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Hindsight, Foresight Favorable to Papelbon Acquisition

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Wed, May 02, 2012 02:00 PM Comments: 6

Has Papelbon been the best free agent closer pick up? Photo (AP)

Jonathan Papelbon sits atop the Major Leagues as its saves leader, closing the door in 9 out of 9 save opportunities. Papelbon is sporting a miniscule ERA, a strikeout per inning pitched, and has provided a stop-gap solution in the back end of the bullpen.

In the off-season, Papelbon received the second-highest salary per year a closer has ever received. A lot of folks, both Phillies Nation commentators and commentors a like, were critical of the move. The money spent on Papelbon, they argued, would be better spent addressing shortstop, left field, and finding a viable fill-in for Ryan Howard at first base. And at the time, and even now, it is argued that the money spent on Papelbon would prohibit them from extending Cole Hamels, Shane Victorino, and/or Hunter Pence or finding a 3rd baseman for 2013.

Yet, Papelbon has delivered. Among NL relievers whose primary job description is closer, Papelbon is tops in ERA and has yet to blow a save. While his peripherals, particularly FIP, xFIP, and K/9 IP, put him in the upper-middle class of NL closers, Papelbon has gotten the job done. Was the decision to sign Papelbon wise? Let’s compare his performance to other current closers who were available free agents in the off-season. Continue reading Hindsight, Foresight Favorable to Papelbon Acquisition

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Predicting The Bullpen

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Sun, March 18, 2012 01:15 PM Comments: 13

Papelbon and Bastardo are locks. Other guys are close. Who rounds out the bullpen?

Possibly the biggest question mark heading into the 2012 regular season is the structure of the bullpen. It’ll look a lot different than last year, as workhorse Ryan Madson now calls Cincinnati his home, Danys Baez decided to retire, and Brad Lidge took his talents to Washington. We all thought that the bullpen would have some more swagger this year with the arrival of Dontrelle Willis, but he pitched poorly and found himself without a job.

Filling Madson’s role as closer will be Jonathan Papelbon, no question about that. But after that, things are a little foggy, with the exception of Antonio Bastardo–he’s the only 100%, definite, lock. Other guys may be close, but not quite there yet. That leaves four presumable spots in the bullpen.

The way I see it, guys with reasonable chance to take up those four spots in no particular order are Michael Stutes, Jose Contreras, Justin De Fratus, David Herndon, Kyle Kendrick, Chad Qualls, and Michael Schwimer. I think Phillippe Aumont is destined for the minors, barring something out of the ordinary happening. So that’s eight guys–all of whom pitched in the bigs last year–fighting for four spots.

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2012 Phillies Nation Road Trips

Posted by Pat Gallen, Sat, February 25, 2012 04:46 PM Comments: 1

Phillies Spring Training Trip

Details for four of our 2012 road trips have been announced – Clearwater, Pittsburgh, Washington, DC and Baltimore! Like last year, we will be teaming up with our friends at Phils Fever (aka Green Legion) for several awesome adventures. Check out the details:

Spring Training
Friday, March 16 to Monday, March 19

This is easily the most fun you’ll have on a road trip. In a single weekend you have – Phillies Spring Training, St. Patrick’s Day, Opening Rounds of March Madness, and Spring Break! All this within the famously sunny surroundings of Clearwater, Florida. If you are a serious Phillies fan, you need to at least consider coming on the trip.

Read more about the variety of packages starting at just $340 (not including transportation to Clearwater)

Pittsburgh
Friday, April 6 to Sunday, April 8

Time to kick-start the Phillies season and this year, we start in Pittsburgh! Opening Day is unfortunately on a Thursday, so rather than dealing with all the vacation days and missed classes, we decided to offer a package for two nights, either Friday & Saturday or Saturday & Sunday, and you can go to either one or two games, or even a Flyers-Penguins game before the Saturday night Phillies game!

Read more about Opening Weekend in Pittsburgh.

Washington, DC
Saturday, May 5

As you may have heard, the Washington Nationals are trying to keep Phillies fans from taking over Nationals Park yet again. Since baseball returned to DC in 2005, Phillies Nation has been delivering Phillies fans to our nation’s capital – and we’ll do that again this May. Let’s show our old friends Jayson Werth and Brad Lidge what they’re missing!

Read more about our “Take Back Nationals Park” trip in Washington, DC.

Baltimore
Friday, June 8 to Sunday, June 10

The opportunity to see one of baseball’s finest ballparks, the original throwback at Camden Yards, does not come around often. This year we have plenty of chances to see the Phillies play the neighboring Orioles in an interleague matchup. You can come down just for 1 game or stay the entire weekend. Plus there are bus pick-ups at three different locations around Philly.

