Friday, July 31, 2009
Amanda talks about Ruben Amaro's top 10 moves as Phillies GM, over on PhilliesNation.
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon's got a good blog. Here they review funny names in the sport of baseball.
Minor league media head Mike Ashmore covered two double headers yesterday in NJ. Read his live blog from the quadruple header right here.
Not sure if it's streaming all day, but PhoulBallz.com is fully in the mix on Slugtrail Radio's podcast that was recorded last night. If you like prank calls, random discussion and sports talk...check that out here.
SI has a photo list of most recent MLB no hitters by team. Check that out here. Lakewood coach Bob Milacki was part of the Orioles' most recent no-no.
David Murphy's got some quotes from Jason Donald on being traded. The Indians' triple A team, the Columbus Clippers, are visiting Lehigh's Coca Cola Park, so the trio of Donald, Lou Marson and Carlos Carrasco had a fast initial move...from the home locker room to the visitors' locker room.
WSBGM's has a look at the first Phillie this season to accomplish something rather remarkable, and an update on the pile of crap that is Eric Bruntlett's 2009 offensive performance. Check that out here.
Braves fans hate umpire Bill Hohn. Crashburn Alley has an interesting look at why, and critiques their reasoning.
**Quick press release from the lovely store known as MODELLS SPORTING GOODS. Cliph Lee jerseys will be on sale tomorrow, August 1st! Their locations on Cottman Ave. and Chestnut St. will be the first stores to debut the goods. #34 jerseys priced at $99.99 and t-shirts at $17.99 will be ready to go. Call your local Modells for additional info.**
Web site TableTennisCoach-"dot something" seems to be a BS site that tries to load malware via fake virus warnings.
Some guy named MaseMase on Twitter is cool and reads this page and has refered readers here and has gotten others to see this page and post links to it. He deserves a shout out.
ECheats.biz links to this site on a page for a Super Nintendo game called Ballz, thanks to keyword enhanced advertising.
MusicReportOnline.net apparently translates articles, that they link to, into to some variation of English. Check out their interesting sample below. Original interview with John Flynn here. That's SURREBUTTER, baby!
While learning that WereTheTeamToBeat.com has linked to this site in the past, I also learned that this girl got really fit rather quickly, from an ad.
Lastly, I also searched Sarge Cadillac Time. Here is the top result for the latest Phils catch phrase.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
CC Sabathia, 2008. After joining the Brewers midway through last season, Sabathia went 11-2 with 7 complete games, 3 shut outs and 128 K's over 17 starts.
Johan Santana, 2008. In his first full NL season with the Metropolitans, Santana posted a 16-7 record with a 2.53 ERA and 206 K's in 34 starts.
Bronson Arroyo, 2006. In his first three months with the Reds, Arroyo had a 9-4 record, with a 2.58 ERA and 89 K's in 17 starts.
Randy Johnson, 1998. When Johnson left Seattle for Houston, he contributed greatly with a 10-1 record, 1.28 ERA, 4 complete games (all shut outs), with 116 K's in 11 starts.
For further consideration, here is a look at those pitchers' statistics with the preceding American League club, just before getting traded.
Sabathia with Cleveland, 2008...6-8, 3.83 ERA, 18 games.
Santana with Minnesota, 2007...15-13, 3.33 ERA, 33 games (2nd half...5-7, 4.04 ERA, 15 games)
Arroyo with Boston, 2005...14-10, 4.51 ERA, 35 games (2nd half...7-5, 5.08 ERA, 17 games).
Johnson with Seattle, 1998...9-10, 4.33 ERA, 23 starts.
Cliff Lee with Cleveland, 2009...7-9, 3.14 ERA, 22 starts.
Lee's numbers look better than those other guys' stats just prior to crossing over. Lee's win-loss record would certainly be better this year if the Indians offered more run support. Cleveland averaged 3.73 runs per game this year in Lee's starts. By comparison, Roy Halladay (11-4) got 5.47 runs per game this year from the Blue Jays, prior to his latest start on Wednesday. If this history pans out, and Lee's season so far is any indication, we could be looking at quite a beastly remainder of 2009 from the newest Phillies pitcher.
