Friday, June 20, 2008

Phlashback Phriday: Lance Parrish

Sweet mustaches in the 80's were like bell bottom pants in the 70's, everyone was wearing them including your mom and preacher. Lance Parrish was no exception to this rule. Although I could not find pictures documenting his alleged bell bottom wearing days, I have found evidence supporting that stupendous 'stache. Lance, nicknamed Big Wheel, hails from Pennsylvania, but made himself famous while playing in Detroit. He debuted with the Tigers back in 1977 and played there until 1986, at which time he signed a 2 year 2 million dollar deal with the Phillies. 1 million for 1 season was a big deal back in the 80's, and for that reason Parrish was consider a bust during his time in Philly due to inconsistent defense behind the plate, a low batting average, and that fact that he never brought to fruition the slogan of "Lance us a Pennant". He was an All-Star in '88, but that was out of formality because the entire team sucked that season. Over his 2 seasons with the Phils he slugged 32 homeruns and knocked in 127 runs from the catcher position. Following his departure from the City of Brotherly Love he signed an even more lucrative contract with the California Angels (who have since been changed to Anaheim Angels, and currently the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim). He spent 3.5 seasons with the Angels and was traded up the West Coast to Seattle to finish the '92 campaign. Then he went back to Cali to the Dodgers, but lost his job in the spring to some no-talent rookie named Mike Piazza (wonder what ever became of that guy?). After being released from the Dodgers things got dicey, he played for the Indians a bit in '93, signed back with Detroit in '94 but never played for them instead was sold to Pittsburgh where he played the '94 season. After the Pirates he signed with the Royals, but once again did not play for them, rather was dealt to Toronto in part of a conditional deal; and he played his final game in '95 as a Blue Jay. He did try once last hurrah as a Bucco again in '96, but never made the team. For his career this Phucco put up very respectable stats for a catcher- 8 time All-Star, 3 time Gold Glove, 1988 g, 856 r, 1782 h, 305 dbl, 324 hr, 1070 rbi, .252 avg, and a .753 OPS. Since his playing days he's bounced around the majors and minors coaching, and he currently has a son (David) playing in the minors in the Rockies system.

On Deck:
Lance Parrish's old club the Angels come to town for a 3 game set. Pitching match-ups include Adam Eaton (2-4, 4.57) vs. Erwin Santana (8-3, 3.40) tonight, Brett Myers (3-8, 5.58) vs. Joe Saunders (10-3, 3.06) Saturday night, and Cole Hamels (7-4, 3.23) vs. Jered Weaver (6-7, 4.73) in the series finale Sunday afternoon. Also, Sarge Jr. (Gary Matthews Jr.) will be playing for the Halos this weekend, meaning we'll hear plenty of useless banter in the booth from Wheels and company.

*Grand Pappy Moyer announced at his charity event yesterday that this season will not be his last and that he loves playing baseball in Philly. That means the ball is now in Patty G's court to re-up the extreme veteran lefty.



furiousBall said...

you know, i can't argue with extending moyer

GM-Carson said...

Extending Moyer actually makes sense. The man continues to prove that he can remain healthy and take the ball every 5th day and rack up about 6 innings a start and keep the team in the game for the most part. I say re-up him for 5 mil, hopefully that would get it done.


yea im still doing it i just had to take a hiatus due to lack of computer and phone. but im planning on starting it up again within the next couple days.

Bob D said...

Why trade for a lefty reliever. From what I hear is that Josh Outman is near ready. Condrey, who has been doing well would be the odd man out. However, he is doing good enough that he would end up being claimed and we would lose him. Even Madson has been solid.

Trading 3 or 4 prospects for a starter would hurt the team in the long run and I do not agree with that choice at this time. The best option would be headcase Myers turn things around and pitch well. Moyer has been solid with Eaton and Kendrick also pitching adequate. However, even though this pitching staff is good enough to win this division, the weaknesses can be exploited during a 5 to 7 game playoff series. They do need another lefty in the pen and another solid starter (or Myers pitching like an ace) in the rotation.

