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Ken Rosenthal, Awkward Press Conferences, and Why The Phillies Are Stuck In Neutral

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Thu, February 12, 2015 10:30 AM Comments: 81

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“Stuck in neutral”

Yesterday, Ken Rosenthal wrote about the Phillies in his column over at Fox Sports.

He started out with four hypothetical “awkward” press conferences–Cole Hamels, Jonathan Papelbon, Cliff Lee, and Ryan Howard–asking the players about potential trades when Spring Training rolls around. These are all guys that the Phillies probably should’ve parted ways with by now. They know it, reporters know it, most fans know it. Heck, even the Phillies might know it. Here’s a quote from Rosenthal following the intro:

We’re talking awkward — painfully awkward. And unless things change before the Phillies’ first workout a week from Thursday, their offseason will look like a major fail.

Now, I think I disagree that the offseason will be a major fail if they don’t move any of those four guys before Spring Training. They did manage to make deals to part ways with Jimmy Rollins and Marlon Byrd, which was noted by Rosenthal. Those weren’t exactly blockbuster deals, but they were something.

But I agree that a failure exists with the Phillies front office. The failure, in my opinion, does not lie in the 2015 offseason. It has already happened. They should’ve moved Cliff Lee a long time ago. Ryan Howard, in my opinion, should’ve been simply released during the season last year. Jonathan Papelbon should’ve been traded for something, either at the deadline last season, or any time during this offseason. Only Cole Hamels was worth hanging on to going into 2015. The David Price trade at the deadline last year hurt Hamels’ value, and the free agent moves this offseason (Jon Lester to the Cubs, James Shields to the Padres, to be precise) didn’t help either. I think they’ll get some better offers leading up to the deadline, as contending teams realize that they need a starter.

But Rosenthal is right. Maybe the Phillies are being too stubborn, and maybe it’s doing more harm than good. Here’s what he had to say about it:

The front office’s stubbornness, though, appears to go even deeper, whether it’s Amaro or Gillick who is actually calling the shots. The Phillies refuse to accept that they might not get exactly what they want.

Can the Phillies fix their mistakes? Sure. But, as Rosenthal states, it would require the Phillies to loosen up and entertain some offers that might not be up to their standards. Unless something changes soon, things will only get worse. Here’s how he put it:

And good luck to the Phillies persuading their fans to buy tickets for a team that remains stuck in neutral.

Stuck in neutral. I like it. The car that is the Phillies is on a downward path, stuck in neutral, and Ruben Amaro Jr. is at the wheel. He still has time to turn that baby around, but time is running out. Tick, tick, tick.

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2014 Top Moments: #1 J-Roll Breaks Hit Record

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Wed, October 29, 2014 12:00 PM Comments: 18

We are finally at our top moment of 2014. This time, we look at when Jimmy Rollins broke the franchise hits record.

We all knew it would happen. Barring injury, Jimmy Rollins was sure to break Mike Schmidt‘s franchise hits record in 2014.

And he did just that.

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PHOTO: AP

Schmidt’s record was 2,234 hits. J-Roll notched his 2,235th on Saturday, June 14. He lined a single off Edwin Jackson in the 5th inning in front of 31,524 fans at Citizens Bank Park. The game was then delayed while celebrations took place. Schmidt came out and got Jimmy’s bat and gave him a hug. The entire Phillies team also came out to celebrate with J-Roll.

Rollins has been with the club since 2000, and is a potential Hall-of-Famer. He’s been the face of the Phillies for several years, and has given us countless memories. He provides a unique combo of power and speed from the shortstop position, and is an exceptional fielder. He won an MVP in 2007, and is at or near the top in almost every offensive category in Phillies history. This moment is more of a result of what Jimmy has given us over the years, which is a ton. If we did a countdown of top moments of the last 10 years for the Phillies, this one would still be near the top.

This concludes our top moments countdown. Hope you enjoyed! Here are the others.

