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Cody Asche Has (At Least!) 10 Days to Learn Left Field and Then Start There for the Phillies

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Things are going great.

Yesterday, a couple of days before the Phillies give out the “Sports 4 All Cody Asche Wiffle Ball and Bat Set,” they sent Asche down to Triple-A. Why? To learn a completely new position, of course. He’s got to stay there for at least ten days. The move is being made because, for one thing, the Phillies need outfielders. For another, according to Jim Salisbury, they’re planning on bringing Maikel Franco up as early as the end of the week (waiting until Friday will delay his eventual free agency) and feel he’s the future at third.

It’s gonna be awkward for Asche up in Lehigh Valley, though. I can imagine the pitching change conferences in center as Dom Brown comes in from right:

Dom Brown: Hey Cody, what are you doing here?

Asche: They’re giving me ten days to learn left field and then probably calling me back up.

Dom: Cool, cool. Wait, what?

Things are going great.

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Dom Brown, Ever the Competitor, Just Happy to Get a Free Lunch out of Demotion

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Cowboys fan Dom Brown

Dom Brown, speaking to reporters today about being optioned to AAA and not reporting to the ballpark last night, according to Tom Housenick of the Allentown Morning Call:

“I wasn’t happy at first. I had to think about the big picture. It wasn’t that big of a deal at all. I just told (Amaro) that I was going to spend (Tuesday) with the family.”

“It felt good (Amaro) telling me face to face. Got free lunch out of it, which was cool, Copperhead, seafood buffet.”

“There are no problems at all. A blessing that they are looking out for me.”

That burning desire to succeed.

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Larry Andersen Ripped into Iron Pigs Slugger and All-Star Candidate Dom Brown for Not Reporting to Lehigh Valley Last Night

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Dom Brown, who was optioned to AAA Lehigh Valley yesterday after a less than stellar rehab stint, didn’t bother showing up to his game last night even though he was already in Lehigh Valley, because he technically has 72 hours to report to the team… he’s already on.

Scott Franzke and Larry Andersen broached the subject during their broadcast last night and, well, as you might imagine, LA laid into Brown over the course of several innings:

“That’s got to be a little bit of a, I guess, shock to Domonic. [Scott: Not reporting for 72 hours, as is his right.] WHAT? Let me help you, [Scott], with that.” – commercial break, inning passes – “I don’t know the reasons for it, but if there isn’t a very good reason, to me there’s no excuse for that. That’s just sending a message to the Phillies saying I don’t really care that much if I don’t play that much… you either want to play or you don’t… it’s not like he’s been tearing the cover off the ball. You can learn something every day you go to the ballpark, but to not do it, he gets optioned out… he should be just thrilled to death, through arbitration he gets a $2 million raise for basically having one good month in his career.”

And boom goes that dynamite.

Meanwhile, today Major League Baseball unveiled its All-Star ballot… which includes one Domonic Brown, oh he of no MLB at-bats this season and a seemingly childish decision-making process. I just smell a Twitter movement to screw with this voting process.

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The Phillies Still Aren’t Totally Sold on Dom Brown

Photo Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Here’s a fun little game. When were these things said about Domonic Brown?

“From what I’ve seen, I don’t know that he’s ready for major league pitching, or to come up and really give us some punch with the way things have gone for him there.”

“We don’t think he’s ready to do it … There’s still a question whether he’s ready to come and play on a regular basis.” “We’ll see if he can hold his own and handle it.”

That first one was Ryne Sandberg yesterday. That second one was Ruben Amaro (with a little Charlie Manuel thrown in) in May, 2011.

Ryno is currently wondering if Brown can come up and contribute, post-injury, to a 8-12 team with a combined batting average of .220, but it’s just the same conversation we’ve been having since Brown first came up in 2010. What’s the point in keeping him down in Triple-A for more at-bats? Other than his All-Star year in 2013 — and really, All-Star month — he hasn’t shown a whole lot. Is he really better than how he’s playing on his rehab stints? Has he ever been? All of these questions sound like I’m advocating for keeping him in the minors, but really that’s useless. I know he’s not great, and he’s been nothing but fading potential for four years, but if he can’t crack this lineup? That’s a new low.

At least his Tinder game is still strong.

UPDATE: And yep, Brown was assigned to AAA today.

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Phillies Sign Brown and Revere to One-Year Deals

Photo Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Domonic Brown and Ben Revere, underachievers both in their own ways (namely defensively), have avoided arbitration, with the Phillies signing each of them to one-year deals that amount to gigantic raises. According to Austin Laymance at MLB.com:

Revere will earn $4.1 million after making a base salary of $1.95 million in 2014. Brown, eligible for arbitration for the first time in his career, will earn $2.5 million after receiving $550,000 last year.

