Thursday, December 11, 2008

Adios, Ramon

There has been some "under the radar" moves by the Phils recently, and although most people could care less about who occupies the coaching positions on the Phillies, WSBGM's aren't most people. We aren't as cool as them. But anyways...

Bullpen coach and batting practice pitching legend Ramon Henderson won't be back with the big club next year. Instead, Henderson has been "reassigned to a Minor League coaching position."

Henderson, known most for his pitching performances during Bobby Abreu and Ryan Howard's Home Run Derby victories, was the bullpen catcher since 1998, although he almost lost his job in 2000 when the Tito Francona regime was abolished. The late John Vukovich petitioned new manager Larry Bowa to keep him on staff. Although Ramon is not related to Rickey Henderson, he had this third person account of the story:

He talked Bowa into hiring me back. Since that day, a lot of good things have happened to Ramon Henderson. Two All-Star Games [as a Home Run Derby pitcher]. I got to be a coach for the USA team [in Japan last fall].
Henderson missed most of the 2008 season due to "personal issues" and will now be replaced by bullpen catcher and catching instructor Mick Billmyer.

The open coaching position will be filled by Mechanicsburg, PA native Tim Gradoville. [Hopefully, WSBGM's will get an interview with Gradoville this year so we can ask him Mechanicsburg related questions like "How 'bout that new Wegmans?" or "Been to the Italian Oven lately?"]

Maybe Henderson will be positioned with the R-Phils so we can go visit him sometime, but in case we never do, WSBGM's would like to take this time to bid gracias and adios to Ramon Henderson, the greatest Phillies bullpen coach of this millennium.

Corey

25 comments:

bsg said...

I've been wondering about this situation too, and it hasnt gotten much press, it seems like the whole issue got swept under the astro turf, or in the phillies case the grass. i'm wondering if he had "off the field issues that carried over to his job performance and upset charlie (i.e steve smith,dont rock the boat with charlie) and/or the front office, or clashed with some of the pitchers in the BP mainly lidge being he was new to the team? or clashed with billmyer, In all fairness to the guy ,could have been a family/personal issue that took him away, but just seems strange with how well our BP performed this year and to have him leave doing the 2nd half and not even return for the playoffs, and than not given his job back but to be reassigned to the minors it just sounds a little odd, but we'll never hear the real story from the phillies

GM-Carson said...

The Mets really improved their club in the past 2 days- closer Francisco Rodriguez, set-up man/back-up closer JJ Putz, reliever Sean Green, and outfielder Jeremy Reed.

The pieces they traded away actually make them better too, because Aaron Heilman and Endy Chavez suck and Joe Smith is just mediocre.

We get Ronny Paulino and Chan Ho Park. I'm beginning to have Amaro.

GM-Carson said...

AM Thoughts:
*Paulino is better than Jaramillo. Paulino is younger than Coste and possibly better and still has upside, so it was a good deal.

*Chan Ho Park for the bullpen = okay. Chan Ho Park for the rotation = Oh, Hell No!

*John Parrish might sign a minor league deal, and that's a perfect guy to have in Triple A as insurance should a reliever go down with injury.

*People can be in denial all they want, but the Mets just have a GREAT 2 days. Adding K-Rod and Putz while purging themselves of Endy Chavez and Aaron Heilman.

Kevin McGuire said...

I imagine it was Henderson's "personal issues" that lead to Chase Utley's abysmal performance in the home run derby this year.

Bob D said...

Right now as long as the Phils do not have Moyer in the fold, Park is a starter. I hope they find a bullpen spot for him and resign Moyer or sign Lowe. The Paulino trade is a good one. It does hint that a trade of a Philly catcher is coming, while a reliever could be traded now with Park on board and possibly Parrish.
Potential trade canidates could be Consrey, Madson, Coste, or even Ruiz.

GM-Carson said...

Chris Coste is a great story, but he was absolutely horrendous in the final 2 months of the season.

Corey said...

ugh, what a horrible morning. the mets fleece the mariners for putz, shedding heilman and inning-endy chavez at the same time; the phils trade for a disgruntled, lazy back-up catcher (for those of you who wouldn't sign milton bradley or trade for delmon young, just consider why the pirates would trade a young, supposedly solid catcher who can hit for a catcher who can't hit...yeah, this should be great for "team chemistry"); now the phils may sign chan ho mother-freakin park to pitch BP to the other team.

in ruben we trust?

GM-Carson said...

