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The Phillies are Reportedly Cooling on Yasmany Tomas because of his Defense

We thought the Yasmani(y) Tomas deal would be done last weekend, but the Cuban defector still sits unsigned, and it may be because of his fielding. According to Paul Hagen, the Phillies — who employ terrible fielder Dom Brown — “have cooled on the idea” of signing Tomas because of concerns about his defense. Hagen says the Phillies “still like his bat” and if his price tag drops (presumably it’s dropping little by a little every day he isn’t signed), he could still be a target. But they want to trade Marlon Byrd and move Dom Brown to right field. If that’s the case, your everyday left fielder may end up being Darin Ruf (until he’s sent back down to the minors or kept out of the lineup for long stretches just because).

In an offseason where many fans are clamoring for a selloff and (at least attempted) turnaround, what’s the over/under on how many members of the 40-man roster are different from last year? Four?

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Ryan Howard’s Family Is the Worst

Ryan and Corey, via The Fightins

Ryan and Corey, via The Fightins

This portion of Ryan Howard’s counter claim to the lawsuit brought by his twin brother, Corey, describes just about everything that can go wrong when an otherwise well-meaning family comes into some money: Continue reading

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Ryan Howard Was Sued by His Scumbag, Freeloading Brother

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This season, during a particularly bad stretch for the Phillies and Ryan Howard, a frustrated Howard asked reporters, “Would you like to switch places? You want to see what it’s like?” Howard got completely skewered for these comments, with the response basically being “yes, I would like to trade places so I can make $25 million to play baseball.” But during all of Howard’s frustration, there was something else going on: he was being sued by his brother.

According to court documents obtained by David Murphy, Ryan’s twin brother, Corey, sued Ryan for over $2 million for breach of contract. It all stemmed from Corey’s role with Ryan’s RJH Enterprises LLC, the company Howard and his family created to market Ryan and further his earning potential*, but one that was merely a means for Howard’s family members to make a lot of money for doing a whole lot of nothing.

*Should’ve been called Ruben Amaro Co.

Corey described his role as “providing services to enhance Ryan’s life, leaving his field of work to assist Ryan with personal and business needs.” But he did none of that. In a counter claim, here’s how Ryan (and his excellent, superior lawyer) described Corey’s contributions:

Despite his title as “Co-Manager Director of RJH Enterprises, Marketing and Personal Support Services,” Corey procured no marketing agreements or other commercial deals for Ryan or RJH after his execution of the “Consulting Agreement” and made no serious efforts to do so.

At least $275,561.48 in RJH funds were disbursed to Corey in 2012 and 2013 alone. Corey kept no time records and provided no corroboration that he worked any number of hours. In fact, he performed no significant services.

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But was he good at dealing with people? No, he was not:

Corey and the other family members provided little to this (marketing) process, other than to conceal matters from Ryan. In fact, some potential sponsors chose not to do business with Ryan and RJH because they found the family members difficult to deal with.

Corey, who was being paid roughly $16k per month at a rate of $92 per hour, was terminated from that role in 2013. He sought $2.7 million in damages, claiming that his Consulting Agreement basically guaranteed that he would be paid until 2026. But in his counter claim, Ryan says that the so-called agreement was signed with just the worst of intents: Continue reading

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Philadelphia’s Second Casino will be Built at the Sports Complex

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After years of considering multiple proposals and presentations, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has finally awarded Philadelphia’s second casino license, and it’s going to replace the Holiday Inn.

As reported by The Inquirer, the board voted unanimously to award the license to Live! Hotel and Casino, at the proposed site of 900 Packer Ave. The Live! proposal calls for 2,000 slot machines, 125 table games, and a 220-room hotel (renovated from the existing Holiday Inn). Additionally, the venue proposal included six restaurants and a music venue.

And maybe once (if) they legalize sports gambling, you can place your margin of defeat bet before heading to the Sixers game.

[Editor’s note: I’m sure this place will be totally great and not at all trashy or a disappointment like Xinfity Live!:

But for real– sports gambling cometh.]

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The Creator of ABC’s “The Goldbergs” Is Pissed That the Phillies and MLB Won’t Let Him Recreate Veterans Stadium for an Episode

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Remember a couple of months ago when an episode ABC’s The Goldbergs took place at “the Spectrum” and revolved around one of Ron Hextall’s goal? It wasn’t the first time the set-in-Philly show featured the Flyers. In fact, back in January, Front Row Analytics estimated that the Flyers logo in the show, which is set in the 1980s, had provided the team with more than $1 million in brand exposure. Brand exposure is sort of a fuzzy concept, but the point is that the Flyers were getting plenty of free pub on a network TV show. So you’d think the Phillies and Major League Baseball would want the same, right? Wrong.

