Review: Does anybody remember when Victorino lost his starting job to Jayson Werth back in May? I do and six months later it was still a dumb move.
I’ll admit, I’m a little biased when it comes to critiquing Vic. Aside from Pat Burrell, he may be my favorite Phillie. I have been adamant in my support for Vic since he came to Philly, so every solid season he has makes me look good. And as far as good seasons go, Vic hasn’t had a better one than 2008. He had the highest average(.293) and the most homers (14), runs (104) and RBIs (58) in any of his full season. He also took home a deserved Gold Glove. Overall, he had a great season.
Best Unused Pic: I got his from a website a long time ago and somehow never worked it into any post about Shane. But I can’t let a good “taint” reference go unused…
Preview: Unless the Phils use Victorino in a trade, he will be back in centerfield and counting on a pay raise. He made $480k last year but should get more in arbitration.
Review: I predicted a positive season for Eaton, something like 12-7 and a 4.67, saying he would “exceed very low expectations.” Carson agreed, having him winning 11 games. I guess we thought if we wished for it hard enough, it just might happen. But in the end, there is no Santa Claus, and Adam Eaton sucked.
Memorable Moment: None. They all sucked equally.
Preview: Eaton will get paid millions by the Phils, but where will he pitch? My favorites to land the services of Eaton, 1) Atlantic League 2) Northern League or 3) Honkbal Hoofdklasse .
Review: Eyre pitched like a lefthanded, short-relief version of Adam Eaton last season for the Cubs. In his defense, he had elbow and groin problems and only pitched eleven innings. But, those eleven innings were all Sweet Lou Piniella needed to see. Scott went from Lou's doghouse, to the waiver wire, to the Phils bullpen, to a champagne victory celebration. I guess he should be thanking Lou letting him get away from that loser franchise in Chicago. Or instead, Geoff Jenkins can tell him to "suck it."
Preview: The Phils have inked Eyre to a one year, $2 million dollar deal, hoping that he can repeat his 1.88 ERA in 2009.
Review: We here at WSBGM's were sad to see Fabio Castro, the Model Dictator, get traded to Toronto. But what a trade it ended up being. Stairs had a solid finish with the Phils, collecting five pinch-hits in 17 total at-bats, including two homers. But it was his one, ginormous swing of the bat in L.A. that cemented Matt Stairs as a Philly fan favorite forever...Oh, yeah, and his quote about getting his ass pounded was pretty good too.
Preview: Matt Stairs could take over for So Taguchi as the fifth outfielder, but really is more suited for the American League. He has a single utility who may have a problem finding a role on the 2009 Phillies. Greg Dobbs is the number one pinch-hitter. Geoff Jenkins is the left-handed outfield alternative. And their just aren't enough interleague games to justify having a DH/pinch-hitter on the roster all year. If the Phils re-sign Burrell or add another outfielder, either of which they have to do, Stairs might be gone in favor of a guy who can actually play in the outfield. He will only make $1 million next season, so unloading him to the Junior Circuit should be easy. How about he goes back to Toronto for Model Dictator?
[Thanks to Big League Stew and TheFightins.com for posting these videos.]