Read more about the Phillies fan invasion of Baltimore in June.

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Wolever Takes Assistant GM Post with Phillies

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, February 22, 2012 05:31 PM Comments: 0

Marti Wolever (CsnPhilly.com)

A statement from the Phillies:

Marti Wolever has been promoted to Assistant General Manager, Amateur Scouting, Senior Vice President & General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. announced today.

Wolever had been the Phillies’ director of scouting since October 2011.  Prior to this role, he served as the club’s national cross-checker and scouting coordinator for nine years.

“Marti has played an instrumental role in securing some of our top talent since joining the club,” said Amaro.  “We are pleased to recognize his numerous contributions with this promotion.”

Wolever oversaw the drafts that brought Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard and pitchers Cole Hamels, Kyle Kendrick, Vance Worley and Mike Stutes to the team. Those drafts also supplied the players who would go on to be used in trades to acquire pitchers Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Roy Oswalt, Jamie Moyer, Brad Lidge and Joe Blanton and outfielders Hunter Pence and John Mayberry Jr.

Prior to joining the Phillies in November 1992, Marti was a Midwest cross-checker with the White Sox (1991-92). He began his scouting career as an area scout with the Tigers (1984-88) and the Yankees (1989-90).

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The Turnover of a Championship Team

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Tue, February 21, 2012 10:00 AM Comments: 20

Brad Lidge and Jayson Werth have gone south. (AP)

It is now common knowledge that Ruben Amaro Jr. was engaged in negotiations to essentially turn Joe Blanton into Bobby Abreu, then turn Abreu into AJ Burnett. I have a soft-spot for Blanton: the big Kentuckian was perfectly serviceable during the 2008 championship run and, like Cole Hamels, did not register a loss in the postseason that year.

Blanton is affable and epitomizes the imperfections of Philadelphia that fans can relate to. Is Blanton the biggest or strongest pitcher? No. Is he the fastest to the plate or does he have the best repertoire? No. But what Blanton does posses is an intangible likability and projects an image of a workman who packs his lunch. As a fan, it would have hurt to see Blanton, a member of said championship team, gone.

Then it hit me: they’re almost all gone already.

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Join Phillies Nation on Road Trips this Season!

Posted by Pat Gallen, Sat, February 18, 2012 02:18 PM Comments: 3

Phillies Spring Training Trip

Details for four of our 2012 road trips have been announced – Clearwater, Pittsburgh, Washington, DC and Baltimore! Like last year, we will be teaming up with our friends at Phils Fever (aka Green Legion) for several awesome adventures. Check out the details:

Spring Training
Friday, March 16 to Monday, March 19

This is easily the most fun you’ll have on a road trip. In a single weekend you have – Phillies Spring Training, St. Patrick’s Day, Opening Rounds of March Madness, and Spring Break! All this within the famously sunny surroundings of Clearwater, Florida. If you are a serious Phillies fan, you need to at least consider coming on the trip.

Read more about the variety of packages starting at just $340 (not including transportation to Clearwater)

Pittsburgh
Friday, April 6 to Sunday, April 8

Time to kick-start the Phillies season and this year, we start in Pittsburgh! Opening Day is unfortunately on a Thursday, so rather than dealing with all the vacation days and missed classes, we decided to offer a package for two nights, either Friday & Saturday or Saturday & Sunday, and you can go to either one or two games, or even a Flyers-Penguins game before the Saturday night Phillies game!

Read more about Opening Weekend in Pittsburgh.

Washington, DC
Saturday, May 5

As you may have heard, the Washington Nationals are trying to keep Phillies fans from taking over Nationals Park yet again. Since baseball returned to DC in 2005, Phillies Nation has been delivering Phillies fans to our nation’s capital – and we’ll do that again this May. Let’s show our old friends Jayson Werth and Brad Lidge what they’re missing!

Read more about our “Take Back Nationals Park” trip in Washington, DC.

Baltimore
Friday, June 8 to Sunday, June 10

The opportunity to see one of baseball’s finest ballparks, the original throwback at Camden Yards, does not come around often. This year we have plenty of chances to see the Phillies play the neighboring Orioles in an interleague matchup. You can come down just for 1 game or stay the entire weekend. Plus there are bus pick-ups at three different locations around Philly.

Read more about the Phillies fan invasion of Baltimore in June.

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Lidge: Most Important Season in Phillies History?

Posted by Pat Gallen, Sun, February 12, 2012 10:00 AM Comments: 5

This pose should be immortalized. Statue anyone? (PHOTO AP)

“Every once in a while something will come up and we’ll be like, ‘man, that was a pretty amazing year, wasn’t it?’”

