Thursday, November 29, 2012

Who Wins First?

Records since Oct 1st:

Phillies - 1 win, 2 losses
Eagles - 0 wins, 7 losses

So, the question is, who wins first?

Who wins first?

Fly Eagles Fly, Can You Get A Victory?
Fight Eagles Fight, On Your Way To Draft Pick 3.
Your Score Low.
They Score High.
And Watch Our Eagles Die.
Fly Eagles Fly, What Is A Victory?

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Chooch a Druggie & Amaro Lands Racist Catcher

Hey, did you hear that Carlos "Chooch" Ruiz tested positive for amphetamines and will be suspended 25 games to begin the 2013 season?  Of course you did, and if you didn't, stop reading this blog and go give yourself a swirly in an unflushed toilet.

The Phillies farm system is void of any grizzled ol' career minor league catcher looking for a few MLB at bats (ex- what used to be Erik Kratz) or any young prospects ready for the prime time.  Tommy Joseph and Sebastian Valle are true prospects and calling them up for the first month of the season to not play every day isn't a good idea.  Therefore, Amaro went and snatched up a backup catcher on a minor league contract- Humberto Quintero.  Yes, the guy who punked his teammate Bruce Chen with a racist eye trick in 2012.  He meant no ill will by it, so it's all good in the hood. Right? 

Anyway, Quintero is 33 years old and has played 10 seasons with the Padres, Astros, and Royals.  Career Stats: 422 G, .234/.590, 87 R, and 113 RBI.  Obviously his bat doesn't hold value.  However, his defense does (Career 5.4 DWAR and 33% CS).  So, look for him to backup Kratz for the month of April until Chooch is released from the shackles that bind him.

And for your listening pleasure, Everclear's Amphetamine...

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Active Leaders- Phillies in the Top 20

The following is a list of Phillies that are littered throughout the Top 20 active leaders in various statistical categories.

WAR - 53.3/Chase Utley (15th)
SLG - .551/Ryan Howard (9th)
OPS - .915/Ryan Howard (16th)
R - 1182/Jimmy Rollins (18th)
DBL - 421/Jimmy Rollins (19th)
TRPL - 105/Jimmy Rollins (4th)
K - 1306/Ryan Howard (16th)
SB - 403/Jimmy Rollins (7th)
HBP - 151/Chase Utley (5th)

WAR - 63.1/Roy Halladay (1st) & 33.1/Cliff Lee (13th)
ERA - 3.31/R. Halladay (8th), 3.34/C. Hamels (10th) & 3.59/C. Lee (15th)
W - 199/Roy Halladay (3rd)
WHIP - 1.14/C. Hamels (3rd), 1.17/R. Halladay (5th) & 1.21/C. Lee (12th)
IP - 2687.1/Roy Hallday (5th)
K - 2066/Roy Halladay (5th)
SV - 257/Jonathan Papelbon (7th)
CG - 66/Roy Halladay (1st) & 26/Cliff (8th)
SHO - 20/Roy Halladay (1st), 11/Cliff Lee (5th) & 6/Cole Hamels (20th)
W% - .666/R. Halladay (1st), .616/C. Lee (12th) & .603/C. Hamels (14th)

We are witnessing a tremendous trio of starting pitchers and an all-time great shortstop.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Create the Caption- Clown Edition

Hey look, it's Shane Victorino dressed as a clown! Create the caption...

Friday, November 23, 2012

Third Base Insurance- Josh Fields

Former 1st round pick and highly regarded prospect, Josh Fields, has signed a minor league contract with the Phillies.  His last action in the Majors came back in 2010 with the Royals.  In 4 seasons with the White Sox and KC he hit .234/.724 over 217 games.  He's played primarily 3rd base, but has also seen time in LF and 1B. 

Fields turns 30 years old in December and has solid minor league stats- .289/.843 with 93 HR and 412 RBI over parts of 9 seasons.  He's probably insurance for the Phillies actual plan at 3rd base in 2013, which is looking more and more like a platoon of Kevin Frandsen and Freddy Galvis.  If that's going to be the 3rd base situation next year, then the Phils might need to sign 2 premier outfielders (Pagan & Hamilton?) to offset the lack of offense at 3rd base.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Turkey, Mashed Taters, Stuffing & Beer

Yo, it's Thanksgiving, which means it's time to eat, drink, and sleep for an entire day.  Aside from the holiday's staples of turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, etc., how about drinking some fine German-style beer?

Penn Brewing, outta Pittsburgh, crafts some great brews.  Penn Pilsner and Penn Dark are two that I recommend picking up for consumption.  Neither is high in alcohol, so you can drink a sixer without getting sloppy and punching Uncle Milton in the face for questioning your choice of employment for the umpteenth time. 

