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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

It's been great . Time to move forward. Thanks for everything #love

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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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Dom Brown is Taking Much Needed Paternity Leave and We are Taking Much Needed Dom Brown Leave

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I really hope he’s got better child-holding form: Dom Brown has reportedly been placed on the paternity leave list. To fill his spot, the Phillies have recalled Aaron Altherr, the dude who Ruben was apparently going to trade.

via John Clark

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We May Be Nearing the End of the Dom Brown Era

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And with that misjudged liner, the Marlins took a 3-0 lead and went on to win 3-2.

Besides being borderline incapable in the outfield, Brown is batting .217 with a .271 on-base percentage and only five home runs. At some point, you have to wonder if he’s, you know, good. Besides that one extraordinary month last season, he’s oscillated between pedestrian and terrible in his janky Major League career.

After the game, A.J. Burnett, who pitched well enough to win and who continues to be the exact opposite of the type of player and person I thought he was before he came here, put the blame on himself:

“I felt like I should have picked him up the next at-bat,” the righty said. “That’s what we do. You pick each other up. The pitch is a little bit lower to Salty, then you pick him up. [Brown] plays hard. He comes in every day and prepares and he goes about his business. It ain’t like he’s trying to miss balls out there.”

A.J. Burnett, I respect you.

Meanwhile, the Phillies signed Grady Sizemore to a minor league deal because he’s a guy Ruben Amaro has heard of. Sizemore would likely be a capable replacement for Brown and had slightly better numbers than Brown before being cut by the Red Sox.

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The Phillies’ broadcast has reached its P.T. Barnum level and is doing anything it can to get people to watch. From a CSN press release:

The Phillies broadcasting team of Tom McCarthy, Matt Stairs and Jamie Moyer will call the game from a special centerfield location for this Friday’s game against the Atlanta Braves. This special broadcast booth location provides the broadcasters a unique view of the game, the players and the ballpark. This is the first time the broadcast has moved out of the position behind home plate for a full game in the 10 years at Citizens Bank Park. Friday’s 7 p.m. Phillies vs. the Atlanta Braves game airs on Comcast SportsNet.

“This centerfield broadcast location will provide a unique viewpoint for Tom, Matt and Jamie, TV viewers and fans alike,” said Comcast SportsNet’s Phillies producer Jeff Halikman. “We are always trying to find new and interesting ways to present games to our viewers and this location is completely opposite from where Tom, Matt and Jamie normally sit, which will offer a different vantage point for everyone.”

Yes, because what we need for a better broadcast is making Tom McCarthy’s job more difficult.

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Is This Dom Brown on Tinder?

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Pictured: Dom Brown’s pregnant girlfriend, Dom Brown’s mom

The Phillies are mediocre on the field, but crushing it in their Tinder game. A few weeks ago it was Phillies catcher Wil Nieves (figure I have to write that out since I’m guessing 42% of you had no idea he was a Phillie) – who, ostensibly, was using his adorable baby daughter to lure women on the dating app – and now it’s what looks to be Domonic Brown:

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It is possible, as was the case with Nieves, that this is a fake profile. But, like Nieves, whose match was “15 miles away” in Southern California, Brown’s match, who sent this to me, lives in Collingswood, which, according to Maps, is exactly six miles from Citizens Bank Park and Philadelphia in general… which is where Dom Brown would’ve been “12 hours ago” from 11:35 a.m. on Saturday morning– about an hour after the Phillies game ended on Friday night.

As for the picture? It is of Brown and Luke Bryan (thanks, Twitter) from when Bryan visited the Phillies last year. It’s publicly available on Brown’s Instagram. But. But note that the Tinder picture (right) shows a poster next to Bryan’s right arm. The Instagram picture doesn’t. Which means that the Tinder picture couldn’t have been taken from Instagram by someone pretending to be Brown, and I can’t find the picture anywhere else online. So, all signs point to this being the real Dom Brown… or someone without access to un-cropped photos on his phone…  using a picture with country star Luke Bryan to lure women on Tinder.

Instagram pic (left), Tinder pic (right)

Instagram pic (left), Tinder pic (right)

I don’t get it. Possibly married Nieves using Tinder to stealthily pick up chicks? Fine. But when you’re Dom Brown – an all-star, young and single Major League Baseball player – using Tinder isn’t just weird, it should be outlawed. It’s like fishing with dynamite… in a fish tank. It’s not fair. Not only are you going to catch all the fish, but you’re also going to bring down the entire ecosystem. How is the common man supposed to troll for poon online when he’s competing with notable professional athletes?

