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Howard Dealing with Sad Situation

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, November 19, 2014 06:42 PM Comments: 20

You’ve likely already read the report from David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News, so there isn’t any factual additions to that story. But I will add a few thoughts…

Piggybacking what Jim Salisbury has written – and he knows Howard a lot better than I do – this is a terrible situation.

No matter how much money a person makes, or if they’re part of the public eye, it doesn’t make a story like this any easier to read, as some have stated to me on social media.

It was easy to crush Howard for his play the last two seasons. His play, and body, are in full decline. This addition to the story of Ryan Howard makes sense.  Aside from the injuries, you could tell that something was off about Howard this year, especially when he asked the media if they’d like to switch places with him. “Of course,” I thought to myself. I absolutely would change places with the Big Piece. Big house, nice-looking wife, great family, and a major league player. Upon hearing the details of the fracturing of his family, I change that stance.

It’s a tough situation that many people go through, but few as public as Howard. It’s not about how much money he’s may have lost, or the endorsements that were possibly lost because of his family’s behavior. It’s about the relationships lost here that are the worst part.

Sometimes the story extends beyond the baseball field. That’s unfortunate for Ryan Howard, coming at the worst possible time in his career, compounding all of the other issues in front of him. Can he recover from this? It’s certainly much different than a knee or achilles. Only time will tell.



Gameday 152: Phillies vs. Padres

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, September 17, 2014 08:00 PM Comments: 8

Philadelphia Phillies (69-82) at San Diego Padres (70-80)

Florida Marlins Phillies

Starting Pitchers:
PHI: Cole Hamels (8-7, 2.51 ERA)
SD: Eric Stults (7-16, 4.49) 

Time: 10:10, Petco Park
Weather: Clear, 77
Media: Twitter and Facebook

Note for tonight:  Last night was an ugly offensive showing for both teams. Tonight, Cole Hamels will look for just his ninth win despite the third-best ERA in the National League. Fun fact: the Phillies have a .666 OPS going into the game.

Lineup: Revere CF / Franco 3B / Utley 2B / Byrd RF / Ruf 1B / Brown LF / Ruiz C / Galvis SS / Hamels P


Crawford, Garcia Named Paul Owens Award Winners

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, September 10, 2014 03:25 PM Comments: 0

The Paul Owens award is bestowed upon the best of the best in the Phillies organization. It was a rough year for all levels, yet a few names stood out.

J.P. Crawford, named by several publications to be the Phillies new top prospect, won the award for best position player. He becomes the youngest to do so since an 18-year-old Jimmy Rollins won in 1997.

Crawford, 19, hit .285 with 23 doubles, 11 home runs, 48 RBI, 69 runs scored and 24 stolen bases in 123 games this season with low-A Lakewood and single-A Clearwater. Crawford is one of the youngest players in the Florida State League.

Luis Garcia is a bit of a surprise, winning the award for best minor league pitcher at age 27. The righty went 2-1 with a 0.96 ERA in 39 games for triple-A Lehigh Valley.  He converted 22 of his 25 save opportunities and tied for the International League lead in saves.


Inquirer: Phillies to Promote Franco

Posted by Pat Gallen, Mon, September 01, 2014 01:52 PM Comments: 2

Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that two sources have told him Maikel Franco will be promoted to the major leagues, and he could start on Tuesday. This season, Franco has played both third base and first base.  He would be the youngest position player to make the leap to the majors since Jimmy Rollins in 2000.

Franco, 22, started extremely slow but has picked up the pace dramatically. Overall, Franco is hitting .257 this season with a .298 OBP, but after working with Charlie Manuel has hit .324 with 11 home runs and 47 RBI since July 2, a span of 54 games.

This is what everyone in Philadelphia wants to see, but as usual, temper expectations.


Halladay Does Ice Bucket Challenge, Defends Amaro on Twitter

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, August 13, 2014 05:56 PM Comments: 6

Roy Halladay is quite the man. This past weekend, he was in town to help induct Charlie Manuel into/onto the Phillies Wall of Fame. He also took the time to actually go to the Zoo with “Zoo with Roy.”

Today, he’s busy raising money for ALS by taking part in the Ice Bucket Challenge, a new fad making its way around social media circles. With that, he challenged Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. He then wondered aloud, via tweets, why people are on Ruben’s ass all the time.

