Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Pat Burrell - A Hero Retires

Yesterday we started voting for the next member of the WSBGMs Hall of Fame. The same day, the inaugural inductee and my favorite Phillie of all-time, Patrick Brian Burrell, retired.

In addition to blog Hall member, Burrell's resume also includes a Golden Spikes Award, first overall draft pick in the 1998 MLB Draft, and two time World Series winner. He can also boast of about $70 million in career earnings.

Some may argue that Burrell didn't live up to the expectations of a number one overall pick, but he was far from a bust. (Remember, Paul Wilson, Matt Anderson, Bryan Bullington and Matt Bush have all been draft #1 in the last twenty years. As have mediocre players Kris Benson, Delmon Young and Luke Hochevar.) And if you look at the history of the Phillies, Burrell ranks pretty high in few offensive categories. He's 4th all-time in home runs, 5th in walks, 8th in RBIs, 8th in sacrifice flies, and 9th in extra base hits. He's also in the top twenty Phillies of all-time in doubles, intentional walks, total bases, OPS and slugging.

The ups and downs of Burrell's tenure in Philadelphia have been well documented all over the interweb and in "traditional" media. One year, he was "can't miss television," capable of planting any pitch into the left field stands. The next year, he would be unwatchable, capable of going games without as much as a foul ball. And which Burrell we would see from year to year was anybody's guess.

But as inconsistent as Burrell was on the field, he was just as consistent off of the field and in the clubhouse. He understood Philadelphia and its fans. He knew that failure would be met with vocal disapproval just as success would be met with glory and fanfare. And he never expected or asked for anything different. Instead of folding up and heading out to St. Louis, he soldiered on and left Philadelphia riding in a parade, as a hero.

Monday, January 30, 2012

WSBGMs Hall of Fame Nominations 2012

It’s WSBGMs Hall of Fame time. As a reminder, here is how it works. Each year, Carson and I will nominate a few people (players, coaches, ballgirlz, etc.) that have had an impact on the blog. We'll put the nominations up for vote. If the person receives a certain percentage of the vote (which we will arbitrarily change every year to suit our needs), then he/she will be officially enshrined in the Hall of Fame, which will be less of a hall and more of a widget in the sidebar. As for the rules: 1) a person can only be nominated three times 2) a person cannot be currently playing/coaching/working for Phils to be nominated 3) a reader can vote for more than one person but we ask that you only vote once and 4) I reserve the right to make up more rules later.

In the inaugural vote, Pat Burrell was elected, Steve Jeltz, Abe Nunez and David Bell remained on the ballot, but Rick Schu only received a few votes so he is no longer eligible.

In 2010, Eric Bruntlett was elected. Bea Arthur, Adam Eaton, Steve Jeltz and Brett Myers got enough votes to stay on the next year’s ballot. Unfortunately, David Bell, Abe Nunez and Ed Wade will have to hope for a Veterans Committee selection.

Last year, Brett Myers booked his place in the Hall. Bea, Jayson and Adam Eaton got just enough votes to keep hope alive. Steve Jeltz missed out again and will not be on the ballot any longer.

So without further adieu, here are this year's nominees.

Bea Arthur (30% of votes in 2010, 3rd nomination) - A longshot to get elected in 2010 and 2011, the first non-baseball person nominated is back for her final go-round after two near misses. She and the rest of the “Golden Girls” helped the Phils to an extended winning streak early in the 2009 season and has been mentioned repeatedly, especially when the Phils are struggling. She made such an impact on the team and this blog that she was given a place next to Bowa and Wade in the banner image. Props to Bea.

Adam Eaton (12% in 2010. 3rd nomination) - The Phillies drafted Eaton 11th overall in 1996. I wish their association with his failures ended there, but sadly he returned to the Phillies in 2007. The Phillies paid Eaton about $24 million and in turn he posted a 14-18 record with a 6.10 ERA. He became the most hated pitcher on this blog (I think Carson even fantasized about beating him up in a parking garage...) and forever will be the standard bearer for disappointing pitching performances. Of course, it also didn't help Eaton's case here that he often didn't think he was pitching that bad, denying his supreme shittyness to the end. When he mercifully left Philadelphia he had this to say, "Granted, there were a lot of horrible games in there, but there were some good ones, too." No, Adam, there weren't, that's why you're still on the ballot.

