Friday, March 30, 2012

Phillies Phlashback Phriday- Rader & Luzinski (Sold)

The Philadelphia Phillies we all know and love today are not the same penny-pinching cheap bastards of yesteryear. Ownership used to cut corners whenever and wherever they could. Selling players or trading them for "cash considerations" was common practice. Which leads me to today's flashback...

March 30, 1980 - Dave Rader is sent to the Boston Red Sox for a player to be named later or cash considerations. The catcher went on to hit .328/.863 in 50 games for the Red Booties. Not bad for Carlton Fisk's backup. Boston later sent Stan Papi to the Phils on May 12th to complete the trade, who was later sold to the Detroit Tigers on May 29th.

March 30, 1981 - Greg Luzinski sold to the Chicago White Sox. Fresh off the franchise's first World Series Championship the Phils decided to get rid of their starting left fielder. The Bull went on to hit .265/.841, .292/.837, and .255/.854 with 71 HR and 259 RBI over the next 3 seasons on the South Side. Meanwhile, the verbally impaired Gary "Sarge" Matthews manned LF for the Phils during that time.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Thurston, Worley, Galvis, Utley & Hamels

*Phillies signed old buddy Joe Thurston to a minor league contract after his release from the Astros. Joe is 32 years old and plays 2nd and 3rd base as well as some LF. He'll add depth at Triple-A with the Phillies entire starting infield already injured or likely to be. In 7 MLB seasons he's played in 184 games and hit .226/.629. In other words, not very good. In 2006 he appeared in 18 games with the Phils.

*Yesterday Vance Worley was roughed up by the lowly Minnesota Twins offense, surrendering 11 runs (5 earned) in 4 innings. Can't be having that, as the Phils might not be able to score 11 runs total in 5 consecutive ball games.

*Who in the world thought before Spring Training started that we would care about the health of Freddy Galvis so much? Well, we do. Valdez traded, Martinez broken foot, Utley pronounced dead, options at 2nd base thin. Galvis is far from a savior, but his bruised foot (from a foul ball) is something to monitor.

*Former Mitchell Report darling David Segui thinks Chase Utley should use HGH to help him play through his chronic knee pain. That's ill advised, unless Utley hires Ryan Braun's lawyers.
"It gives you quality of life is what it gives you. It doesn't enhance your performance, it just allows you to move around, and your joints don't hurt. And people that have arthritis, and suffer from arthritis, I used to think it wasn't a big deal when I was young, and how bad it could be. It's painful. It's every day, every step hurts. It just really affects your daily living. And all the [HGH] did was allow me to eliminate the pain in my knees, eliminate the grinding, that knife jabbing under your knee caps. It's amazing. Clearly, clearly, it's a prescription drug. Clearly it needs to be prescribed by a doctor and monitored by a doctor. I don't condone everyone running out and taking it."
~David Segui

*Don't hold your breath, but rumor has it that the Phillies and Cole Hamels might wrap up an extension before Opening Day. They're reportedly willing to go $20M+ per season, but want to limit the contract to 4 years. Hamels wants more years. We'll see...

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

6 Years, 7th Season

We Should Be GMs has been in existence for 6 years. This blog was created on March 28, 2006 and is still kickin' mad flava in ya ear! We're about to embark on our 7th season of Philadelphia Phillies baseball. We'd like to thank all our loyal readers and even those bastards that only stop by on occasion. Please take the time in the comment section to tell us how awesome we are and appreciative you are of our services...or you can tell us to stick it where the sun don't shine. Either or.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Diekman Cut, Lidge Promoted

The Phils sent Brian Sanches, Scott Elarton and lefty reliever Jake Diekman down to the farm.

The first two guys I could give two shakes about, because I don't follow the FeHams closely and we are unlikely to see them in Philly anytime soon. Diekman, on the other hand, might be back in town sooner rather than later. As meaningless as Spring Training stats are, Diekman still gets some dap for striking out 9 batters in only 5 innings. That's some serious loogy potential.

I guess this almost assures Joe Savery of a spot because the Phils can't go into the season with only one lefty (El Bastardo) in the bullpen. Can they?