Penn Pilsner is a Vienna lager and is their flagship brand.  It is smooth, mellow and full bodied, with delicate hop aroma.  Goes well with any food group, including cold turkey sandwiches with cranberry sauce on a potato roll.

Penn Dark is considered a dunkel, and is extremely tasty and highly decorated (many awards).  Munich and various roasted malts give it a very malty, rich flavor with a hint of burnt flavor. 100% imported Hallertau hops, with moderate bitterness and aroma. 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Grand Pappy Moyer is 50!!!

Jamie "Grand Pappy" Moyer hit the half century mark on Sundy, turning 50 years old. The crafty lefty pitched 25 seasons, 5 of which were with the Phillies. He also played for the Cubs, Rangers, Cardinals, Orioles, Red Sox, Mariners, and Rockies. Assuming he retires, he ends his career with 269 wins with a 4.25 ERA over 4074 innings. Baseball-Reference ranks him as the 125th best starting pitcher of all-time. Not bad for someone who made a career out of low 80's slop and precision. Above is a video tribute the Phillies did for the beloved relic.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

We Should Be...

If we were to ever brand/franchise our blog, we think the following would be fitting for each team....

Baltimore Orioles - We Should Be Thankful
Boston - We Should Be The Yankees
NY Yankees - We Should Be More Frugal
Tampa – We Should Be Contracted
Toronto – We Should Be Less Canadian
Chicago White Sox - We Should Be From the Northside
Cleveland Indians - We Should Be Ricky Vaughn
Detroit Tigers - We Should Be Smoking Less Than Leyland
Kansas City Royals - We Should Be in AAA
Minnesota Twins - We Should Be Back Inside (Brrrrrr…)
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim - We Should Be Just “Anaheim”
Oakland Athletics - We Should Be Fighting At Burger King
Seattle Mariners - We Should Be Not Wearing Flannel Anymore
Texas Rangers - We Should Be Letting Nolan Ryan Pitch
Atlanta Braves - We Should Be Actually Showing Up To Games
Miami Marlins - We Should Be Destroying our Center Field Statue
New York Mets - We Should Be Less of A Joke
Washington Nationals - We Should Be Funded by the Stimulus
Chicago Cubs - We Should Be Padding Our Walls
Cincinnati Reds - We Should Be Moving The Fences Back
Houston Astros - We Should Be Disgusted
Milwaukee Brewers - We Should Be Called the “High Lifes”
Pittsburgh Pirates - We Should Be Winning [frowning emoticon]
St. Louis Cardinals - We Should Be More Willing to “Boo”
Arizona Diamondbacks - We Should Be Mexico
Colorado Rockies - We Should Be Playing In “Thicker” Air
Los Angeles Dodgers - We Should Be Showing Up Later and Later
San Diego Padres - We Should Be At the Beach...Screw Baseball
San Francisco Giants - We Should Be As High As Timmy

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Introducing the Reading Fightin' Phils

Thanks to La Salle University's David Grzybowski for providing video of the Philadelphia Phillies Double-A team's rebranding into the Reading Fightin' Phils. The uniforms are pretty sweet and I love the ostrich as the mascot, very minor league-esque. Phillies organizational good soldier Mike Spidale was the model, he of 1407 minor league hits over 13 seasons.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Name that Phillie- Romas 10:9 Edition

This former Phucco (Phillies + Bucco) obviously valued his religion, as his signature was also accompanied by a Bible verse.

Romans 10:9
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

Go ahead, and name that saint Phillie...

Friday, November 16, 2012

Create the Caption- Phanatic's Big Pimpin' Edition

Be crafty. Be silly. Be serious. Be whatever. Create the caption...

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

AL East in Shock, NL East Happy, Miami Pissed

What the hell just happened?  Seriously, this trade is ridiculous.

Toronto Blue Jays get two front-line starters in Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle, a premier shortstop in Jose Reyes, a speed demon utility guy in Emilio Bonifacio, a league average catcher in John Buck...oh, and 4 million dollars.  Not only that, they were able to dump malcontent Yunel Escobar.  Wow!

Miami Marlins are left with essentially no talent outside of Giancarlo Stanton, unless you consider Greg Dobbs an All-Star.  They do get a Cuban export prospect (Adeiny Hechevarria), a left-handed starter with upside (Hector Alvarez), no-hit-all-defense catcher (Jeff Mathis), lazybones (Yunel Escobar), salary "relief", and two other prospects. 

The American League East just got a jolt of "Oh, shit!" with the additions to the Jays, as it puts them immediately into consideration as a contending team heading into next season.

The National League East, just breathed a sigh of relief with the subtractions from the Marlins.  The Mets were reportedly rejoicing with the sound of music as they can count on being saved from the basement of the NL East next season.

