Q: Which Pat Burrell will we get in 2008? The April/May Pat or the guy who caught fire the rest of the year? - John , Malvern
A: Both, at variable percentages and intervals. We should expect no less. And even though Burrell caught fire last year, he isn't flaming...
Q: Do u think the Phils will go after anyone of the 3 free agents Bonds, A-Rod, or El-duque? I think Bonds would do great in this park - steve C , newark
A: A-Rod's locked into NY. As for Bonds, now that HGH is readily attainable over the internet and can be shipped across the county, he should do fine in any park. However, he can't play in the field and although Manuel occasionally manages the team as if they are in the AL, they are not. Also, there is that small issue with him lying to the federal government about knowingly taking steroids and the high probability that he will be in jail soon. So forget about Bonds. Also forget about El Duque, there is no chance they sign him.
Q: I'm glad the Phillies didn't sign Schilling or Lowell.I would rather see them resign Rowand and Romero and possibly going after Atkins and Santana. - Penn State Man , Tallahassee
A: I'm guessing by your ridiculous statement, you were a Criminal Justice major at Penn State. Possibly communications. Either that or you were high when you sent the email. Anyways, exactly what would the Phils offer Minny for Santana? It is unknown whether they have enough to even get Atkins. I'm all for dreaming big, but c'mon....
Q: Hey GM, are the Phillies going to look east, as in Far East, for more pitching help?
A: I hope not. It's not that I would be absoulutely opposed to a Japanese League pitcher on the Phils, I'm just fearful of overpaying for a commodity unproven in American baseball. Or one that is proven to suck, as is the case with former crap reliever Marc Kroon, who was mentioned previously on mlbtraderumors.com. He holds the Japanese record for fastest pitch thrown at like 161 kilometers per hour or something. A Canadian told me that was fast. Great, he throws fast. Yippee. How's that working out for Kyle Farnsworth? [Okay, good for Farn$worth, but not so good for his teams...]
The fact is, Japanese pitchers for the most part have been substantially less than advertised. Dice-K cost the BoSox a gajillion dollars and posted a 4.40 ERA. Kei Igawa is back in short-season rookie ball. The Fat Toad was a flop. I shouldn't even mention Kuwata with the Buccos. Sure, there is some success - Nomo, Otsuka, Okajima - but for the price, it hasn't been worth it.
I don't think the Japanese pitchers, especially the starters, are prepared for facing the talented lineups in MLB. Japanese League lineups are weeeeeeak. Aaron Guiel was one homer from leading the league last year. That's right, MLB power machine Aaron Guiel, seen here during a Special Olympics shotput competition. He's out of the majors but tearing it up in Japan, hitting balls from Yokohama to Benihanas. So should we be impressed by pitchers who post great ERAs against lineups that have Aaron Guiel as there power threat? Over here, that is called AA. And you know who gets AA hitters out well? Gavin Floyd.