Philadelphia Phillies

The Case of Halladay v. Clemens on Twitter Just in case you missed it, there were athletes fighting on Twitter – well, kind of – and no it did not have anything to do with Curt Schilling making some asinine statement about “disproving evolution” (do NOT listen to him! Talk about crazy!). No, this little battle was between former pitchers Roy Halladay and Roger Clemens, who were once teammates on the Toronto Blue Jays when Halladay was just coming up in the league. Both are Hall of Fame caliber pitchers, however, Halladay who retired in 2013 isn’t on the ballot […]

Twitter feud: Halladay vs. Clemens (ICYMI)

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How well can lefty-heavy rotations do in a season? It’s unusual in baseball for a team to have the majority of the pitchers in its starting rotation be left-handers. Lefty pitchers are more of a rarity and, therefore, usually a more-wanted commodity than right-handed pitchers. Having two, or maybe even three, is seen as a well-rounded rotation, but for a team to have four or five lefties in their rotation is almost unheard of. Almost. There have been teams in history though, who, like the 2016 Los Angeles Dodgers, have had enough left-handed starters to fill a rotation (though with LA’s recent […]

History of lefty-heavy starting rotations

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Apparently former Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. was hoping for a higher position than that of first base coach,  however, if he took a minute to consider what  his current track record, both as a GM and as a former big league ballplayer, looks like from the outside he’d have to realize that he is in denial. Still, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported last month that Amaro had retained Bob Lamonte, a prominent agent for NFL coaches and executives, to help promote him as a potential GM or manager to MLB clubs. As a former player, Amaro […]

Ruben Amaro Jr. is Red Sox first base coach and ...

Yovani Gallardo
 The Rangers made a smart move holding onto Yovani Gallardo and pairing him with Cole Hamels The Texas Rangers have found themselves in a very good position. With September on the horizon, the team is now in a better position in the standings than they have been all year. They sit a game and a half ahead of the Los Angeles Angels in the American League West and a very attainable four games behind the first place surprising Houston Astros who after such a strong start to the season seem to be losing steam. The Rangers are in sole possession of the […]

Rangers smart to hold on to Yovani Gallardo

ELVIS ANDRUS Honestly, I haven’t the slightest clue what Texas Rangers’ second baseman Elvis Andrus was thinking. First of all, I’ve never seen anyone EVER throw their glove at a ball in play, not ever in over three decades of watching the sport. That was weird. Like hella weird. Your browser does not support iframes. Come to find out it is illegal as well. Andrus got lucky because his glove did not hit the live baseball. If it had the Angels would have been allowed three bases, even if it scored runs, according to the Official Rules of Major League […]

A-Rod, Hamels & Andrus – Saturday’s must-see moments (video)

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Interestingly and surprisingly Philadelphia Phillies’ manager Ryne Sandberg resigned. No one expected him to be the manager in 2016 anyway, but then again no one expect him to resign mid-way through the season either. Friday the Phillies’ announced that Pete Mackanin will be the Phillies’ interm manager for the remainder of the season. After that? Who knows? Here’s the thing though, at least for me, the Phillies are terrible and have been for quite some time. Sandberg only took over the struggling ball club in late 2013. It hardly seems as though he is the cause of their unsuccessful seasons. […]

Ryne Sandberg steps down as Phillies manager

mlb newsworthy moments
The top five MLB newsworthy moments from my days off (ICYMI too!) I took Thursday and Friday off from work, from my blog, from everything. While baseball is my passion in life I also enjoy other sports (shocking!) and love the City of Oakland (another big shocker there!). Well, since the Golden State … no the Oakland Warriors are the 2015 NBA Champs, I took a couple days off in honor of their accomplishments and for the celebratory parade! Thank you Dubs for an unbelievable season with a perfect ending! 😀 So, back to baseball now shall we? Between June […]

Top 5 MLB newsworthy moments – June 18 & 19 ...

Bryce Harper, hamstring injuries
Three major stars went down this week with hamstring injuries. Philadelphia Phillies’ ace, left-hander Cole Hamels missed a start, although now it appears he’ll be ok.  Washington Nationals’ star Bryce Harper was kept out of the lineup Friday after slipping on some wet grass Thursday after a rain delay. Houston Astros’ star, the reigning MLB batting champion Jose Altuve has been in and out – but mostly out – of the Astros’ lineup all week after injuring his hamstring during the first inning of the Astros vs. Mariners game last week. You remember, because it is pretty hard to forget, […]

Are hamstring injuries hurting your fantasy baseball team?

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Cole Hamels will miss next start due to hamstring strain Philadelphia Phillies’ lefty ace and subject of much trade talk, Cole Hamels, will miss his next start on Friday due to a strained hamstring.  This is yet another blow to the Phillies who are in the midst of a nine-game losing streak. Hamels has been spectacular all year. He’s leading the league in innings pitched with 94.1. Over his 94.1 innings Hamels has collected 103 strikeouts and walked just 31 batters.  Hamels is basically the only bright spot for the Phillies except for closer Jonathan Papelbon and the two might […]

Hamels, Altuve both out with hamstring strains

Joe Blanton
Update: June 17, 2015 9:45 pm PT Joe Blanton gets the job done for Kansas City As it turned out, well at least on Wednesday, Joe Blanton pitched one of the better performances in his career. Maybe it wasn’t the best in terms of number of innings (5.0) as he’s thrown 10 complete games in his career, but for a return to the mound as a starter after almost two years, his performance was more than the Royals could have asked for. Blanton pitched five innings, allowing one earned run on five hits, no walks while  striking out four batters. […]

Joe Blanton pitches well, gets the win in first start ...

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Four clubs walked-off in one night on Tuesday. One of them could have been mine. There could have been pie at the Coliseum in Oakland.  There was a decent chance. It had been 1-0 since the top of the first inning in the game against the Detroit Tigers and my hometown Oakland A’s.  It was a true pitcher’s duel in Oakland Tuesday night. The only run came on a throwing error by A’s catcher Josh Phegley when Anthony Gose, who had singled to left on the game’s second pitch, stole second and advanced to third on the error. He scored […]

Four clubs walk-off in one night

shelby miller
Could Shelby Miller be this year’s surprise pitching star? Perhaps even steal the Cy Young Award away from Kershaw? So far he’s made quite the name for himself in Atlanta. I talked about how he was emerging as the Braves’ new ace and how, in my opinion, the Braves have gotten the better side of the deal when they traded outfielder Jason Heyward to the St. Louis Cardinals for Miller. When the trade first went down it didn’t appear that the Braves were getting the ace that they have gotten. Even though he’d played very well in parts of three seasons […]

Could Shelby Miller be this season’s Corey Kluber?