Sunday, January 14, 2007

Vivo El Pulpo

"The Octopus" has apparently wiggled his way into the Philly bullpen. Antonio Alfonseca, nicknamed "El Pulpo" because he has polydactyly, signed a 1-year deal with the Phillies today.

The twelve-fingered, twelve-toed freakazoid pitcher has had arm and back problems the last two years, limiting him to a total of 43 innings pitched. The year before that, El Pulpo had possibly his best season, a 6-4 2.57 campaign with the Braves.

Alfonseca's career hilights include leading the league in saves in 2000, being fat, and getting ejected for gut-bumping an umpire in 2003.

Analysis: It is times like this where you hope (pray?) that the Phils and their scouting department know more than we do. The Miami Herald reported that El Pulpo "has lost 28 pounds and is pitching well for La Romana in the Dominican winter league," but who really knows? He could provide large, intimidating, hard-throwing bullpen depth. He also could get injured early or be completely useless. Concerning the weight loss, that I'm not buying. He will be fat, and unless Lieber gets traded, there is going to be some competition at the post-game buffet line. In respect to the blog, his pitching style, size, and extra digits should provide ample material for commentary. All in all, I'm for it.

Corey

20 comments:

Corey said...

i wrote this blog listening to "two chicks at the same time" by furiousball. gotta say, the singer is amazing...

i'm so happy to have a twelve fingered pitcher on the staff, you can't even imagine....

GM-Carson said...

Dude, when the hell did you get your own profile?

Anyway, 6 fingers is awesome. For what? I'm not sure, but I'd think it would make fisting interesting.

~Carson

Maryland Orioles' Fan said...

Isn't he the dude who was afraid of his trainer while he played for the Marlins?

Well, he could have stood to lose a few pounds here on there...

GM-Carson said...

Remember ealier in the offseason I suggested the Phils sign an Octopus for the bullpen...well here ya go.

http://pabaseball.blogspot.com/2006/11/bullpen-crisis-averted.html

*Told ya I have oracle status.

~Carson

GM-Carson said...

This is Carson, this is Drama Queen, this is the Oracle!!!

Corey said...

here is the article that references alfonseca hiding from the trainer.

Bob D said...

I like the signing. Also there are 2 spots left and I believe there will be at least 1 trade and likely 2 prior to the season. Bringing in 2 RP and at least 1 quality arm. The pen will look something like this:
Gordon
PlayerX
Geary
Madson
PlayerY
Octopus
Jim Ed Warden (rule5 guy)
Others

Castro and Sergovia fall into the mix of the others but will likely go to AAA for some experience. That is from comments from the GM and company

BloodStripes said...

What a load of bollocks!

Octopus and his six fingers would make for a great palm ball.

BloodStripes said...

Yeah groovy song Furiousball. Your right Corey the singer is wicked.

GM-Carson said...

Much respect to our boy Furiousball!

Bob D- you left Matt Smith (lefty acquired in Abreu trade) off of your list...he's almost a sure-shot for the '07 bullpen.

6 fingers...gosh I hope he's good, oh the possibilities.

Bob D said...

Yeah my oversight Matt Smith will make the team. There are a number of arms battling for what may only be 1 spot come this spring. That includes rule five guys (Warden,Simon), minor leaguers (Condrey, Sanches), and these others signed.
It looks as if Castro, Sergovia will be in AAA as starters, which maybe best in the long run. Simon doesn't seem to be effective enough he has great velocity but not the results. Condrey ans Saches are OK but will likely loose out to the others. Jim Ed Warden looks to be alot like Chad Bradford as a pitcher and he may just surprise everyone this year.
Also I expect a much better year from Madson somewhere between his 04 and 05 production. I feel he is underrated and undervalued.

GM-Carson said...

Honestly, I don't expect Madson to be as bad as he was last season. He knows his job is a relief pitcher now and should concentrate on that role.

While on the topic of honesty- Brian Sanches sucks. I don't think he has any future as a MLB player. Clay Condrey is a great guy to have in the wings at Ottawa and call upon in a pinch.

I'm really looking forward to seeing this Jim Ed Warden fellow. If he truly did "figure it out" last year in the minors, he could be a nice boost to the bullpen.

Lieber is still available for trade, and I'd think he could net us a set-up man. Teams will begin to panic soon about their starting rotations.

GM-Carson said...

From Phillies.com fan questions- "Because of the Phils' trouble with setup guys in the seventh and eighth innings, why not give hard-thrower Ricky Bottalico a shot? He won't cost much money and had a nice career in Philadelphia."
-- Barry L., Philadelphia

*Barry, you're a DUMBASS!

Los said...

I'm sure the ladies in Philly might be happy with a 12-fingered guy in town ... Burrell's got competition now.

Bob D said...

Why Bottalico? Why not Mitch Williams? How about Steve Bedrosian, Jose Mesa, Eddie Oropesa, Chris Brock, Eric Junge?

There is still a month before everyone reports to camp and 2 1/2 months prior to season opener. So another move or 2 for the pen is likely.

Carson I agree with you on Jim Ed Warden

BloodStripes said...

Hangin' out big time for the season to begin. I wanna see the old Madson too.

GM-Carson said...

Bob D- Eric Junge is my boy, he's a Bucknell grad like me.

goDuke said...

Los - there's no competition for Burrell... Alfonseca is far too scary looking to give Burrell any run, come May/June when the college girls get outta school.

Lake Fred said...

He probably has back problems because they don't make shoes for six-toed individuals. He probably has problems walking and standing and when he throws, this problem causes him to strain his back.

GM-Carson said...

With all that said- 6 fingers is AWESOME!!!