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Ryne Sandberg: The Idiot Files

Photo credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Photo credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

It’s hard to tell what kind of a job Ryne Sandberg is doing managing this pile of garbage he has been handed. Most of us don’t pay attention the way we used to, or hang on every pitch, swing and managerial decision like we did from 2007-2011. So after the Phils’ mini winning streak last week, you might think that Sandberg should be up for coach or saint of the year honors. But every time you take a few minutes to pay just the slightest bit of attention, there always seems to be a common denominator: Sandberg is an idiot.

If it’s not his power struggle with aging vets, or his dumb insistence on not pitching young thrower Ken Giles when the Phils are behind, or having Cody Asche bunt with runners on first and third and no outs, or his decision to pull another young hurler after only 64 pitches in the fifth, it’s something else… like pitching to Bryce Harper, who is murdering the world right now, in the seventh inning of a one-run game with a runner on, two outs, and two bases open. Which is exactly what Sandberg did on Sunday.

Kevin Cooney scratches his head for you:

 Trying to pitch to Bryce Harper right now is like staring into the sun. At some point, you probably are going to regret it.

Ryne Sandberg did that Sunday. He did it with Jake Diekman — a pitcher trying still to get his sea legs after a shaky start. He did it in a big spot of a close game in a series that the Phillies could have won to keep some momentum going.

And in the end, they all got burned. Harper’s bloop single scored Denard Span with a big insurance run, followed by a Ryan Zimmerman double off the wall to bring Harper home from first as the Nationals took the rubber game from the Phillies with a 4-1 win before 41,044 in the nation’s capital.

Lovely.

The Inquirer’s Matt Breen painted his version of the picture:

Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg walked to the mound Sunday afternoon and the door to the team’s bullpen swung open. The manager had decided to attack Washington’s Bryce Harper, instead of intentionally walking him in the seventh inning with two outs and a runner on third. Two pitches later, a 4-1 loss at Nationals Park was sealed.

Sandberg inserted Jake Diekman to face Harper. Diekman, the team’s top lefthanded reliever, had enjoyed success against the lefthanded Harper, limiting him to one hit in eight at-bats. Those results did not guarantee success.

The problem is that though Diekman has had success against Harper in the past, this isn’t the same Jake Diekman. He’s been positively awful this year. And Harper is currently on pace to have, like, the best season ever. So having Diekman man up to face Harper is akin to fighting every video game boss by just charging right at them and trying to jump on their head. Sure, it’s commendable, but it’s also dumb. Sometimes the best tactic is to hide behind a conveniently-placed shipping crate and push them off a ledge when they turn their back… or just walk them. It’s smarts, not brute strength, that win the game.

Did Sandberg consider that fact? Well, the little hamster spun his wheel… or at least he tried to:

“There was some thoughts about all that,” Sandberg said. “Diekman has been tough on Harper in the past. He was one of those hot hitters. Even a ball that gets in on him — a jam — finds a hole there. Looks like he made a decent pitch. He just fought it off and blooped it in.”

There was some thoughts about all that, the manager said about having his struggling reliever pitch to the best player in baseball. Thanks, Ryno.

This has been Ryne Sanderg: The Idiot Files.

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Dick Jerardi Emails Reader With His Dumb Plan That He Says Would’ve Saved The Sixers From Frauds

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Dick Jerardi, a vestige of college basketball and the way John Chaney would’ve handled this during a Big 5 game the Palestra, has gone on record calling the Sixers and their ownership “frauds” for doing what most believe is the exact thing needed for the franchise. Inexplicably, he believes the Sixers should just continue with what hasn’t worked for the LAST 30 YEARS and chase middling free agents like a dog chasing a medicine ball around a yard. Sure, they might get it every once in a while, but what are they going to do with it once they do since it can’t fit into their mouth? This is how you get first-round playoff exits.

In an email to reader Ryan, Jerardi explains that he would’ve preferred it if the Sixers kept…

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Yes, Evan Turner, who averaged 27 minutes per game for a bad Boston Celtics team. Holiday, easily the best of the bunch, who has peaked as a mid-tier point guard. And Thad Young, the well-liked wing forward who falls off trees.

But to truly judge the merit of Jerardi’s argument, we need to call attention to what those three players have become. To the flow chart:

Thad: Hinkie has turned Thad into two probable first-round draft picks and a second rounder.