A Useful Lidge is reporting that Nationals closer Drew Storen may not be ready for opening day and his replacement is none other than the mole on Brad Lidge's face Brad Lidge himself.


Don't get me wrong, I love Lidge. But I'd also rather see him in the 9th inning down a run than Storen or Tyler Clippard.

Lidge could have a 1.0 WAR... for the Phils.

Monday, March 26, 2012

2012 Philadelphia Phillies Hype Video

Get ready for your 2012 Philadelphia Phillies...

*Video courtesy of some YouTube dude. Music courtesy of Jay-Z, Kayne West, and Rihianna.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Spring Flings

*Roy Halladay gets the Season Opener (April 5th in Pittsburgh) and Cole Hamels gets the Home Opener (April 9th). This means Cole is technically the 4th starter, as The Vanimal slots in ahead of him, but this is merely a formality.

*Chooch probably wishes the season would begin today. He's currently batting .481/1.295 in 10 Grapefruit League games.

*With Utley down and Michael Martinez's broken foot blessing in disguise, it appears that Freddy Galvis will be the starting 2nd baseman and Pete Orr the utility infielder to begin the season. Galvis' bat is as bad as Mini-Mart's, so don't expect any good to come of this.

*Battle for 5th outfielder is between Juan Pierre, Scott Podsednik, and Luis Montanez. Pods has been great (.366/.923 with 5 SB and no caught stealing). Montanez is a right-handed batter, which is the advantage he has over the other two and is hitting .361/.912. Pierre on the other hand has been caught stealing more than he's been successful (2 SB/3 CS) and is only hitting .275/.656.

*We here at WSBGMs believe that Brian Schneider was done as a useful MLB capable backup catcher last season and that re-signing him was a huge mistake. His .222/.465 spring is doing nothing to erase those doubts. Erik Kratz anyone?

*Lefties Joe Savery and Jake Diekman have been fantastic this spring. Each have 0.00 ERA and WHIPs below 1. It'll be interesting to see which one the Phils choose to round out the bullpen, if either.

*Poor Ryan Madson. Mad Dog's season and possible career as a closer came to an abrupt end yesterday when it was a announced he needs Tommy John surgery. Thoughts on this- 1) Phillies dodged a bullet & 2) Scott Boras is a real dickbag for not getting him a minimum of 3 guaranteed years and $27M. Greed is bad.

Spring Team Stats:
.280/.759 puts them in the middle of the pack (12th/13th), but 98 runs scored towards the bottom (19th).

3.86 ERA/1.26 WHIP with a typically great BB:K (48:180 in 205.1 IP). That's the least amount of walks allowed, and the 4th highest amount of strikeouts totaled.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Ex-Phillies News: Burrell & Eaton

Our homeboy, Pat "The Bat" Burrell, officially retired this offseason, but that doesn't mean he's done with baseball. He's decided to stay on with the San Francisco Giants as a scout. He's currently helping to evaluate the Giants prospects. Something tells me he'd be better suited for scouting off-field talent in San Fran, but then again, I heard that area isn't really Burrell's cup of tea...if you know what I mean.

Not our homeboy, Adam Eaton, has made the news because of a paycheck snafu. The Arizona Diamondbacks have an outfielder in their farm system by the same name and he's been mistakenly getting the ex-MLB pitcher's payday. Not sure why Adam Eaton, the one we hate, not the one we don't know, is still getting paid. Adam Eaton, the pitcher, miraculously ended his career with a winning record (71-68), despite a ghastly 4.94 ERA/1.44 WHIP. Adam Eaton, the outfielder, has quite the bat and set of wheels- .340/.956, 133 R, 104 RBI, and 54 SB in 189 minor league games. Mysteriously, Eaton the pitcher retired was forced out of baseball in 2009 and Eaton the outfielder was drafted in 2010. Hmm...

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Humpty Utley

Funny how history repeats itself.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Martinez Breaks Foot

Michael Martinez was hit in the right foot yesterday by a Jim Johnson pitch and broke the fourth metatarsal. The Phillies haven't released a timetable for his return but you have to figure at least 4-6 weeks. And for a player like Martinez, who is otherwise useless without his superhuman speed, it might be longer.