I'm pretty much pissed at Ruben Amaro right now. He keeps saying he's going to be "aggressive"...aggressive in acquiring shit.

goDuke said...

Oh. No. Here's hoping the bottom falls out of the corner outfielder market and we keep Burrell. We're gonna need his bat with Amaro bringing in crap like Chan Ho Park to pitch.

Lake Fred said...

"Personal issues" is too vague a reason. They need to give us an inkling of what it was. Things like illnesses or delinquent children problems are understandable. Fondness for deviant or other politically incorrect behaviors would be intolerable. Readers of "We Should Be GM's" need to know the truth. The Phils need to come clean on this below the radar, nobody cares, issue!

GM-Carson said...

I heard he was smuggling midgets across the border from Mexico.

GM-Carson said...

Apparently the Pirates didn't actually trade for Robert Andino of the Marlins yesterday...thank goodness. They are on the verge of signing utility infielder Ramon Vazquez to a 2 year $4MM deal though. He's much better than Andino!

furiousBall said...

Chan Ho Park? really?

GM-Carson said...

Rube continues to make head-scratching moves, selecting pitcher Robert Mosebach in the Rule 5 draft. The guy is a 23 year old righty out of the Angels organization and hasn't pitched above Double A. Mediocre record, era, and whip throughout minors...no reason to pick this guy up!

GM-Carson said...

Wow, 2 year $8.5MM to re-sign Nick Punto. He's no even close to worth that. Dumb Twins! Thank goodness Rube didn't sign him though.

GM-Carson said...

From Todd Zolecki-
UPDATE: In the minor league phase of the Rule V draft, the Phillies selected second baseman Kyle Haines from the San Francisco Giants and outfielder Javis Diaz from the San Diego Padres.

Haines, 26, spent last season with double-A Connecticut, where he hit .261 (91-348) with 43 RBI in 105 games. A 31st-round selection of the Giants in 2004, Haines is hitting .270 (291-1078) with five home runs and 120 RBI in 336 career games.

Diaz, 24, combined to hit .253 (95-376) with four home runs, 37 RBI and 28 stolen bases in 107 games between single-A Lake Elsinore and triple-A Portland. Signed as an amateur free agent by the Padres on August 7, 2002, Diaz is hitting .277 (477-1724) with 16 home runs, 155 RBI and 151 stolen bases in 479 career games.

Three players in the Phillies’ minor league system were selected by other teams in the triple-A phase of the draft, catcher Richard Suomi by Kansas City and righthanders Brett Harker and Ronald Hill, both by Florida.

GM-Carson said...

2:53pm: Stark says the Phillies "stepped up their efforts" for Ibanez. What's more, Ibanez has been telling friends the Phils are his top choice.

*Heard he wants 3 years at 11MM per. Rube is stupid to sign him to that, he'd be better off keeping Burrell.

Andrew said...

Scott Lauber suggested trading Carrasco for Garrett Atkins. What do you think of this, albeit unlikely, trade scenario?

GM-Carson said...

I think "nope". Atkins is about to get really expensive and hit free agency soon. Carrasco is a legit prospect and is projected to be a top of the rotation guy. Atkins is decent, better than what we have, but I choose to keep Carrasco.

Andrew said...

How many years left for Atkins? If we signed him to a 3-4 year extension, we'd have a good heavy hitting 3B for the first time since Rolen and an unstoppable infield. With Kendrick (who may be gone soon), Happ, Carpenter, Bastardo, etc... I almost think one decent SP minor leaguer would be expendable for a good trade.

GM-Carson said...

Atkins home/away splits are despicable. Home- .337 avg/.921 ops, Away- .260/.752. He'll be 29 next year too, not old, but definitely not young. Pass...

GM-Carson said...

Apparently Hamels called the Mets "choke artists" in an interview and it was ran in a New York newspaper. Uh oh...

dr. steve said...

Better enjoy those World Series 2008 memories... because Ruben Amaro is going to make sure it never happens again.

GM-Carson said...

We're defending World Series champs, anything Amaro decides to do is fine with me because he gets an automatic 1 year grace period. Sign Raul Ibanez- genius! Trade Carrasco for Atkins- stupendous. Re-sign Jamie Moyer for 5 years 99.99MM- bargin! In Amaro I trust.

*click*- sound of my sarcasm meter being switched off.

dr. steve said...

We traded fucking CATCHER FOR CATCHER.

DOES THAT NOT SET OF ANY KIND OF WARNING SIGN!?