Miami...well, they're pissed.  Brand new stadium and now all that's left after one miserable season is about $16M in payroll.  Poor Giancarlo Stanton tweeted last night- "Alright, I'm pissed off!!! Plain & Simple."  Can't blame him, the Fish' GM just sent most of the team's talent to Canada.   This is the umpteenth time the Marlins organization has had a fire sale, and they've only been in existence for about two decades.  Disgusting and shameful.  They don't deserve to be a MLB franchise.

Rumor has it that they're trying to pawn off their cheerleaders (aka- Mermaids) to local strip clubs.

Monday, November 12, 2012

MLB Veterans Day

Yesterday America recognized the veterans of the United States Armed Forces and today many Americans have off work because of those brave men and women.

With the theme of veterans, I provide you with each MLB teams' longest tenured player.

AL East:
Baltimore Orioles - Brian Roberts/2001

Boston Red Sox - Dustin Pedroia & John Lester/2006

New York Yankees - Derek Jeter/1995

Tampa Bay Rays - James Shields & Ben Zobrist/2006

Toronto Blue Jays - Adam Lind/2006

AL Central:
Chicago White Sox - Paul Konerko/1999

Cleveland Indians - Shin-Soo Choo/2006

Detroit Tigers - Justin Verlander/2005

Kansas City Royals - Billy Butler & Alex Gordon/2007

Minnesota Twins - Justin Morneau/2003

AL West:
Houston Astros - Wesley Wright/2008

Los Angeles Angels - Jered Weaver, Erick Aybar & Kendrys Morales/2006

Oakland Athletics - Jerry Blevins/2007

Seattle Mariners - Felix Hernandez/2005

Texas Rangers - Michael Young/2000

NL East:
Atlanta Braves - Tim Hudson & Brian McCann/2005

Miami Marlins - Josh Johnson/2005

New York Mets - David Wright/2004

Philadelphia Phillies - Jimmy Rollins/2000

Washington Nationals - Ryan Zimmerman/2005

NL Central:
Chicago Cubs - Carlos Marmol/2006

Cincinnati Reds - Bronson Arroyo & Brandon Phillips/2006

Milwaukee Brewers - Corey Hart/2004

Pittsburgh Pirates - Jeff Karstens/2008

St. Louis Cardinals - Chris Carpenter & Yadier Molina/2004

NL West:
Arizona Diamondbacks - Miguel Montero/2006

Colorado Rockies - Todd Helton/1997

Los Angeles Dodgers - Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier & Chad Billingsley/2006

San Diego Padres - Chase Headley/2007

San Francisco Giants - Matt Cain/2005

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Name that Phillie- Notre Dame Connection?

It seems the entire country either hates or loves the Fighting Irish.  Personally, I'm indifferent, but I'm in the minority.  Anyway, this former Phillie has a roundabout connection to Notre Dame.  See if you can figure it out.  Hit me with your best shot, fire away...

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Trade Idea- David DeJesus

The Phillies need outfielders.  They have some in-house candidates (John Mayberry, Domonic Brown, and Darin Ruf), but outside help is needed.  Free agents like BJ Upton, Angel Pagan, and Michael Bourn are all being floated as ideas, but they'll come at quite a hefty price tag and each have their own pitfalls.

For example-
"There are a lot of reasons to like Upton, but it is worth mentioning he has not hit better than .246 since 2008 and has not had better than a .784 on-base-plus-slugging percentage since 2007. He strikes out a ton. Upton had a .298 on-base percentage last season. He has been benched in the past for a lack of hustle. He is not exactly a sure thing."
~Todd Zolecki

Bourn is 30 and game is built entirely on speed. He's likely to demand at least 5 YR/$85M. He plays great defense and still has elite speed, but the rest of his game is lacking. Meaning he might only be worth it for about 2 more years.

Pagan is pretty good all around, but he got a lot of publicity this season being with the Giants and his future payday went up because of it. Probably looking at 3-4 year deal worth at least $10M annually.

Upton is an out making machine. We don't need another .300 OBP guy in he lineup, especially not at the price he will cost and a 1st round pick surrendered to the Rays.

My Idea:
What about David DeJesus as a platoon partner with Mayberry?

Either play them in CF or RF.

DeJesus against RHP- .292/.367/.449 (.816 OPS)

Mayberry against LHP- .284/.328/.547 (.875 OPS).

DeJesus' contract is reasonable- $4.25M in 2013 with an identical option for 2014 or $1.5M buyout. The Cubs would probably take a borderline prospect for him and might even eat a million.  This allows resources to be spent elsewhere like another outfielder, third baseman, and/or setup man.