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Gameday: Phillies (72-86) at Braves (93-65)

Posted by Ryan Dinger, Thu, September 26, 2013 05:20 PM Comments: 8

Philadelphia Phillies (72-86) at Atlanta Braves (93-65)washington_nationals_logo-9726

Tyler Cloyd (2-6, 5.40) vs David Hale (0-0, 0.00)

Time: 7:10, Turner Field
TV: CSN
Weather: 70, mostly clear
Media: Twitter and Facebook

It’s the final series of what has been a long and disheartening regular season. There’s been some ups, there’s been some downs (WAY more downs), but the finish line is in sight, as the Phils put a cap on 2013 with four at the hated Braves.

The less than impressive Tyler Cloyd takes the ball for the Phils, while David Hale makes his second start of the season for the Braves.

No Chase in the lineup tonight, so that’s a bummer.

Lineup: Hernandez CF, Rollins SS, Brown LF, Ruf RF, Frandsen 1B, Asche 3B, Kratz C, Galvis 2B, Cloyd P


Your gameday beer: Angry Orchard Traditional

Fall is here and there is no better time to cuddle up with a hard cider while you soak in the last Phillies memories of 2013. Though technically not a beer, Angry Orchard provides a full taste and a bite that will quell your urge for a cold one after a long day of work. Grab a sixer, take a moment to notice the slight changes you’re starting to see in the leaves, and begin bidding the Phils farewell.

 

Go Phillies!

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Gameday: Phillies (71-83) vs. Marlins (57-99)

Posted by Brian Michael, Mon, September 23, 2013 06:51 PM Comments: 3

Miami Marlins logoPhiladelphia Phillies (71-84) vs. Miami Marlins (57-99)
Roy Halladay (4-4, 6.71) vs. Nate Eovaldi (3-6, 3.79)

Time: 7:10Marlins Park
TV: 
CSN
Weather: Overcast, 84
Media: Twitter and Facebook

Either tonight or Saturday could be Roy Halladay’s last start as a Philadelphia Phillie.  Perhaps a strong performance might tilt the scales towards the Phillies resigning him.  He is looking to give the Marlins their 100th loss on an embarassing year.  Yet, it’s safe to say that both teams are already booking their tee times for next week.

Lineup:  Hernandez CF, Rollins SS, Utley 2B, Ruiz C, Brown LF, Ruf 1B, Asche 3B, Bernadina CF, Halladay P

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Gameday beer: Landshark Lager

This clear-bottled beer is Jimmy Buffet’s answer to Corona.  Speaking of which, when is he going to buy the Marlins?  Anyway the beer is light, airy and bubbly and goes great with a hot summer afternoon.  Just imagine the next time the Phillies return to Florida after this series…it will be Spring Training in Clearwater.

Go Phillies!

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Gameday: Phillies (71-81) vs Mets (68-84)

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Fri, September 20, 2013 06:17 PM Comments: 11

new-york-mets-alternate-logo-2-primary_display_imagePhiladelphia Phillies (71-81) v New York Mets (68-84)

Cole Hamels (8-13, 3.48) vs. Daisuke Matsuzaka (1-3, 6.12)

Time: 7:05Citizens Bank Park
TV: 
CSN
Weather: Partly cloudy, 70′s
Media: Twitter and Facebook

Tonight, the Phillies and Mets will begin a three game series at Citizens Bank Park. Cole Hamels will pitch for the Fightins tonight, with Daisuke Matsuzaka getting the ball for the Mets. Hamels has been stellar this year after struggling early on. Dice-K has been a shadow of his former self this year, and is a painstakingly slow on the mound. Tonight might be a long game time-wise. As noted earlier on the site, Michael Stutes has been activated for tonight’s game. David Wright will play for the Mets for the first time since early August.

