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What To Do With Polanco…

Posted by Corey Seidman, Mon, October 10, 2011 10:00 PM | Comments: 49
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WIll Polly be around in 2012? (Photo AP)

Placido Polanco hit .398 in April with nine extra-base hits, then .243 the rest of the season with 10. His OPS was .972 at the end of April, then .591 the rest of the way. It only got worse in October, when Polanco went 2 for 19 with no walks, runs, or RBI and one rally-killing double play in the first inning of Game 2.

Polanco’s defense was unsurprisingly elite in 2011 – it passed both the eye test and the sabermetric test, as he ranked first in baseball with 14.0 runs saved – but he offered the Phillies very little in the way of offense. The need for more run production at third base became glaring in the playoffs when, batting seventh, Polanco fronted a 7-8 that reached base a combined three times in five games.

With one year remaining on a three-year, $18 million contract that made sense at the time, what do the Phillies do with Polanco? Can they enter the 2012 season with an injury-ravaged contact hitter who seldom makes solid contact anymore?


Well, it might be the Phils’ only option. The majority of the 2012 free agent class is weak, and third base is no exception. Aramis Ramirez could potentially void his $16 million player option for 2012, and has implied his intentions to do so if the Cubs don’t sign him to a multi-year extension. But he is 33, and even after an impressive season, is not the kind of player Ruben Amaro should commit four or more years to. With the contracts of Polanco (next year) and Raul Ibanez (this year) coming off the books, the last thing an aging team needs is to give another older player his last long-term contract.

After Ramirez, the best available third baseman – if you can believe it – is Wilson Betemit. The 29-year-old journeyman has been relatively valuable with the bat the past two seasons, hitting .290 with a .359 on-base percentage and .479 slugging percentage. On the flip side, he is a defensive nightmare at the hot corner, having allowed a total of 47 runs more in his career than the average defensive third baseman. Because of the poor defense, the switch-hitting Betemit is more of a platoon player than an everyday starter. And one has to wonder whether or not his desired situation would be splitting time at third with Polanco or finding more regular work elsewhere.

Polanco’s offensive ineffectiveness in 2011 can be attributed to a back injury and a sports hernia, sure, but that’s kind of the point. He is an elderly man, in baseball years, and has had a plethora of health problems since signing with the Phillies after the 2009 World Series.

It is unfortunate that Polanco’s rock-solid career appears to be coming to an end, because the signing looked great at the time. Polanco was set to add a dimension that Phillies lineup lacked – a pure contact hitter who you could trust with two outs and runners in scoring position. It is ironic that by the end of the second year, that was the very type of situation in which Polanco had lost the fans’ confidence (see: second inning, NLDS Game 5).

The Phils can expect above-average defense at third base for as long as Polanco can stay on the field in 2012, but whatever they get offensively will be a bonus. They will likely have to ride this contract out and hope to acquire a third baseman heading into 2013, when David Wright and Kevin Youkilis could potentially highlight the third base class.

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  • Posts: 0 BART SHART

    Polanco is a fine player who plays hurt. He is a Phillie for another year and needs rest. We need to upgrade our bench and a player like Betemit, if he fits the Phils, would be useful to us.

     
  • Posts: 4638 Lefty

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    I was thinking the same exact thing about Aramis Ramirez, we just can’t give another multi- year deal to a guy that’s going to be 34 in June. Due to his defense, I’d stick with Polly over Betemit for now. Meanwhile we can dream of what it would be like to have a Ryan Zimmerman or Evan Longoria, neither of which are attainable.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Simple. Like all of the other old guys. If an oppourtunity arises to move him and make the team better. Do it. The end.

    That goes for any of the guys over 31.

    I think people want to move Brown? Heck he is on the list of dont move for me.
    Unlike every one else over 31. ALL of them. If moving them makes you better do it.
    If they are free agents let them sign elsewhere.
    Dont sign anyone older than 31. Unless a very small contract for a bit player.

     
  • Posts: 0 Sprizouse

    Why not Mayberry? He played first in high school and college which means he might be able to play third as well — plus he’s athletic enough that it shouldn’t be a massive transition.

