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Nemesis McCann Leaves NL East

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Sun, November 24, 2013 08:00 AM Comments: 13

McCann signed with the Yankees yesterday, limiting this Phillie-killer’s time spent against the Phils.

Catcher Brian McCann signed with the New York Yankees yesterday on a five-year, $85 million deal. McCann, 30 on Opening Day 2014, was probably not a good fit for the Phillies and was never likely a realistic target for the Fightin Phils. So why waste this space writing about McCann?

Because he was the definition of a Phillie Killer.

Since entering the league in 2005, McCann has hit 176 homers, tops among all catchers. 20 of those homers came at the expense of the Phillies, including 12 at Citizen’s Bank Park. The list of Phillies pitchers McCann has taken yard is a pretty neat time capsule of both the frustrating and exciting times the Phillies have had.

An April 12, 2006 shot off of Cory Lidle was the first of McCann’s 20 bombs. He would take Joe Blanton and Cole Hamels deep three times, Brett Myers¬†twice, tagged Doc in 2012, and managed to hit one off of blink-and-you’ll-miss Phillie Tyler Walker in 2009.

One Phillie McCann was unable to take deep was Cliff Lee – but that doesn’t mean McCann didn’t have success against him. McCann showed no platoon weaknesses against Lee, hitting .321/.367/.429. And McCann had his way against Hamels, too, hitting .279/.353/.541 with the aforementioned three homers. His favorite Phillie pitcher to face, however, may have been Roy Halladay: .360/.407/.560 with a homer.

We, at Phillies Nation, don’t often take time to write about non-Phillies. But we are very excited that McCann will no longer be a regular opponent of the Phillies.

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Guys We Despise: Eaton, Chipper, Cowboy Joe

Posted by Pat Gallen, Thu, March 22, 2012 10:05 AM Comments: 15

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be unveiling a list. After careful consideration by the lot of Phillies Nation writers, we’ve come up with the players, teams, coaches, and umpires throughout baseball that we just don’t like. That is, on the baseball field, of course.

Eaton couldn't cut it in Philly. (AP)

You know, the guys that the Phillies just can’t get out. The people that just annoy you to no end. The Phillie killers, so to speak.

#8 Adam Eaton:

Could this be called the worst contract in Phillies history? Pat Gillick made some decent moves in his day as Phillies General Manager, but this certainly wasn’t one. I mean, what was he thinking giving Adam Eaton a three year, $24 million contract after never really having pitched well in the majors?

Prior to him inking that ridiculous deal with the Phils, his best season came in 2004 with the San Diego Padres and it looked like this: 11-14, 4.61 ERA, 1.28 WHIP. That was his BEST season. Yes, the Phillies won the World Series, but Eaton didn’t do much to help the cause, evident by his 14-18 record with the Phillies over 49 starts.

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“Guys We Despise”: John Lannan & Rod Barajas

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, March 13, 2012 07:10 AM Comments: 6

Lannan will always be known for HBP's (AP)

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be unveiling a list. After careful consideration by the lot of Phillies Nation writers, we’ve come up with the players, teams, coaches, and umpires throughout baseball that we just don’t like. That is, on the baseball field, of course.

You know, the guys that the Phillies just can’t get out. The people that just annoy you to no end. The Phillie killers, so to speak.

Today, we break into the Top 10 with No’s. 10 and 9.

#10: John Lannan

-Really, we should like this guy. After all, he’s just 2-12 lifetime against the Phillies with an ERA off the charts (5.79 to be exact) in 17 career starts. He’s the kind of guy you want to face. Unless you’re Chase Utley or Ryan Howard.

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“Guys We Despise”: Missed the Cut

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, March 07, 2012 11:00 AM Comments: 19

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be unveiling a list. After careful consideration by the lot of Phillies Nation writers, we’ve come up with the players, teams, coaches, and umpires throughout baseball that we just don’t like. That is, on the baseball field, of course.

Manny was always being Manny. (AP)

You know, the guys that the Phillies just can’t get out. The people that just annoy you to no end. The Phillie killers, so to speak.

Well, the votes are in and we have a Top 10 coming your way, plus some of the guy who missed the cut, so to speak. That’s where we begin:

Manny Ramirez:

-If you remember the NLCS’s between the Phillies and Dodgers, you remember Matt Stairs‘ homers, the collapse and downfall of Jonathan Broxton, and the incredible heroics by Jimmy Rollins. What you might not remember is how Manny Ramirez haunted the Phillies both times. If you don’t, you should.

Not only do we dislike Manny for being Manny, we dislike him because he often killed the Phillies during his short stint in the National League.

Our own Don McGettigan on Manny: “Another showboat, another cheater. “Manny being Manny” made me hate the guy.”

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