Jayson Werth (13% in 2011, 2nd nomination) – Four years with the Phillies resulted in four playoff appearances. He made one All-Star game and was top 20 in the MVP balloting twice. He may or may not have destroyed the sanctity of a teammate's marriage. But more importantly, he once grew a beard that was very enjoyable to look at/write about/photoshop. Remember, Werth beard picshereand here.For this, and possibly this alone, he gets the nomination.

Danys Baez (1st nomination) - Every good story needs an antagonist and Baez played the part admirably over the last two season. While the collective Phillies were successful, in their midst existed Danys Baez. Somehow, Baez got into 80 games and posted a 5.81 ERA and 1.60 WHIP before getting released. Baez sucked. And at WSBGMs, we never missed an opportunity to point that out. Simply. Repeatedly. Ad nauseum. And for that, Baez gets a nomination.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Phanatic on 30 Rock, Pence no Arb & Oswalt a Card

America's most loved mascot made an appearance on the sitcom 30 Rock. Thanks Tina Fey for keeping it real...real Philly.

Hunter Pence and the Phillies avoided arbitration, agreeing to a 1 year $10.4M deal. It was the halfway point between the 2 filings ($9M- Phils, $11.8M- Pence).

Roy Oswalt appears to be heading to the Cardinals. With Adam Wainwright returning to the rotation that already boasts Chris Carpenter and Jaime Garcia, Oswalt is a big weapon being added to the defending World Series champs.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Juan Pierre a Phillie

Looks like my wish might just come true. On Sunday I suggested the Phillies attempt to sign one of either Juan Pierre or Johnny Damon. Pierre seems to be Amaro's choice, and it's reportedly only a minor league deal.

From Sunday's Blog Post:
"Pierre is nothing more than a singles hitter, but he did lead the American League in stolen bases in 2010 with 68, and swiped 27 last year with the White Sox. His arm is atrocious, so RF is out of the question, but he's capable of manning center and left field a couple times a week. He could serve as Jim Thome's personal pinch-runner, or even pinch-hit himself (career .296 hitter, but now more in the mid .270's range). Career pinch hitting: .311/.753 in 105 plate appearances."

In 12 MLB seasons with the Rockies, Marlins, Cubs, Dodgers, and White Sox, Pierre has hit .296/.708 with 980 R, 2020 H, and 554 SB. For the most part of his career he was a center fielder and a poor one at that. However, since moving to left field in 2008, his defense has become average.

Personally, I love this deal. Juan Pierre on a minor league deal is a steal (pun intended). It's a no-risk move with potential upside. Pierre is one of those pesky players that always seems to collects his hits and swipe bags, something that the Phils could definitely use on their bench.

*Side note- Pierre is the god father of Dontrelle Willis' 3 daughters.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Why the hell did Amaro trade Valdez?

Wilson Valdez has done a serviceable job for the Phillies over the past two seasons as a utility infielder. He logged time at 2nd, 3rd, and SS, playing adequate defense. He even won a game in relief last season. His bat wasn't much (.254/.652 in 210 games), but most UTL players aren't. He was set to earn $930K in 2012. Trading him to the Reds seems like nothing more than a salary dump. How much does it save? Only about $500K, because Michael Martinez, Valdez's replacement as utility infielder, will make league minimum ($480K), but wouldn't have in the minors. This trade just doesn't make sense unless Amaro is upgrading the utility infielder via trade or free agency.

Michael Martinez is shit (.540 OPS in 2011) and always will always be shit (.683 OPS in 5 minor league seasons). He's not young (29). He's already reached his potential, and his potential is shit. I'm okay with him playing in Triple-A and coming up in September, but not for a full season getting lots of at bats due to our elderly infielders maladies.

Not much remains on the free agent market. Jeff Keppinger looks like he's going to the Rays. Wilson Betemit signed a cheap deal with the O's. Aaron Miles and Ryan Theriot are still out there, but not really an upgrade over Valdez. Miles hits for average at least I guess. Edgar Renteria says he's willing to become a utility infielder, but he's not played 3rd nor 2nd base. Carlos Guillen would be an interesting signing on a minor league deal, but he can't handle SS.

Really, I just don't understand this trade. Unless it's a precursor to another deal, what's the purpose?

