Friday, March 14, 2008

Phillies Phlashback Phriday: Dave Hollins

Tracking the springs of Rule 5 picks Travis Blackley and Lincoln Holdzkom has made me think back to other Phils that were Rule 5 picks. Recently there was Fabio Castro (who we acquired midseason in a trade), Shane Victorino (we offered him back to the Dodgers, but they passed...idiots!), and then way back in the early 90's to Dave Hollins. We actually selected Hollins in '89 from the Padres, while the Phils sat through a horrible rookie showing from him during the '90 season- .184 batting average over 72 games. Dave fit right in with the rest of the 1990 Phillies though, because they all left a bad taste in your mouth like eating a urinal cake (the cake part is misleading). After his horrific rookie campaign which was really a year of protection on the 25-man MLB roster that he should have spent in the minors instead, he came back with authority and posted a .298 average while playing himself into a starting 3rd base role for the '92 season. Hollins went on to place 20th in the NL MVP vote in '92 and play an integral part of the fabled '93 teams success while also being named to the All Star team. After that he suffered some injuries and was really never the same player again, eventually getting traded to the BoSox midway through '95.

From 1995 on his career was a whirlwind, being shipped from city to city. In '96 he began the season with the Twins and was later traded to Seattle for David Ortiz (yes the Big Papi David Ortiz). From 1997-98 he stayed put with the Angels then went on north of the border to Toronto in '99, took a season off in 2000, came back with the Indians in 2001, and ended with the Phils who signed the washed-up shell of Dave Hollins for a final hurrah in 2002. During spring training of '02, he was bitten by a spider (believed to be a brown recluse) which aggravated his diabetes and he only was able to collect 17 at bats that final season posting an ugly .118 average. Hollins career line: 983 games, 578 runs, 870 hits, 166 doubles, 112 homeruns, 482 rbi, 47 sb, .260 avg., and a .778 OPS over 12 seasons. He played predominantly 3rd base, but saw time at 1st base too. He was also a switch hitter that mashed lefties like they were a red potato. Hollins' nickname was "Head", which was bestowed upon him by John Kruk because of his psycho tendencies. Of note, he's Jason Weitzel of BeerLeaguer's, favorite player.

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Spring Fling:
*A representative from Random House Publishing contacted me and they're sending me a copy of Chris Coste's new book The 33-Year-Old Rookie for free.

*Kris Benson threw 57 pitches over 4 inning in a minor league game yesterday, bettering his chances at helping the Phils sooner rather than later.

*Scott Boras sob story Kyle Lohse finally signed yesterday with the Cardinals for 1 year and slightly over $4 million...should have taken the bigger contract Patty G offered you, schmuck!

*I've never mistaken Cole Hamels as the definition of "healthy", so the fact that he's battling flu symptoms is not a surprise to me. Let's just hope this flu doesn't turn into a busted arm.

*The Phils finally turned in a W after 9 innings yesterday, beating the Reds 10-7. It was an ugly win though, as Moyer got rocked for 4 runs over 5 innings.

~Carson

17 comments:

furiousBall said...

Dave Hollins had huge forearms, two of them by my count

GM-Carson said...

Dave Hollins was tenacious, I loved the way he played.

GM-Carson said...

I finally got an image to go with my name.

GM-Carson said...

Ok, didn't like the way that image showed up. Let's see how this one looks instead.

Los said...

Hollins fit perfectly into the misfits of 1993, and much like that team, his career was basically lightning in a bottle.

GM-Carson said...

'93 certainly was magical. Kruk, Daulton, Hollins, Dykstra all had awesome years, but couldn't maintain that over a longer period unfortunately.

SirAlden said...

In the radio interview with Pat Gillick he implied that a middle infielder (it would have to be Bruntlett who is hitting well) may be traded for a reliever before the season. It was quite subtle, in that he mentioned Ray Olmedo getting his work and at bats in.

It was also very subtly implied that the door was open to begin the season with only 11 Pitchers, thus giving Watson who is doing well and Snelling or T.J. Bohn who are not a shot to make the team.

GM-Carson said...

I like Eric Bruntlett and think he'll be a bigger asset than people realize. If trade, it better be for a damn good reliever because Ray Olmedo sucks worse that No-Hit Nunez...he'd become Never-Hit Olmedo (see, that's doesn't even sound catchy).

Bob D said...

Trade Helms.

I'd hate to see Olmedo as the primary backup. He would need to drink his "Juice".

Dobbs could fall into that catagory also since he plays 2B, 3B, 1B, OF.

GM-Carson said...

Luckily (except for freak accidents like an errant pitch) our main 3 in the infield play almost everyday- Howard, Utley, and Rollins. It is true the Dobbs can play 2nd in a pinch, but you absolutely need someone on the roster who can handle short and Ray Olmedo scares me unless it were for like an emergency. Bruntlett is decent, and I've read many good things about him from many sources since he's been traded here, I'd hate to see him go unless the reliever in return is a guaranteed performance type of guy.

By the way, Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins were voted best at their positions by MLB.com.

GM-Carson said...

Ryan Howard was also voted best power hitter by the Scouts Honor 2008 vote.

Jacobin said...

I see the phantasy baseball draft was moved to 10:30 a.m. (EDT) tomorrow. You sick, sick commissioner. Doing anything of note during the a.m. on a weekend! The only morning I want to see on a weekend is right after midnight!

GM-Carson said...

The change was made so that both authors of the blog (myself and Corey) could be able to do it. I truly hope people can still make the draft time...it's only a Saturday afterall.

GM-Carson said...

It's March 13th and I'm about to rant about spring training. The Phils are eating dingleberries. It's not just that they're losing, record doesn't matter, it's how they're losing. They pitching is shitty, the hitting is shitty, they're shitty! Rosario got rocked for 6 runs over 2 innings today...disgusting. They fell to the Braves 9-1. They scored 1 fucking run...disgusting. Charlie Manuel needs to get this team ready for the regular season, or we're looking at another shitty April and a bunch of pissed off fans. Oh yeah, the Mets have Johan, so a complete collapse in September isn't nearly as likely. Need to come out the gate and play consistent all season long. Fuck this shit they're doing right now.

Mike said...

Santana had a 4.94 ERA in September/October of 2007.

All the Yankee talk has been about their mysterious release of Crystal, but did you see that A-Rod injury? Gruesome.
Have to remember to take him off the fantasy draft lists...

Cavalier92 said...

Settle down Carson. Rosario is the 11th or 12th pitcher on the squad. IF they carry that many. They've been hitting pretty well, so lets see what the next week brings!

GM-Carson said...

Who exactly has been hitting pretty well? Burrell bad, Rollins bad, Werth bad, Utley bad, Jenkins bad, Coste bad...that's a lot of the lineup. Howard is karuptfuckinshitup, but he needs people on base to do real damage.

Rosario was our hope for 5th starter. In case you missed it, almost every single pitcher sucks for us this spring. Panic? Nah, just pissed.