Jrue: Hinkie has turned Jrue into Nerlens Noel, Dario Saric, a first rounder and a second rounder.

Evan: Hinkie has turned team cancer and certifiable bag of nuts Turner into a second rounder, in a classic addition by subtraction move. For real, Turner sucks.

But Dick’s years in the game have taught him that logical arguments like this one have NO PLACE AMONGST THE PEOPLE WHO BUILT THE MECCA OF COLLEGE BASKETBALL BY HAND AND FORTIFIED ITS PLACE IN LORE THROUGH SHEER FORCE OF WILL. Good plan, sport. Good plan.

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This Kid Is Ready for Football Season

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Top 5 parenting move of all-time right here.

That’s son of Brian, wearing one of the 12 BIG BALLS CHIP SHIRTS his dad ordered last week. Brian owns 1,000 Degrees Pizzeria, a chain of pizzerias in New Jersey (new locations opening in Deptford, Marlton and Cherry Hill this summer) which cooks pizzas at – you guessed it – 1,000 degrees, or degreez, according to America’s great poet, Juvenile:

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So that answers the question about how you get free advertising: buy 12 t-shirts from the Crossing Broad Store.

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Big 5 Report: St. Joe’s Students Hazed, Temple Prof Charged for Selling Secrets to China

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I’m Kyle Scott and this is your Big 5 Report.

First up, St. Joe’s, where rookie softball players were allegedly hazed by older teammates all while head coach Terri Adams turned a blind eye, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday against the school and head coach. From Philly.com:

The plaintiff, who is identified only as a 20-year-old Jane Doe from outside Pennsylvania, said in the suit she was forced to “hold a plank position in the middle of Church Road with traffic.” She was locked in a car until she drank a baby bottle filled with ketchup, hot sauce, mustard and other kitchen items, according to the suit. And she was forced to drink jello shots even after she informed upperclassmen that she was on medication and didn’t want to drink, the suit said.

What’s more, the alleged abuse occurred over a period of years and university employees including Head Coach Terri Adams, who is named as a defendant, knew about it and did nothing to stop it, according to the suit. Teammates called the plaintiff names and said she was gay and “should come out of the closet,” the suit said. Adams name called, too, referring to the plaintiff as “Sippy” and “Sippy S— in Pants,” according to the suit.

What is Magis, you say? Well, here are a few examples from the lawsuit, which was dug up by Deadspin:

One particularly degrading act that Plaintiff recalls involved calling an upperclassman named by the nickname “Jersey Gem” and performing a sexually lewd dance referred to as a “Jersey Turnpike” in front of this upperclass member of the team. The term “Jersey Turnpike” refers to a sexually lewd act involving bending over ‘doggie style’ in front of another person and simulating intercourse.

During this initiation week in the Fall of 2013, Plaintiff refused to engage in certain other activities but was forced to witness her fellow freshman teammates engage in these activitiesincluding:

a.Being forced to simulate oral sex on wine bottles while video taped;

b.Being forced to simulate manual sex over their clothes; and

c.Being forced to pretend they were coach Terri Adams and simulate an orgasm

Upon information and belief, during this initiation week in the Fall of 2013, one of theincoming freshman became so drunk at an initiation week party that she required emergencyroom treatment for alcohol poisoning. Upon information and belief, Coach Adamsaccompanied this other teammate to the hospital and was aware of the multiple violationsof SJU policies at that time but failed to properly further report the incident within SJUand/or failed to properly act to protect teammates, including Plaintiff, from further violationsof policy and law

Live greater. That’s the Magis.

Meanwhile, on North Broad, a physics professor, Xiaoxing Xi, is being charged in an alleged plot to swap US tech secrets with his motherland. From 6 ABC:

Federal prosecutors say 47-year-old Xiaoxing Xi, an expert in the field of superconductivity, sought prestigious appointments in China in exchange for providing data on a device invented by a U.S. firm.

The Penn Valley resident is a naturalized U.S. citizen who was born in China.

Xi appeared in U.S. District Court Thursday on four counts of wire fraud. He has been released on $100,000 bond. It wasn’t immediately known if he has a lawyer.

Yeah, he’s fucked.

Finally, at Villanova, a student group filmed a documentary about life and poverty in Costa Rica, while an alumnus put the finishing touches on his film exploring the boundaries of sexuality and religion. This has been your Big 5 Report.