If they are looking at bringing in Ryan Freel, that would mean a trade involving a position player maybe looming. Taguchi and Ruiz are the only ones that have not produced alot so far. And we still have Snelling in the minors who I feel should be on the team over Taguchi.

I'll be at the game tonight rooting for Eaton to shutout the team with many names.

GM-Carson said...

Shocking enough, Clay Condrey has done a decent job considering his the last man on the pitching staff. However, if a quality lefty reliever can be added I would be in favor of demoting Condrey. If a quality starter could be landed, I'd be in favor of putting Myers in the bullpen to see if he can get back his 1 inning flair he had last season.

Taguchi has been a huge disappoint, a healthy Ryan Freel would be a huge upgrade over him.

GM-Carson said...

Jim Salisbury of the Philadelphia Inquire wrote this fine article about Brett Myers:
We've reached that time of the year when everyone who gives a hoot about the Phillies likes to climb up on his stump and shout about how the team needs to make a big trade for a starting pitcher.
And while we certainly believe that the Phils will need another arm to get by the first week of October - maybe even to get to October - and that someone like C.C. Sabathia could be the difference in getting this team to the World Series, there's one little matter that's not getting enough attention here in the land of the championship-starved:

The best pitching acquisition the Phillies might be able to make is sitting right in their clubhouse, probably with a long face, probably feeling sorry for himself.

His name is Brett Myers, and right now, he's killing this team. Right now, he stinks. If that's a little too blunt, too bad. That's the way the tough-guy righthander talks. That's what he understands.

Yo, Brett, you stink. You're 3-8 with a 5.58 ERA in 15 starts. Your club is 4-11 in those starts. You're supposed to be better than this. Are you?

Myers pitches tomorrow night against the Los Angeles Angels. It's time for him to start turning it around, time for him to start contributing, time for him to start pitching like the guy who was awarded the last two opening-day starts.

It's time for manager Charlie Manuel to stop saying that Myers' spot in the rotation is safe, even if he has no idea who will take his place. Adam Eaton was one bad start from losing his spot in the rotation in Houston last month. That's why the Phils lined up minor-league prospect Antonio Bastardo on his day. Eaton, a guy who has taken a lot of flak and never complained about it, responded with five quality starts heading into tonight's assignment against the Angels.

Maybe it's time that Myers felt some of the urgency Eaton did.

If Myers can't do better than a 5.58 ERA, then Phillies management owes it to the team to replace him in the rotation, even if that means taking valuable Chad Durbin out of the middle-relief role in which he has performed so well. And if Durbin isn't the guy to replace Myers, then Pat Gillick needs to make a deal. Now.

Myers' struggles are complex. They are part physical. He has acknowledged that he's not getting on top of the ball enough, not getting it on enough of a downward angle to the plate. That has resulted in the flat pitches that make hitters drool.

His struggles are also part mental, and not only because his confidence is wounded. Myers has had difficulty transitioning back to a starter. As a closer last year, he could let it all hang out for a dozen or so pitches. It fit his hard-charging personality. As a starter, he seems to be pacing himself, easing into games, and he's getting hurt by it. You can see it in the .368 batting average and .838 slugging percentage he has surrendered in the first inning of games.

You can question the wisdom of the Phillies' moving Myers back to the rotation after acquiring Brad Lidge, but it's a move that should work. Lidge has been tremendous as the closer, and Myers, with four good big-league pitches, is too talented to be struggling so badly as a starter. Closing. Starting. It's all pitching. Anything else is an excuse.

One troubling aspect of Myers' struggles is the personality change it has caused. It's understandable that his confidence has taken a beating. But from the first day Myers arrived in 1999, he was brash, edgy, cocky and ready to rumble. That attitude seems to be gone. Sometimes he looks beaten in the first inning. If Myers is going to stink, we'd rather see him stink as his fiery and competitive self rather than as a wimp.

In addition to a lack of confidence, Myers has shown too much stubbornness. He's always had a terrific curveball, but he's not showing it early enough. He gets proud of that fastball (the one he's had so much difficulty locating), and before you know it, it's batting practice. He gave up three ringing doubles in the first 18 pitches his last time out, in St. Louis. All three doubles were on fastballs. He threw one curveball in his first 18 pitches - and got an out.

