Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Year in Review: Top Posts From 2011

As a review of the year that has just passed, I thought of taking a look at the most viewed material that this site produced during 2011. Generally, the most popular draws for PhoulBallz.com are interviews, and while those appear on the list multiple times, it was prospect reviews, some exclusive insider tips and a one dose of misinformation that filled out the remainder of the top ten.

Have a look at the list of 2011's most popular entries from the site...


10- Phillies pitchers press conference. Prior to the season, everyone around the baseball world was excited about the Phils' staff of ace hurlers. Cliff Lee, Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels, Roy Oswalt and Joe Blanton all sat down with the media and PhoulBallz posted the highlights.

9- Phils prospect Malcolm sent home. Infielder Stephen Malcolm was suspended for misconduct during spring training and PhoulBallz had details on the story when no one else did.

8- Wing Bowl 19 images. Simply put...I took some pictures at Wing Bowl and posted a few that were Phillies themed. Folks searching for more adult themed images of the event pushed the numbers on this post upward.

7- Gillies focused on bounce back year. Just a few weeks ago, I checked in with Phils prospect Tyson Gillies, who has dealt with many injury concerns since joining the organization. The Canadian outfielder discussed his rehab work and more.

6- Interview with IronPigs manager Ryne Sandberg. For the second consecutive season, PhoulBallz delivered an exclusive Q&A with a Hall of Famer (Andre Dawson was the other in 2010).

5- Domonic Brown's progress and post-injury batting stance update. Friend of PhoulBallz, photographer Joe Wombough, provided an exclusive look at Brown's stance as he rehabbed his broken hamate bone.

4- Ruben Amaro Jr. interview excerpts. For the second straight year, PhoulBallz.com brought you an exclusive Q&A with the Phils' general manager.

3- Mike Stutes' Twitter explosion results in consequences for Scott Mathieson. Another site published false info about Mathieson and I was silly enough to cite their info in a late night post before I tried to confirm the information with the player himself. People like a good story, I suppose.

2- Travis d'Arnaud has high hopes. This was a feature on the former Phillies prospect's Eastern League MVP season with the league champion New Hampshire Fisher Cats.

1- Checking in on the return for Cliff Lee. This piece reviewed the prospects that the Phillies got in return for Lee when they traded him to Seattle.

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