International Stout Day

The leaves are changing, the temperatures are dropping, the MLB hot stove is about to heat up, and the holidays are quickly approaching.

International Stout Day is today; a holiday for all beer lovers to unite and make merry of the darkest, and some say, best style of beer out there.

Stouts are darker, hoppier and richer, so this year, when you’re reaching for your pint, go for the most iconic stout in the word—Guinness. With a sweet, bitter flavor, subtle notes of roasted barley and coffee, a dark color and rich, creamy head, nothing compares to a perfectly poured pint of Guinness.

And why not change it up a bit and go for a Guinness Foreign Extra Stout, a stout from Guinness that was introduced to the US in early 2010.

Whether it be a sweet, dry, or Russian Imperial style stout, just grab one and enjoy.

Notable PA Stouts:
Stoudts- Fat Dog, Victory- Donnybrook, Lancaster- Milk Stout, Weyerbacher- Old Heathen, Troegs- Java Head, Sly Fox- O'Reily, Iron Hill- Russian Imperial, Yards- Love, Millbock- Black, and many others.

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Phanatic 2012 - Hit The Vote!!!

I'm sure many of you know who you are voting for today. But for those of you who are still on the fence, consider a dark-horse (green-monster?) candidate: the Phanatic.

Many don't even know that the Phanatic is running. So, for all of you undecided voters, here is the Phanatic's platform. If you like it, vote for it!!

Welfare reform - Food stamps will be replaced with Hatfield Dollar Dogs.

Foreign Policy - Relocate the Cardinals to Iran. Apparently, Cardinal fans are incapable of negative behavior. So, if some of these radical terrorist groups would become Cardinal fans, maybe they'll become as docile as a pet poodle. And maybe Ahmandinejad will start building baseball stadiums instead of nuclear plants... The Phanatic will also relocate the Mets to Paris, France. They all deserve that.

Economy - The Phanatic wants to lower income tax, raise capital gains tax and implement a salary cap for Major League Baseball.

Energy - Until his ATV runs on solar power, the Phanatic is "drill baby drill."

Environment - He's a full supporter of "F#@& the Whales, Save the Homers." Enough said.

Secretary of State - Dave Hollins, so other countries will think twice about messing with us.
Secretary of Education - Darren Daulton, to teach those kids what's really going on!
Minister of Defense - Reggie White (Honorary appointment)
Secretary of the Treasury - Lenny Dykstra

Monday, November 05, 2012

Jimmy Rollins and the Hall of Fame

Last year when Jimmy Rollins signed his new contract with the Phillies I commented on it by saying, ""If Jimmy is able to start another 4-5 years and finishes around: .270/.750, 1500 R, 2600 H, 525 DBL, 120 TRPL, 225 HR, 1000 RBI, 500 SB, then I think he's HoF material."

Corey then countered with an entire post outlining that J-Roll will merely go down in history as a very good player, but not HoF worthy.  He made many good points as to why Rollins won't sniff the Hall, but I'm still not convinced.

Rollins has 3 years left on his contract with the Phillies (assuming his 2015 option vest) and continues to be an elite shortstop.  Truth is, the Steroids Era is over, and all those inflated statistics, especially for middle infielders, are in decline.  However, Jimmy continues to remain near the top in most offensive categories among his counterparts and is still highly regarded for his defense, as evidence by being awarded his 4th Gold Glove.  He is the 3rd best shortstop in the history of the game in terms of fielding percentage. 

J-Roll has also stated that he would like to play until he's 40.  The man is in tremendous shape, so this is not out of the question.  He's currently 33 years old, set to turn 34 at the end of November, so that means possibly 7 more seasons.  He's going to putting up a lot of counting stats if that's the case.

For the sake of argument, let's say he only has 5 more quality yeas left in him.  My new estimations for career stats would be: 2435 G, .265/.750, 1575 R, 2685 H, 540 DBL, 120 TRPL, 270 HR, 1080 RBI, 530 SB, 51 WAR.  I doubt he'll get another GG, but it's still possible, and another All-Star appearance is not out of the question.  That makes for an impressive players rewards card.

His Baseball-Reference Hall of Fame meter is creeping closer to "worthy" too:
Black InkBatting - 14 (169), Average HOFer ≈ 27
Gray InkBatting - 75 (325), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 88 (199), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 35 (214), Average HOFer ≈ 50

By no means, do I believe he's a surefire Hall of Famer.  I do think there's a decent chance for him though.

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Saturday, November 03, 2012

Name that Phillie- So Soon We've Forgotten Edition

Here we go again, have at it. Name that Phillie...

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Create the Caption- Crazy Ink Edition

Be imaginative. Have fun. Make us laugh. Make us cringe. Create the caption...