Jeremy Horst was the player the Phils received from the Reds. He's a 26 year old lefty reliever. He made his MLB debut last season, pitching in 12 games with a 2.93 ERA. Over 5 minor league seasons he posted a 3.08 ERA and 1.24 WHIP, averaging 8.5 K per 9 IP. He may end up being useful, but with Antonio Bastardo and Dontrelle Willis already in the bullpen and Joe Savery at the ready in Lehigh Valley, I don't see the pressing need. So, once again I say "salary dump" to this trade, and because it's for such a minuscule amount and leaves the team worse off, I therefore hate this trade.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Phillies Charities 5K

Last year I ran in the freezing temperatures of the Phillies 1st Annual Charities 5K. Once again, I will be lacing up the running shoes for this event. The 2nd Annual Annual Phillies Charities 5K will take place on March 31st at Citizens Bank Park. Participants get a t-shirt, 2 tickets to the On-Deck series versus the Pirates on April 2nd or 3rd, and the chance to get themselves into shape while helping out a good cause. I finished at 26 minutes 38 seconds last year. This year, I'm shooting for under 25.

5K = 3.1 miles.

Other Stuff:
*Would you rather have Albert Pujols at 10 yr $240M, Prince Fielder at 9 yr $214M, or Ryan Howard at 5 yr $125M?

*How do you feel about the Phillies bullpen, would you welcome back Brad Lidge on small 1 year deal?

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

R.I.P- Andy Musser

From left to right: Richie "Whitey" Ashburn, Andy Musser, Harry Kalas & Chris Wheeler.

They were the Phillies broadcast team while I was growing up. They kept me company on many Sunday afternoons. Now, only Wheels remains, as Musser passed away at the age of 74.

The Phillies issue the following statement on the passing of Andy Musser:

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Andy’s family, especially his wife Eun Joo, his son Allan and his daughter Luanne. Andy was a dear friend to many, an absolute gentleman, and a true professional. I had the pleasure of working with him for 26 years during which time he made a significant contribution to our club. Additionally, along with thousands of Philadelphia sports fans, I admired his versatility in announcing not only Phillies games but also his work with the Eagles, Sixers and Villanova Basketball. Since leaving the Phillies broadcast booth in 2001, Andy remained close to the club. We will all miss our dear friend.”

Phillies President, David Montgomery

Monday, January 23, 2012

Possible Bench Targets

Yesterday I proposed offering Juan Pierre or Johnny Damon a contract to be a bench player on the Phillies. Neither option is likely because they're looking for starting gigs, and the Phils don't have that to offer. Also, someone in the comments section mentioned that a right-handed bat would be preferable to a lefty, so I looked over the list of remaining free agents and came up with some players that fit that criteria, as well as being versatile.

Possible Bench Targets:
2011 stats - AVG/OPS
* = switch hitter

Jeff Keppinger/UTL (31) - .277/.677

*Wilson Betemit/UTL (30) - .285/.795

*Carlos Guillen/2B/1B/LF (36) - .232/.633

*Aaron Miles/UTL (35) - .275/.660

Ryan Theriot/2B/SS (32) - .271/.662

Edgar Renteria/SS (35) - .251/.654

Notes- Betemit would be ideal, and could take over for Valdez if a roster squeeze came into play upon Howard's return. He'd also likely be the most expensive. At this point in the offseason, Guillen, Miles, Theriot, and Renteria might be able to be had on minor league deals. Keppinger maybe a 1 yr/$1M pact. Renteria is also said to be open to becoming a utility infielder, adding 3rd and 2nd base to his positions.

Do you think Amaro should attempt snagging one of these players on the cheap or just stick with what's already in the system?

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Phillies 5th Outfielder: Damon or Pierre

By all accounts, Ryan Howard will not be ready by Opening Day. Thus creating an open spot on the 25-man roster. The Phillies could use a player with some speed and the ability to play the outfield on their bench, something that Michael Martinez or Scott Podsednik would provide. However, Mini-Mart can't hit, and Pods wasn't in the Majors last season, and only played 34 games in the minors. Pete Orr has plus speed, but he posted an OPS lower than Martinez and isn't really adept for the outfield. Management has already stated Domonic Brown needs more Triple-A seasoning, so burying him on the bench getting very little playing time would not make sense. Where to turn?

How about the always pesky Juan Pierre or the Caveman Johnny Damon?

Pierre is nothing more than a singles hitter, but he did lead the American League in stolen bases in 2010 with 68, and swiped 27 last year with the White Sox. His arm is atrocious, so RF is out of the question, but he's capable of manning center and left field a couple times a week. He could serve as Jim Thome's personal pinch-runner, or even pinch-hit himself (career .296 hitter, but now more in the mid .270's range).