Halladay has since deleted it, but it was captured in a screen shot by our friend Matt there. Interesting look into the true feelings of a guy who knows Amaro well.


Phillies Vets to Set Games Played Record Tonight

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, August 05, 2014 05:18 PM Comments: 7

They’ve been together for a long, long time. Longer than some of you would like. But Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins, and Chase Utley are about to set a new MLB record for teammates at their respective positions.

With their starts tonight, it will be that groups 887th regular season game together in the field at first base, second base, and shortstop, respectively. That record had been held by the Los Angeles Dodgers trio of Steve Garvey, Davey Lopes, and Bill Russell, who played 886 games together. The stat is courtesy of Jayson Stark and Elias.

Pretty impressive. Although they’re no longer the same players they were in their prime, it’s still quite impressive they’ve been able to stick together this day and age and stay “healthy” enough to be on the field.



Stark Talks About Phillies Lack of Movement at Deadline

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, August 05, 2014 12:23 PM Comments: 13

Yesterday on 97.5 The Fanatic, Jayson Stark discussed the Phillies lack of dealing at the deadline and ripped Ruben Amaro for his inability to trade anyone.

Stark said teams were pissed at Amaro for saying they weren’t aggressive enough when dealing with the Phillies. As Stark mentioned, several teams made blockbuster moves.

It’s a must listen, and not because I co-host. But because Jayson sheds a lot of light on what the rest of the league thinks of the Phillies and their GM.

Here is the link. 


Gameday 108: Phillies vs. Mets

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, July 30, 2014 11:24 AM Comments: 39

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Philadelphia Phillies (47-60) at New York Mets (51-56)

Starting Pitchers:
NYM: Zach Wheeler (5-8, 3.64)
PHI: Kyle Kendrick (5-10, 4.87)

Time: 12:10, Citi Field
Weather: 78, Sunny
Media: Twitter and Facebook

A Note for Today:

Following last night’s superb performance from Cole, Kyle Kendrick will have to try and do the same. And he’s always getting himself into trouble in the early innings. And at this point, how much does the game mean? We’re keeping an eye on the trade deadline.

Lineup:  Revere CF / Sizermore LF / Utley 2B / Howard 1B /  Byrd RF / Asche 3B / Nieves C / Blanco SS / Kendrick P


Phillies Nation TV – Episode 17: Trade Deadline Options

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, July 29, 2014 08:38 PM Comments: 1

The trade deadline is upon us and Pat and Corey discuss moves around the league and how they affect the Phillies chances to make some trades. The also breakdown the contract situations for potential movers like Marlon Byrd, Jonathan Papelbon, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels and Ryan Howard and why they might hamper the Phillies options.

MLB hitting instructor Kevin Wilson joins Corey at Chandler Bats in Norristown to provide hitting tips for youngsters. And Tommy Greene returns to explain why legs and balance are crucial for effective pitching.


Stark: Byrd, Burnett Tough to Move

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, July 29, 2014 08:54 AM Comments: 23

Yesterday on 97.5 the Fanatic, my prestigious co-host, Jayson Stark, spoke at length about the Phillies trade deadline options. It’s not pretty, as you should well know. You can hear the entire hour of baseball greatness here. Below are some excerpts.

-Marlon Byrd is the best bat on the market according to Stark, but his no-trade clause and 2016 option is holding up a trade. Kansas City and Seattle both had interest, and both happen to be on his ridiculous four-team NTC. For him to waive the NTC, he needs his option, two years from now, picked up. Both teams seemingly have no interest in doing so for a late-30′s power hitter.

-AJ Burnett was awful against the Mets on Monday, damaging his trade value further in the process. The Pirates have been considered a viable option in a trade, however, as Stark points out, Burnett wants his 2015 option picked up before OK’ing a deal. Pittsburgh can’t afford that and want Burnett to assure them he will retire so that the option isn’t an issue, which they cannot afford under their financial structure.

-Stark said Cole Hamels was like his friends beach house. It had a FOR SALE sign on the lawn, but when Stark asked his friend about the sign, the owner said it was “priced not to sell.” The Phillies are hoping a team blows them away with a considerable – and likely unachievable offer – or else they aren’t dealing him.

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