Adam Goldberg, the show’s creator, tweeted his displeasure with the Phils and MLB last night:

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That link is to Nick Piccone’s Bleed Philly, which chronicled the Flyers’ free brand exposure. Goldberg went on to explain that this episode was supposed to be the show’s “biggest of the year” – a Ferris Bueller homage – and that he wanted to shoot “at Vet Stadium” by “re-creat[ing] signs and everything.” He said that the Phillies rep he spoke with talked to MLB and they “didn’t like the content of the scene.” Now, I don’t watch The Goldbergs, but I have a hard time imagining an ABC sitcom could do anything remotely offensive enough to not be worth the pub, even if the plot was about rowdy Philly fans.

Perhaps not surprisingly, Goldberg was steered toward John POWERS Middleton, the son of Phillies billionaire owner John Middleton. Powers, a Hollywood producer and CB fan, noted that Goldberg wasn’t alone and that It’s Always Sunny had the same issue:

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Phillies marketing rep Michael Harris spotted the exchange and then reached out to Goldberg. The two are apparently now in a DM conversation about working things out.

As we’ve talked about here before, the Phillies and Major League Baseball are in dead last place when it comes to getting it in the modern media climate, from their overzealous YouTube policy to their stubbornness to change and so on. But this is just a weird thing to get wrong, especially when you consider that The Goldbergs airs on ESPN-partner ABC. What’s more is that the show’s recreation of the Spectrum was pretty damn impressive. Unless this episode features baby-kicking, I can’t imagine a scenario in which a professional sports team wouldn’t want to be a part of it.

H/T to Hall of Fame CB reader (@PhillyPartTwo)

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Roundup: NCAA Regionals in Philly, More Mo’ne, the (Fake) Death of Mr. Met

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Mo’ne

After becoming the first female pitcher to ever win a game in the Little League World Series — and racking up all of the acclaim (and media coverage) that came with that — Mo’Ne Davis will release her memoirs next year. How a teen has memoirs, I do not know, but HarperCollins will publish Mo’ne Davis: Remember My Name under their children’s books umbrella, and the book will be co-written with (or “as told to”) Hilary Beard.

NCAA Tournament

Two great pieces of news on the March Madness front:

1. We get to start calling the round of 64 the “first round” again after the NCAA pretended those play-in games were anything other than a way for them to make more money.
2. The 2016 men’s basketball tournament’s East Regional games will be played at the Wells Fargo Center.

LaSalle will play the role of “host institution” and the other sites for the regional round are Chicago, Louisville, and Anaheim. The 2016 Final Four will be played at NRG Stadium, where they have some experience with basketball court-style floors.

Podcasts

Twitter-hero FanSince09 has released a new conspiracy-driven (and mocking) sports podcast, which should put you in the right mindset for whatever the Phils are going to do this offseason.

And on a slow and dreary day, you can take solace in the fact that Mr. Met is dead. The Onion’s newest spinoff site, Clickhole, reported the death of the “baseball-headed demon” today, at the age of 10,000. In mourning his passing, Clickhole gave us this amazing image:

The world loved Mr. Met’s boisterous performances during Mets games and the way he would walk calmly to the stadium’s boiler room after games and stand motionless, facing the wall, all night long until the next game began.

This could have all happened years ago of course, because of the Phanatic.

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The Red Sox Have Already Shot Down a Couple of Cole Hamels Trades

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

It looks like “happy to go” wasn’t an exaggeration, and neither was “everyone is for sale”: According to The Boston Globe, the Red Sox have already turned down a couple of trade offers that would send Cole Hamels to Fenway. Nick Cafardo — who has a history of Hamels to the Sox rumormongering — said “look for the Phillies to reopen trade talks with the Red Sox on Cole Hamels. The Sox have shot down a couple of proposals already.” And with each rejected proposal, the Phillies’ reported asking price of “at least three top prospects” probably drops bit by bit.

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Sign of the Times: A.J. Burnett Signs with Pirates for $4.25 Million less than the Phillies Would have Paid

Photo Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

After turning down an option from the Phillies that would have paid him $12.75 million next season, A.J. Burnett signed a one-year deal with the Pirates for $8.5 million. Burnett played for the Pirates in 2012 and 2013, and his old teammates reportedly campaigned for his return. He leaves $4.25 million on the table by leaving the Phillies, and that is how much it costs to flee a sinking ship.

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