    Look, he may not the position well, but if he hits .275 with 30 HR, who cares if his defense at third is below average, or even well below average? Putting him there would also allow Dom Brown to take the left field job next season without a platoon. At the plate we’d get a huge upgrade in the lineup by subtracting Ibanez and Polanco and substituting in Mayberry and Brown. And in the field we’d get an upgrade in left, and a downgrade at third (the only question is just how large a downgrade).

    Honestly, it’s worth trying, don’t you think? At the very least I think the front office should consider it and maybe convince Yayberry to practice at third in winter ball. With the Moneyball movie reminding us about Beane moving Hatteberg to first, I think this makes a lot of sense.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    @ Lefty you cant trade Howard and Utley for Zimmermann?

    Now here is the funny part.
    The fans would cry like babies if the phillies made that deal.

    Reality is it would be the greatest deal in the history of sports. For the phillies.
    But thats why they are fans.
    And thats OK.

     
    • Posts: 4638 Lefty

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      I’d make that trade, the Nationals and Phillies wouldn’t but I would in a heartbeat.

       
    • Posts: 4638 Lefty

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      Wait we get Espinosa too right?

       
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    The Phillies would make the deal. Any deal that unloads Howard they make.
    Fans dont understand hes an anchor.
    If anything at some point the Phils will get a team to eat some of the contract.
    But unlikely.

     
  • Posts: 0 phil

    Just read on mlbtraderumors.com that youk might be available in a trade. Mayberry and worley get it done!

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    And before I am accused again of Howard bashing.
    Its just reality. I like the guy alot on a personal level.
    And the contract is 100% on the Phillies and 0% his fault.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Youkillis is 33 in 2012.

    He hit .258 this year with 17 homers while making $12,000,000.00 in 2012 and $13,000,000.00 in 2013.
    And was hurt for most of the tail end of the year.

    Arent there enough old players here already who get injured and dont perform after july?

    Do we want the season ending report every year to be.
    The following 6 guys need surgery and then these 3 guys are going straight to the nursing home?

     
  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    I dont think Mayberry can play 3rd at a high level like Polly/Feliz. He can do a adequate job at 1st. Polly is ours for another year i say make him a utility (3rd, 2nd) and a pinch hitter. He can also sub if any player is struggling we can get use out of him. Put Mini Mart in AAA I also like Valdez for an occasional sub over Mini Mart anyways.

     
  • Posts: 0 TheDipsy

    Utley and Howard for Zimmerman? Where do I sign up? Its true, any way the Phillies can unload that contract, they would. If MLB baseball allowed the Phillies to give him to another team, the Phillies would do it. In spite of the public backlash. And Ryan Howard to Angels for “future considerations and a player to be named later” won’t fly with MLB.

    The Dipsy

     
  • Posts: 0 Phillies fan from Germany

    I think we have to look for a trade. As we have pitching in excess and a team like the Royals has lots of offense but no pitching at all, how about a trade of Worley or Kendrick for Moustakas or Gordon. Gordon has proven he can hit, however Moustakas should have upside, too and is a third baseman. Polly should become our utility infielder considering his age and injuries.

    What do you guys think, is that type of a trade possible?

     
  • Posts: 0 phil

    Oh I didn’t know youk was that old nvm. He hasn’t been in the majors that long.

     
  • Posts: 0 Don M

    When YOUK becomes a Free Agent, he’ll be 33-34, just the same as Ramirez now … and if its too old for us for Ramirez, shouldn’t it be for Youkilis too ??

    AND.. if Youkilis is made available, I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s because the Red Sox are the team going hardest after David Wright

    ….
    Andrew, as far as your ‘don’t sing anyone older than 31″ … you do realize that most guys don’t become Free Agents until somewhere around the age of 30, correct?

    They come up to the big leagues around 25, and are under team control for a long time with salary arbitration, etc .. . . . . . so while I understand that point of trying to get younger .. if the more talented players happen to be a few years older, why would you avoid them?

    Maybe our best strategy going forward needs to be draft-and-develop as much talent as possible, and keep it in the farm system (which i’m pretty sure is the exact reason Chuck Lamar left ??)

     
  • Posts: 0 Don M

    I wouldn’t be reckless with my money, and I wouldn’t offer Aramis Ramirez a 5 year deal …. but offer him 3 years and if he takes it, great ..

