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Forbes: Phillies Valued At $893 Million

Posted by Alex Lee, Wed, March 27, 2013 08:01 PM Comments: 3

Forbes released their annual baseball team valuations today and the Phillies come in at number five for the second consecutive year, with their current value measured at $893 million.  Despite staying put in the rankings, the number is a 23.5 percent increase over last year’s valuation of $723 million (which was a 19 percent bump from 2011).

Team valuations are up throughout the league, with the average team worth $744 million.  While they’re fifth in value, the Phillies are only worth about 20 percent more than the average team.  Because of the Yankees ($2.3 billion), Dodgers ($1.615 billion) and Red Sox ($1.312 billion), the Phillies ranking seems a lot better than it actually is compared to the rest of the league.  Believe it or not, the Phillies increase in value is directly in line with the league average when compared to last year (about 23 percent).

Other numbers released by Forbes show the Phillies with 2012 revenue of $279 million and an operating income of $600,000.  A year ago, the same report calculated the team’s 2011 operating income at negative $11.6 million.  According to Cot’s Contracts, the Phillies payroll rose only about $6 million from 2011 to 2012 compared to a rise of about $28 million from 2010 to 2011, presumably allowing them to operate in the black in 2012.

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PN Roundtable: Major Concerns?

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Thu, March 21, 2013 10:00 AM Comments: 19

How comfortable are you with Nix manning a corner outfield spot defensively? Alex says corner outfield defense is an area of opportunity.

This week’s Writer’s Roundtable question was from Ryan Dinger and compiled by Don McGettigan:

“Aside from Roy Halladay‘s health, what is another major concern you have as you watch Spring Training wind down?”

Alex Lee:  This has been covered at great length, but my main concern is still the defense on the corners, particularly in the early part of the season.  I believe that both Michael Young and Domonic Brown will improve defensively throughout the year, but first base and wherever Brown isn’t look like permanent problems.  With Carlos Ruiz out for April, any additional lackluster defense could sink the Phillies hopes of a division title… and quickly.

Don McGettigan:  My biggest concern is getting Chase Utley all the way to Opening Day.  Utley is still arguably the Phillies best all-around player, and has missed the first month+ of the past two seasons.  With Carlos Ruiz serving a 25-game suspension to begin the year, the Phillies need Utley in the lineup to start the season. Continue reading PN Roundtable: Major Concerns?

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Buschini Building Success After Phils Failed Him

Posted by Jay Floyd, Fri, January 18, 2013 12:00 PM Comments: 0

Less than two years after he was drafted by the Phillies in the 4th round, infielder Adam Buschini was stunned to learn that the team he had hoped to grow with and help win games for had given up on him. Buschini played through a serious injury during his junior season in college and into his pro career, hoping his own toughness would result in success for his teams, but sometimes such fortitude can prove thankless and it did for this heard-nosed ballplayer.

As the California Polytech State University baseball team reached the Tempe Regional tournament for the first time in 2009, Buschini, who starred as the Mustangs’ offensive leader, refused to succumb to a broken hand suffered on a hit by pitch. That year, he led the Mustangs in batting average (.422), home runs (11), RBI (61) and several other categories. With high hopes of leading his team to post-season glory, Buschini stuck it out, but Cal Poly fell to Kent State and Buschini’s college career was complete.

Quickly, the gritty competitor’s career went from a collegiate calamity to minor league motive, as the righty hitter signed his first professional contract and debuted with the short-season Class A Williamsport Crosscutters. A rough initial stretch in the pro ranks saw Buschini post a .228 batting average with two homers and 15 RBI through 52 games for the ‘Cutters.  Buschini would participate in the Florida Instructional League that year as well.

The following year, the 6-foot-2-inch 210-pounder was a key contributor for the Class A BlueClaws in the early going, but his hand injury worsened. Over time, Buschini lost cartilage in the injured area, making it painfully difficult to throw, lift weights and especially to hit a pitched ball with authority. Again, though, Buschini found himself on a club that was in the hunt for a post-season berth and felt responsibility to play through the discomfort in order to help his teammates.

“Our Lakewood team of 2010 was in the hunt for first place in the first half. Our manager Mark Parent…wanted me to stick it out and play because we didn’t have any other third baseman,” Buschini explained during a recent interview. Continue reading Buschini Building Success After Phils Failed Him

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Free Baseball Not Friendly To Phils

Posted by Kieran Carobine, Fri, May 04, 2012 11:35 PM Comments: 20

The Phillies took Strasburg deep twice, it just wasn't enough.

There is indeed something special about these Washington Nationals. They remind me a lot of the Phillies when they finally gave into the call for the youngsters.  The Phillies fought back all night but ultimately fell short 4-3 in the 11th inning.