Damon still has a little giddy-up left in his wheels (19 SB last year) and some pop in his bat (16 HR last year), but he only played 16 games in the outfield last year. Let's be honest though, with Mayberry, Victorino, Nix, and Pence the Phils don't really need many innings in the outfield, so the ability to pinch run or hit is far more desirable. Something Johnny remains quite capable of.

Career Pinch Hitting:
Pierre- .311/.753 in 105 plate appearances.
Damon- .217/.642 in 82 plate appearances.

Offer them a 1 year $2M deal and the first one to accept gets the gig. The only problem being when Howard returns a roster spot disappears, but the extra bench bat could always be kept if the Phils opt to go with an 11 man pitching staff (something that is within reason due to the starters ability to go deep into games).

Saturday, January 21, 2012

WSBGMs Archive Diving

On January 21st/22nd back in...

2007 - we were mourning the loss of ex-Phillies pitching coach Vern Ruhle and celebrating the contract extension of Chase Utley.

2008 - I had a premonition that this year might just be the Phillies year...

"The Phils may have choked in the 2007 playoffs versus the Rockies, but in '08 I have much higher hopes! Hey, at least we're not the Mutts."

2009 - checked out Ruben Amaro's busy signing frenzy (Cole Hamels, Ryan Madson, Jayson Werth, and Greg Dobbs all signed multi-year deals within a week's span). We also checked out Phillies on various country's World Baseball Classic rosters.

2010 - Rube was a busy boy yet again, signing Carlos Ruiz, Shane Victorino, and Joe Blanton to multi-year contract extensions.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Carmona Not True*

[*Subtitled: An Off-Season, Off-Topic Song Parody That Probably Only Carson and I Will Find Funny But I'm Doing It Anyway]

If you haven't heard, Fausto Carmona is not Fausto Carmona. He's Roberto H. Heredia. And he's 31. Which inspired me to write this little number. Count it off, Marky!

Wondering where I'm pitching tonight
Got busted in the D.R., don’t feel all right
I’m Fausto Carmona, Tribe knows that ain’t true
Ran out of VISAs and aliases, too

It's Bud Selig’s fault why I lied today
Can’t get paid pitching in Triple-A
They’ll likely void my contract, now I’m out of “The Show”
I guess it's over, nowhere to go

But I'm not sorry for the things I do
Got paid large not telling the truth
I'm not sorry for the things I do, do...

Carmona not true,
Carmona not true,

Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Rooting For The Old Man

But Does He Know Where The Rockies Play?
Jamie Moyer signed a minor league deal with the Rockies this week. The 49 year old Moyer, who's coming off of Tommy John surgery, has to pass a physical.

I don't know if any other team offered Moyer a deal, but taking a look at their current rotation options, I can see Moyer getting a shot, especially if the Rockies look at him as part time 5th starter and part time assistant pitching coach.

Now, since it's January and there's nothing else to talk about, let's commence arguing about whether Moyer can make the Hall of Fame. Go!

Bowden Tweets
Four-letter baseball talking head and former shit-GM Jim Bowden punched out some Phillies tweets yesterday. Basically, he said Ty Wiggy will play first base primarily until Ryan Howard gets healthy and Amaro expects Mayberry and Nix will likely platoon left field. Nothing surprising here, but I imagine the Dom Brown lovers will be a little disappointed to see him back with the FeHams this spring.

Fuqua In The Movies - Caddyshack

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

What's the #?

A. Total of Mike Schmidt's AS selections, GG & SS awards
B. Multiplied by Von Hayes league leading runs scored
C. Minus Charles Fuqua Manuel's regular season wins as Phillies manager
D. Divided by Rob Ducey's career pinch hit homeruns
E. Plus the total of Wes Chamberlain's MLB jersey numbers
What's the number?

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Hamels & Valdez Avoid Arbitration

Nobody wants to go through an arbitration hearing. Not the player, not the club. It's two parties haggling over money while either building up the player's worth by pointing out all of his attributes or tearing it down by nagging on all his weaknesses. Coming to an agreement prior to that is ideal and the Phillies did just that with Cole Hamels and Wilson Valdez today.

Hamels, in his final season of arbitration before hitting free agency, gets $15M. That's one of the highest salaries for a player that is still arbitration eligible. Many fans were hoping Cole would be locked up with an extension, but now he seems destined to test the open market waters and a $100M payday is a definite possibility.

