Thursday, July 12, 2007

Phillies Phlashback Phriday - John Mabry

Wilmington product John Mabry was drafted in the 6th round by tonight's opponent St. Louis and played for them for 5 years. He then spent time in Seattle, then San Diego, then back to St. Louis, and down to Florida, before having 21 memorable games in Philadelphia in 2002. He got 6 hits in 21 at-bats (all singles.) He was then traded to Oakland for admitted steroid user Jeremy Giambi. After time with Oakland and another year with Seattle, he moved back to St. Louis for two seasons, before finishing with Chicago and Colorado. That's 14 seasons, 8 teams, and over $8 million in career earnings. Good work if you can get it.
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Rick "Vaughn" Ankiel
I feel like I haven't had cause to get behind recently. Sure, I want Manuel fired, that's a given (the hunger strike is going well, by the way, I've only gained 3 pounds.) And I want Chris Coste to play more and Rod Barajas to leave. But these are things that everybody wants. So here is a new cause: trade for Rick Ankiel. It's a great redemption story, along the lines of smack-head Josh Hamilton. A pitcher on the verge of stardom loses all ability to throw to the catcher turns himself into an outfielder, and so far is successful. He is hitting .270 in AAA with 26 homeruns at the all-star break. I say trade for him and throw him in left field. Even if he can't hit, we can argue about whether or not he could ever move back to the bullpen. Hell, even in his current state he would probably help the 'pen.
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Matchups
The Phils throw Old Grandad, Gavin Eaton, and Hamels versus Wells, Maroth and Wainwright. Anything less than 2 wins is a failure, especially with LA and San Diego next week.

Corey

23 comments:

Los said...

10,000 on the 13th ... it's destiny. I would consider betting my life earnings on this one ... however, the Phillies always find a way to disappoint.

Bob D said...

I say go on a 13 game win streak to move into 1st. Trade for either Bedard or Cordero moving Myers to the rotation with the latter.

Philly Sports Talk Now! said...

Old grand dad is one of the best. Jamie Moyer is constantly signing autographs when at Citizen's Bank Park and is a true gentleman.

They need to get a pitcher from the Marlins named Dontrelle Willis. It would spark the Phillies up a bit.

Listen to our latest show about All Star mania, and what the Phils have to do to win in the second half.

Like the blog too guys, very entertaining!


Rich

BloodStripes said...

Glad to hear the hunger strike is going well Corey. Keep it up.

Ankiel? What about Pats hit streak. Its a couple games now isn't it?

Cmom Phils! Gotta take out St Louis. Get your ass into gear and win the bloody division.

Moe Ville said...

Long story short, friend of friend knows Bronson Arroyo. Got us great tickets during the Reds series. Sitting with the Griffey's. Nice people. The Phills should go after Arroyo. His record sucks this year but his last few starts have been good. He could help. I know he has a huge contract and the owners are cheap bastards but something has to give.

michael said...

yuk, Dontrelle Willis=overrated. plus you don't get anything from the marlins without giving up every top prospect you have. Arroyo wouldn't be too bad if he gets back to '06 form

meech.one said...

haha, moe ville wants to trade for Arroyo so he can get tickets to The Bank.

I'm no GM (that's why I come here), but would it hurt to put Pat Burrell on the waiver wire? Like, now -- when some not-so-bright GM looks at his production from the past week? The worst that could happen is no one picks him up, right?

I have a bad feeling about the second half. Gun to my head, I'd pick ATL for the division.

And youse know as well as I do the Philthies aren't trading for an above average player. I think the best they do is get someone like Contreras. Who fucking sucks.

Jacobin said...

I read today that Mark Cuban has filed paperwork to buy the Chicago Cubs. I could not help but feel pangs of jealousy. To have someone else buy this team would be a blessing. The current ownership group has been terrible since it came in. Bill Giles is the anti-Phillie that ran the team like shit for years and he's the one responsible for putting together that group of bastards that own the team. Giles was the honorary NL president or whatever they call it for the All-Star Game. He should have been run over at a tractor pull instead.

furiousBall said...

I'd love to see Dontrelle in red pinstripes.

GreggyD said...

I also felt a bit jealous when I read about Cuban. I don't even care that he wouldn't be a Phillies fan. He would still be passionate about his team and invest in it so that it could be a winning franchise. It seems like we can't get out of a bad situation. We need some new players, a new manager, a new GM, new owners. Talk about one hell of a firesale.