Lineup: Hernandez CF, Rollins SS, Utley 2B, Ruiz C, Brown LF, Ruf 1B, Asche 3B, Mayberry RF, Hamels P

donnybrook stoutYour Gameday Beer: Brewery Ommegang Three Philosophers

What better place to brew a beer for a ballgame than Cooperstown, N.Y.? This dark, malty, quadrupel is based on the heavy ales of the Trappist monks of Belgium. Hints of cherry and chocolate accompany a beer that not only tastes good, but will make you feel sophisticated drinking it.. -By Michael

Go Phillies!

 

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Gameday: Phillies (71-80) vs. Marlins (55-96)

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, September 18, 2013 04:43 PM Comments: 4

Philadelphia Phillies (71-80) vs. Miami Marlins (55-96)

Zach Miner (0-1, 3.72) vs. Nate Eovaldi (3-6, 3.80)

Time: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park
TV:
CSN
Weather: Sunny, 61
Media: Twitter and Facebook

No Kyle Kendrick tonight, he’s been replaced by Zach Miner after an MRI on his shoulder showed tendinitis. It doesn’t sound too serious, he could make his final two starts.

Other than that, things pretty much remain the same. Two baseball teams finishing out the string.

Lineup: Hernandez CF, Rollins SS, Utley 2B, Ruiz C, Brown LF, Ruf 1B, Asche 3B, Bernadina RF, Halladay P

download (2)Gameday Beer: Rogue Voodoo Maple Bacon Ale

Wow, not sure what to do with this. It sounds like it could be the worst thing ever or the greatest thing ever. Whenever bacon is involved, I’m usually there. According to Rogue, this unique artisan creation contains a baker’s dozen number of ingredients including bacon and maple syrup from one of Voodoo’s signature doughnuts.Never had a voodoo doughnut, but I’d imagine it being pretty good. How’s it taste in beer form? If you can find it, let me know – PG

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Gameday: Phillies (70-80) vs. Marlins (55-95)

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, September 17, 2013 05:50 PM Comments: 6

Philadelphia Phillies (70-80) vs. Miami Marlins (55-95)

Roy Halladay (3-4, 7.28) vs. Bryan Flynn (0-1, 10.13)

Time: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park
TV:
CSN
Weather: Cloudy, 58
Media: Twitter and Facebook

Cliff Lee, one of the few true bright spots of this Phillies team, looks for win #14 tonight. With 1/3 of an inning, Lee will hit the 200 inning plateau for the sixth straight year. He’s been one of the steadiest pitchers in baseball during that time, yet he sort of flies under the radar because of how this team has taken a nosedive.

I know Monday Night Football is on, but do yourself a favor and flip between the Phils and the Bengals/Steelers game. Who knows how much longer Lee will be in his prime and we should take in the fact that he’s still pitching at a supreme level.

Last night, I wrote that. And Cliff Lee certainly did not disappoint. Tonight, can Roy Halladay find at least a shred of his old-self as he takes on the Marlins? It hasn’t been pretty for Halladay, although post-DL has been better than pre-DL. It’s hard to know what to expect exactly.

And will this be Halladay’s final start in Philly?

Ryne Sandberg joked that he wished he had a jersey for Maikel Franco to put on. Franco is visiting the team again today after accepting the Paul Owens award yesterday. I think I’m with Sandberg.

Lineup: Hernandez CF, Rollins SS, Utley 2B, Ruiz C, Brown LF, Ruf RF, Frandsen 1B, Galvis 3B, Halladay P

download (2)Gameday Beer: Rogue Dead Guy Ale

With a hint of chill in the air, go for the thick, chocolaty stuff that reminds me of a cold, winters night in December. Rogue stays as tonights beer, but we move to the Chocolate Stout. Ebony in color with a rich creamy head. The mellow flavor of oats, chocolate malts and real chocolate are balanced perfectly with the right amount of hops for a bitter-sweet finish. Sold. -PG

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Gameday: Phillies (69-80) vs. Marlins (55-94)

