Saturday, November 04, 2006

Saturday Poll

Lot of Phillies rumors floating around the internet these days. Very exciting times! Burrell to the Giants for El Puede de Gasolina Benitez. Our garbage (Floyd, Madson) to the Yanks for the Iron Sheff. And don't forget the free agents: A-Ram, Akinori Iwamura, Mark DeRosa, Joe Borowski, Alfonso Soriano, Randy Wolf, Mike Mussina, Trot Nixon, Curt Schilling, Ed Delehanty...the list goes on. Well, here's way too much excitement and giddiness in Philly-land for my liking. Don't you shiny-happy-people realize, this is the Phillies!!!So, to bring everyone back down a notch, I off this poll...The Phillies Worst Free Agent Signings of the Last 10-ish Years.

1) Danny Tartabull - former ROY and Seinfeld character Danny Tartabull was once a feared slugger. Then he had lots of injuries and for about 3 years was on a rapid downslide. Then, somehow, he hit 27 homers in '96 for the White Sox. So, the Phils signed him for 1 year, $2.3 million. Here is an article from the NY Times on 2/12/97:

The cost-conscious Philadelphia Phillies crossed DANNY TARTABULL off their wish list after the outfielder turned down the team's final offer of a $2 million, one-year contract with $300,000 in incentives. Tartabull, 34, made $5.3 million with the Chicago White Sox last season, the final year of a $25 million, five-year contract signed with the Yankees. ''As far as I'm concerned, it's over with Tartabull,'' Phillies General Manager LEE THOMAS said yesterday. Tartabull's only other offer is $500,000 from the Cincinnati Reds.

Tartabull signed 13 days later. He reported to camp late. His final line: 3 games, 7 at-bats, 0 hits, 1 broken foot, $2 million dollars, 1 retirement.

2) Gregg Jefferies - this former NY Mets golden boy, whose parerents inexplicably decide to put a completely useless extra "g" at the end of his name, thereby securing his place on the all-time list of stupidest first name spellings, had two good seasons for the St. Louis Cardinals in '93 and '94, hitting .342 and .325. He only hit 30 homers, never drove in 90, never scored 90, but so what, the Phillies signed him to 4 years and $20 million. For the next 3 1/2 years, he spent as much time of the DL as he did on-base. His average dropped steadily in the first three years: .309, .292, .256. Never drove in 60, never scored 70, and never hit more than 11 homers. The last year of his contract, he was traded to California/Anaheim/Orange County/LA Angels for Doug Nickle, who completely sucked.

3) Mike Jackson - when Jackson was 23 years old and making $62 thousand, he threw 103 innings for the Phillies and had a 4.20 ERA. That was good enough to package him with Glenn Wilson and ship the pair to Seattle for Phil Bradley. When he was 35, he threw 68 innings with the Indians and had a 4.06 ERA. From baseballlibrary.com: "Mike recorded similar [save] stats in 1999, and decided to sign with the St. Louis Cardinals as a free agent, looking for a big bankroll to go with his big numbers. However, Jackson failed his physical, and ended up signing with the Phillies." Failed physical. That's worth a big contract to the Phils. Final line with the Phils in 2000: 0 games, 1 blown elbow, $3 million.

Worst FA Sign
Danny Tartabull
Gregg Jefferies
Mike Jackson

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Poll Results:

Worst Trick - Ed Wade - apparently Philly fans can't get enough of hating old Scrot Face.

Best Treat - tie between Harry & Whitey and the '93 Phils. No surprise there, kind of surprised Wilfredo Laureano, as the representation of the end of the David Bell era, beat out the Vet 3 votes to 2. This sort of grudge holding makes me proud to be a Phillies fan.
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Go Penn State!

Corey

23 comments:

Bob D said...

Tough poll:

Had to go with Tartabull he went 0-7, while Jackson at least didn't do anything to actually hurt the team game wise.

GM-Carson said...

hey, didn't i trade you to another blog yesterday, bob d?

i too am going to vote for tartabull, although i would like to vote for jefferies because i can't stand him or his extra "g."

corey

das411 said...

You did not mention how the Phils coming off that '93 season could have signed either Jefferies or Larry Walker (back when he was good and went on to win 2 MVPs). Plus GJ is the last non-Dave Bell to hit for the Cycle for the Phils.

Tartabull was just bad though.

GM-Carson said...

good point das411, i completely forgot about larry walker. luckily, he wasn't any good and the phils were better off with greggg anyway.

greggg and d-bell, the last cycle hitters. i hope ryan howard and chase utley never hit for the cycle then.

corey

BenJah said...

i voted for gregggggg jefferies. he really sucked, but never had the decency to just get hurt so we were stuck watching him. $20mil is a lot, even today. plus, i work with a guy who spells his name gregg, and he's a fukn doucebag too...it really wasn't a choice for me at all.

Bob D said...

Corey, I exercised my no trade clause after the trade.

GM-Carson said...

oh, i see, only boston or new york blogs are good enough for you....

corey

GM-Carson said...

BLOG UPDATE:

carson, in a mighty effort to clean out the gutters of his garage, fell from the latter and broke his rigt wrist this morning. i guess that will teach that saturdays are for football and drinking, not household chores. thoughts and prayers.

hey, save some of those vicodin for me.

corey

GM-Carson said...

dammit, a broken wrist really hurts. i'm on some strong meds, but they ain't cutting it. i need rich dubee to ease my pain. typing this really sucks too, taking foever! anyway, jefferies sucked the worst.

corey is the designated blogger for the time being, until i feel a bit better.

~carson

Bob D said...

Carson, get better. Hopefully a goodnights sleep will help some. I see typing with one hand must stink. I noticed nothing Capitalized. Unfortunately the Eagles are on a bye this week.:')

BloodStripes said...

Mike Jackson for getting 3 mil and not even making it to the mound. Now thats a heist.

Falling off the roof! Ouch! That is not good news DQ. Get well soon bro.

GM-Carson said...

this is the most painful thing i've ever experienced. i didn't sleep for shit. i'm actually going to attempt a post now, will probably take me an hour. but ya can't keep a good man down.

~carson

BloodStripes said...

About your apology the other day DQ. No worries here mate. When you run a cutting edge blog you are gonna get close to ticking someone off almost every day. HaHa!! Thats why it rocks. Keep cuttin' it!

Seen Mary Jane yet? You need codeine.

GM-Carson said...

BloodStripes- I intend on blasting people with the same marginally offensive authority as always...it's my nature.

~Carson

BloodStripes said...

You'd make a good Aussie!!

GM-Carson said...

why- becuse i'm brash and a tuff-nut?

~carson

BloodStripes said...

yeah, that and the marginally offensive authoritive nature.

:]

GM-Carson said...

aussies kick ass! you so need to visit the states bro

BloodStripes said...

I am hanging to get over there and get my ass to Philly.

BloodStripes said...

Ultimately I would like to do a 6 month baseball road-trip. With loads of Phillies games.

BloodStripes said...

and yeungling, cheese steaks and hoagies. I really wanna live it up in Philly. Take it all in.

Thanks for the Aussie endorsement. Aussies really do kick ass. If only the Phillies had one.

GM-Carson said...

bloodstripes- whenever you do make to america, we're catching some games together.

~carson

BloodStripes said...

Bloody oath! It will be awesome.