Thanks to The Shore Sports Report gang for tips.
Columnist David Murphy speculates that Lee will make his Phillies debut on Saturday.
I'd like to take this opportunity to say goodbye to PhoulBallz.com's favorite t-shirt model, Jason Knapp. Good luck to you, my man.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
My opinion on Drabek being the piece that holds the Phillies back from making a deal is like this...What's the best projection for Drabek's career? He becomes a Roy Halladay calibre pitcher, right? Okay, so if you're trading him and get back ROY HALLADAY, what's the problem? Halladay is an annual Cy Young Award contender and one of the best pitchers in the game. This type of talent would certainly help the Phillies in their pennant chase and post season this year and next season. Kyle Drabek most likely will not assist the major league Phillies this year. Make the deal happen.
Ricciardi may need to consider how 23 days of being the main topic of North America's trade deadline discussions will leave Halladay feeling, if no trade is completed. He's their best player. Could all the chatter leave him with a sour taste in his mouth? Perhaps. And maybe next time around Halladay won't wish to deal with all of this again and won't cooperate with the Blue Jays and agree to wave his full no-trade clause.
The Blue Jays are 11 games behind the Yankees in the AL east. Halladay makes 17% of Toronto's payroll. The Indians are 12 1/2 games behind the Tigers in the AL central. Lee makes 7% of Cleveland's payroll. Both teams have similar deficits in the standings, but with over sized contracts like Travis Hafner, Jake Westbrook and Kerry Wood on Cleveland's roster, Lee, who actually earns his salary, might not be an urgency for the Indians to part with or get a return for. Thus, the Indians may require an equally impressive offer, to what Toronto is wishing for, to let go of their ace, who will make just $8 million next season.
The Phillies improved to a ML best 19-5 (.792 winning percentage) in July with their win over the DiamondBacks on Tuesday night. Consider that the Phillies began the month 0-2, and they've won 19 of their past 22 games.
Raul Ibanez is hot on the road. This season, in 37 road games, Raul is hitting .325 (51-for-157) with 15 homers, 41 RBI and 32 runs. Raul has also safely reached base in 20 straight road games. Last season with the Mariners, Raul's batting average was 33 points higher on the road than it was at home.
And here is a reminder that it's PhoulBallz Phillies Wednesday on The Shore Sports Report. The show is on daily from 3-6pm, and I'll be on at 3:30 to talk about the World Champions. Click here to listen.
The show also has its own message board...you can find that here.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Once again, Cardinals fans, you are not skilled at catching homerun balls. PhoulBallz has dealt you a blog bashing before, and you've still not learned a lesson. I am disappointed in you. Next time, you guys need to move your tight red shorts and fresh jean shorts with high white crew socks out of the way, to make room for the child who would, no doubt, keep his eyes open and embarass you both with a heroic snag.
Coach Bob, can I get some comments on your experiences at the Double A all star game in Trenton this month?
It was fun. It was fun. I went over there, they called me, 'cause I was born in Trenton...and threw out the first pitch. And they also wanted me to participate in the home run derby (Coach Bob threw pitches to Phillies minor leaguer Michael Taylor in the derby), which is different for me. But, it was fun. I got a chance to see some guys who I coached in previous years with the Pirates, so it was kind of neat. Big crowd.
Were you a choice of Michael Taylor's at all, or did the organizers assign you to pitch to him?
He didn't know I was going to be throwing. He probably would have wanted somebody else. But he did hit one homerun, so it was nice. It was a bomb. I talked to him afterwards. I (asked), "Was it hard seeing me?", because I was coming out of a sign out there in centerfield, 'cause I throw from a high angle. He goes, "Nah! I knew I wasn't winning anyway. I hit one homerun. I usually don't hit that many homeruns in (batting practice) anyway. I may have hit 12 all year." So, he was a really good sport about it.
