Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Kalas News & Back to Baseball

According to a statement released by the Washington D.C. chief medical examiner's office, Harry Kalas had high blood pressure and suffered from atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. The disease is a major cause of heart attacks and strokes because of plaque buildup restricting blood flow in arteries. is reporting "to properly honor Kalas throughout the remainder of the 2009 season, players, coaches and manager Charlie Manuel will wear "HK" patches on their uniforms. The black circular patch will be located on the front of the jersey near the heart." The Zo Zone has pictures of fans honoring HK in front of the stadium.

Philadelphia Phillies (4-3) @ Washington Nationals (0-7)

Joe Blanton- 1 gm, 4 ip, 6 k, 15.75 era, 2.75 whip
Blanton stunk in his first outing of the season, and that's putting it politely. Much like the rest of the rotation, he was entirely too hittable, and ended up giving up 7 runs over 4 innings. The Phils offense fought back to win the game, thus keeping Blanton's Phillies record spotless.

Shairon Martis- 1 gm, 3 ip, 1 k, 9.00 era, 2.00 whip
Martis didn't do any better in his 2009 debut, allowing 3 runs in 3 innings, as his night was cut short by a lengthy rain delay. The 21 year old Netherlands native isn't a highly regarded prospect, but the Nationals are hoping he can hold down a spot in the rotation this year.

News & Notes:
*Delwyn Young was designated for assignment by the Dodgers, and the Phils are rumored to be interested in his services. He's a 26 year old switch-hitting outfielder with a .267 average and .725 OPS in 110 games over 3 seasons with the Dodgers. At every stop in the minors he's hit for a high average with solid pop (.303/.877, 105 hr). He'd be an upgrade over Miguel Cairo in my opinion.

*2008 draft pick Michael Stutes went 5 shutout innings for Reading in his Double A debut, picking up the win. Stutes has been very impressive in his professional career so far. Last year he went 7-2 with a 1.42 era and 0.93 whip in 69.2 ip while striking out 84 at various A-ball levels.

*Corey already suspects Mets pitcher Mike Pelfrey is probably retarded, but the video below serves as further evidence to support his claim. I love that he goofed in Citi Field's opening game, and that the Mets lost to open their new park.



GM-Carson said...

Forget about Delwyn Young, he's now a Pirate.

Anonymous said...

Video is down. Please explain the further retardation!

GM-Carson said...

Dammit MLB copyright rules! Anyway, Pelfrey fell flat on his face while attempting to deliver a pitch.

By the way, Heyman of Sports Illustrated suggests Pedro Martinez and the Phillies may be a fit. I don't see it happening nor making sense.

GM-Carson said...

I found another video of Pelfrey's slip-up, so watch it before MLB takes it away again.

Andrew said...

amazing video. makes perfect sense. I was at Monday's game (RIP Harry) and there was a nice showing of power. Howard's long bomb was "no doubt about it" as soon as it left the bat. Good game. Let push the nats to 0-8 and then 0-9.

GM-Carson said...

With some actual decent starting pitching I could see the Phils getting on a roll.

Over on BeerLeaguer, I had this to say about the rotation: If Park struggles in 2 more starts I see the Phils pulling the plug on that experiment with Happ to rotation and Park to bullpen the way it should have been all along.

About starters "settling down". I think we saw that in Myers and Moyers' 2nd outings. Myers is prone to the longball so 7 innings 4 runs seems about what to expect from him in my opinion. Also, Moyer was outstanding in '08, but don't forget he had a 5+ era in '07, so 4 runs in 6 innings seems about right too. It's Cole Hamels and Joe Blanton that we need and should expect much better outings from.

Chris said...

If the offense keeps hitting the way ti is all season and avoids any extended slumps the pitching should be just good enough for the Phils to win 94 games. I hope.

GM-Carson said...

Are they going to get in the game tonight with this crappy weather?

GM-Carson said...

Tonight's game looks like a no-go.

From the Zo Zone:

The Phillies have announced plans for Friday's tribute to Harry Kalas, who died Monday at 73.