UPDATE: 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.”

H/T to (@KayTeeeOh)

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The Most Awkward Phancation Photo Ever

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From Dom Brown’s Instagram

Well, this is an awkward family photo.

From left to right, that’s Erik Kratz, Dom Brown, Tommy Greene, Greg Luzinski and Scott Palmer at the Phillies Phanacation, which is going on right now in the Riviera Maya(, just a few miles from where I’ll be heading on my honeymoon in July). One of these things doesn’t belong here, and it’s Erik Kratz, who was traded to the Blue Jays this offseason. But, either because he’s a good sport, wanted the free vacation, or most likely because he’s getting paid to be there, Kratz still went and just opted not to wear a Phillies jersey. I imagine this is the baseball player equivalent of accompanying an ex-girlfriend to a wedding because you want the free booze (and because you’ll probably still get laid).

I’ve always been amazed by these sorts of trips. On one hand, you get to rub shoulders with professional athletes. On the other, they’re usually B-list players and former players. I mean, no offense to Kratz, Greene, The Bull and Palmer, but if you book vacations around meeting guys like that, you are a real loser.* Brown, though, is a quasi-star. I’m guessing he probably agreed to this before he got good, when he was still deep on Ruben Amaro’s shit list. His presence, in my mind, takes the trip to different level. After all, how else can you get an MLB All-Star to toss his balloons at you in a pool? [Don’t answer that, girls.] But what about the athlete? There’s no way they spend the entire time around fans (Phans?), right? I couldn’t imagine how awful it would be to be pawed at for seven days straight. I mean, sure, after appearing on FOX Good Day a few times and the Great Sports Debate, I can’t leave my house without rubbing palms and kissing babies. So I just don’t leave my house. Ever. [For real, I haven’t showered since Saturday.**] But being at a resort for a week, surrounded by overzealous, and drunken, fans? Yuck.

*And then there’s this:

**I just realized I haven’t showered since the Eagles were still in the playoffs. Sometimes I write in hyperbole. This is not one of those times. I’ll be back in 20 minutes.

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The Phillies are “Actively” Trying to Trade Dom Brown

Voila_Capture785It’s fairly difficult to be “actively shopping someone” when the report comes out as the GM is sitting in the retirement press conference of the greatest player he ever acquired or will ever acquire and sushing reporters… but we’ll take Jeff Passan at his word that the Phillies are, for some reason, trying to trade Dom Brown:

I don’t get the theme that the Phillies need starting pitching. That is the least of their problems. They can’t hit. Their lineup is old. They need good, controllable young talent that can hit baseballs. Brown may not be the guy his one-month swinging-dick fest might have led you to believe he was, but he’s arguably the Phillies’ best hitter – which isn’t saying much – and the nonstop reports that they want to trade him don’t make a lot of sense to me.

David Murphy, oh he of ust highest un cheeses, actually makes a good argument for why Brown is better than you think, for what Brown can do for you… and the Phillies:

So just stop with the “one good month” malarkey. Among players with at least 900 plate appearances since the start of the 2011 season, Brown’s .775 OPS during that span ranks ahead of Jason Heyward, Shane Victorino, Brian McCann, Brandon Phillips, Jon Jay, Michael Bourn, and, yes, your newest Phillies fan favorite, Marlon Byrd. Among players younger than 26, he ranks ninth, trailing Giancarlo Stanton, Paul Goldschmidt, Justin Upton, Bryce Harper, Freddie Freeman, Willin Rosario and Brandon Belt. In 1,032 career plate appearances, Brown has a .764 OPS and 107 OPS+. So he has been an above-league-average hitter for the equivalent of two full major league seasons, despite playing uninterrupted as a regular for only one campaign.

The question is why, after all of the development work that the organization has devoted to Brown, would they trade him away when he is right on the verge of showing just how good of a player he can be? He’s already given the Phillies plenty of reason to believe that he will, bare minimum, be an above-league-average hitter throughout his prime. Why trade him away for a hitter at a non premium position who has already peaked?

Because Ruben Amaro.

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