The guys on the pitching staff with Lakewood...who might you be extremely confident in to have the abilities to pitch at higher levels sooner than later...aside from an obvious name like Jason Knapp?
(BJ) Rosenberg, for sure. He's gonna pitch at higher levels. (Justin) DeFratus. He's gonna pitch at the next level. You got (Trevor) May...probably spend some time here next year, 'cause he didn't start (this season) here, but if he finishes strong, he could (see time early next year) at the next level, 'cause he's learning at a rapid rate. (Jesus) Sanchez has done a great job this year. So, I mean, there's a lot of possibilities. I don't know how many jobs are going to be open next year, so some of those guys who are younger might spend half a season here.
Check out PhoulBallz.com's previous interview with Bob Milacki here.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Over his last 6 starts, Joe's ERA is 1.94. As a member of the Phillies, Blanton has a 3.84 ERA after the all star break with a 5-0 record. The Phillies are 20-12 (.625 winning percentage) in games that Blanton has started, since being acquired last July.
Combined this season against other National League playoff contenders St. Louis, Chicago and Los Angeles, Blanton has a combined 1.67 ERA in 4 starts with a 2-0 record.
Blanton is on such a sizzling run that the Bowling Green Hot Rods, a Tampa Bay Rays farm team, will host a Joe Blanton bobble head give away tomorrow. Bowling Green will host Joe's mother, father and sister for the event, as Joe's recent greatness apparently builds up his relatives' celebrity status. A guy really has to be some kind of special stud to have the team he beat in the World Series allow their affiliates to give away promotional items based on him...especially after they c-blocked that opponent's local affiliate from giving away promotional bobble heads based on their own franchise's players.
More July hotness...
Jimmy Rollins in July- 22 games, 4 HR, 18 RBI, .333 avg. (31-for-93), 1.003 OPS, 20 runs, 7 steals.
Shane Victorino in July- 22 games, 2 HR, 12 RBI, .402 avg. (37-for-92), 1.041 OPS, 20 runs, 4 steals.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
From the DelCo Times...
According to several reports, homicide detectives are investigating the death of
a man fatally injured in a Citizens Bank Park parking lot melee while a Phillies
game was in progress.Police say it began at McFaddens Restaurant at the ballpark
around 7:00 p.m.Officials say there was a bachelor party going on at the
restaurant when the trouble began.The fight, involving as many as 30 people,
went outside to Lot M at 7th Street and Pattison Avenue.Police say a 22-year-old
man was assaulted in the parking lot outside the ballpark.The game between the
Phillies and the St. Louis Cardinals was in the 8th inning when the assault
occurred.The man was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
where he was pronounced dead.
Link to story here.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
You couldn't have waited till Monday to make this trade?! What the eff-hole?
Matt Holliday joined the Cardinals in Philadelphia on Friday, following a trade that sent prospects Brett Wallace, Shane Peterson and Clayton Mortensen to Oakland. St. Louis has upgraded their team with three trades this month adding Holliday, Julio Lugo and Mark DeRosa.
Holliday quickly proved to be the impact player that Cards manager Tony La Russa has been wanting to add to the team's offense and contributed for the Cardinals, as he got 4 hits, an RBI, a run scored and a stolen base in the 8-1 defeat of the Phillies on Friday.
The Phillies go back at it today, at 4:05pm on the Fox national(/regional) broadcast.
PhilliesNation has an article about genius and Blue Jays general manager JP Ricciardi.
PhilliesFlow reviews the Phillies performances during the 10 game win streak compared to the rest of the season.
The IronPigPen has reviews of your Friday double A and triple A happenings from the Phillies system and more.