[How can a player with that much speed not get out of the way of a pitched ball? And is he so fast that he can start running in the opposite direction of the Earth's rotation, reversing said rotation, thereby going back in time before the pitch and preventing the broken foot? I guess not with a bum wheel he can't. But I digress...]

This leaves Jimmy Rollins and Freddy Galvis the only two players in camp that can legitimately play shortstop and Galvis is probably destined for a starting role at second base, because Chase Utley is somewhere getting fitted for an on-field Life Alert system in case he falls down and can't get back up.

But don't worry. Rollins never gets hurt and Utley will return with the strength of a thousand men in 4 weeks because he's Chase effin' Utley. So there's no way the Phils will have to play Pere Orr or Hector Luna or re-sign the No-Talent Assclown or... gulp... play Ty Wiggy at second base.

Yup, nothing to see here. Move along.

I got my copy of Todd Zolecki and Jim Salisbury's book "The Rotation" yesterday. I'll post more about it when I actually get a chance to read it, but if you want one, get your browser over to Amazon or someplace like that and buy it already. Support our Philly writers. [ Except Conlin...]

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Traveling Up That All Too Familiar Creek

2 bum knees - Chase Utley

Effed up Achilles - Ryan Howard

Hurt finger - Placido Polanco

Up shit creek without a paddle - 2012 Philadelphia Phillies

Ok, ok, the season isn't over and with the Phils pitching they'll always be competitive. However, Howard won't be back anytime soon, and when he does return, how will he produce. Like always, Ruben Amaro has been lying through his teeth about injuries, and it turns out Utley is hurt, and hurt bad. 75% of the starting infield is banged up with the brittle J-Roll being the only healthy one. This could be a very long season. Consider that the Phillies fallback plans around the infield include Michael Martinez, Ty Wigginton, and Freddy Galvis. Only one of them can hit, but can't field a lick (Wiggy). The offense is looking pretty dismal, unless you consider Laynce Nix a lineup ignitor. Yeah, didn't think so.

Leftover Lefties:
The D-Train never even rolled into the Philly. Dontrelle Willis proved that the last 5 seasons haven't been a fluke, and he indeed still sucks. That leaves Joe Savery, Raul Valdes, and Jake Diekman battling for the 2nd lefty in the bullpen (should the Phils choose they need one). Diekman has logged 4 scoreless innings this spring, striking out 8. Savery- 5.1 scoreless frames with 7 K. Valdes- 6.2 IP with 8 K and a 1.35 ERA. All three have impressed and the battle will continue likely another 2 weeks.

*Bon voyage Joel Pineiro. The Phils sent him the way of Willis...released.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Bear with us...

Just a head's up, the GMs are currently recovering from a long, long weekend (our best friend got hitched at the Stoudt's Brewery in Adamstown...) and are neck deep in actual work because a few weeks ago we lost most of our advertisers because we called Jose Reyes a "slut" and had to get real jobs to make our child support payments. So, bear with us the next few days. And while you're here, check out the great news on Chase Utley. Also, flash back to a song parody I did a year ago. Somehow, it's still relevant.

Also, the WSBGMs Phantasy League is set to draft this week. There may be a spot or two remaining. Email us if you are interested.

Thanks for your patience. We'll see you in a day or two...

The GMs

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Phillies Irish Jig

Here's an oldie, but a goodie from back in 2009. Happy St. Patty's Day.

*Adios D-Train, we hardly knew ye.

*Ryan Howard is still hurt.

*Chase Utley still hasn't appeared in a Grapefruit League game.

*There is no pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. Lying little red-headed midgets!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Over/Under- Bullpen

With the offense and the rotation previewed and projected that leaves only the bullpen...

2012 Projections:
Pap Smear is an elite closer, one of the best in the game, and has been so for a long time. He'll do just fine in Philly.

Jonathan Papelbon - 41 SV, 67 IP, 77 K, 2.64/1.05.

Old Dirty Bastardo will be the primary setup man after Manuel figures out Qualls is overrated.

Antonio Bastardo - 18 HLD, 63 IP, 75 K, 3.12/1.17.