Posted by Pat Gallen, Mon, September 16, 2013 05:34 PM Comments: 4

Philadelphia Phillies (69-80) vs. Miami Marlins (55-94)

Cliff Lee (13-6, 2.97)vs. Sam Dyson (0-0, 4.50)

Time: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park
TV:
CSN
Weather: Cloudy, 63
Media: Twitter and Facebook

Cliff Lee, one of the few true bright spots of this Phillies team, looks for win #14 tonight. With 1/3 of an inning, Lee will hit the 200 inning plateau for the sixth straight year. He’s been one of the steadiest pitchers in baseball during that time, yet he sort of flies under the radar because of how this team has taken a nosedive.

I know Monday Night Football is on, but do yourself a favor and flip between the Phils and the Bengals/Steelers game. Who knows how much longer Lee will be in his prime and we should take in the fact that he’s still pitching at a supreme level.

Lineup: Hernandez CF, Rollins SS, Utley 2B, Ruiz C, Brown, LF, Ruf 1B, Asche 3B, Bernadina RF, Lee P

download (2)Gameday Beer: Rogue Dead Guy Ale

In the style of a German Maibock, Rogue Dead Guy uses Pacman ale yeast. It’s deep honey in color with a malty aroma and a rich hearty flavor. It’s really good, too. As Edgar Allan Poe once said, “Who cares how time advances? I am drinking ale today.” Gotta love that. Spend it drinking a 22 oz. bottle of this. -PG

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Gameday: Phillies (68-79) at Nationals (78-69)

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Sat, September 14, 2013 06:15 PM Comments: 16

Philadelphia Phillies (68-79) vs. Washington Nationals (78-69)

Cole Hamels (7-13, 3.45) vs. Gio Gonzalez (10-6, 3.31)

Time: 7:05 ET, Nationals Park
TV: 
CSN
Weather: Partly cloudy, 70′s
Media: Twitter and Facebook

It was already a foregone conclusion, but the Phillies were officially eliminated from playoff contention today when the Reds won. Obviously, that means nothing, because this team has been expecting elimination since shortly after the All Star Break.

Cole Hamels will get the ball tonight for the Phillies, and Gio Gonzalez will start for the Nats.

Lineup: Hernandez CF, Rollins SS, Utley 2B, Ruiz C, Ruf 1B, Asche 3B, Galvis LF, Mayberry RF, Hamels P

download (2)Gameday Beer: Orval Trappist Ale

I’ve said it before, monks know how to brew beers and this Belgian Pale Ale is no exception. First it hits you with a apple/pear scent then a complex taste of citrus, caramel, and earthy yeast – all in a creamy buttery consistency. Wow. I hear it goes well with Thai food, but this is certainly one you can drink alone. - By Brian

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Gameday: Phillies (68-78) vs Nationals (77-69)

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Fri, September 13, 2013 06:45 PM Comments: 6

Philadelphia Phillies (68-78) vs. Washington Nationals (77-69)

Kyle Kendrick (10-12, 4.51  ) vs. Ross Ohlendorf (3-0, 3.28  )

Time: 7:05 ET, Nationals Park
TV: 
CSN
Weather: Partly cloudy, 70′s
Media: Twitter and Facebook

The Phillies head to DC tonight as they start a three-game set with the Nationals. Stephen Strasburg was scheduled to start tonight, but he’s been scratched with arm issues. For the Phillies, Kyle Kendrick will take the mound.

Lineup: Hernandez CF, Rollins SS, Utley 2B,Ruiz C, Ruf RF, Asche 3B, Frandsen 1B, Galvis LF, Kendrick P

Your gameday beer: Anchor Steam Liberty Ale

A special top-fermenting ale yeast is used during fermentation and is responsible for many of Liberty Ale’s subtle flavors and characteristics. Carbonation is produced by an entirely natural process called “bunging,” which produces champagne-like bubbles. Enjoy with some steaks on the grill for today’s game.
– Pat

GO PHILLIES!

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