Sirius XM Radio has coverage of the Hall of Fame induction ceremonies this weekend. Check it out on MLB Home Plate, XM channel 175 and SIRIUS channel 210
More Hardball's got the goods on Jonathan Papelbon, suggesting he's possibly the best ever. They do this while quoting Vanilla Ice. It's GOLD, Jerry!
Friday, July 24, 2009
Friday, 7:05pm. Joel Pineiro (8-9, 3.09 ERA) vs. "Jay" Happ (7-0, 2.68 ERA). Pineiro has made 3 career starts against the Phillies and is 1-0 with a 2.33 ERA in 19 1/3 innings pitched. In 10 road starts this season, Pineiro is 4-5 with a 3.86 ERA. Over his last 3 starts, Pineiro has a 1.56 ERA. In 12 appearances at home this season, Happ is 3-0 with a 4.04 ERA. Over his last 6 starts, Happ's ERA is 1.67. Happ as a starter is 5-0 with a 2.74 ERA.
Saturday, 4:05pm. Kyle Lohse (4-6, 4.21 ERA) vs. Rodrigo Lopez (2-0, 2.60 ERA). Lohse returns to Citizens Bank Park for the first time since surrendering the infamous grand slam to Kaz Matsui in the 2007 playoffs. In 7 regular season games at CBP, Lohse is 2-0 with a 3.52 ERA. RoLo has made all of his Phillies starts at home and has still not surrendered a homerun this year. In his career, Julio Lugo is 11-for-29 (.379 avg) with a homer and 3 RBI against RoLo.
Sunday, 1:35pm. Todd Wellemeyer (7-8, 5.68 ERA) vs. Joe Blanton (6-4, 4.24 ERA). In 7 career games against the Phillies, Wellemeyer is 0-1 with a 6.35 ERA. Wellemeyer is 3-3 on the road this season with a 6.14 ERA in 9 games. Chase Utley is 4-for-8 (.500 avg) against Wellemeyer in his career with 2 homeruns and 4 RBI. Jimmy Rollins and Jayson Werth are a combined 0-for-13 against Wellemeyer in their careers. Blanton has two career starts against St. Louis- 13 innings pitched, 1.38 ERA, 0.92 WHIP. At home this season, Blanton is 3-2 with a 4.26 ERA. Blanton's ERA over 6 day starts is 5.80.
Albert Pujols is the Cardinals' stolen base leader with 10. Pujols is just 1-for-8 combined off of the Phillies 3 starters in this series. Pujols is a .367 hitter in 15 career games at CBP with 9 homers and 19 RBI.
Raul Ibanez's batting average is 41 points lower at home than it is on the road (.286/.327) this season. In 13 career games against the Cardinals, Ibanez is a .320 hitter with 2 homeruns and 5 RBI.
Only 1 of Brad Lidge's 6 blown saves was at home this season. Despite that, Lidge's home ERA is 6.86 this year. At 5.87, Lidge's July ERA is his best month of the season thus far.
In 16 career appearances (25 1/3 innings pitched) against the Cardinals, Ryan Madson's ERA is 1.78.
In his career against St. Louis, Ryan Howard is a .376 hitter with 13 homers, 37 RBI and a 1.310 OPS in 27 games.
Cardinals team runs scored- 428
Phillies team runs scored- 503
Thursday, July 23, 2009
This was the 18th perfect game ever thrown in the majors. Fox Sports has more on the story of the day in baseball here.
PAUSE? Since it has become American League day here on PhoulBallz, let's take a glance at all the man-love that went on in the Rangers game last night. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
Question: What is PARTY?
CORRECT! Wow, just look at that lively group of Royals fans partying. They really get rewarded with the team they deserve, don't they?
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Eric B. is the 2009 Endy Chavez. Remember Endy...the guy who in 2005 managed just 2 hits in his final 42 games played as a Phillie? That is about the sort of output the Phillies are getting from Bruntlett, and it's time to fix this void.