    Among the things we need to consider is that while we’re paying for Starting Pitching and Home Runs ….. we need to save money in other spots , which is why I think the bullpen will have a huge relience on the young arms for next season, and I wouldn’t be shocked to see Madson gone … because I wouldn’t pay him $10-12 M for one proven season of being a closer. …Those who have read MONEYBALL know the stance on Closers, and how the success rate is pretty high ..aka its a lot easier to plug someone in as a “Closer” than almost any other role ..

    I’d buyout Lidge for $1.5 M … and then offer him a $4-6 M contract with an option for 2013… that way we aren’t handing the keys to Bastardo just yet, but if he’s ready after next season, we won’t be screwed

     
  • Posts: 45 JakeyJ

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    What Corey states in this article makes sense. Polanco’s defensive abilities were still grade A this season even playing with a injury. His late season offensive problems was one of the things that sunk the Phils in this years playoffs. If Polly can bounce back with a healthy year next season,there is no problem there. It being a final year in his contract, there is every incentive in place for Polly to get in condition for good year.We are still uncertain where Mayberry will fit in with Ryan Howard out and Raul Ibanez probably gone.

     
  • Posts: 0 Don M

    Of the listed players on MLB TRADE RUMORS Free Agent 2012 list …. only 40 of them are under 31-years-old

    including guys with Options, _Adam Wainwright, Scott Kazmir, Paul Maholm, Edwin Encarnacion, Yuniesky Betancourt, Robinson Cano, Aaron Hill, Yady Molina … etc..

    leaving us with great players like: Dontrelle Willis, Wily Mo Pena, Dioner Navarro, Drew Sutton, Kevin Kouzmanoff, Travis Buck, Connor Jackson, Kyle Davies …etc..

    Point being, that there is way more talent, and the ability to help your team RIGHT NOW, when you go after Free Agents (many/most of which are 31+ years old) … if you want to make a firm stance that you will not sign players because of a certain age, you better have the best drafting, and development system ever ….and not trade any of those players away…. (which is how the Marlins have to operate due to budget)

     
  • Posts: 1189 Manny

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    I hope he regains his health and has a decent 2012 offensively. At this point, it looks like we’re better off keeping him for his defense…

    Re: Howard. Forget about trading him… not only is his deal prohibitive money-wise but his health status is now extremely uncertain. He’ll be a Phillie for life. Here’s to hoping he makes some adjustments along the way…

     
  • Posts: 0 phil

    If Alex Gordon is available we should set our sights in him to play 3b…

     
  • Posts: 0 Don M

    Alex Gordon finally turned it on this year…but is another Lefty bat, and doesn’t have good career numbers vs LHP

    and I believe that he’s under team control for another year (like Hamels is with us)… and we’d have to trade for him … and our former Assistant GM, Mike Arbuckle, will try to empty our Farm System (he lost the post-Gillick GM job to Rubern Amaro) ..

    I don’t think Alex Gordon is the way we’ll go… just too many bad scnarios, but i love the creative thinking!

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    Raul killed this team with Howard’s contract. He really did. I would love to see a Flyers move here. Get rid of Howard, Utley and get younger, quicker. Pitching is great but we cant win if we cant score. Comapred to what Albert and Prince will make that Howard deall could be a steal for someone. Like the Cards.

     
  • Posts: 0 Phillies fan from Germany

    But can we agree that Amaro should try to balance this team a liitle more by trading Worley or Kendrick or both for a bat (if we involve Worley then we obviously should ask for a player that we can keep under control for some years as well)???

     
  • Posts: 0 Don M

    not sure how you can even attempt to compate hockey to baseball . . . . .

    In baseball, you set a roster for the game, and that’s it … in hockey you can put your rookie out there against their 3rd line defense, or let someone get experience by playing on the power play …. and slowly they gain experience ..

    you really can’t compare the two.. In order to move Howard, you would need to find a team that is a 1b away from a World Series run (maybe if the Cubs don’t land Fielder or Pujols, etc) .. but I can’t see any scenario in which Howard is traded any time before 2014 at the earliest

     
    • Posts: 4638 Lefty

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      I completely agree that Ryan Howard is not tradable, we have to be realistic. His salary, regression of production over the years, and the fact that he could be out most / all of next year make a trade at this point impossible.

