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BREAKING: Vegas Predicts Phillies to Be Terrible Next Year

No one, not even the man currently in charge, is expecting the Phillies to contend this year, and rightfully so. So it’s no surprise that the Phillies’ World Series (super early) odds aren’t very high. But second lowest? Yeah, that sounds about right.

Last year, the Phillies tied with the Kansas City Royals at 33/1 odds to win it all (the WS Champ Giants were put at 18/1), but this year they’re second from the bottom– though four teams are tied with the worst odds. Here’s what the odds look like:

Chicago White Sox 40/1
Milwaukee Brewers 40/1
New York Mets 40/1
Chicago Cubs 50/1
Miami Marlins 50/1
San Diego Padres 66/1
Philadelphia Phillies 75/1
Arizona Diamondbacks 100/1
Colorado Rockies 100/1
Houston Astros 100/1
Minnesota Twins 100/1

Below the Mets. Below the Marlins. Well below the Nationals (tied for best odds at 15/2) and way behind the Braves (22/1). It’s gonna be a long, ugly, stretch, but a necessary one. It’s The Phillies Way!

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We Have Obtained an EXCLUSIVE Copy of Ruben Amaro’s “The Phillies Way”

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Amaro puts the finishing touches on his prose

Matt Gelb writes about the handbook Ruben Amaro distributed to his staff recently:

While two teams that did not win 90 regular-season games in 2014 played to the conclusion of the World Series, the Phillies huddled at their facility in Clearwater, Fla. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. unveiled The Phillies Way, a handbook distributed to all baseball personnel – coaches, scouts, athletic trainers included – during the team’s organizational meetings this week.

The Phillies are not the first team to draft such a manual. Amaro planned it, well before the franchise shifted to a rebuilding phase, and decided this was the ideal time to affirm the team’s direction.

While the full handbook was unavailable to us, we were able to get our mitts on the book’s table of contents, which tells us quite a bit about The Phillies Way. Head over the jump for an EXCLUSIVE look inside the super secret handbook. Continue reading

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The Phillies Never Bridged The Madison Bumgarner Gap

Photo credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

Photo credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

In 2010, just hours after the Phillies shocked the baseball world by delivering Cliffmas to Philadelphia, CSN Bay Area scriber Ray Ratto wrote that the team’s decision to sign Cliff Lee was an attempt to bridge the Madison Bumgarner gap– to bring the Phillies’ staff up to par with the Giants’. I, of course, mocked Ratto and now look like an idiot. I wrote:

I have no idea what Mr. Ratto just said, but the reason the Phillies signed Cliff Lee has nothing to do with Madison Bumgarner.  The Giants were a genetic grab bag of luck that found its way into the playoffs thanks to a late season Phillies sweep of the Padres.  Somewhere between Brian Wilson’s dumb beard and Cody Ross’ rodeo clown aspirations they pulled a World Series ring out of their collective asses.  Please.

Please… let me take that back.

It gets worse still.

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That following summer, on August 4, before Bumgarner and the Giants were scheduled to face off against Lee and the Phillies, I again mocked Ratto, as the Phils and their shiny new toy, Hunter Pence, were riding high:

Well, problem fixed. I’d argue that the acquistion of Hunter Pence is more likely to close any imagined gap between the Phillies and Giants, however.

So far this season, Bumgarner is 6-10 with a 3.80 ERA. Lee is 10-7 with a 3.14 ERA. I’d say bridge construction is coming along nicely.

Shortly afterward, the bridge collapsed into a puddle of my tears, and your tears, too. Pence, The Next Great Phillie, is now a two-time World Champion as the spiritual leader of the Giants (he’s also 16-for-41 with one home run, six RBIs, and a .996 OPS in 11 World Series games). Bumgarner just turned in one of the greatest World Series performances of all-time, collecting three wins and a Chevy with technology and stuff. And, at the moment, Lee is trying to work his way back from a highly concerning elbow injury, Ruben Amaro is slumming it on airport floors, and the Phillies are years away from contending again. Which is to say: the Madison Bumgarner Gap has never been bridged, and it probably never will. I’m so ashamed.