Julio Lugo was designated for assignment last week by the Red Sox and is expected to become a free agent. The Metropolitans are rumored to be interested. Why wouldn't the Phillies be interested in a guy who could surely outhit Bruntlett? Lugo was hitting .284 through 37 games played this season with Boston.
Suspended Lehigh Valley IronPig Pablo Ozuna is eligible to return next Wednesday. Ozuna is batting .294 through 51 games at triple A. Miguel Cairo is also still hanging around with the IronPigs and is batting .300 through 55 games played there. Perhaps either player could outperform Bruntlett, at this stage.
More ideas to replace Eric B. are welcome. Please forward them to the Phillies' front office.
The fact that this guy, who is batting .128 through 50 games played, got to score key runs in the post season last year bothers me to no end. Imagine if Endy Chavez was immortalized in Phillies history by scoring game winning runs in the World Series. Yeah, that's Eric Bruntlett.
Today marks the one year anniversary of Joe Blanton's Phillies debut against the Metropolitans.
Zach Collier made his season debut with Class A short season Williamsport on Tuesday, after being sent down this week, and went 0-for-4 in his journey to finally slug his first professional homerun.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Jim, can I get you to speak a little about your draft experience last year?
Yeah, I thought I'd probably be between the 15th and 20th round. I figured I'd get picked up somewhere around there. And I was driving back home, across the state- I went to school in the eastern part of Washington State- and I was driving back to see my family. I actually got the call when I was driving across the mountains, from our sports radio guy. And he was actually the first person to call and tell me. I didn't hear from the Phillies till after her called. That was kind of interesting.
How did you celebrate, once you got to your family?
I just went out to dinner, with my immediate family, then went out with some buddies afterwards down in Seattle...it was a pretty good time.
Was there any kind of adjustment period or transition for you, coming from out west to play on the east coast last year?
Not specifically. Ya know, playing summer ball and college kind of gives you some of the experience already....playing 2-3 months somewhere away from home. Coming out of college too, it helps- you're not really used to being home anyway. It wasn't that big of a transition for me.
Do you participate in the BlueClaws' rain delay dance routines and can you speak on those?
I try not to. I let the other guys try to do that. It's pretty fun, man. They kinda figured the game was going to get canceled. We got a lot of guys in here that like to dance around the locker room...so when it came on, they started a dance off and we were shocked when Greensboro did the same. It was pretty funny.
Is there any advice that you might give to teenage players who hope to play beyond high school age?
Yeah, you never know who's watching or when it can happen. Every day, do something to try and make yourself better. It could be anything from running to taking extra ground balls. That extra stuff you're doing, some other guy might not be doing, and that's can be the thing that separates you later.
What was your favorite team and player growing up?
I was a big Mariner/Red Sox fan. My dad's from Boston and I grew up in Seattle. I liked Jay Buhner a lot in Seattle. He was always one of my favorites.
What is your favorite baseball movie?
I'd say For Love of the Game. I really like Kevin Costner and there's a lot of stuff in there that kind of relates...
What kind of music do you like?
Country and early hip hop, like 90's hip hop. Notorious B.I.G....Big Poppa's my walk out song, I like that a lot.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Below is a look at the pitching match ups for the series and other game notes.
Monday, 7:05pm. Ted Lilly (9-6, 3.18 ERA) vs. Rodrigo Lopez (1-0, 3.18 ERA). Lilly has a 2.11 ERA over his last 3 starts. In 4 career starts against the Phillies, Lilly is 1-3 with a 4.88 ERA. On the road this season, Lilly is 3-5 with a 4.66 ERA in 9 starts. Pedro Feliz against Lilly is 4-for-13 with 2 homers and 7 RBI. RoLo will be making his third start of the season for our Phillies. In 4 2/3 innings (1 start) in his career against the Cubbies (a June 2007 start), RoLo gave up 8 earned runs (15.43 ERA). Alfonso Soriano is a career .343 hitter (12-for-35) against RoLo with 3 homers and 5 RBI.