Valdez snagged $930K from the Phils. Pretty good, considering he was a washed up Quad-A player just two seasons ago that nobody wanted and the Phils only ended up using out of necessity.

Kyle Kendrick agreed to terms on a 1 year/$3.585M contract last week avoiding arbitration.

Hunter Pence is the only Phillie that is arbitration eligible yet to sign. Maybe a deal comes through for 4 years/$50M...probably would take way more than that though.

Side note- Ben Francisco signed with the Blue Jays for $1.5375M.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Welcome Aboard Joel Pineiro

Kudos to Amaro for signing Joel Pineiro to a minor league contract. The 33 year old right hander has a lifetime 104-93 record over 12 MLB seasons with a 4.41 ERA, 1.35 WHIP in 1754.1 innings. 2011 was a disaster for him with the Angels, compiling a 5.13 ERA in 23 starts, but the 2 seasons prior to that with the Cardinals and Halos were solid efforts (25-19, 3.64/1.18, 366.1 IP). Over his career Pineiro has pitched for Seattle, Boston, St. Louis, and Los Angeles (Anaheim). He's an excellent insurance policy for 7th starting pitcher (Halladay-1, Lee- 2, Hamels- 3, Worley- 4, Blanton- 5, Kendrick- 6, and now Pineiro- 7).

This could also open the door to dealing Heavy B or KK. Blanton needs to prove he's healthy, but if he does so, I imagine a club would welcome his services if the Phils ate a portion of his salary and didn't demand much in return. Can you imagine Kendrick pitching for the Padres, Mariners, or Giants? He'd be a potential 15 game winner.

Interesting side note- Baseball-Reference.com has Pineiro's top 2 similar players over the span of his career as ex-Phillies Paul Byrd- #1 and Vincente Padilla- #2. Also, Kyle Lohse- #6 , Mark Portugal- #8, and Flint Rhem- #10 wore Philadelphia red pinstripes. So in a way, Pineiro is a familiar face.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

LoMo Gets Sudsy with Dude

Miami Marlins outfielder Logan Morrison is not shy with his opinions on Twitter or apparently his bathing habits, as evident by the picture posted below. It's cool that he's so open with with this kinda stuff. He'll fit right in with new coach Ozzie Guillen. Also, the Marlins have been known for this type of stuff in the past, just check out that machete wielding ex-Phillie Ugueth Urbina and Pudge Rodriguez smooching below.

Really, Morrison is just a funny dude. It's refreshing to have his personality in the game. So don't you dare suggest LoMo is a...

Saturday, January 14, 2012

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Friday, January 13, 2012

Liscio's Bakery Has New Face

Ryan Madson's signing with Cincinnati leaves Liscio's Bakery without a face for their advertising campaign. Or does it? Those business savvy Italians were quick to ink Hunter "Good game, let's go eat" Pence to take over for Mad Dog. Suddenly I'm starving for a cannoli.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Wednesday Morning Bench Coach

Yeah, I know, it's Thursday...

So I never did my "Charlie In The Movies" series this off-season. Instead, I'm going to just throw one or two in every week during this cluster-fuqua. Today, entry, "The Shining." Heeeeere's Fuqua!!!!!

So Long, Mad Dog 
Maybe it's because the Phillies have already replaced him with a better closer, but I don't think I'll miss Ryan Madson. For no good reason, I never really liked Madson. Maybe I never got over attending his April 20th, 2006 start against the Nationals when he gave up 9 runs and only got 3 outs. Maybe I think kicking chairs and missing a few months is really stupid. Maybe I'm prejudiced against the change-up.Whatever the reason, I hope Mad Dog likes pitching half of his games in [basically] Kentucky.

Madson got a one year deal worth $6 million, with an $11 million option / $2.5 million buy out for next year, making the deal worth at least $8.5 million. You have to think he was expecting more money, but after the big boys signed, the market for non-elite closers was weaker than some predicted. However, if Madson can put up numbers again like he did last season (and given his performance over the last few years, there's no reason he won't) he could get his big multi-year deal next offseason.

The Phils get two picks for Madson, which is nice.

More after the jump...

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

2011 NL East Right Field Rankings

WSBGMs concludes our rankings for the 2011 season from the NL East today with position #9 on the diamond- right field.