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Today in Ridiculous Twitter Photos: Scott Hartnell as Larry Bird and Chooch with a Glove full of Kittens

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Not Rajon Rondo.

Scott Hartnell, who has 10 points in nine games (one goal, nine assists) for his new 4-5 Columbus Blue Jackets, asked people on Twitter to guess his Halloween costume. It was Larry Bird, and even with his getup’s reasonable realism, the shorts still aren’t short enough. The shorts are never short enough.

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Another topic of discussion during the taping of the new Crossing Streams podcast yesterday was how much the Eagles are killing it on social media and how the Phillies could learn a thing or two from them. This picture (posted for National Cat Day), of Carlos Ruiz holding a bunch of incredibly tiny kittens in a glove, is a start. You can never go wrong with Chooch and Pussies.

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The Giants Won the World Series Last Night and San Franciscans Celebrated by Shooting Each Other

From WGAL:

Police said at least two people were shot and one more stabbed in San Francisco’s Mission District amid celebrations for the Giants’ victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night.

Both shooting victims are expected to survive.

Large crowds filled the streets, with occasional bonfires set.

The ruckus on the streets got so rowdy that Muni, the city’s public transit system, was temporarily suspended due to safety concerns and blocked traffic, CNN affiliate KRON said. Some Muni buses were damaged.

From CBS News:

Fans also set fire to a couch in the Mission District and set other bonfires. In some places, people climbed on top of buses, cars and street signs. Firecrackers were set off.

There were reports of bottles being thrown at officers in some instances. Police were seen in riot gear in the Mission District and on Market Street, says CBS SF Bay Area.

After the team won the Series in 2012, vandals caused widespread damage in the city, including setting a city bus on fire.

It is on days like this where we should pause and reflect on the tragedy that was a rag-tag Santa getting pelted with snow balls. This is our cross to bear.

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Apropos of Nothing, Here’s Ruben Amaro Sitting on the Floor at Tampa International Airport

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A reader sent in this picture of Ruben Amaro at Tampa International Airport, waiting for a flight to Miami. Game 7 of the World Series tonight and the Phillies’ GM is cuddled up with his carry-ons on an airport floor. Somehow, this is a metaphor for the current state of baseball in Philadelphia.

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Mayor Nutter Backs Former Phillie Dick Allen for a Hall of Fame Bid

Photo Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Dick Allen spent fifteen years trying to get into the Hall of Fame — from 1983 to 1997 — and never made the cut. Needing 75% of the vote at one point over that span, Allen topped out at 18.9% in 1996, and lost his eligibility after not being voted in over those fifteen years. However, Allen’s got another shot, this time around on the Hall of Fame’s Golden Era Ballot, and Mayor Nutter has formally thrown his support behind the former Phillie.

Allen — who played for the Phils from ’63 to ’69 and again in ’75-’76 — notched 351 career home runs and ranks 19th all-time in adjusted OPS+. He qualifies for the Golden Era ballot as a “player who played in at least 10 major league seasons … [is] not on Major League Baseball’s ineligibility list … [and has been] retired for 21 or more seasons.” The ten finalists for the ballot will be named after the conclusion of Game 7 of the World Series tonight, but there is one local connection on Allen’s side: One of the committee members tasked with choosing the finalists is Pat Gillick, and the Phils could use a good story right now.

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Mo’ne Davis Threw a Strike from the Mound for the First Pitch at the World Series Saturday Night

In a much better pre-game moment than that dude from Staind screwing up the National Anthem on Sunday, Mo’Ne Davis threw out the ceremonial first pitch at AT&T Park on Saturday, and lobbed one right over the plate. It would be the highlight of anyone’s life, but like any Philadelphian, the real highlight of her day involved Chase Utley:

Davis also said a highlight of her day at AT&T Park was meeting Hall of Famers Hank Aaron and Frank Robinson, and getting to talk with her favorite player, Phillies second baseman Chase Utley, on the phone.

Talking to Chase Utley on the phone would be the highlight of my day too, but my days usually just consist of sitting a lot and drinking too much coffee, not throwing out the first pitch at the World Series and meeting Hank Aaron. Basically what I’m saying is: Chase, call me.

Kyle: I’ve talked to Chase Utley on the phone. It was awkward.

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