      IMO- We really should move on from such talk. He’s ours, all we can hope for is for him to make a big comeback. As unlikely as that might seem to some, it’s much more likely than a trade.

       
      • Posts: 0 Don M

        Everything about Howard confuses me . . . .. his career numbers are GREAT, though skewed by the Hall-of-Fame pace in which his career started

        His strikeouts are down the past two season, but so are his HRs..

        His defense is better this year, but his average (.253) was just barely above his career worst.. and .22 points lower than his career average (.275)

        Everything about the man is a quesition mark…. he’ll drop your jaw in awe one game, and make you curse him the next ….

        Whatever he is, he’s ours, he’s not going anywhere…. and he’s not our biggest problem.. there were 4 other guys that also didn’t hit in that series… and two ACE pitchers that blew leads

         
      • Posts: 4638 Lefty

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        He’s an enigma for sure. But he is ours, and I will root for him and hope for the best. I am not happy with what I perceive as his general approach to hitting, but I’ve beaten that horse enough. I will root hard and hope.

         
  • Posts: 0 Don M

    Kendrick can’t get you anything… and Worley at $400,000 a year, is a much needed, low cost option … the thing the Phillies need most is PRODUCTIVE young, cheap players … the very players they’ve traded for veterans to make these runs the past few seasons …

    I’m not against us going ALL IN right now, its the right move in my opinion … but we’re going to be chasing the Braves and Nats .. and maybe Marlins in 3 years or so.

    ….
    Two Questions:
    Does Raul Ibanez make sense as your Left-Handed Power Hitter off the bench ??? If he were to only face RHP, and take over the role for Ross Gload.. I know its not something he’s done before, but you know he still has power (20 HRs), and there’s a chance you could get him cheap – since I’m 99.99% sure that nobody is going to offer him a starting-LF offer this year.. We maybe offer him $2 M to be our power lefty?

    Because we need to start getting back to Pat Gillick’s proven way of running things…
    Would Cole Hamels take a 3-year, $50 M deal right now … buying out his final arbitration year, and his first two years of Free Agency ?… There has been talk of a 5 year offer, $90-100 Million, etc …. Are we sure he’d take less years? If we offered him 3, he could still become a Free Agent at the age of 30-31. Ideally, he’d like to break the bank now, but would he turn down $50 M guaranteed for the next 3 years?

    $16.666 M per season. …$10 M in 2012, $18 M in 2013, and then $22 M in 2014 (Halladay has an option for 2014)

    Hamels made $9.5 this season, so $10 is still a slight bump… pretty sure that Hamels, as a 31-year-old would still be able to fetch another 3, 5, or 7 year deal at $15+ M per season.

     
    • Posts: 2952 Chuck A.

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      Don, I absolutely am on board with making Raul that lefty off the bench….maybe a start or two in left if the situation were to warrant it. I would imagine that he might bite at that opportunity because a) he will have no other starting offers and b) he would probably want to try one more time for a ring….with this bunch (unfinisished business!!).

      I was actually going to suggest that but figured that I would get pounded on here for that suggestion. But you suggested it so we’ll both get pounded. Actually, I think I Jim Salisbury from CSN is on record for suggesting that as well.

       
  • Posts: 0 Phillies fan from Germany

    Agree on Worley. That’s why I said we would need a controlled player as well. Bu we definitely have to do something about our offense. Again, how about Moustakas from the Royals. Of course he is no sure thing, but which prospect is?

     
  • Posts: 45 JakeyJ

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    Don’s idea of offering Ibanez a low cost deal as a situational bench player might work. Raul may figure it to be the best place to have a final shot at a ring.

     
  • Posts: 4638 Lefty

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    @Don
    On the Ibanez question. As much as I dislike the approach many of the hitters on our team take, I really like the way Gload goes about his business, his batting eye and ability to seemingly foul off any pitch he doesn’t want is second to none on this team. It’s a shame he wasn’t able to contribute in any other way. So, is he damaged goods? Is he finished, done for sure? At 5 years younger than Raul, I think I’d have to wait to see if he has ANY chance of ever being healthy again before making a decision whether to consider your question. I sure like Raul personally, but that’s moot, it’s a business decision.