According to Stats Inc., hitters are batting .335 and slugging .665 against Myers' fastball this season. They are hitting .227 and slugging .293 when their at-bat ends on a curveball. In no way are we suggesting that Myers abandon his fastball; he just needs to locate it better. He needs to get hitters off the plate inside and command the outside corner. That will make his curveball, splitter and cutter better.

Myers is way too talented to be plodding along the way he has been. No one expects him to rattle off 10 straight wins. But he has to start consistently keeping his team in games. He has to start pitching like the team's opening-day star. He has to pitch smarter. He has to get that old chip back on his shoulder.

He could be the best acquisition the Phillies make this summer.

Do you have it in you, Brett?

SirAlden said...

'nuff said.

We should have signed Schilling. He would have gotten into Myers head
and led him to be a Pitcher and a Man. Myers adored Schil.

GM-Carson said...

Signed Schilling? Why? So he could sit out the season injured while collecting thanks.

GM-Carson said...

Phillies Scouting Rumors
All of these "team X scouts team Y" type reports should be taken with a grain of salt, because scouting does not necessarily imply trade interest. But hey, this is MLB Trade Rumors.

Paul Hagen of the Philadelphia Daily News says the Phillies sent special assistant Charley Kerfeld to watch the Brewers play the Blue Jays. Hagen notes that Kerfeld may have observed Ben Sheets and A.J. Burnett.

Jayson Stark told us Thursday that the Brewers would have to be "way out of it" before making Sheets available. But Burnett might be fair game, and Stark said the Phillies have already kicked the tires on him. Stark said the Phils are also eyeing Bronson Arroyo and Jarrod Washburn. Jim Salisbury believes the best acquisition the Phillies could make is an effective Brett Myers.

GreggyD said...

Schilling demanded so much money and now ESPN is reporting that his season, and maybe his career are over. I don't think Schill would be in the clubhouse to put a spark under Myers' ass, he would be sitting in Arizona nursing his arm.

GM-Carson said...

Jerry Crasnick of ranked Eric Bruntlett 9th in MLB in terms of versatility. Here's what he had to say, "Greg Dobbs has been a huge offensive presence off the bench for the Phillies. But it was Bruntlett who stepped in and filled the void when Jimmy Rollins went down for 28 games with an ankle injury in April and May. The Phillies posted a 16-12 record with Bruntlett as their everyday shortstop.

Two attributes make Bruntlett particularly valuable. The first is his ability to move from the middle infield to the outfield and play not just adequately, but proficiently. He gets excellent jumps and takes precise routes to the ball no matter where you put him.

Bruntlett also possesses the ability to play several positions in the same game with no noticeable dropoff. His versatility was never more apparent than in Houston's marathon Division Series-clinching victory over Atlanta in 2005, when manager Phil Garner spent 10 innings shuttling him between shortstop and center field."

GM-Carson said...

OPS for each position accompanied by NL Rank (courtesy of Phillies Flow).
C - .729/7th
1B - .794/11th
2B - .990/1st
3B - .721/13th
SS - .767/7th
LF - .980/1st
CF - .808/4th
RF - .706/15th

This shows that Ryan Howard, Pedro Feliz, and the combo of Jayson Werth and Geoff Jenkins aren't doing very well.

ripjgarcia said...

Here we go again..... giving up first inning bombs.... sigh

BloodStripes said...

Predictable start by Eaton. Big Daddy Vladdy with a 2 run homer. This will be a tough one.

GM-Carson said...

What the hell is wrong with this club? Bad pitching, bad hitting, bad defensive. All those positive vibes from a week or so ago are gone with this recent return to crap.

Chase Utley where are you? He's ridiculously awful right now.

GM-Carson said...

Chase Utley drought now at 22 at, that's sad and alarming.

BloodStripes said...

Big Erv is looking strong tonight. Eaton is the main problem today.

SirAlden said...

4 years ago silly.

When Ed Wade was the GM.

GM-Carson said...

They're back- the disappointing heartbreakers called the Philadelphia Phillies...f'n losers!