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The Phillies’ Top Draft Picks in 2011 and 2012 Are No Longer Considered Prospects

Matt Gelb, on more Phillies ineptitude:

The Phillies did not possess a first-round draft pick in 2011 or 2012. They waited to pick until 39th in 2011 and 40th in 2012, both as compensatory selections. Those players, Larry Greene and Shane Watson, have yet to progress above single-A Lakewood. Neither are considered prospects.

This was a lost season for both of them. Greene, 21, was touted for his raw power. He has seven homers in 239 pro games, and just one this season. He is hitting .177 with a .264 on-base percentage and .263 slugging percentage for Lakewood.

There is concern for Watson, a 21-year-old righthander who underwent shoulder surgery in January. He will not throw a pitch this year. He has a 4.44 ERA in 21 minor-league games.

There’s literally nothing to be excited about as a Phillies fan.

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Cole Hamels Isn’t the Biggest Ryne Sandberg Fan Either

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Being a Phillie right now, like being a Phillies fan, is pretty frustrating. It’s a form of baseball existentialism, when you’ve been eliminated from contention but still have thirty games to play and you ask yourself “What is it all for?” So when you’re Cole Hamels and you feel like you’ve pitched a solid game, haven’t thrown that many pitches, and can still get yourself out of a jam, it makes sense you might be a little peeved at the manager because really, why does this all matter anyway? According to Jim Salisbury:

Cole Hamels appeared none too happy with Sandberg’s decision to remove him from Tuesday night’s game after giving up a game-tying home run (on his 84th pitch) to lead off the eighth inning.

The Phillies went on to rally for a run in the bottom of the inning to beat the Washington Nationals, 4-3, at Citizens Bank Park …

“Um, I just think it was a good game and we were able to win,” said Hamels as he pointedly dodged a question about why he was so visibly upset upon leaving the game …

A moment later, a reporter asked for clarification on the answer to a previous question.

The reporter asked: Were you mad at yourself or at the manager for taking you out?

Once again, Hamels issued a calculated non-answer.

“It was a good game that we won today,” Hamels said. “See you guys.”

Hamels has company, and it’s not particularly good company. But you can’t blame him here. Part of being a pitcher is bitching a little bit when you’re pulled from the game, even if the situation (tie or losing) is totally your fault. And when the guy doing the pulling isn’t someone you — or many others — totally believe in, and the season means nothing, it has to be incredibly frustrating. One thing is for sure though, Cole’s gotten much better at the passive-agressive thing. “It was a good game that we won today… see you guys”? Thats an A+, even when graded on Cole’s passive-agressive curve.

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Here’s Robin Williams, on October 30, 2008, at the Tower Theater, Talking about the World Champion Phillies

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Last night, in his speech memorializing Robin Williams, Billy Crystal recounted a story about how Williams, who wasn’t a baseball fan, improvised as a Russian ballplayer while in the broadcast booth at a Mets game in 1989. Yahoo and Major League Baseball dug up that video today and, not surprisingly, it’s hilarious.

But that wasn’t Williams’ only baseball bit.

On October 30, 2008, during that memorable, surreal WFC week, Williams performed at the Tower Theater and opened with a 10-minute, seemingly improvised bit about the Phillies winning the World Series (“after 28 fucking years!”), the Phanatic, Upper Darby, baseball fans, Eagles fans (“you have the craziest fucking football fans in the world– you have a fucking judge in the basement of your stadium”), Michael Vick (pre-Eagles), and a joke about drunken celebrations and his alcoholism.

Here’s the audio, which was given to us by a friend of the site, on a CD-R. The quality is just OK, so you may need to turn up the volume:

 

Robin Williams: What a concept.

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Taney Parade Will March Down Broad Street Tomorrow

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The details for tomorrow’s Taney parade have been announced, and it all starts at 20th & Market at 2 p.m. tomorrow. From there, “The parade route will travel east on Market Street, go around the southwest corner of City Hall, and travel south on Broad Street down to FDR Park at Broad and Pattison Streets.” Along the way, the parade will make stops at the Kimmel Center — where the Philly POPS! will play — and at Broad & Washington — where some Mummers will perform. Once the parade hits FDR Park (at approximately 4 p.m.) there will be a rally and some speeches, all before they team heads into Citizens Bank Park to be honored. Tickets are still available for the Phillies game tomorrow night (because of course they are) and $6 of your ticket purchased here goes towards Taney Little League and you get a Taney T-shirt.

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Ryne Sandberg Had to Speak with Dom Brown and Phillies Pitcher David Buchanan after They Inexplicably Bitched about Playing Time

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I would describe my checking in with the Phillies as “periodic,” and doing this for a living, I probably check in more than most. Sort of like a bad handjob, we’re all just closing our eyes and waiting for this thing to end before we’re left irreversibly scarred.

Anyway, if you checked in with the Phillies this weekend, then you likely learned that Dom Brown and Phillies pitcher David Buchanan for some reason had the gonadotropins to complain about their playing time. First, Brown and his .226 average, both ostensibly Major League things, blamed misjudging a line drive and an ensuing throwing error on Saturday night on a lack of playing time:

“It definitely wasn’t a ball that I think I could have got to. But I should have charged it better than that,” Brown said. “I knew it was a wet ground, I didn’t know if the ball was going to shoot right or left there, so I was just trying to keep it in front. He took the extra base on me, I short-hopped Cody Asche and they ended up scoring a run, so it was a big play, for sure.