    For the Hamels question, I would not offer to extend 3 years at this time. A shorter offer could be seen as an insult to one of the few pitchers on this team that has ever actually won something. His exclamation that “this organization has a lot of work to do” is a tell of some kind, but I’m having trouble reading it. I think he wants the long term, I think he would feel slighted by anything else.

     
    • Posts: 2952 Chuck A.

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      I think you make a good point about Hamels but it certainly doesn’t hurt to approach any negotiation conservatively. Obviously, you don’t want to insult the man…but I think starting at 3 years is reasonable. It’s not like we have to let him walk if he balks at 3. His argument, and rightfully so, if that he IS a winner here and if Cliff Lee can get 5 years at $120 then why can’t he get 5/90-100.

       
  • Posts: 0 Don M

    Hamels would be willing to bet $50 M guaranteed that he stays healthy next year, and gamble that for $90-100 M

    If i’m him, i’d take it, and then be in the same position at age 31… a lefty… with more postseason experience than anyone ever… he would still be able to get a 5 year deal then … having already banked $75 M in his career

     
  • Posts: 0 Don M

    For the same reason that Sabathia has an opt-out clause, Hamels could basically have that too . . . .

    If he signs a 5 year deal right now… is someone going to be willing to give him that much money at age 33 ?

    but if he signs a 3 year now, at age 31 he’d have multiple teams bidding on him for multiple years

     
    • Posts: 1189 Manny

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      Problem is that Cole has had small issues with his shoulder (and now apparently his elbow) so he might prefer to get as many guaranteed years as possible now.

       
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Howard hasnt been GREAT since NLCS 2009.
    He compiles stats, Like A Roid and Texiera.

    You guys like compilers and want to pay them big bucks.

    Its just not my style. Give me young hungry players.
    See: Philadelphia Phillies 2008.

     
    • Posts: 0 Don M

      Andrew.. the comment was that Howard has great career numbers…spanning his career…

      he ranks 43rd all-time in OPS .. 14th highest among active players .. .which is better than:
      Ortiz, Tex, David Wright, Adrian Gonzalez, Chase Utley, Hanley Ramirez, Kevin Youkilis, Joe Mauer, Carlos Beltran, Justin Morneau, Matt Kemp, Robinson Cano, etc…

      he’s obviously on the decline, but you can’t argue that his CAREER numbers aren’t great … but the comments above are about how that’s what makes him so frustrating .. he should be consistenly better at the plate … we all want him to K less, and get on base more, or at least make productive outs when he makes them

       
  • Posts: 4638 Lefty

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    I just have concern about what Cole said as compared to -say what Lidge said about a buyout and new deal for him.
    “This team, this organization, these fans, are tough to walk away from,” he said Friday.

    Cole’s comment just seemed (justifiably) more hardline. Again, I could be reading it wrong.

    http://www.fox43.com/sports/baseball/phillies/mc-phillies-story-1010-20111010,0,6663935.column

     
  • Posts: 0 Don M

    Just listened to Amaro’s presser . . . . he said they want Madson back, and he doesn’t feel that anyone “inside the organization” would be ready for the Closer job right now … but that many in the organization think DeFratus or Aumonte can be that guy in the future ..

    …. which to me, is a great reason why resigning Lidge at a reduced rate (for 1 or 2 years) would be money better spent than blowing $10+ on Madson …. they have a lot of young arms in the pen (and bullpen guys on the farm).. you need to see what you have there
    ….

     
  • Posts: 2952 Chuck A.

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    I remember when I was in Clearwater for S.T. that all the buzz was that DeFratus was the closer of the future. VERY SMALL sample size obviously….but he looked pretty impressive while he had his cup of coffee at the end of this season.

     
  • Posts: 0 Malcolm

    Shame on all of you. Shame on the blame pieces that I have read on this website. The content and opinion has expanded so much that this is not the same Phillies Nation as it once was. This is Polanco we are talking about, a guy who has struck out so rarely in his career that he has presented admirable statistics, and beyond that, he has always had an excellent glove and possessed above average range. He was a great player, but he is not yet the shell of that former and younger man, he still is a fine player and is wiser and more professional, a strong clubhouse guy. So what if he’s not a young stud like Evan Longoria? He’s been a consistent player for most of his career, even if his batting average has dropped and he is striking out at a higher clip, but you are talking about a guy who played through injury, made the All-Star team and is in a great point in his career. He’s back on a great team and will be given one more chance to win a championship. How can anyone say that he doesn’t deserve it. He’s one of our guys.

