Pat "The Bat" Burrell was WSBGMs first inductee into our Hall of Fame. Here's a snippet of our first ballot from back in 2009.
Pat Burrell - Burrell is my favorite Phillie of all time, so this is a sentimental pick for me. But he has some WSBGM's Hall cred, too. Possibly no other player has been as analyzed and scrutinized as often and as severely as Pat Burrell. But his on-field performance is only part of what makes Pat Burrel fascinating. Homeruns made Burrell a favorite, but stories of womanizing, boozing, Marlboro smoking have made him a legend.
Burrell posts - There are soooooo many Burrell posts, I can't begin to narrow them down. Just search for Burrell on the blog search on the right toolbar if you are so inclined. You'll find posts marking the end of the Burrell era (two years ago...), posts touting him for an All-Star spot, and MVP award or the Triple Crown, and posts arguing that he should play more and play less. So, in lieu of specific posts, I'll put up a few of my favorite Burrell photos.
Well, he's already been inducted into both the WSBGMs Hall of Fame and his alma mater's at the University of Miami. And now, he gets the recognition he deserves as a member of the Phillies, becoming a member of their Wall of Fame in 2015. Congrats!
Friday, February 20, 2015
"I brought this to answer my hard questions." Cliff Lee said.
Questions like, "Phillies president Pat Gillick said the team would not contend until 2017."
"Hold on a second," Lee said, picking up the Magic 8 Ball. "Most likely." When asked more about the same issue, Lee responded, "Yes, definitely."
"Yes, definitely you want to be traded?"
"Let me see," Lee said. "That's another tough one. I don't know if I want to answer that." Lee looked at the ball again. "Very doubtful."
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
WSBGMs wants to take this opportunity and platform to congratulate Cole Hamels on speaking his mind and the blunt truth. We applaud you Cole!
"I just want to win. That’s all. That’s all any competitor wants. And I know it’s not going to happen here. This isn’t what I expected. It’s not what the Phillies expected, either. But it’s reality." ~Cole Hamels
Sunday, February 15, 2015
Saturday, February 07, 2015
*Courtesy of Fangraphs
Left- 2014, Right- 2015
As you can see from the graphic above, the Phillies are projected to be the worst team in Major League Baseball in 2015. They'll score the fewest runs, have a poor pitching staff, and have the worst run differential.
Projections aren't gospel, they're generated by computers for the most part. Hell, Brien Taylor was once projected to be an ace. However, in the case of the Phightins, I must agree with the prognosticators. The Diamondbacks, Braves, and Rockies are shitty teams too, but the shittiest team resides in Philadelphia this season.