Strasburg’ed – Hunter Pence homered off Stephen Strasburg in the fourth inning to give the Phillies a 2-0 lead.  It was the first home run given up by Strasburg since August 2010.  Carlos Ruiz, who has been on an absolute tear, also took the righty deep in the fifth inning.  Ruiz’s fifth home run of the year gave the Phillies a 3-1 lead.

KKKyle Kendrick, making another start in place of injured Cliff Lee, pitched very efficiently for five innings of work.  He allowed only one run on seven hits and struck out two.  The radar gun had him topping our at 94 tonight.  But then again it says Nats reliever Henry Rodriguez was hitting triple digits, so who knows.

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How I Came to Know Incredulity

Posted by Michael Baumann, Wed, October 12, 2011 11:32 AM Comments: 41

It took me five days to write this post, so I want to take you back to Friday night.

I feel like I ought to explain how I came to be sitting alone in my bedroom, tears welling up in my eyes, listening to “Nearer My God to Thee” over and over on Spotify. If you’re reading this, you’ve most likely done whatever approximates, for you, sitting in your pajamas, mourning the passing of the most remarkable regular season Philadelphia has seen in a generation, all while listening to the song the band played while the Titanic went down.

If anyone has a better idea, I’m open to suggestions. The pain has hardly dulled in the interim.

What hurts is not so much that it’s over–that was likely to happen at some point, no matter the means. It’s not the possibility of not seeing Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Madson, Roy Oswalt, or Raul Ibanez put on red pinstripes ever again. Neither is it watching your franchise first baseman and cleanup hitter end this season with a weak groundout, then possibly end next season (for him at least) with a torn Achilles tendon, all on the same play. Or the pain of seeing your team lose, though as a 24-year-old, I really shouldn’t be moved to tears by a baseball tea m losing. But I am. I’m not counting down the days to next season. I’m not getting more amped up for Flyers hockey, or the Eagles, or Arsenal, or South Carolina, or any of the other teams I follow rabidly–that is to say, with about 2/3 the tenacity and emotion with which I follow the Phillies–or even looking forward to the rest of the MLB postseason.

Friday’s loss was a gut shot for two reasons: first, because this season represented a bread-and-circuses-type distraction that we all need from time to time. When your world is not a pleasant place to live in, sometimes you latch on to whatever is going right and give it undue importance–in this case, the Phillies. Now it’s over, three weeks early and without even a moment’s notice. Second, because as much as I’ve tried to be hyper-rational and prepare for the worst, it never actually occurred to me that the Phillies wouldn’t win the World SeriesContinue reading How I Came to Know Incredulity

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What Should the Phillies Do?

Posted by Pat Gallen, Mon, September 26, 2011 11:05 AM Comments: 33

You’ll never see a baseball team tank purposely. There is an unwritten rule that says a team must play out their schedule and “try” to win games through the full 162. The Phillies find themselves in a predicament.

Starting Monday night at 7:05, they will close out the season with a critical three-game series against the Atlanta Braves that will shape the structure of the NL Playoffs. Atlanta is currently clinging to a one game lead in the Wild Card chase over the surging St. Louis Cardinals, winners of 14 of their last 18.

Charlie Manuel has made it clear that he intends to put his playoff lineup together to end the year in an attempt to gain a little momentum heading into the NLDS on October 1. By doing so, Manuel may also be screwing himself, in no uncertain terms.

If the Phillies are to go through with their plan of rolling into the playoffs on a high note, they may very well end up playing the one team that has had their number in the National League.

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Dr. Strangeglove: On the Edge of Your Seat

Posted by Michael Baumann, Tue, June 28, 2011 03:08 PM Comments: 5

As you may or may not know, I’m a product of the University of South Carolina, home of the defending national champion Gamecock baseball team, which needs to take one of the next two games from the hated Florida Gators to earn that distinction for another year. Along the way, Carolina has engaged in two of the most exciting and harrowing College World Series runs in recent memory–if you heard a loud, high-pitched “meep”ing sound either in D.C. around 11 on Friday or at the same time in South Jersey last night, that was probably me.

I was going to recount the high points of both last year’s and this year’s CWS runs for Carolina, but that’d take a while, and I’m not sure you’d care. Let’s just say that last year, the Gamecocks had two extra-inning walkoff hits in five games, sandwiching a three-hit complete game by their left-handed relief specialist. This year, they’ve walked off twice, beaten the top two seeds a combined three straight games, including back-to-back wins where the Gamecocks got out of a bases loaded, no-out jam in extra innings before scoring the winning run on a throwing error the next frame. It’s been phenomenally exciting and positively unsettling, and since I’ve been so swept up in the college game for the past couple weeks so that I haven’t paid tremendously strict attention to the Phillies, if I’m honest. So for today’s post, I’ll solicit the help of the readership–in the spirit of the Gamecocks’ electrifying weekend, I pose the following question to you: what is the most exciting Phillies game you’ve ever seen? Maybe not the most memorable (otherwise everyone would say one of the two World Series titles), but the one that got you you not only to the edge of your seat, but leaving fingernail marks on the undersides of the armrests?