Stats- AVG/OPS, Runs, Doubles and Homeruns or Extra Base Hits, Runs Batted In, Stolen Bases, and Offensive Wins Above Replacement.

2011 NL East Right Field Rankings:
1. Mike Stanton/Marlins .262/.893, 79 R, 30 DBL, 34 HR, 87 RBI, 3.6 OWAR.

2. Carlos Beltran/Mets .289/.904, 61 R, 30 DBL, 15 HR, 66 RBI, 3.7 OWAR (with Mets).

3. Hunter Pence/Phillies .324/.954, 35 R, 25 XBH, 35 RBI, 2.2 OWAR (with Phillies).

4. Jayson Werth/Nationals .232/.717, 69 R, 26 DBL, 20 HR, 58 RBI, 19 SB, 1.6 OWAR.

5. Jason Heyward/Braves .227/.708, 50 R, 34 XHB, 42 RBI, 9 SB, 0.7 OWAR.

Notes- it's hard to find a better collective group of RF in another division in baseball. Werth and Heyward is much better players than they showed last year. Expect big bounce back years for each. Beltran is gone, but Lucas Duda is ready to take over for New York. Stanton is only 22 years old and is already a beast. He's a future 50 HR club member. An entire season of Pence will help both the Phillies offense and Pence (who had no protection in Houston).

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

2011 NL East Center Field Rankings

Being strong up the middle is a focus for most winning clubs, and that means strong defense at catcher, shortstop, second base, and today's NL East position being ranked- center field.

Stats- AVG/OPS, Runs, Doubles, Triples and Homeruns or Extra Base Hits, Runs Batted In, Stolen Bases, and Offensive Wins Above Replacement.

2011 NL East Center Field Rankings:
1. Shane Victorino/Phillies .279/.847, 95 R, 27 DBL, 16 TRPL, 17 HR, 61 RBI, 19 SB, 4.6 OWAR.

2. Angel Pagan/Mets .262/.694, 68 R, 35 XBH, 56 RBI, 32 SB, 1.9 OWAR.

3. Rick Ankiel/Nationals .239/.659, 46 R, 29 XBH, 37 RBI, 10 SB, 0.4 OWAR.

4. Nate McLouth/Braves .228/.677, 35 R, 18 XBH, 16 RBI, 0.8 OWAR.

5. Chris Coghlan/Marlins .230/.664, 33 R, 26 XBH, 22 RBI, 0.2 OWAR.

Notes- aside from the Flyin' Hawaiian, this is a lackluster group and therefore will be undergoing a makeover for the 2012 season. Andres Torres takes over the for the Mets, Michael Bourn continues roaming CF for the Braves (came via trade in '11), Emilio Bonifacio likely gets the gig for Miami, and Roger Bernadina probably is the starter in Washington.

Monday, January 09, 2012

2011 NL East Left Field Rankings

The infielders of the NL East for the 2011 season have been ranked and now it's on to the outfield, with the least important defensive position on the field aside from pitcher being first on the docket, left field.

Stats- AVG/OPS, Runs, Doubles and Homeruns or Extra Base Hits, Runs Batted In, Stolen Bases, and Offensive Wins Above Replacement.

2011 NL East Left Field Rankings:
1. Logan Morrison/Marlins .247/.797, 54 R, 25 DBL, 23 HR, 72 RBI, 1.8 OWAR.

2. Jason Bay/Mets .245/.703, 59 R, 32 XBH, 57 RBI, 11 SB, 1.2 OWAR.

3. Laynce Nix/Nationals .250/.750, 38 R, 16 HR, 44 RBI, 0.8 OWAR.

4. Raul Ibanez/Phillies .245/.707, 65 R, 31 DBL, 20 HR, 84 RBI, 0.0 OWAR.

5. Martin Prado/Braves .260/.687, 66 R, 41 XBH, 57 RBI, 0.3 OWAR.

Notes- by far the weakest position in the division. Prado is the only one with positive fielding metrics; while Ibanez, Bay, and Morrison are horrible defenders. Not much offense here either, bunch of bottom of the lineup bats. Ibanez is gone and John Mayberry and Nix will platoon in Philly, so that should be an improvement. Morrison is a much better hitter than he indicated last season, look for a bounce back campaign in the .280/.840 range.

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Name That Phillie, Miami Shore & New Blog Layout

This mustachioed masterpiece is a former 1st round pick (selected twice in different drafts) and had a respectable, albeit brief career with the Phillies. In 9 MLB seasons, this man played for nearly that many teams. With neither speed nor power, he was overall a dud, but his lusty 1.319 pinch hitting OPS with the Phils is a nice achievement. Go ahead and name that Phillie...

