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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.”

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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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Fare Thee Well, Brad Lidge

Posted by Pat Gallen, Thu, January 26, 2012 07:16 PM Comments: 42

Brad Lidge moves on to the Washington Nationals on a one-year, $1 million deal. He spent four seasons in Philadelphia and was integral in the 2008 World Championship as he went 48-for-48 in save opportunities that season, which is something the fans in this town will never forget.

Injuries have wrecked his career as of late, but Washington decided to take a flier on him to help guide a young bullpen down in D.C. Lidge is one of the nicest people, baseball or not, and is filled with the wisdom of nearly a decade in the majors.

Lidge reportedly received a low-ball offer from the Phillies to stay in town, so he decided to take the better financial deal rather than try to make the team on a minor-league contract.

We wish Brad well in Washington, except for when he faces the Phillies. Can anyone else feel the remnants of 2008 slowly slipping away? Kinda depressing if you think about it…

If you’d like, please share your thoughts on Brad Lidge in this space.

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Just Say No to Francisco Cordero (And Brad Lidge, too)

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, January 24, 2012 12:30 AM Comments: 28

Francisco Cordero. (MLB)

UPDATE, 8:43 pm: Cordero is set to sign a one-year, $4.5 million deal with the Toronto Blue Jays to be their set-up man. That leads me to believe the Phillies were never serious suitors, because I assumed it would cost more than that to acquire Cordero. If the Phillies had offered $3-3.5 million for Cordero, I’d be happy with that number. Alas, he heads north.

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It’s not that I don’t like the two relief pitchers. Brad Lidge will always have a place in my heart. He’ll go down as one of the best relievers in Phillies history, not to mention the most famous for his pose after throwing that beautiful slider to Carlos Ruiz in the 2008 World Series. We’ll always have those memories.

Francisco Cordero has been one of the best closers in all of baseball, posting 327 saves in his 12 seasons in the majors, including 30 or more in five straight. But with a run of ninth-inning pitchers flooding the marketplace this offseason, there just aren’t enough jobs out there.

Enter the Phillies, who look to be willing to add another veteran arm for the bullpen if the price is right. Mike DiGiovanna of the LA Times says the Phillies are one of a handful of teams inquiring about the longtime closer. Inquiring is where it should end. The same goes for Lidge.

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Halladay Shopping at Phillies Nation!

Posted by Pat Gallen, Sat, December 17, 2011 09:30 AM Comments: 2

All weekend long, Philavania is doing a Buy 2, Get 1 Free deal. Purchase 2 or any t-shirt or hoodie and you get 1 t-shirt of your choice for free! Just click the Philavania collage below.

You can still score some pretty awesome gifts at the Phillies Nation Store and over at Philavania for the Halladay’s. Pick up one of our awesome Phillies prints, made by local artist Dan Duffy. Frame ‘em and hang ‘em!

We also have our “Continued Success” hoodie designs still available, as well as many other tees and hoodies from Philavania. And don’t forget about the stickers!

NOTE: All orders through Philavania that are being shipped to PA/NJ/NY must be ordered by December 22 at Noon to ensure delivery before Christmas!

NOTE: All Phillies prints must be ordered by December 19 to ensure delivery before Christmas!

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There is plenty of sweet Phillies and Flyers gear – even some cool Eagles and Sixers stuff (if you’re still into those teams!!!). Plus all of our stuff is locally made in PA.

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Cyber Monday Sale Ends at Midnight!

Posted by Pat Gallen, Mon, November 28, 2011 11:48 AM Comments: 0

You can still score some pretty awesome savings at the Phillies Nation Store and over at Philavania. Pick up one of our awesome Phillies prints, made by local artist Dan Duffy. They’re still $5 off and make a great gift. Frame ‘em and hang ‘em!

We also have our “Continued Success” hoodie designs still available, as well as many other tees and hoodies from Philavania. And don’t forget about the stickers!

Philavania shirts and hoodies – 20% off

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It’s 20% off your entire order all weekend from Phillies Nation and Philavania!  There is plenty of sweet Phillies and Flyers gear – even some cool Eagles and Sixers stuff (if you’re still into those teams!!!).  Plus all our stuff is locally made in PA.

Use the promo code MADEINPA at checkout to get 20% off!

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Black Friday Sale from Phillies Nation!