Tuesday, 7:05pm. Rich Harden (6-6, 5.06 ERA) vs. Joe Blanton (6-4, 4.44 ERA). The former teammates with the A's face off for the first time. In 2 career starts against the Phils, Harden is 1-0 with a 0.69 ERA and 16 K's in 13 innings pitched. On the road this season, Harden is 4-1 with a 2.17 ERA in 6 games. Chase Utley, Pedro Feliz, Jimmy Rollins, Carlos Ruiz, Jayson Werth, Paul Bako and Greg Dobbs are a combined 1-for-33 (.030 avg) against Harden. In his last 11 starts, Blanton is 5-1 with a 3.26 ERA. Blanton's ERA in his last 4 home starts is 2.33. Reed Johnson is 5-for-10 in his career against Blanton with a homer and a walk.
Wednesday, 1:05pm. Carlos Zambrano (6-4, 3.36 ERA) vs. Jamie Moyer (9-6, 5.58 ERA). Zambrano has only faced the Phillies once in the past two seasons. In that one start, last season, Zambrano got the loss when he allowed 5 earned runs over 6 innings pitched. In 7 career starts against the Phillies, Zambrano is 3-3 with a 3.38 ERA and 1.19 WHIP. Moyer has won 5 straight starts and has a 3.68 ERA in those games. Moyer is 4-4 at home this year with a 6.79 ERA. Aramis Ramirez is 0-for-10 in his career against Moyer.
Alfonso Soriano is a .296 career hitter at Citizens Bank Park with 3 doubles, 5 homers and 8 RBI in 16 games.
The Phillies have not lost a home series to the Cubs since April 2001.
Jimmy Rollins has hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games. In that span, Rollins is batting .397 with 13 runs scored.
The Phillies had lost 10 of their previous 11 games prior to their current stretch of winning 12 of the last 13 games.
Cubs team batting average- .250
Phillies team batting average- .261
Now back to the "hot in July" topic...other Phillies who are wrecking it this month are-
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Sunday, July 19, 2009
Over the three following seasons, Flick continued to use his speed to his advantage and stole 96 total bases. His quickness also allowed him to cover much ground in the outfield. Elmer Flick's best offensive season came in 1900, when he led the league in RBI with 110 and total bases with 297. He also finished second (to Honus Wagner) in batting avg. at .378.
In 1901, the newly formed American League established a new baseball franchise in Philadelphia called the Athletics. They began luring veteran players, with higher salaries. After the season, Flick accepted a contract offer from Connie Mack's Athletics and crossed over to play in the American League. The Phillies, however, went to court and got an injunction that prohibited any player under contract with the Phillies to compete in Pennsylvania for another team. The A's, faced with the restriction of playing all their home games without Frick, were forced to trade him away. Frick went to play for Cleveland in mid-May. The contract dispute lasted till September of 1903, when the leagues makes peace.
With Cleveland, Elmer Flick would bat over .300 four straight seasons, lead the AL in triples three straight seasons and he won a batting title in 1905. Flick was valued so highly that the team once turned down a deal with the Tigers that would have swapped Flick for a 21 year old Ty Cobb. By 1908, Flick developed a stomach ailment that would limit his playing time and eventually halt his career. By 1910, he was out of the Major Leagues at the age of 34. Flick would hang on and play two more years in the minors before retiring. In 1964, Elmer Flick was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Speak a little about your success so far this season, including your all star experience.
Right now, I'm kind of on a roll for a little while. Been pitching pretty well. I've been working on some things, like, fix my mechanics a little bit. Been going good. Gonna keep it going, and the season's just over half way done, still a long way to go. The all star game was fun. I didn't get to pitch, but I guess they were saving me for extra innings, since it was such a close game. It was a great experience (going with my teammates).
Was there any advantage for you coming into this year having spent time with your current manager Dusty (Wathan) at Williamsport last year?
I had a good year last year too and he kind of knew what to expect from me already, coming into this year....and I guess, with a lot of confidence. I love him as a manager. He's a great manager and I'm just happy to be here with him.