Fans are urged to arrive early for the Friday game when the Phillies play the San Diego Padres at 7:05 p.m. at Citizens Bank Park. It will be the first home game since Hall of Fame broadcaster Harry Kalas' death four days earlier.

The Phillies will honor their legendary voice prior to the game with several tributes:

* The television booth in which Harry broadcast since Citizens Bank Park opened in 2004 will be named the Harry Kalas Broadcast Booth, "That ball's outta here!" A plaque will be hung to officially name the booth. The neighboring radio booth is named the Richie ("Whitey") Ashburn Broadcast Booth, "This game's easy, Harry."
* The ceremonial first ball will be thrown by Harry's three sons, Todd, Brad and Kane.
* Prior to the National Anthem, to be sung by Harry's son Kane, there will be a moment of silence.
* All fans will receive an 8"x10" color photograph of Harry.
* Harry's signature will be displayed on the field during the seven-game homestand beginning on Friday.
* Also for the seven games, a black drape will appear in front of the Phillies radio and TV booths and the Phillies flag in Ashburn Alley will be hung at half-mast.
* A video of Harry's career will be aired on PhanaVision.
* During the seventh-inning stretch, a video of Harry singing "High Hopes" will be shown on PhanaVision. Fans will be encouraged to join in.

Other acknowledgements include:

* During the first half-inning of the game televised by Comcast Network Philadelphia (formerly CN8), there will be no announcer commentary.
* Throughout the remainder of the season, a billboard honoring Harry will be displayed on the outfield wall.
* As previously announced, an HK patch will be worn on Phillies uniforms this season.
* Throughout the 2009 season, following every Phillies home run, Harry's legendary "Outta Here!" home run call will be played over the PA system as the Liberty Bell lights up.

Joanne said...

Thank you, Pelfrey, for bringing a hilarious bright spot to what has been a crappy few days in Philadelphia.

GM-Carson said...

No baseball again tonight...ugh! I hate baseball-less nights.

Amanda said...

Hhahah, nice video!

I'm glad to hear all the Harry tributes that will take place. He is missed already.

Dan said...

By the way, Pelfrey might miss his start on Sunday - he has tendinitis in his leg. Related to the fall? Hard to say - could be.

By the way, here is something I've been wondering since Monday - what was the result of Pelfrey's fall? If memory serves, the bases were empty and it was an 0-1 count. Pelfrey did not throw the ball - he just fell and then rolled around on the ground like a turtle on its idiotic back. That should be a balk, right? Which would actually qualify as a ball, since there was no one on base?

I don't remember seeing the count go even to 1-1 at this point. Was a balk not called?

On an unrelated note, the Mets lost the game on a Pedro Feliciano balk, which is just beautiful. Honestly, SO many things happened in that game that seem to be horrible omens for the Mets - the leadoff HR, the weird-ass cat thing, the multiple HR given up by Pelfrey after he was bragging about never giving one up in Citi Field, the loss on a balk...the list actually goes on, believe it or not.

Dan said...

Also, are you guys watching the Padres-Mets right now on ESPN2? Mets' OF Daniel Murphy (formerly a second baseman) just threw a cutoff to Jose Reyes for a play at the plate...from shallow left field. Also, he threw it sidearm, on the run, just like a third baseman does on a bunt play.

That was so dumb I would describe it as a fielding mix of Manny and a 12-year old kid who got cut from the sixth grade baseball team.

By the way, the result was that he short-hopped Reyes, who rushed his throw home and it ended up about five feet in front of home plate, allowing Padre Luis Gonzalez to score on a play where he had absolutely no business doing so.

Lovin' it.

NE Phillies Phan said...

Delwyn Young was not worth a couple of Pittsburgh can have him at that price.

Pelfrey is down which is good but Perez looked dominating today (he does that once in a while when he has control).

Oh, if anyone wants to jump on the Kyle Drabek Bandwagon, I'm firmly in the driver's seat: 2 GS, 2-0, 12 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 16 K, .150 BAA. This kid is gonna be something special real soon.

GM-Carson said...

A balk is only called when a runner is on base. No runner was on base, therefore no balk. And no ball was issued, because a pitch wasn't actually delivered.

Zach said...

Weird ass cat thing? Whats that about?