITCH!

--David

BenJah said...

ooo i'd sure like to windmill dunk THAT jordan. all these rumors are making my head spin...thanks for a little T&A to help me regain my focus. you guys rock!

Maria said...

Hey, Ryan Howard and Chase Utley both won a Silver Slugger Award.

GM-Carson said...

maria, seriously, haven't i told you before to quit bringing relavent phillies news and information to this comment section. can't you see the real fans are busy talking about joe cowley, pin-up girls, and lispy-talking third baseman to care about real baseball? i already traded bob d, you might be next! and given the lack of two X chromosomes in most baseball blog readers, we could probably get some decent blog-commenting talent for you.

Maria said...

I can't help it. 7 awards and counting.

GM-Carson said...

oh maria you know we love ya! we're waiting for you to get old enough and begin breeding us the future phils squad...we'll let you dig your claws into the whole lot.

the bob d deal didn't go through thanks to a failed medical exam...dammit corey, you're on the payroll!

~carson

GM-Carson said...

the real reason i wanted sheffield was that he came out and flatly said "i'm better than abreu"...that takes balls!

by the way- biggio got 1 yr 5.15 mil, edmonds 2 yrs 18-119 mil, and that matsuzaka pitcher from japan supposedly fetched a bid in the neighborhood of 38-45 mil by beantown just for the rights to negotiate....that's the craziest f**kin thing i've ever heard!

~carson

skeeter said...

Also I feel like less of a man for not mentioning jordon's hotness earlier...the jordon I am speaking of is the one without man parts

And Corey...I also put on pounds at the B&G and had to attempt to work them off by going to that first class gym and recreation facility that lasalle offers. only got a few months left at this school...gonna miss that chinese truck and that russian-esque hot dog man

BloodStripes said...

Clever historical post DQ. There is always a naked woman to out-do all the players. Nice.

I aint no rich yuppie, but when i'm over the hill, I'll see you in fantasy camp.

GM-Carson said...

things are really starting to pick up here at wsbgm's this offseason. i know corey and i have some goodies lined up for y'all yet so tuned and eadry with the wit...love these comments, you guys help give me ides.

~carson