“Usually if a play like that happens, I’m going to, you know, be taken out, but that’s a part of the game.”

“I mean, I’m not out there every day, so it’s kind of tough coming off the bench,” Brown said. “I’m doing the best I can out there. I’m trying to catch every ball, and if I can’t catch it, it’s gonna fall. But I’m definitely going out there and playing as hard as possible.

“Ryno’s doing the best job that he can with the outfielders that we have, just getting us all playing time right now.”

Next up: Phillies pitcher David Buchanan, who was pulled after five innings having thrown 90 pitches and given up eight hits and two walks:

“That caught me off guard, honestly,” Buchanan said. “I didn’t expect that. I wasn’t too happy about it. But I can’t control that. I just do what I’m told. And I go for as long as I can. Unfortunately, that was only five innings tonight.”

Look, I’m not a big fan of the way Ryne Sandberg has managed personalities this year, but Brown stinks, and Phillies pitcher David Buchanan is a mediocre rookie with a WHIP problem who, I think, still needs Phillies pitcher in front of his name. Stop whining, the both of you!

On Sunday, Sandberg, poor Sandberg (who may be a great manager or a terrible one) met with both players and was terse with the media in describing it:

“That’s been addressed,” was all Sandberg would say of the meeting.

The manager also spoke with Brown, who insinuated that his recent decline in playing time contributed to his inability to make a catch in left field Saturday night. That play was followed by Brown’s making a throwing error that led to a run.

“I had a conversation with him on that,” Sandberg said of Brown’s comments. “It was more frustration than anything.”

To which Brown responded:

“I have no beef with Ryno; everything is good,” Brown said after Sunday’s game. “We talked. He just wanted to make sure we’re on the same page and we are. Everything is good. Ryno’s doing a great job.”

Brown did indicate that he’s frustrated.

“I just want to play,” he said. “That’s it. Ryno knows that. It’s tough on him. Grady has been swinging the bat well and Ruf has to play as well. It’s tough for him right now.

“I want to play. I want to be out there. I don’t want days off. I’m not used to that.”

The 2014 Phillies: this city’s over-the-jeans job.

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Jackass Howard Eskin Says Jackass Thing about Phillies

The first step to quit being an asshole is to admit that you’re an asshole. I should know. I, myself, am an asshole, especially when it comes to discussing the Phillies.

Hello. My name is Kyle, and I’m an asshole. It’s been three hours and 12 minutes since my last asshole.

See how easy that is? Now it’s Howard’s turn:

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No, no, no! You’re being an asshole, Howard! Look, I’m all for criticizing the Phillies for every dumb thing they do. In fact, in the absence of competitive professional baseball, it’s become a favorite pastime of mine. In the evenings, I eat dinner, have a beer, and then yell at no one in particular about dumb things the Phillies do. But even I can’t get on Ruben Amaro and the Phillies for not drastically overpaying for an unknown, mediocre talent. It was absolutely the right decision, if in fact they even had a say in it. The only argument to be made for overpaying for Rusney Castillo is if you’re a terrible team that just retooled its roster so you could be competitive again almost immediately and you’re paying Castillo a premium because he will help you get back on top… which the Red Sox have done over the past month… which is something the Phillies should’ve done two years ago when their players still had value. Dumb Phillies! They screwed up again.

Hello. My name is Kyle, and I’m an asshole…

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Overhyped Cuban Defector Not Signing with Phillies, Reportedly Going to Red Sox

Jay-Z has won.

Rusney Castillo, the projected-to-be-slightly-above-medicore free-swinging Cuban defector utility player represented by Jay-Z’s Roc Nation, will reportedly sign with the Red Sox for an OBSCENE amount of money despite not having played in a formal game in a year and a half. The bow tie man, little baby Ken Rosenthal, brings you this report:

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GAH! Reports had Castillo signing for anywhere between $30-$60 million. AND HE’S GETTING 72. Jay-Z FTMFW. All that for a guy with this scouting report.

 

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The Phillies May or May Not Be in on the Cuban Guy Who Projects to Be an Average Major League Player

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The Phillies are reportedly one of the five finalists to land Cuban defector Rusney Castillo. The Phillies are reportedly not one of the three finalists to land Rusney Castillo. They probably won’t land Rusney Castillo.

Anyway, there’s a lot of hype surrounding the guy – perhaps because he’s represented by Jay-Z, perhaps because the media loves salivating over Cuban defectors – but, by all accounts, he doesn’t project to be a star, even though he’s projected to earn anywhere between $35 and $60 million over five or so years

From Baseball America:

Before Castillo’s rapid strength increase, he was a similar player to Rajai Davis, a 5-foot-9, 195-pound righthanded-hitting outfielder, when they were the same age. Davis, now 33, was another similarly-built speedster who could play center field with an aggressive hitting approach, a solid bat and occasional power, with an underappreciated skill set for a player who was often thought of as a fourth outfielder himself.

From Mass Live:

At the plate, he’s shown a lack of discipline and will swing at pitches off the plate, though it might be unfair to call him a “free-swinger.” The belief is that his line drive approach will play more consistently than the long swing he’s occasionally displayed.

Because Castillo has been hitting the ball with more authority since he added the muscle, “he’s maybe not a super star player, but certainly a solid every-day guy,” Badler said.

In other words: He’s a versatile outfielder who’s added some muscle since coming to the States, but projects to be a generic, free-swinging utility player who’ll be given a massive contract before ever seeing one pitch in the Majors. No wonder why Ruben’s interested!

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