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Here’s a Sixers Jersey Mockup Based on Confirmed Leaks and Rumors

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Graphic designer Conrad Burry (@conradburry) updated his Sixers uniform mockup based on a tip a reader sent to us.* Is it accurate? Who knows?! WHO CARES?!?! [I think it is.] But this… this would be a good look.

*This is how you perpetuate a story: blog about it, update it, commission new mockup, blog about it again. This is how the ESPN machine works. I can do this, too. Let me try something else: SAM HINKIE IS RACIST.** WE’LL DISCUSS TONIGHT ON SPORTSCENTER, AND THEN TOMORROW ON FIRST TAKE, AND THEN WE’LL DO AN ONLINE EXPOSE ABOUT IT, AND THEN ALL THE RATINGS AND MONEY. Nailed it.

**That’s a complete joke. Don’t want to get sued. Sam Hinkie, by all accounts, loves people of all races… especially if they have virtually no cap hit.

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UPDATE: This Is Sam Bradford in an Eagles Jersey

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Ew. There’s this acid creeping up in my throat. It tastes like… yep, it’s vomit. #willprobablybesellingbradfordtshirtsin6months

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The Sam Bradford era. Welcome to it!

UPDATE: Holy shit– Bradford looks even worse on Snapchat:

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He’s like that guy across the street from you who drinks a lot. He’s not fat by any stretch, but he’s not particularly athletic either, and all the years of drinking have given him a weird little pot belly. That’s what Bradford looks like. This is your quarterback. Our quarterback.

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Larry Andersen, Not One to Pull Punches, Lays into Ryne Sandberg for Pulling Little-Known Pitcher after 64 Pitches

THIS IS BULLSHIT!

THIS IS BULLSHIT!

Some guy named Severino Gonzalez pitched (well) for the Phillies last night. He threw 64 pitches over five innings and gave up only one run. The Phillies, who have now won 7 of their last 8, still stink and probably should’ve just left the 22-year-old in to see how deep he could go. But Ryne Sandberg, who doesn’t seem like a particularly smart man, pulled him in favor of a pinch hitter in the sixth, up 4-1. Larry Andersen no like:

LA: Oh man, is he hurt? Ya think Severino González is hurt?

SF: Doesn’t look like it, in the dugout anyway. He’s getting handshakes all around, he’s gone five innings and he’s done for the night.

LA: Oh man, he must be gassed after 64 pitches. You gotta be kiddin me … You don’t have to go to your bullpen in the sixth inning. I just totally, totally disagree with that move.

SF: … Your biggest problem with the move?

LA: 64 pitches, and we’re not talking about a bullpen that’s been lights out of late. when you’re gonna get four innings out of ’em in a three run game. I know they got more hits out of him the second time through, so is this guy gonna be a five inning pitcher his whole career? Because he can’t go through a lineup a third time? I know you wanna win, but if that was really the case, I think we’d be seeing some other players here, too. I don’t wanna say that they don’t wanna win, but … [sigh]

SF: You’re saying that if the expectation is more about the development of the player …

LA: Right. And if you’re in the pennant race, and the bullpen hasn’t been used and is completely rested and is pitching lights out, then I can see it. But, and this is the complaint I had when I was coaching in the minor leagues when I got yelled at for letting Matt Beech throw over a hundred pitches, because every time he hit the seventh inning, he blew up. He could cruise through six and then when it hit the seventh, he couldn’t get anybody out. I said ‘Well, he’s not gonna get any better until we leave him out there.’ He’s not gonna learn how to do it. So [I said] leave him out there. Let his ERA get up to ten but he’s gotta learn to get people out in the seventh inning. Cause otherwise you’re just conditioning him to be a six inning pitcher. Is that what you want? That’s just opinion though … I’m not the one making the decisions …

I’m not saying they don’t want to win… but I have to sit up here every night and watch this shit and it’s pretty obvious this franchise doesn’t give one big ol’ flying fuck about winning.

Side note: MATT BEECH REFERENCE!

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Flyers Sign Guy

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This in addition to signing Yvgeni Medvedev yesterday, which leads to this particular Tweet from Sam Carchidi:

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Palushaj is a US citizen, so he’d have to do some political wizardry to work his way onto Team Russia… or the Flyers for that matter. He’ll be a Phantom, most likely. Did this really need a press release? DID THIS REALLY NEED A POST? Today it did. Today it did.

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