Posted by Pat Gallen, Fri, November 25, 2011 10:27 AM Comments: 1

In addition to what we believe is some of the best Phillies coverage on the planet, we’d also like to extend to you some sales from our store, and from our partner, Philavania.

We’re teaming up to give you some great deals. Check them out below and don’t worry about going out to the malls on a crazy day like today:

$5 OFF Phillies Prints

Choose from four designs by local artist Dan Duffy: 2008 World Series with Brad Lidge, 1980 World Series with Tug McGraw, Harry Kalas and Roy Halladay’s Perfect Game.

Available at the Phillies Nation store for $25 – marked down from $30 this weekend only!

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Papelbon/Lidge: Spending $12M in 2009 v. 2012

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Thu, November 17, 2011 08:28 AM Comments: 37

Brad LidgeIn the middle of his magical 2008 season, Brad Lidge inked a three year extension instead of becoming a free agent at the end of the year from then GM Pat Gillick. While Gillick made several shrewd moves to pick up the likes of JC Romero, Matt Stairs, Chad Durbin, and Jayson Werth, Lidge’s contract is a gaffe in Gillick’s tenure only comparable to the minuscule return the Phillies received for Bobby Abreu and Cory Lidle and his nearly unforgivable signing of Adam Eaton.

When discussing the Jonathan Papelbon contract, many Phillies Nation readers aptly pointed out that from 2009 through 2011, Lidge received nearly the same per year contract value that Papelbon will be paid. This is true. It is also true that even a cursory exploration of comparing the seasons leading up to both extension, Papelbon was leaps and bounds the better pitcher.

Using fWar from FanGraphs and a concept they introduced, when comparing nth best seasons, only Lidge’s stellar 2004 compares to how well Papelbon pitched in any of his first six seasons. To put things in perspective, Lidge’s stellar 2008 would only be good enough for a tie for Papelbon’s fourth best season.

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Papelbon Signing Swallows Up Important Flexibility

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Fri, November 11, 2011 06:56 PM Comments: 74

Ruben Amaro likes to act fast. Really fast.

Ruben and the Phils inked closer Jonathan Papelbon today for a contract in the neighborhood of 4 years/$50 million pending a physical. The deal is $6 million more than the rumored deal Ryan Madson was offered.

Papelbon has been an exceptional closer for six seasons with the hated Red Sox, posting a 2.33 ERA, averaging over a strikeout an inning, keeping a HR/9IP rate under 0.7, and converting 219 out of 248 save opportunities. Papelbon comes to the Phils with a 1.00 playoff ERA, allowing less than a base-runner per inning in the postseason but comes with the baggage of a horrific collapse against the lowly Baltimore Orioles.

The signing of Papelbon gives a lot of reasons for Phillies fans to be angry. For one, if the reported offer was true, a deal with Madson would have given the Phillies more payroll flexibility to lure back fellow fan-favorite Jimmy Rollins and add a bat to the bench. Secondly, Papelbon’s four year deal breaks the old Phillies’ rule about signing any pitcher for more than three years; do you think Roy Halladay, who took a below market contract for only three years and an option to stay a Phil, enjoys this?

This rule, put in place by Pat Gillick, has saved the Phils time and money in the past: Adam Eaton, Joe Blanton, and Brad Lidge could have been bigger financial disasters without it in place. But to break it for a more expensive version of the guy the team already had?

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Final Grades Are In: The Rest of the 2011 ‘Pen

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Tue, November 08, 2011 12:20 PM Comments: 4

The 2011 Phillies Nation Player Reviews continue today with the rest of the Phillies 2011 bullpen.

Jose Contreras:

Jose was handed the ball to end games to open the season in place of the injured Brad Lidge. He converted on 5 of 5 save attempts without giving up a run before being sidelined with a strained elbow on April 25. When Contreras returned in May, he was not the same effective pitcher he had been and ended the season with a 3.86 ERA, posting the highest BB/9 IP of his career. Contreras was shut-down for good after the Phils’ Seattle road trip but hopes to play out the remainder of his 2 year, $5.5 million contract.

Grade: 6/10

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JC Romero:

JC wasn’t as bad for the Phils in 2011 as he was frustrating. Romero was plagued by horrible inconsistency and put allowed 37.3% of batters he faced to reach base. Romero was effective against lefties but allowed righties to walk all over him. After being released in June, Romero played Triple-A ball for the Nationals and Yankees before reaching the Majors again with the Rockies.

Grade: 3/10

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