Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Jeltzed

Here at WSBGM's, we have a strange obsession with the a player of 8 MLB seasons that had a lower OPS than Carlos Zambrano (.572 to .578). We are willing to admit that Steve Jeltz really never did much of note in his career, yet we still give his name and picture a plug on this site every chance we get.

Prepare to be Jeltzed...

*Larry Steven Jeltz was born in Paris, France (damn French!) on the date of May 28, 1959. As mentioned above, he played 8 MLB seasons, mostly for the Phils, but also the lowly Royals in '90.

*Steve Jeltz owns a career batting average of .210, kids from St. Jude's Hospital could bat higher than that, then again No-Hit Nunez is about his equal. Jeltz was still a fan favorite despite paltry offensive numbers, as fans loved his slick defensive play and even slicker jheri curl hairstyle.

*Jeltz managed to power out 5 homeruns during his tenure in the Bigs, with two of those round-trippers coming in one game. The game was against our State buddies the Pirates, and Jeltz didn't even start the game. He came in as a pinch-hitter and ended up smacking homers from each side of the plate while the Phils went on to win the game and Pirate announcer Jim Rooker ended up walking home from Philly to Pitt because of a regrettable utterance he said on air, "If we (the Pirates) lose this game, I'll walk home." Phils won 15-11. Hope you had a comfortable pair of Nikes.

Consider yourself Jeltzed. Feels warm and tingly doesn't it?

~Carson

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Update: I want this tribute to Steve Jeltz done the right way, so here's the pictures I originally posted too.



39 comments:

GM-Carson said...

For the 2nd time in 2 days, my local newspaper the Patriot has taken a comment from the Phils Pennlive forum and published it. I should be getting paid for this shit!...joking, sort of.

furiousBall said...

what says happy valentines day better than Steve Jeltz? I mean seriously.

GM-Carson said...

Oh yeah, totally forgot it was Valentines Day...I hate this "holiday"!

goDuke said...

You can't beat Steve Jeltz on We Should BE GM's, and working from home due to ice/snow. Although I am going to have to shovel for a couple hours later, its still worth it. I remember liking the curl back in the day and what a double play tandem we had in Jeltz and Juan Samuel. I was a big Samuel fan... even doing the drop the bat check swing thing when we played stickball... good times...

GM-Carson said...

Jeltz and Samuel were just a fun tandem to watch back in the day. I'll take Rollins & Utley over those 2 any day when it comes to production, but when it comes to pizazz, Jeltz and Samuel had the field beat!

Skeeter said...

I guess since it is Valentines Day, it is only appropriate that you express your affectionate man-love for Mr. Jeltz.

This ice canceled college today....?
I guess I'll be commenting on blogs all day. Gonna be sweet

GM-Carson said...

I've been blogging since 7:30 this morning. I love the internet, so much interesting baseball tid-bits.

Speaking of tid-bits: The Phillies took a look at free-agent righthander Dustin Hermanson, who was limited to 62/3 innings with the Chicago White Sox last season because of back problems. Hermanson looked intriguing because he went 2-4 with 34 saves and a 2.04 ERA with the White Sox in 2005. But the Phillies were not impressed with his workout and have no plans to sign him.

GM-Carson said...

If the Phillies fail to trade one of their starters, they could make a starter Tom Gordon's setup man. There is some speculation that newcomer Adam Eaton could be the man, but the Phillies don't like the idea. Eaton typically takes two or three innings to build his velocity, which wouldn't seem to make him suited for a one-inning appearance.

furiousBall said...

what do you guys think of Conlin's lineup he proposed in his column?

Skeeter said...

I will forever hate Conlin. The guy is the most pompous ass wipe writer out there. I'm sure people disagree with me but he just isn't funny and is the most negative dick in town, which is something we don't need.

That said, I disagree with his lineup. Until Aaron Rowand proves he is back with the bat (he struggled mightily after his first trip to the DL), you keep him low in the lineup. Also, Victorino is still unproven and will get bashed just as much as Rollins as a leadoff hitter: Little walks, little plate discipline. Rollins has succeeded there and should stay there, in my opinion.

I still say:
Roll
Vic
Ut
How
Burr
Hel
Row
Ruiz

I think we should try that and see if it works for the first couple weeks. Worked well at the end of last season. If we are sucking, then change it up.

...I also think people should realize that no matter who is behind Howard (unless it is Pujols or the reincarnation of Babe Ruth) pitchers are going to walk him.

GM-Carson said...

If Victorino learns some plate discipline and as an added bonus, the art of swiping bases, sure bat him leadoff, but until then keep Jimmy there. Jimmy in the 5 hole doesn't make sense to me as his triples and doubles would go down due to a slower player in front of him. Rowand belong in the 7-hole. If I were to write out the lineup card, it would look just like Skeeter's suggested one.

Moe Ville said...

MLB should have forced Jeltz to take steroids.

BloodStripes said...

I too like the lineup Skeeter put up. If you want warm and fuzzy, that top four is it. Gives me confidence in the mighty Phils. The back four should hold up. Burrell, Chooch, Rowand have shown they can produce for their particular slot and Helms aint no slouch either. Certainly more productive than Nunez anyway. Very good lineup.

All we need is for the rotation to start the season well and keep the momentum and the bullpen should be able to hang on. The Phils are in for a good year!

GM-Carson said...

On my computer, none of the Jeltz photos are loading. Anyone else having this problem?

Corey said...

i'm on call in the NICU, i load up the site for a brief diversion, see Jeltz related material, then am utterly disappointed to see so many squares with red x's. i need jeltz pictures. NOW!!!!!! i'll check back later, and i better see some jheri curl.