Is there any kind of competition, whether for fun or otherwise, between you and Ryan Bergh at all, out there in the bullpen?
No, not really. It's just like, he'll pitch, then I'll pitch. It just depends on whether it's a save opportunity or not. We haven't openly talked about (going at it) or anything.
What's your pitching repertoire like and what's your routine like preparing for an appearance?
Fastball, slider...change up very rarely. And I mean, I just prepare the same way every day. First few innings- kind of watching the game and looking at the batters. About the 6th inning, I'll start moving around a little bit. 7th I'll just get my arm going...maybe play catch with the outfielders (between innings). I just take every game- get the same routine going.
What do you think your strengths are and how would you describe your own style?
I think my strengths are just command. I feel really confident in my fastball and my slider. I feel like I can throw them any count, any time, any batter. So, just command of both my pitches. Not to say I'm a power pitcher. I just keep the ball low in the zone and try to get ahead of hitters. That's really just how I do it.
Browsing the internet there are phans that are very interested in you, mainly because you have very solid numbers, but a relatively low buzz factor about you. What could you tell fans about yourself?
I don't know. I'm a pretty low key guy, so I kind of just try to stay out of the lime light. I don't know what I would say. I just try to go about my business and try to keep going every day.
Who was your favorite pitcher growing up?
Nolan Ryan and John Smoltz. Nolan Ryan because of how dominating he was. I didn't get to really watch him growing up, but I saw clips of his no hitters and he just dominated the hitters that he faced. John Smoltz...basically, I was a Braves fan growing up, and he can take over a game easily and he has electric stuff. I found myself really liking him.
Were you more into Smoltz as a starter or a reliever?
Kind of both. I was a starter growing up, so as a starter. But when he started closing, he did so well. I guess that versatility made him more appealing too.
Is there anyone in the system who you think has really contributed to helping you excel thus far in your career?
Dusty- big time and especially Bob Milacki. I worked with everybody pretty equally down in Clearwater for spring training. Their pitching coordinator, Gorman Heimueller...he just worked with me. And really just Bob Milacki has helped me out a lot.
If you could face any batter in baseball, who would it be?
Probably Manny Ramirez. I say Manny 'cause...I haven't necessarily been his biggest fan with his antics and stuff, so I'd like to face him.
What's your favorite baseball movie?
The Sandlot. I watched it a lot when I was younger. I just think it's an awesome movie. I could probably watch it every day and never get sick of it.
Friday, July 17, 2009
You hit a deep fly ball that hit off the top of the wall for a double tonight. It barely missed going out. How much did you want that homerun tonight?
Maaaan, I thought it was going out, but...once it hit the fence, you know, it's happened before, so I just had to get to second base. Don't want to get caught- think you have a homerun and just get on first base. You just gotta hustle every time until YOU KNOW you've got a homerun.
Is getting your first one something that's on your mind at all?
Yeah. (But) everyone's gonna hit that homerun some time in their career, so I mean, when it comes, it comes. I'm not going to keep trying for it.
When publications or web sites rank prospects in the Phillies' system, are you aware of what they say about you and how do you feel about those rankings?
Yeah, I'm aware. But I just really don't look into it or read it. I just do what I have to do. Just trying to make my way to the top, and do what I gotta do.
You've been talked about as a Garrett Anderson type of player. How would you describe your own game or your own skills?
Is there any specific aspect of your game that you're working on improving right now?
Just my hitting....and, well, everything. You can improve on everything. Hitting- just more of, ya know, what pitchers look for in certain situations, getting runs in and (situational hitting). I'll get all the information I can from (coaches) Bob (Milacki), Dusty (Wathan) or (Greg) Legg, you just gotta ask questions and get what you can out of everything.
Can I get an overview of what your draft experience was like last year?