Qualls is overrated. Petco skewed his numbers.

Chad Qualls - 13 HLD, 71 IP, 44 K, 4.36/1.38.

Contreras is older than Jaime Moyer, whether the back of his baseball card says it or not. He's a huge injury risk, but should be effective when he actually pitches.

Jose Contreras - 6 HLD, 39 IP, 38 K, 3.79/1.29.

Stutes builds upon a solid rookie campaign and becomes a bullpen mainstay.

Michael Stutes - 12 HLD, 60 IP, 64 K, 3.33/1.24.

Kendrick is first in line to replace anyone in the rotation. He'll get some starts, but mostly see long relief, and is not going to post a low 3 ERA like he did last season.

Kyle Kendrick - 5 W, 77 IP, 39 K, 4.47/1.35.

Herndon isn't good and he isn't horrible. He's mediocre, and fine for mop-up duty, which is exactly what you can expect to get when you make a Rule 5 selection.

David Herndon - 34 IP, 21 K, 4.20/1.42.

Savery will become the 2nd lefty out of the bullpen once the Phillies figure out Dontrelle Willis still sucks.

Joe Savery - 27 IP, 25 K, 3.74/1.33.

*Phillippe Aumont, Brian Sanches, Michael Schwimer, and Justin De Fratus will log some innings too, but I'm not predicting that outcome.

*Dontrelle Willis gets released before Opening Day, or shortly thereafter.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

WSBGMs Phantasy Baseball League 6

We Should Be GMs is hosting our 6th fantasy baseball league through Yahoo! It is a head-to-head league, with 16 teams, and the top 6 make the playoffs. We currently have 8 returning managers for teams and are in need of 8 more. If interested, please email us ( Only serious competitors should apply. Live draft set for Thursday, March 22nd at 7:45 PM. Let the games begin...

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Over/Under- Starting Rotation

The bats have been previewed for 2012 and now that leaves the arms. Let's start with the starting pitching...

2012 Projections:
Doc is about as consistent as they come and a perennial Cy Young candidate. 'Nuff said.

Roy Halladay - 19 W, 232 IP, 215 K, 2.48/1.05.

Lee had two of the most dominating months ever by a starting pitcher last year, and doesn't shy away from a challenge. He's the best #2 starting pitcher in baseball.

Cliff Lee - 17 W, 224 IP, 207 K, 2.89/1.08.

Hollywood is on the brink of free agency. Wouldn't be surprised to see him rack up 20 wins and possibly even out duel the rest of the NL for the Cy Young. The kid has become a man and damn he's good.

Cole Hamels - 18 W, 228 IP, 212 K, 2.61/1.04.

No real sophomore jinx/slump here, but a return to what will likely become the norm for The Vanimal is expected. He'll do a good enough job that we won't miss Oswalt.

Vance Worley - 13 W, 185 IP, 164 K, 3.88/1.28.

This is assuming two things- 1) Blanton remains with the Phillies and 2) he remains healthy. Both are far from a given. However, I think Heavy B will put up respectable numbers this year.

Joe Blanton - 11 W, 181 IP, 146 K, 4.13/1.35.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Over/Under- Phillies Bench

Below you will find the supposed bench players for the 2012 Phillies. Someone like Pete Orr, Kevin Frandsen, Scott Podsednik, Erik Kratz, Hector Luna, Domonic Brown, or Freddy Galvis could make some appearances, but I'll go with the ones likely to get the majority of playing time.

2012 Projections:
Manuel has said he wants Thome to get 200 at bats this season, which leads me to believe the Phils are serious about playing him in the field about once a week. If his cranky back can take the rigors of manning 1st base that much, then his contract will be well worth it.

Jim Thome/PH/1B - 89 G, .246/.804, 22 R, 9 DBL, 10 HR, 35 RBI.

Nix can play every outfield position and 1st base, and he crushes righties (.792 OPS over past 3 seasons), so he'll get plenty of at bats this season. Expect decent defense, modest pop, and horrible on base skills.

Laynce Nix/OF - 88 G, .243/.745, 31 R, 13 DBL, 9 HR, 33 RBI.