The Phils won't be able to afford Dontrelle because they literally would have to trade their entire farm system to Florida and I wouldn't be surprised if Contreras was brought in or at least looked at either. Now that Buehrle is off the market the ChiSox are probably looking to deal someone and with Contreras' less than par season (5-10; 5.19 ERA; 1.50 WHIP), he is the most likely candidate. I hear the Mets are interested in him. Omar Minaya loves hard throwing pitchers. Plus, Contreras coming here is probably more likely considering the ChiSox and Phils seem to make deals with each other a lot lately (Rowand/Thome, Freddy Garcia). I remember when Contreras was so hyped up coming into the league out of Cuba and the Yankees paid huge money for him. Guess that hasn't worked out so well.

BENTZ said...

Contreras pretty much dominated the 2005 playoffs. Of course, so did the rest of the staff including Freddy Garcia. Contreras though is losing velocity as well so you have to wonder if the heavy workload from that season took its toll on the two veteran pitchers on the staff while not affecting Buerhle or Garland nearly as much. I still don't think one pitcher is a quick fix for this team and anyone who would be is too expensive (in what you'd have to give up) or unavailable since the Wild Card allows more teams to think they still have a fighting chance.

BenJah said...

i had forgotten about mabry, but i lived in philly during 2002 when they got giambi. i remember he was really good then, but watching bobby abreu in center field was horriffic!

and how on earth do you think we could get ankiel or dontrell??

GreggyD said...

You're right, most players will be too expensive because a lot of teams think they have a chance at the wild card, but I don't think the ChiSox do. Their team is just flat out bad.

Jacobin said...

I just want to reiterate that Bill Giles is the anti-Phillie devil-man that is most responsible for taking a franchise that had finally become something special and running it back into being total garbage. He's also the asshole that referred to Philadelphia as being a "small market" team (even though its the largest market with only one baseball franchise).

Of course, David Montgomery Burns opened his mouth and had a Giles like moment recently when he pointed out that if this were the NBA, the Phillies would have been in the playoffs every year for the last few years. You know what I think of that? Montgomery and the rest of the ass-clowns that own this team should go buy a basketball team and sell the Phillies to someone that isn't a total dipstick.

Bring Back Pratt said...

10,000 losses, Friday the 13th... the only thing missing from the game tonight will be the drunks falling down the steps of the 700 level.


God Bless Honest Abraham Nunez!

Bob D said...

If he keeps it up Kendrick will be the ace. Tonights game was actually impressive both offense and pitching.

Jacobin said...

Friday the 13th and the Phillies drop 13 runs on the Cardinals... as Borat would say, "Very nice." Kyle Kendrick goes to 4-0 on the season and if not for Alfonseca throwing a fat pitch down the middle on an 0-2 count with two out in the ninth in Colorado, the kid would be 5-0! The only real blemish on the evening was watching J.D. Durbin pitch like shit, reminding us that we really need another starting pitcher.

das411 said...

Ahh the 700 level would've been rockin for a game like that one...and Kendrick is the man! Although after those homers by Utley and J-Roll this game definitely had the feel of a Clay Condrey special, good thing he's not around anymore and we can use Mesa and Durbin instead.

C and C, when was the last time we had an update on everyone's favorite Model Dictator? How's he doing up in Canada?

Bob D said...

Our Model Dictator just won again on July 12th. 4-0 2.31 ERA 13 games 23.1 innings 19 SO, and a high 15 walks, a WHIP of 1.41. Not bad but his win on Thursday he let up a run on no hits and 3 walks 2 strike outs. He has definitely improved over the last month and we may see him back soon.

BloodStripes said...

Go Fabio.

Top win friday. Phils charging out of the gate hard after the break. Kendrick is a good luck charm. Working hard and getting the rewards.

The Phils are better positioned than last year for the second half. Lets go Phightin's! Go hard!!!

BloodStripes said...

Thats three hards in one post. Well, it is saturday night down here. A few home brew whiskeys and I'm pumped for the next game. Hamels to be 'King of the Hill'(good Minutemen song) next up. 6am start my time. Better rest up. Go Phillies!!! Pound those world champs. Or should we say chumps.

GM-Carson said...

I'm back from vacation and sunburnt...but hey, the Phils haven't lost their 10,000th yet so life ain't too bad. Post from me coming later today.

GreggyD said...

I read an article the other day which stated Kyle Kendrick could be in the NL ROY race if he keeps up his play and I 100% agree. Will he stay undefeated? Not likely. But, he is 4-0 with an ERA of 3.82 which is good for second among Phillies starters behind only King Cole. This kid continues to impress me as he spits out quality start after quality start and it doesn't matter if he's not getting strikeouts either. He is getting through 6 or 7 innings each game and doing so with low pitch counts. I'm still waiting for his first complete game because I know it will happen sooner rather than later.

Glad to hear you're back Carson. Hope your vacation was awesome and you came back just in time to celebrate 10,000 with all the Phillies Phaithful.