The Miami Marlins season might play out like a soap opera next year or be fit for reality tv. From More Hardball- What do you get when you put the flamboyant Jose Reyes, whiny bawl-baby pissy-pants Hanley Ramirez, the combustible and highly volatile Carlos Zambrano, Twitter-happy Logan Morrison, and fellow Tweeter and explicit mouthed Ozzie Guillen all in the same clubhouse? A humongous f'n disaster!!!

New Blog Layout:
We Should Be GMs is heading into our 7th season of existence, so we thought it was time to switch up the blog layout. Hopefully the wider middle section for posts is more alluring and the background/color scheme is pleasing to the eyes.

Saturday, January 07, 2012

2011 NL East Shortstop Rankings

The ranking of each position in the NL East from the 2011 season continues today with the only spot remaining in the infield yet to be analyzed- the shortstops.

Stats- AVG/OPS, Runs, Doubles, Triple, and Homeruns or Extra Base Hits, Runs Batted In, Stolen Bases, and Offensive Wins Above Replacement.

2011 NL East Shortstop Rankings:
1. Jose Reyes/Mets .337/.877, 101 R, 31 DBL, 16 TRPL, 7 HR, 44 RBI, 39 SB, 6.2 OWAR.

2. Jimmy Rollins/Phillies .268/.736, 87 R, 22 DBL, 16 HR, 63 RBI, 30 SB, 3.0 OWAR.

3. Hanley Ramirez/Marlins .243/.712, 55 R, 26 XBH, 45 RBI, 20 SB, 1.3 OWAR.

4. Alex Gonzalez/Braves .241/.642, 59 R, 27 DBL, 15 HR, 56 RBI, 0.2 OWAR.

5. Ian Desmond/Nationals .253/.656, 65 R, 40 XBH, 49 RBI, 25 SB, 1.6 OWAR.

Notes- Reyes is an injury risk, but there is no mistaking his game changing ability when he's on the field. He moves to Miami now with Han-Ram scooting over to 3rd base. Ramirez was a poor defender at SS, so the switch to 3rd might actually help him in regards to range. Gonzalez ranked above Desmond because Gonzalez is great on defense and Desmond is an error machine (57 E over past 2 seasons), however he is no longer in Atlanta as Tyler Pastornicky takes over SS. Rollins remains a solid all-around threat.

Friday, January 06, 2012

2011 NL East Third Basemen Rankings

WSBGMs continues in our self appointed duty of ranking each position from the NL East for the 2011 season. Catcher, 1st and 2nd base have already been covered, so we move over to the hot corner, third base.

Stats- AVG/OPS, Runs, Doubles and Homeruns or Extra Base Hits, Runs Batted In, Stolen Bases, and Offensive Wins Above Replacement.

2011 NL East Third Basemen Rankings:
1. Chipper Jones/Braves .275/.814, 56 R, 33 DBL, 18 HR, 70 RBI, 3.1 OWAR.

2. David Wright/Mets .254/.771, 60 R, 38 XBH, 61 RBI, 13 SB, 2.6 OWAR.

3. Ryan Zimmerman/Nationals .289/.798, 52 R, 35 XBH, 49 RBI, 2.3 OWAR.

4. Placido Polanco/Phillies .277/.674, 46 R, 19 XBH, 50 RBI, 0.6 OWAR.

5. Greg Dobbs/Marlins .275/.701, 38 R, 25 XBH, 49 RBI, 0.4 OWAR.

Notes- Dobbs returns to bench duties in Miami, where Hanley Ramirez will be playing 3rd in 2012. Wright and Zimmerman were each injured, leading to down years offensively. Chipper may be brittle, but he still holds good value with the bat. Polly's offense is slipping, but his the 2011 Gold Glove winner remains sharp on defense.

Thursday, January 05, 2012

2011 NL East Second Basemen Rankings

WSBGMs is in the midst of ranking each position from the NL East from the 2011 season. Yesterday first base was examined, today it is the second basemen.

Stats- AVG/OPS, Runs, Doubles and Homeruns or Extra Base Hits, Runs Batted In, Stolen Bases and Offensive Wins Above Replacement.