     
    • Posts: 2952 Chuck A.

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      “Shame on all of you” — Since I’m one of the regular commenters on here I guess I just felt that proverbial “slap of the wrist”.

      Malcolm… although he was injured most of the year, Polanco struggled mightily and pretty much sucked offensively during the NLDS. Not sure what of that you don’t see or understand.? We have him for another year and, hopefully, he comes back strong after surgery for the sports hernia…..but there is no denying the fact that an upgrade is needed relatively soon.

       
  • Posts: 0 Malcolm

    Well said Chuck A, but had that sports hernia not happened and had he not been pegged early in the season, I could have easily envisioned him finishing second on our team in batting average. He has the same offensive qualities he’s always had. Who else “sucked” during the NLDS..? pretty much the whole offense. I’m tired of people analyzing a regressive pattern in the Phillies since they won in 08, but every year they won more games, amazing. It’s truly amazing they couldn’t reach 107-108 wins, but we can “blame” the offense for that too. These are my guys, they’re your guys too. I’ve seen many come up through the farm system before they moved to Lehigh Valley. I’m getting tired of seeing who or what is to blame. This is a championship caliber team and there is always next year. I don’t like to see people give up on players. People gave up on Raul in ’10, but he finished second on the team in HR and went on a second half tear. Things like this make me think of how Red Sox fans would dig into Yastrzemski late in his career when he would ground out with men in scoring position, but laud him in the proper moments when he was their grand old man. Maybe you have bad feelings from seeing the early 80s Phils get a little too old, but the game is different now. Polanco has what it takes. You want to know what I don’t see? The logic of bashing, even though you weren’t, the likes of Rollins, Howard, Polanco and Ibanez. If you want different players every three years, then we will never see eye to eye. I stick with my guys and I trust Ruben and Charlie. Even if Bastardo was overused, who else would have been played? we needed him. Charlie is a different coach now. Oh, and as for you defending how long you’ve been commenting here, I used to write here after 08. I stopped because it’s just commenting forum and I talk to people about the Phillies everyday over a beer or at work. Shame on anyone who plays their own GM all the time, join a fantasy league then.

     
  • Posts: 0 Natasha

    Hamels and Rollins are priorities, and the rest later. Both are lifelong Phillies who have won rings before and continued to perform. Hamels needs to get a fair extension, and why not? He knows he deserves it, he has performed, he has pitched clutch, and he won’t take less than he’s worth. A year from now the Yankees will be ready with some ridiculous amount of money so the Phils better re-up their youngest true ace now. Give Rollins his contract, he’s a gamer and a winner. Forget about Reyes, his downsides are bigger than his upsides. Keep Polly for another year and hope his hernia is gone. Say goodbye, sadly, to Rauul. Bring up Brown right away into LF, and play Mayberry at 1B until Howard’s back, and then play Mayberry frequently for one or the other. Lineup in 2012: Rollins, Victorino, Utley, Mayberry, Howard, Pence, Brown, Polanco, Chooch, P. That’s 9 position guys with 2 switch-hitters, 3 lefties, and 4 righties. This is enough versatility even for a stubborn manager like Manuel. I wish we’d brought in Ozzie to manage. Life would be way more fun!

     
  • Posts: 0 Malcolm

    I agree with Natasha! Good day and goodbye to you all in the Phillies Nation. Don’t be sad. Find your passions and follow them with grace. That is what I learned from 1-0 defeat. I used to say I learned how to handle disappointment from women by disappointment in Philadelphia sports, but that has changed. Good word to Chuck A. who is a good sport.

     
  • Posts: 0 Don M

    Is Malcom serious ??

    “I’m getting tired of seeing who or what is to blame. This is a championship caliber team and there is always next year.”

    This is a championship caliber team…. that fell short of its goal … so we’ve asked and offered opinions as to why/how that happened …aka “The Blame Game”
    likely no different than the conversation that you had with your coworkers or over a beer ….and no different than anything you’ve read in a newspaper, listened to on talk radio, or watched on Post Game Live

     
 
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