My whole attitude was just, "I'm signing, where I'm signing. Where ever I go, I'm just gonna sign." It's something I really want to do. I was with my agent and I sat there and watched it on TV. I didn't really know where I was going to get picked. I wasn't nervous before the draft, but they started announcing names and I started getting nervous. Finally, when my name was called it was just a big relief.
What do you like off the baseball field?
I like movies. But it's gotta be something I have an interest in. Like, Transformers and X Men, I definitely had to go see those movies.
What's your favorite Michael Jackson song?
That's a hard one. I grew up listening to Thriller, but there's just too many (to pick only one).
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Former Trenton Thunder broadcaster and assistant GM, T-Mac, was in attendance to report for MyPHL17 and to conduct some pregame ceremonies
Yankees GM Brian Cashman was in attendance and is seen here chatting it up with with 19 year old prospect Jesus Montero
Michael Taylor is seen here not doing so hot in the homerun derby with pitches from Lakewood coach Bob Milacki
Host, Jim Duquette: “What are your feelings on where [Martinez] fits in the rotation and what are your expectations of him?”
Charlie Manuel: “Basically, the things I was told were that he’s throwing the ball much better than he did last year, he’s in tremendous shape and that our people definitely think that he can help us. And what we’ll do: he’ll work out, have a couple of throwing sessions with [pitching coach] Rich Dubee and probably even throw to some hitters, and then we’ll send him out and let him pitch in a game a couple of times and then bring him back and we’ll plug him in our rotation.”
Host, Seth Everett: “Do you guys have the sense of any real expectations from him? What was the report that you got from the people that went down to the D.R. and saw him?”
Manuel: “They were very encouraged with him. They like him. They said he’s throwing the ball better, his velocity’s better and he was in tremendous shape, and that he had been working out ever since the World Baseball Classic. And they felt like that with his experience and the fact that he is throwing the ball better, that he could help us and that he can pitch anywhere from five to seven innings for us.”
Everett: “So the earliest he can probably return is August 1, right?”
Manuel: “Yeah, I’d say that’s close to the timeline for him, yes, because if you think about it, somewhere along in there, yeah.”
“Power Alley,” with Seth Everett and Jim Duquette, airs weekdays from 10 am – 1 pm ET on MLB Home Plate (XM channel 175 and SIRIUS channel 210 with the “Best of XM” programming package).
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
The starting lineup for the Southern Division team is as follows...
Miguel Abreu, 2B, Bowie
Deik Scram, CF, Erie
Michael Taylor, RF, Reading
Carlos Santana, C, Akron
Marvin Lowrance, LF, Harrisburg
Neil Sellers, 3B, Reading
Jason Delaney, DH, Altoona
Beau Mills, 1B, Akron
Brian Friday, SS, Altoona
Joe Savery, SP, Reading
Check back tomorrow for a full review of the evening's Eastern League events.
The speculation has begun regarding where Pedro Martinez will go for his "rehab" starts in the Phillies system. Some have even begun projecting when Pedro will start for the Phillies and have gone as far as when he'll face the Metropolitans. There is still no official word on any of this, as of this writing.
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Tuesday, July 14, 2009
According to MLB.com's Todd Zolecki, Martinez is expected to begin a "rehab" or conditioning assignment in the minor leagues immediately. As Pedro is already in the Philadelphia region and all the local minor league clubs are home, it might seem unlikely that Pedro would be assigned to Clearwater at this time. The Lakewood BlueClaws are presently in the midst of a home stand that ends Monday the 20th. The double A Reading Phillies, currently on their all star break, are home starting Thursday with games through Sunday the 19th. The triple A Lehigh Valley IronPigs are home Thursday through Sunday also. Stay tuned to learn where to see Martinez.
Scott Lauber has the latest on Pedro Martinez's physical exam as well as a brief Q&A with manager Charlie Manuel.
Amanda & Rolf review the MLB Mascots vs. Minor League Mascots softball game. Check out Swing and a Long Drive and The IronPigPen for those articles.
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