Los said...

Man, brought back some memories ... probably the only one of Jeltz that I have.

michael said...

yeah none of the pics are working for me either.

you guys are lucky getting to stay home today i had to drive downtown to court and be on a fucking jury but atleast its over...

Bob D said...

The pictures got Jeltzed

BloodStripes said...

No jheri curls here.

GM-Carson said...

This was the first post on the "new blogger" and I wonder if that has something to do with the Steve Jeltz pictures getting x'd...bastards!

GM-Carson said...

From BeerLeaguer: "I'm with you on that RSB. Burrell hasn't complained ONCE to the media about the shaft he's been getting in Philly. Do you think that maybe if all of us (the fans) didn't get up his ass every time he did something wrong, he'd be able to focus on his game a little more? Honestly, I feel that everybody's making Pat out to be the villain simply because he's one of those "Old Order" vets who didn't win it all in earlier years -- in short, you're all making him a scapegoat. Sure, he's a headache sometimes, but I don't hear anybody bitching about any other player in the lineup as much as you all do about Burrell. Give the man a chance to breathe and maybe he can hit a little better. I challenge any of you to hit a baseball when your foot's throbbing on a daily basis. I play baseball(batting righty), and I hit a foul tip off my shoelaces that hurt for a month. During that month my batting avg. dropped, my concentration went out the door, and my swing changed to avoid putting too much weight on that foot (my back foot, for the record -- same foot as Burrell has problems with). All of this stupid talk about Burrell being juiced, or getting on his case if he doesn't have a stellar beginning to the season needs to drop. He's doing the best he can. That should be enough for us.

Obviously, the lineup isn't hard-pressed to score runs. All of this hating on Burrell is all of you wanting Howard to have a great season. He was constantly pitched around last year (especially late), and still almost hit 60 HRs. Sure, superior protection for Howard would be nice, but the reality of the situation is that we've got Burrell or Helms in that spot. We're going to have to accept the fact that Burrell's playing hurt, and probably won't hit all that well for the season. Rather than bitch about how he's not good enough to protect Howard, why not try to juggle the lineup so that we won't have Howard and Burrell on the bases at the same time?"

I don't agree with everything, but here it is- Pat Burrell is a gamer. He gets booed relentlessly and yet nary a scowl to the crowd or negative utterance to the media. He plays hurt, yep- plays! Bottom line, we need Burrell in this lineup, or it's simply just not as productive.

Corey said...

i couldn't take it anymore, i needed some jheri curl....

GM-Carson said...

I had 7, yes SEVEN, kwality vintage baseball cards of Jeltz up yesterday, now the bastards are gone.

GM-Carson said...

Good article on Phillies.com about Pat Burrell. He acknowledges his struggles last season, and seems determined to overcome them. But he also points out that he actually wasn't all that bad last year either.

Skeeter said...

Burrell said everything right.

Shocking this city hates him

michael said...

because as Bowa said they are uneducated about the game.

GM-Carson said...

This city does seem to hate Burrell. I know there are plenty of knowledgeable fans out there that understand what Burrell is, a slightly above average LF. He has weaknesses, but strengths as well. This city just wants to scapegoat Burrell, it's easier for them that way.

GM-Carson said...

From Peter Gammons- "Aaron Rowand, Philadelphia. The Phillies had better be very careful if they're even thinking about trading a man who sacrificed his face to win a game and is, when healthy, the best defensive center fielder on the planet. A winner, period."

Rowand does give his all, that's for sure.

michael said...

best defensive CF on the planet? really? i wouldn't go that far. gammons has a pretty big man crush on the guy. i think he's good, slightly above average but the best? in the game.. nah i don't think so.

GM-Carson said...

Rowand plays CF very well, but to discount Andruw Jones, Vernon Wells, and Torii Hunter is foolish. Not to mention, Rowand's arm sucks!

GM-Carson said...

I tried to restore the original Jeltz pics, it wouldn't be complete without them.

Skeeter said...

BEST ON THE PLANET!?

Not even close. He plays hard and that's about all. I love the guy but he is nowhere near the top if you ask me. Victorino is better, in my opinion.

GM-Carson said...

Gammons also claimed Octavio Dotel was the best free-agent signing last offseason and that Bobby Crosby would be AL MVP. I'd say his judgement is off sometimes.

michael said...

"GM-Carson said...
Rowand plays CF very well, but to discount Andruw Jones, Vernon Wells, and Torii Hunter is foolish. Not to mention, Rowand's arm sucks!"

right and i'd take any one of those guys in a second over rowand. yeah gammons can be wayyyyy off sometimes.

GM-Carson said...

Gammons had a brain aneurism, lets cut the poor guy a break.

Ok, breaks over.

michael said...

that explains it all........

SteveJeltzFan said...

I think it's safe to say I approve of this post! Great tribute to the man.

Steve Jeltz: The Best MLB Position Player Born in France (suck it, Bruce Bochy).

That he was the first (and one of only two) Phillies to ever hit home runs from both sides of the plate in one game boggles my mind. 40% of his career HRs came in that one game.

I met him once - he came to my baseball camp (TIBC in Cheltenham, Pa), back in the late 1980's. His jheri curl was mesmerizing.

GM-Carson said...

That camp must have dished out the big bucks to get Sir Jeltz to make an appearance.

E said...

I think Steve might've paid them.
Those were the days, though...Steve Jeltz, Dave Hollins, Bob Dernier, Larry Bowa - when he was a lowly coach.