And thus, the arguments that they both just became overpaid can be heard on WIP and The Fanatic from now until this time next year.

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The Phillies Tendered Brown, Bastardo, and Revere but Didn’t Bother to Mention it

Midnight last night/this morning was the deadline for MLB teams to tender contracts to players who would otherwise become free agents. Even for a fan base as exhausted and frustrated as Phillies fans, this is still news they want to know. So, while many teams made their tender announcements as the deadline approached or passed, the Phillies said “Oh, we’ll let them know in the morning.”

And it was at 9:40 this morning when the tenders offered to Dom Brown, Ben Revere, and Antonio Bastardo were finally made public. It was a technicality and an expected move all around, but why wait nine hours? PR couldn’t be bothered to stay up that late? It’s a 24-7 news cycle here, you know. [Insert comment about Kyle not working on weekends:        ]

Each of those three players must now reach a deal with the Phillies by February or they will go to arbitration, which will be announced by the Phillies weeks later.

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Three Phillies Earned a Spot on the Sporting News’ List of the Worst Everyday Players from 2014

Photo Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Well, technically two and a half: The Sporting News just released their list of the worst everyday players in the major leagues at every position, and the Phillies made a strong showing for being weak. The worst everyday first baseman? Well, you can guess that:

Yes, on the surface it seems odd for WAR to say a player who is fourth in the NL with 93 RBIs is the worst everyday first baseman in baseball. And Howard has certainly been at his best with runners on base: a .256 average and .802 OPS, compared to .182 and .552 with the bases empty. But he’s never been much of a fielder (Inside Edge numbers) show he’s only made 17 of 50 plays at first base deemed to be outside of the routine this year) or much of a runner. And when you add his career-worst .220 average and .682 OPS to the mix, he winds up on this list for 2014.

Left field? The man responsible for that not-uncommon occurrence above, Dom Brown:

In 139 games last year, Brown hit 27 home runs and posted a 1.7 WAR for the Phillies in a breakthrough season. This year, through 140 games, he has 10 home runs and a minus-1.3 WAR. That’s quite a regression. His struggles reached the point where, earlier this month, there were reports that the Phillies will look to trade him in the offseason. That’s not what anyone expected after Brown made the 2013 All-Star team.

And when it comes to starting pitching, the saddest award in all of baseball goes to Roberto Fausto Edward James Olmos Carmona Hernandez, who spent his season with the Phillies until just after the trade deadline. He actually did pretty decent here and made the list due to his dismal showing with the Dodgers. But that doesn’t really make me feel any better, because he was tied with someone else we know very well:

Hernandez was actually a relatively positive part of the Phillies’ rotation for much of the year (3.87 ERA/4.67 FIP), but in eight starts after the Dodgers traded for him, he’s posted a 4.74 ERA and 5.28 FIP … Worth a mention: Kyle Kendrick, Phillies. Kendrick has identical 0.4 WARs for both FanGraphs and Baseball-Reference, which isn’t too surprising considering his ERA (4.61) is nearly identical to his FIP (4.57). And neither number is good.

The good news? In his final season, while everyone can’t get over how amazing a player he was even until the very end, Derek Jeter takes the title at shortstop.

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Dom Brown’s Ex Called Him out for Being a No Good Cheater on Facebook


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Yesterday, a Twitter account that some thought belonged to ESPN writer Jerry Crasnick reported that Dom Brown had been traded to the Indians. Some people believed it, but Crasnick cleared it up:

That didn’t stop Dom Brown from trying to be a little smart about it on Instagram, posting that image and caption above, just as the rumors were spreading. When people in the comments got on him about being traded, Brown responded in a (now deleted) comment that it was in reference to a break up with his girl. Ah, we get it. Like you’re moving on from her, not the team. Good, solid troll Dom. Or at least it would be, if your ex-girlfriend (and mother of your child) didn’t see any of it and feel the need to respond. That ex, Stephanie Gayle, decided to start a more private instagram for the future, but she’s still got a public one, which features this gem as the most recent image:

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Damn. But at least that’s the end of it, right? Nope:

via reader Dan

via reader Dan

That answers this question. Well, Dom, much like every season you’ve played here, that didn’t go as planned, did it?

Related: CB reader recounts her experience with Dom:

A dedicated CB reader and known jersey chaser contacted me and said: “There was no mention of [his pregnant girlfriend] three weeks ago when myself and my friend went to his apartment after hours to hang out.”

And the paternity leave feels a lot less special now.

h/t reader Dan

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