Earlier this week, Brad Lidge spoke with 97.3 ESPN FM about the 2008 Championship as well as moving on to the Washington Nationals, who are ripe to finally become a rival of the Phillies. Lidge spoke glowingly of that season, how could he not?

Listening to Lidge answer the question pertaining to that season reminds me of the young adult that is growing up but looks back on his high school or college days with a sense of pride – and also a tinge of sadness because it’s in the rear view. The good old days passed by.

That’s where Lidge is now. He has moved on from the “good old days” with the Phillies and has begun a new chapter in his career. It’s one that has provided plenty of highs (’08 title, perfect season) and plenty of lows (Albert Pujols, 2009 season). However, we’ll always have that special 2008 season.

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2012 Phillies Nation Road Trips

Posted by Brian Michael, Wed, February 08, 2012 11:50 AM Comments: 12

Phillies Spring Training Trip

Details for four of our 2012 road trips have been announced – Clearwater, Pittsburgh, Washington, DC and Baltimore!  Like last year, we will be teaming up with our friends at Phils Fever (aka Green Legion) for several awesome adventures.  Check out the details:

Spring Training   
Friday, March 16 to Monday, March 19

This is easily the most fun you’ll have on a road trip.  In a single weekend you have – Phillies Spring Training, St. Patrick’s Day, Opening Rounds of March Madness, and Spring Break!  All this within the famously sunny surroundings of Clearwater, Florida.  If you are a serious Phillies fan, you need to at least consider coming on the trip.

Read more about the variety of packages starting at just $340 (not including transportation to Clearwater)

Pittsburgh
Friday, April 6 to Sunday, April 8

Time to kick-start the Phillies season and this year, we start in Pittsburgh! Opening Day is unfortunately on a Thursday, so rather than dealing with all the vacation days and missed classes, we decided to offer a package for two nights, either Friday & Saturday or Saturday & Sunday, and you can go to either one or two games, or even a Flyers-Penguins game before the Saturday night Phillies game!

Read more about Opening Weekend in Pittsburgh.

Washington, DC
Saturday, May 5

As you may have heard, the Washington Nationals are trying to keep Phillies fans from taking over Nationals Park yet again. Since baseball returned to DC in 2005, Phillies Nation has been delivering Phillies fans to our nation’s capital – and we’ll do that again this May. Let’s show our old friends Jayson Werth and Brad Lidge what they’re missing!

Read more about our “Take Back Nationals Park” trip in Washington, DC.

Baltimore 
Friday, June 8 to Sunday, June 10

The opportunity to see one of baseball’s finest ballparks, the original throwback at Camden Yards, does not come around often.  This year we have plenty of chances to see the Phillies play the neighboring Orioles in an interleague matchup.  You can come down just for 1 game or stay the entire weekend.  Plus there are bus pick-ups at three different locations around Philly.

Read more about the Phillies fan invasion of Baltimore in June.

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Lidge to 97.3 ESPN FM: “My Heart is Still Here”

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, February 07, 2012 08:02 PM Comments: 11

Lidge leaves for the Nats. (MLB)

Washington Nationals reliever Brad Lidge joined “The Sports Bash with Mike Gill” on 97.3 ESPN FM on Tuesday. Lidge was very candid about the Phillies not wanting him back and the team’s signing of Jonathan Papelbon over friend Ryan Madson.

“I came back to the Phillies and I said, ‘Let’s talk. My heart’s still here,” said Lidge. “It never left. Let’s see what we can do.’ Unfortunately, at that time, they had changed their mind and didn’t have a contract for me.”

Obviously, the Phillies went in another direction, going after guys like Chad Qualls and Dontrelle Willis. Lidge understood the changes. “Yeah, it’s disappointing. I’m not crying about it or nothing. I understand it’s all business and that’s part of it. But it was disappointing and unfortunate because, of course, I did want to come back to Philadelphia.”

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO LIDGE’S INTERVIEW

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Week In Review – Valdez, Pierre, Lidge

Posted by Kieran Carobine, Sun, January 29, 2012 06:02 PM Comments: 3

It has been somewhat of a slow week in Philliesville with some minor transactions involving some once major players.  Brad Lidge finally inked a deal this offseason agreeing to a one year contract with the Washington Nationals.  The closer spot in Washington already belongs to Drew Storen and he has proven to be a big time finisher.

Lidge’s main role for this coming season will be to secure the later innings before Storen closes it out.  Also, he will be a veteran guy in a clubhouse full of young players.  I think Lidge will help on and off the field for the Nationals.  Pat gave a little Fare Thee Well for Lidge.  We will all remember that 2008 season.

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