Reading on other blogs the negativity surrounding the Wigginton acquisition astounds me. He's a good role player that plays multiple positions. With Howard's injury and Utley and Polanco's brittleness, expect to see a lot of Wiggy this year and my guess is we'll be pleasantly surprised with the production.

Ty Wigginton/UTL - 118 G, .251/.724, 57 R, 22 DBL, 16 HR, 63 RBI.

Schneider sucked defensively and offensively last season. Honestly, I still can't believe he was offered a guaranteed MLB contract. His numbers won't be good this year, but hey, he is only a backup catcher.

Brian Schneider/C - 44 G, .211/.603, 14 R, 16 RBI.

Mini-Mart is a waste of a roster space. I'd much rather have Wilson Valdez in this role. I'm holding out hope Freddy Galvis or someone else steals the utility infielder job from him.

Michael Martinez/UTL - 68 G, .202/.552, 23 R, 19 RBI.

A contact hitter with speed has its place in the NL. I can see Pierre being Thome's personal caddy late in the games when a pinch runner is needed. Also, I think Juan has value as a pinch hitter because of his ability to put the ball in play.

Juan Pierre/OF - 74 G, .272/.646, 39 R, 26 RBI, 14 SB.

Over or under?

Monday, March 12, 2012

Over/Under- Hunter Pence

High energy, gawky, fun...Hunter Pence. The Phillies most productive bat in 2012 is going to be him. He'll have plenty of opportunities for RBI and because of that I'm predicting for him to crack triple digits for the first time in his career. I don't think 30 homeruns are out of the question either, but I stayed modest with a prediction of 26. Pence brought life to the Phils lineup late last July and was a big reason they were able to break the franchise record for wins. He's going to be leaned on more heavily this year with Howard out indefinitely, but I think he'll get the job done.

2012 Projection:
Hunter Pence/RF - 157 G, .288/.827, 85 R, 30 DBL, 26 HR, 104 RBI, 10 SB.

Over or under?

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Over/Under- Shane Victorino

The Flyin' Hawaiian is entering his final season of his contract extension and is set to entertain free agent offers should the Phillies pass on re-upping him. Shane is a sparkplug. He makes things happen with tremendous speed, defense, and deceptive power. Among National League outfielders last season, Victorino was second to only Matt Kemp in WAR (5.9).

Championship clubs know strong defense up the middle is needed, and with Chooch, J-Roll, Utley, and Victorino they have that. Keeping that in place is important and I'm confident Victorino will give them every reason to continue doing so with a stellar 2012 campaign. For what it's worth, he has hinted that he'll sign a hometown discount to remain in Philly because he loves it here and has lots of connections with the community.

2012 Projection:
Shane Victorino/CF - 154 G, .282/.803, 102 R, 31 DBL, 11 TRPL, 15 HR, 72 RBI, 21 SB.

Over or under?

*Amaro is shopping Joe Blanton and telling possible trade partners that the Phillies are willing to eat up to $2M of his $8M contract. I'd like to see this deal done in order to create some payroll flexibility. The move would put Kyle Kendrick in the 5th of the rotation with Joel Pineiro on deck. Love me some Heavy B, but it's time to save money and move on.

*Jimmy Rollins on Cole Hamels- “He’s not going anywhere. He was drafted by this organization, raised by this organization and became a superstar in this organization. If you know anything about this organization, that means he’s not going anywhere. I don’t give a damn about the luxury tax or nothing. It’s not a financial situation. You sell out a hundred something straight games, they have plenty enough money to sign a pitcher like Cole Hamels."

*Because I love beating a dead horse until it's even deader...Aren't you glad Amaro bid against himself 2 years ago and extended Ryan Howard to the organizational friendly contract of 5 years $125M? Just imagine would he would have gotten on the free agent market this offseason while wearing that boot. I mean, my goodness, he could have gotten Pujols or Prince money right? Idiot.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Over/Under- John Mayberry

Alright, the infield has been previewed and now we turn our eyes to the outfield where we'll find John Mayberry playing LF.

