Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Otis Nixon Award

This award is not for the Phillie who stole the most bases or for the Phillie who snorted the most cocaine. Instead, it goes to the Phillie who had the biggest turnaround, in honor of the U-Turn of Life my main man Otis recently pulled off.

Otis has gone from naked, knife-wielding, cocaine-snorting,woman-fondling wildman to soon-to-be ordained minister and author.

Former MVP Terry Pendleton had this to say about Otis:
If you know Otis — his heart, his character — then you can't help but back him. The fans just love the guy. Otis has had some issues, no doubt, but he will continue to battle. You can't give up on Otis.
"You can't give up on Otis." Just like you can't give up on this year's winner of the Otis Nixon Award: Pat Burrell.

Some people did give up on Pat the Bat during last season. He was even voted NL Least Valuable Player at the All-Star break by Philly guy Jayson Stark. Mid-season, it wasn't looking good. However, the second half of the last season, Burrell tore up the league, helped the Phils win the NL East for the first time in over a dozen years, and proved all of his doubters to be baseball know-nothings and writing hacks.

Congrats to Pat Burrell, 2007 winner of the Otis Award.

Corey

19 comments:

GM-Carson said...

Corey, I love how you can go back and poke fun at yourself. I too doubted Burrell would ever be "the Bat" again, but luckily we were both wrong.

SirAlden said...

Vegas Opening Odds on the 2008 "Otis Nixon Award"

Tom Gordon 6-5
Wes Helms 4-1
Adam "Eatone" 200-1

SirAlden said...

Remember when we were watching daily if Pat Burrell would go beneath .200?
He got down to .201 twice I think.

Then he found his 'mojo' and carried us for quite a while before cooling off in Sept.

GM-Carson said...

Burrell produced right around his career norms, and I think we can expect the same from him next season.

Wes Helms and Adam Eaton were so awful, one or both of them should/need to improve!

Bob D said...

Helms/Eaton? cant get much worst before getting cut. They usually play better than that and are likely to have at least some improvement. Helms is most likely to get cut if there is a trade or 3B signed.

Livian Hernandez linked to Phils also. I dont know about him now. Mariners may have slipped out of the Kudaro running - gives the Phils a better chance there.

GM-Carson said...

Livan Hernandez can still hit for a pitcher, but he doesn't pitch all that well for a pitcher anymore, nothing more than a reliable innings eater at this point in his career. He's a soft tosser now, and we already have Moyer to fit that description.

furiousBall said...

that was rough watching Otis hammer a nail through Bill Pullman's nuts in The Serpent and the Rainbow

Jacobin said...

I don't expect Tom Gordon to do anything other than continue to be injured and continue to go downhill. I was half expecting him to retire this off season.

Wes Helms is what he is. I don't think he will be worse at the plate next year than he was this past season, but I expect his glove to continue to suck at third base. We need 3B help (especially since Rowand will be going elsewhere).

Randy Wolf upped with the Padres for a deal similar to what Philly was offering. I think the message here from the last two deals Wolf has signed is that he is not interested in coming back to Philadelphia. I guess the Wolf Pack isn't enough of an enticement for him.

GM-Carson said...

Wolf openly expressed his concern about pitching in the Brick Cit House...I don't blame him.

The rumors are running rampant right now.

Phils supposedly are interested in Colon, Livan, Jennings, Julian Taverez, Anthony Reyes, Benson, Kuroda, and the deceased Cy Young...basically everyone is on their radar.

goDuke said...

If the Phils sign Benson I think that puts him in the lead for the 2008 Otis Nixon Award. I think that "You're My Boy" Burrell was a deserving recipient. Good job Pat!

GM-Carson said...

I'm really starting to worry about this offense next year. The pitching hasn't improved that much yet. I'm glad Myers is back in the rotation, but Lidge isn't a sure thing at closer, and the bullpen still kinda sucks. Minus Rowand the the continuance of Dobbs/Helms platoon at 3rd isn't good. We need help for Werth in RF and someone who can play defense and hit somewhat at 3rd. Lot of holes with so little available funds.

Ryan said...

I remember at this point last season and we lost out on Soriano and everyone was worried about the offense. There are not to many offense upgrade options at this point and I for one am glad the Phils are focusing on pitching.

GM-Carson said...

If they truly improve their pitching then I will be happy, but right now I consider the moves latteral. Myers replaces Lohse in the rotation (upgrade), but we lost Geary and Bourn (downgrade), and Lidge replacing Myers is a push- so basically this team hasn't improved this offseason at all in my opinion, still far too many holes in all aspects (pitching- relief and starting, offense- 3rd/RF, and defense- 3rd).

Ryan said...

From Todd Zolecki...

Pat Gillick just told reporters at the Opryland Hotel that they might have an opportunity to bring back Tadahito Iguchi next season -- and to play third base.

Ryan said...

Also... Howard is looking for the Pujols special from the Phils.

7 years/100 mil

(espn winter meetings blog)

Los said...

I actually gave up on Pat a few years ago ... hey, I still root for the guy, but my expectations are very low.

kentucky phils phan said...

i just read about the phils possibly bringing back tadahito iguchi to play third...i really like this move, what do yall think?

BloodStripes said...

I like the move. Its unknown how well he can play the position but I reckon he would do well considering his overall fielding ability. Excellent in my book. He is a good addition if he plays third or not.

GM-Carson said...

I loved what Iguchi did for this team in Utley's absense, but the man has never even played an inning at 3rd base before...huge risk if we sign him.