Monday, December 03, 2007

The Tom Filer Connection

Tom Filer's career began in 1982 with the Chicago Cubs, made a stop in Toronto in 1985, found a home in Milwaukee from 88-90, and then ended his MLB journey 1992 with the New York Mets. In total, Filer pitched 6 seasons compiling 22 wins, 307.3 ip, and a 4.25 era. So why the hell am I writing about him if he wasn't neither a Phillie or Pirate? Thomas Carson Filer went to La Salle University and was born in Philadelphia. That's 3 connections right there! His middle name is my first name, Corey's Alma Mater is La Salle, and the Phillies happen to play in Philly. Added bonus connection- Filer has been a pitching coach in the Phils minor league system.

Speaking of old stomping grounds, the La Salle Explores take on the Bucknell Bison (my college) in men's NCAA hoops tonight at 7pm in Lewisburg, PA. My prediction- La Salle by 10, Bucknell's team just doesn't have the magic this season.

When it comes down to ex-MLB players from our colleges, Bucknell has the upperhand though, as recent Phillie Eric Junge is trying to mix it up in Japan now and Hall-of-Fame pitcher Christy Mathewson, he of 373 wins, has the Bucknell football field named after him.

~Carson

17 comments:

Jarex said...

Winter Meetings - when I was a kid I used to skip school on the first day of the meetings, leave Headline News on and watch the sports ticker all day. With that said, I'd love to hear your thoughts/predictions on what's going to go down this year where the Phils are concerned. Big trade? Little nibbles? Re-sign Rowand? Bring back Rolen?

GM-Carson said...

No on Rolen. He hates Philly, and most of Philly hates him (including me).

Rowand is out of the Phils price range, and as I've stated before I do not believe he's worth the years or money he's demanding.

Big trade- doubtful.

Little nibbles- yes. I can see Patty G signing someone like Brad Wilkerson for the outfield, Rodrigo Lopez or Kris Benson for the rotation, and some scrap heap guys for the bullpen. I'd love to see Jenkins brought in to platoon with Werth, and the Phils to make a move for Hank Blalock or Joe Crede to sure up 3rd, but both scenarios are doubtful.

Ryan said...

Jason Stark mentions the Phillies as a potential trade parter with the O's for Erik Bedard. The other teams mentioned include the Dodgers, Yanks, Mets, M's and Red Sox. How do we even get a mention in this group? What could we possibly offer the O's that would top offers from the other teams. Victorino, Carsacco, and two other prospects is the best I could come up with, but then who is playing center?

GM-Carson said...

Bedard would give me a boner!

Now that Wolf is off the market, the Phils are said to be interested in reclamation projects Benson, Colon, and Clement. I do not want Colon! Benson seems like the best risk to me.

Ryan said...

Benson would be great for the clubhouse atmosphere - Anna that is.

furiousBall said...

Anna Benson would give me a boner. Eric Bedard would make me happy. But whatever gives you a boner is great Carson.

GM-Carson said...

C'mon, you know if Bedard were added to this rotation (no matter how remote that possibility is) you'd pop wood too.

furiousBall said...

No, a baseball player doesn't give me an erection. I mean except that one time in pony league and that was when I was really young and confused.

Malcolm said...

Leave it to you to find Tom Flier deep in my baseball card collection, Carson.

We should bet on the three moves the Phils make (rotation, bullpen, lineup). Like a trifecta. I'm going with Colon, Lieber and Wilkerson.

BenJah said...

here's a prospect connection for you:

i went to college with chris denorfia, who won minor league player of the year honors with the reds a couple of seasons ago and was traded to the A's last year. we had freshman english together.

GM-Carson said...

Congrats Benjah, you are officially now not a complete tool!

Bob D said...

Here is someone that Gillick may want to acquire (and from the White Sox too): The White Sox also designated left-hander Heath Phillips for assignment. The 26-year-old Phillips was 1-1 with a 3.68 ERA in six relief appearances for Chicago this season. He went 13-7 with a 4.30 ERA and 108 strikeouts in 28 starts for Triple-A Charlotte, throwing 173 2-3 innings.

He is worth a look this spring and if not he would be in AAA and we all know that the real talent or most of it will be in the Phils AA to start the year.

Bob D said...

Pirates have also put Jason Bay(29) on the block: bats/throws righty has some speed 21,11,4 SB last 3 years and good power 32,35,21 Hrs last 3yrs, 306, 286, 247 BA last 3 yrs. If he averages those out in citizen bank park you look at 28Hr, 10SB, 280BA or if he has a citizen bank park offensive type of year it will look more like: 38Hr 110Rbi 300Ba 100runs.
He had a down year so he will be cheaperthan last year. However, I don't know if the Phils have what it takes to get him

GM-Carson said...

I doubt the Phils persue Bay at all.

Bucknell actually prevailed over La Salle last night 67-66...nice!

GM-Carson said...

Pirates got another J. Wilson to play short- claiming Josh, not Jack, Wilson off waivers from the Rays. Josh is a Pittsburgh native. To make room on the 40 man roster then designated huge slugger Brad Eldred.

It's time for Gillick to rummage through the minor league guys right now to build some depth at Triple A.

GM-Carson said...

IF HGH baby Jose Guillen, he of bad attitude with the M's and Angels, can snag 13 million a season, I think it's time to admit Burrell may not actually be overpriced.

GM-Carson said...

Some Phils rumors:
Hank Blalock is a popular name around the lobby. Despite the various squashed rumors Rosenthal says he would be a good fit for the Cardinals, Phillies, or Dodgers.
The Phils plan on taking a look at Kris Benson when he throws for teams a couple of weeks from now.