We're going to be seeing a lot of John Mayberry this season in left field and at first base. Some baseball analysts think he's best suited for a platoon situation, because of his struggles against right-handed pitching (.236/.762), but I think given the chance he'll do just fine. The batting average will be low, the strikeouts will be high, but he'll produce a decent OPS with some power and knock in some runs while playing adequate defense (at both positions). He's a cheaper upgrade over Ibanez, that much seems a given. Let's remember he is in his age 28 season, which is generally the "prime" year of many batters.

2012 Projection:
John Mayberry/LF - 136 G, .251/.795, 61 R, 23 DBL, 20 HR, 72 RBI, 13 SB.

Over or under?

Friday, March 09, 2012

Over/Under- Jimmy Rollins

Welcome back J-Roll. It's like you never left. Oh wait, you didn't. Thank goodness he didn't take the money and run elsewhere, because the pickings at shortstop were/are slim. Jimmy is the catalyst of this lineup- "As Jimmy goes, so do the Phillies" is very true. He's not the prototypical leadoff hitter, but the man has speed and pop and makes this happen. Not to mention, continues to play stellar defense. I'm thinking a return to form for Rollins this year with 100+ runs scored.

2012 Projection:
Jimmy Rollins/SS - 151 G, .270/.743, 101 R, 33 DBL, 13 HR, 62 RBI, 29 SB.

Over or under?

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Over/Under- Placido Polanco

Let's move to the hot corner in our tour around the diamond, where we find Placido Polanco. Polly plays great defense, and when healthy is a solid 2-hole hitter because of his ability to make contact, hit for average, and go the other way. However, "when healthy" hasn't been too much over the past 2 seasons in Philly. Hernias and elbow problems have forced him onto the DL and made his bat punchless. He's a career .301 hitter over 14 seasons with nearly 2000 hits, but at age 36 he's in obvious decline, as he's become nothing more than a singles hitter. I'm predicting Ty Wigginton gets a start a week at 3rd, so Polly's games played are going to be in line with what he's averaged the past 2 years with the Phillies.

2012 Projection:
Placido Polanco/3B - 128 G, .286/.702, 69 R, 21 DBL, 5 HR, 54 RBI.

Over or under?

*It might only be spring training, but Dontrelle Willis' performance has been awful (2 G, 1.2 IP, 27.00 ERA, 4.80 WHIP, 3 BB, .500 OPP AVG). He also reported a sore arm after his outing yesterday. Joe Savery, are you ready?

*Scott Podsednick is batting .500/1.475 with 3 doubles. Watch out Juan Pierre.

*Jim Thome is going to play first base on Monday in a minor league game. I'm hoping he's able to withstand the rigors of playing the field 15-20 games this season.

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Over/Under- Chase Utley

Chase Utley has yet to play in a Spring Training game. Concerned? Not me. Manuel and Amaro's plan is to ease him into action in hopes that less wear and tear on his knee in meaningless March games leads to better health and more production in games that actually count in August and September. When healthy, Utley is a premiere second baseman. He plays excellent defense, has great base running instincts, and can hit for power. He's going to need a day off every 2 weeks, but we'll see if Fuqua plays him that way. I'm expecting a bounce back season for Chase and was tempted to project his 2012 stats even higher.

2012 Projection:
Chase Utley/2B - 139 G, .281/.846, 86 R, 25 DBL, 22 HR, 83 RBI, 12 SB.

Over or under?

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Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Over/Under- Ryan Howard

Today we focus on our hobbled first baseman, the 125 Million Dollar Man, Ryan Howard. After suffering a setback in his rehab from Achilles surgery, there is no timetable for his return. Optimistic predictions had him returning sometime in May before that, so June seems more likely now. Even when he does get back on the field, who knows what he'll be able to do...or not do. Manuel will hopefully play it safe, giving him days off against lefties. I foresee 2012 being a lost season for The Big Piece.

2012 Projection:
Ryan Howard/1B - 92 G, .233/.769, 41 R, 14 DBL, 16 HR, 53 RBI.

Over or under?

Monday, March 05, 2012

Over/Under- Carlos Ruiz

Over the next couple weeks WSBGMs will be previewing the 2012 season for each of the players on the supposed 25-man roster. We'll provide our projections of their stats, then ask you, the reader to play over/under in the comments section of the post. First up is the field general- Chooch.