2011 NL East Second Basemen Rankings:
1. Dan Uggla/Braves .233/.764, 88 R, 22 DBL, 36 HR, 82 RBI, 3.1 OWAR.

2. Chase Utley/Phillies .259/.769, 54 R, 38 XBH, 44 RBI, 14 SB, 2.8 OWAR.

3. Danny Espinosa/Nationals .236/.737, 72 R, 29 DBL, 21 HR, 66 RBI, 17 SB, 2.1 OWAR.

4. Omar Infante/Marlins .276/.696, 55 R, 39 XBH, 49 RBI, 1.7 OWAR.

5. Justin Turner/Mets .260/.690, 49 R, 30 DBL, 51 RBI, 7 SB, 1.3 OWAR.

Notes- If Utley can stay healthy, and that's a big "if", he'll reclaim the top spot among NL East 2-sackers, because he's an all-around threat. Uggla's defense is atrocious and so was Turner's last season. Espinosa is a decent fielder and has upside with 20/20 potential (HR/SB). Infante played great defense last year (1.7 DWAR) and is capable of more offensively.

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

2011 NL East First Basemen Rankings

Over the next week or so, WSBGMs will be ranking each position from the NL East from the 2011 season. Yesterday it was the backstops, today position #3 on the diamond, the first basemen.

Stats- AVG/OPS, Runs, Doubles and Homeruns or Extra Base Hits, Runs Batted In, and Offensive Wins Above Replacement.

2011 NL East First Basemen Rankings:
1. Michael Morse/Nationals .303/.910, 73 R, 36 DBL, 31 HR, 95 RBI, 3.9 OWAR.

2. Ryan Howard/Phillies .253/.835, 81 R, 30 DBL, 33 HR, 116 RBI, 2.6 OWAR.

3. Gaby Sanchez/Marlins .266/.779, 72 R, 35 DBL, 19 HR, 78 RBI, 2.0 OWAR.

4. Freddie Freeman/Braves .282/.795, 67 R, 32 DBL, 21 HR, 76 RBI, 1.7 OWAR.

5. Daniel Murphy/Mets .320/.809, 49 R, 36 XBH, 49 RBI, 1.8 OWAR.

Notes- Murphy was a fill-in for Ike Davis, who is set to return in 2012, with Murphy shifting to 2nd or 3rd base. Sanchez is the only one of this group who plays good defense, as Freeman and Morse each had negative DWAR, with Howard breaking even. Howard's injured Achilles coupled with Freeman's maturation (only 22), Davis returning for a broken ankle, and Sanchez moving into a new ballpark with more runners on base in front of him (Jose Reyes), could shake up the 2012 rankings.

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

2011 NL East Catcher Rankings

Over the next week or so, WSBGMs will be ranking each position from the NL East from the 2011 season. First up, the men who don the tools of ignorance, the catchers.

Stats- AVG/OPS, Runs, Homeruns or Extra Base Hits, Runs Batted In, Offensive Wins Above Replacement, and Caught Stealing.

2011 NL East Catcher Rankings:
1. Brian McCann/Braves .270/.817, 51 R, 24 HR, 71 RBI, 3.2 OWAR, 22% CS.

2. Carlos Ruiz/Phillies .283/.754, 49 R, 29 XBH, 40 RBI, 2.7 OWAR, 23% CS.

3. Wilson Ramos/Nationals .267/.779, 48 R, 15 HR, 52 RBI, 2.2 OWAR, 32% CS.

4. Josh Thole/Mets .268/.690, 22 R, 20 XBH, 40 RBI, 1.1 OWAR, 21% CS.

5. John Buck/Marlins .227/.683, 41 R, 16 HR, 57 RBI, 1.0 OWAR, 17% CS.

Notes- Ruiz and Ramos were the only two with positive DWAR (Defensive Wins Above Replacement), but McCann is the best by far at the position (one of the top catchers in the game). Thole lost a lot of time to Ronny Paulino, but is the incumbent for the 2012 season. Other than Thole getting more at bats, the rest of the pack looks to remain the same with Ramos possibly surpassing Ruiz in the rankings with an improved offensive campaign.

Monday, January 02, 2012

Name That Phillie- "Big Shot" Edition

This man will highly touted, but never flaunted his sought after skill set that was so desirable come draft day. Giving credit where credit is due, he does have a higher career OPS than campaigns of 2011 National League All-Stars Placido Polanco and Scott Rolen. Go ahead and name that Phillie...

Sunday, January 01, 2012