My top three answers are after the jump.

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A Tale of Two Octuplets

Posted by Corey Seidman, Wed, April 20, 2011 06:00 AM Comments: 7

I’m going to preface this by saying that the following is an objective post based on reality, supported by stats. Try to remove any biases or homerism from your view of the Phillies offense.

The difference between how the Phillies hit through the first eight games of the season and the last eight is that this makes sense.

Through the first eight games, the Phillies had an insane, unsustainable .411 batting average on balls in play (BABIP.) Everything they made contact with fell in for a hit. Naturally, this led baseball, and the next closest team was 60 points behind. As expected, the team BABIP has since plummeted 96 points to .315. Two-thirds of teams end the season between .290 and .305.

The Phils are 4-4 since winning 10-2 in Atlanta on April 9, averaging a mere 2.9 runs per game. Every player’s numbers have dropped, but the corner outfield has been the most concerning. The Phillies corner outfielders (batting fifth and sixth in every game) have hit .145/.210/.145 during the last eight. They have gone 9-for-62 with no extra-base hits and only five RBI.

Contrast that to the fifth and sixth hitters of the Phillies’ opponents in that span, who have driven in 12 runs and hit .293/.379/.414.

Nobody on the Phillies is walking. Only Baltimore, Minnesota, and Houston have walked less, and those are currently the three worst offenses in baseball.

Nobody on the Phillies is hitting home runs. They are 22nd in the bigs, and only one of the eight teams with fewer homers has a winning record.

What the hell is going on?

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Barnes Benefits From Training and MLB Exposure

Posted by Jay Floyd, Tue, April 12, 2011 06:00 AM Comments: 7

LAKEWOOD, NJ- Minor leaguer Jeremy Barnes is starting out the 2011 season with the same team he was with last year, but if you ask Barnes, he’d tell you that he has absolutely made progress. Barnes, an infielder with the Class A Lakewood BlueClaws, spent his winter in the home town of his MLB parent club, the Philadelphia Phillies, working on improving himself as an athlete.

Barnes was selected in the 11th round of the 2009 amateur draft out of the University of Notre Dame. As a member of the Fighting Irish, Barnes had his first connection to the Phillies organization even before he was drafted. While there, he wore the same jersey number, 20, that Philadelphia reliever Brad Lidge once sported while on the Notre Dame baseball team.

Barnes, who turns 24-years-old this week, has been an all-star in each of his two professional seasons. In 2009 he batted .287 with 4 homers and 27 RBI in 55 games to become an all-star for the short-season Williamsport Crosscutters of the New York-Penn League, then in 2010, he posted a .292 average with 4 homeruns and 51 RBI in 109 games and represented the BlueClaws in the South Atlantic League All-star Game.

Despite that solid success, however, the right-handed hitting Barnes had an opportunity to improve during the winter months and he took advantage of it. Barnes received a proposal to reside in Philadelphia throughout the off-season and work out at the Power Train Sports Institute from a contact within the Phillies organization. Continue reading Barnes Benefits From Training and MLB Exposure

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De Fratus and Mathieson Talk Spring Opener

Posted by Jay Floyd, Fri, February 25, 2011 06:30 AM Comments: 0

PhilliesNation readers saw this quick wrap up by Pat Gallen on yesterday’s exhibition opener in which the reigning NL East division champion Phillies convincingly handled the Florida State mens’ baseball team by a score of 8-0.

In the contest, righty hurlers Justin De Fratus and Scott Mathieson looked confident and delivered solid results, each tossing a scoreless inning at their opposition.

Following the win and retiring all three batters he faced, De Fratus was excited. The 23-year-old California native, who is enjoying his first full big league spring camp, stated, “It was good to get my feet wet in a nice, laid back environment today and get the first outing jitters out of the way, before I face the Yankees on Sunday.”

Mathieson, who struck out two and walked one of the five batters he faced, felt like this game was more than just a relaxed tune up against a college team. For a guy like Mathieson, who is trying to make his way back to the Majors after three elbow surgeries, each of these outings is extremely important.

“Every game for me this spring is a chance to try to prove to the brass and the people making decisions that I’m good enough and I can compete and I can help the team out this year,” Mathieson stated.

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