Carlos Ruiz is now 33 years old, and for a starting catcher, that's elderly. He's a great game caller, handles the staff with nurturing, yet firm hands, and is fairly consistent offensively. He'll likely be slotted into the 8th hole in the lineup where scoring runs is difficult and so is driving them in, due to pitchers often pitching around you. He's above average offensively and defensively, but he's not a superstar, and at this stage in his career a downward trend is likely to set in.

2012 Projection:
Carlos Ruiz/C - 122 G, .272/.742, 42 R, 24 DBL, 6 HR, 44 RBI.

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Name That Phillie: Hitless Edition

This guy was so forgettable that he spent 2 seasons with the Phillies and I couldn't even find 1 image of him in a Phils uniform. Best I could do is an Orioles card and a minor league one. Probably couldn't get a picture of him with the Phils because he never even got a hit with them. This guy's entire career was pretty pathetic- 4 seasons, .322 OPS...ugh. Anyway, go ahead and try to identify this dude.

Saturday, March 03, 2012

Ode to WSBGMs

I know you have all been on the edge of your seats waiting for us to announce the winner of this Phillies key ring/bottle opener. Well, wait no longer.

And the winner is...

SirAlden (via comment's section):
We'll Soon Be Champions (Once Again)

We've paid our dues
From '86 to '99
We've done our sentence
But committed no crime
And bad GM mistakes
Watched more than a few
Omar Daal, Adam Eaton, and Sal Fasano
But WSBGM's has come through!

We not yet champions - again
But we'll keep on rooting - 'til the end
We're not yet champions
'cause Burrell blew his foot out chasing poontang!
No time for Bruntletts or Wife beatin' Meyers
'Cause we'll soon be champions - of the world! Again!!!

GM-Carson has taken his bows
GM-Corey cut off Andy Martino's balls
FuriousBall brought piss in our pants twisted jokes, and everything that goes with it

We thank you all

But it's been no bed of roses
No pleasure cruise
Another challenge/choke before us...But we ain't gonna lose!!!

We Should Be GM's - my friends
And we'll keep on fighting - till the end
We'll be the champions
We'll be the champions!
No time for, Beerleaguer
'Cause only WE know what's needed
To be champions...of the world!!!

*A song parody won us over. After all, we've done like eleventy of them over the years. Congrats SirAlden. Please email us your address to claim your prize.

Other worthy entries...

Chuckie Jeep:
I feel that I may not posses the eloquent words to describe how great the two GMs truly are, but I will give it a shot. Your guys' website is truly a joy for me to read on multiple occasions throughout my mundane life. I believe that you have the best Phillies site out there. You achieve greatness through great blog entries, riveting anecdotes, and insightful stories. I believe that you have the same burning passion that embodies all Phillies fans. Without using cheap MS paint or other cheap tactics you can create a website that truly has it all. I cannot thank you enough for your hard work and greatness. In closing I would just like to say keep up the good work because I love all of it. I even brush my teeth while reading We Should Be GMs.

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Its been sooooo many years
of heartbreaking tears
We finally completed the championship feat
When the Phillies won it in '08

Phillies made it back in '09
only to fall short to the Yanks
'cause our bats shot blanks
Come 2010, we won the NL East again
Only to be slain by the Giants
OOOOOO how We Should Be GMs
So this doesn't happen again

Just couldn't wait in 2011
It was the Field of Dreams that felt like heaven
With the 102 wins
It wasn't in the Cards
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To not to shelve our talent
But to win it all again

Phillies in 2012.

Friday, March 02, 2012

WSBGMs NCAA Fantasy League

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Thursday, March 01, 2012

Wednesday Morning Bench Coach

It's Wednesday, which means more stupid ramblings from me. Again, let's start with a "Charlie in the Movies" photo.

Ryan Zimmerman
Short take on the Ryan Zimmerman contract – it’s good for Washington. Sure, Zimmerman is now the second highest paid third sacker in history, but he’s making less per year than Jayson Werth, who is now the standard bearer for shitty contracts. In fact, I’ve developed the “Jayson Werth Bad Contract Algorithm.”

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