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The Phillies Posted a Picture of Ryan Howard on Instagram… and of Course It Wasn’t Ryan Howard

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Lost in the LeSean McCoy trade news last night (rightfully) was this Phillies Instagram post. I know Ryan Howard lost a lot of weight and stuff, but that’s not Ryan Howard. It’s Dom Brown. [Just in case there’s any doubt – there shouldn’t be – here’s what Howard was wearing yesterday.] The post has since been removed.

Nice job, Phillies social media guy. Again.

Screen grab via (@phillystein411), H/T to Ryan

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Stop Me If You’ve Heard This Chase Utley News Before

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Not that anything matters, because watching baseball in Philadelphia this year is going to be akin to rooting for the red cloth in a bullfight, but it sounds like Chase Utley’s ankle injury is, you know, doing the same thing his knee injuries usually do.

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The Phillies Are the Only Local Major Pro Team Not Present at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference

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I don’t know what I’m doing!

Congratulations to the Phillies, the most analytically-challenged team in sports, owners of a new computer, who are once again absent from the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference– the preeminent sports analytics gathering on this planet we call Earth. They are the only one of the four major Philly sports teams not present, according to Derek Bodner, who says even Drexel, Pepperdine and Etsy(!!!) have represents there.

Of course, the last time the Phillies attended an analytics conference (that we’re aware of), in 2013, they sent three representatives to the Philly SABR convention– David Montgomery, Gary Matthews and Brad Lidge. It was there that Montgomery talked about “character.” A few months later the team signed Marlon Byrd.

UPDATE: To clarify the headline, which may have been misleading, the Union aren’t present either. I still don’t count them as a major local pro team. Sorry.

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Fox Sports Cruelly Says the Phillies Have a Chance this Year

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Photo Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The 2015 Phillies season is going to be a bad one. It’s going to be a long one. It’s going to be a depressing one. But, what if it’s not? I mean, it 100% will be, but Fox Sports suggests that maybe it won’t be.

Just to illustrate how far we’ve fallen, Jeff Sullivan’s Fox Sports piece about teams outperforming expectations is titled “Every Single Team Has a Chance … Yes, Even the Phillies.” It burns. Sullivan used a bunch of methods to grab projections for every team, and then, he found the actual win totals for teams in history projected to win that many games. It’s fairly simple. And what false hope does he have to feed?

No one’s projected for a worse record than the Phillies. But, our sample includes 300 team-seasons. In eight of those, a team exceeded its projected win total by at least 16. That’s just about 3 percent. Another 9 percent have exceeded projected win totals by 11-15. We shouldn’t overstate these magnitudes; most of the time, teams still fall much closer to their projections. But optimism isn’t always balanced and rational. The key to optimism is legitimate hope, and there’s enough for even Phillies fans to grasp onto, if they so desire.

You know what? I don’t desire. This season is going to be long and bad and depressing (I think I said that already) and the last thing I need is any false sense of hope that if they just string like 15 wins or so together right after the All-Star break, they’ll be right back in it. Get outta here. And really, if you need any evidence that this is all smoke and mirrors, check how Sullivan closes his piece:

And if it can be said the Phillies have a chance, it can be said that everyone has a chance, because no one looks worse than the Phillies. Not the Braves, not the Twins, not the Diamondbacks, not anybody else. Jonathan Papelbon might be the most optimistic player in the Philadelphia clubhouse at the moment, but there’s at least some support, beyond it just being forgivable to have a sunny attitude in February.

Bullshit. Papelbon isn’t even the most optimistic player in the room when he’s the only player in the room.

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The Phillies Bought a Computer

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On the day after ABC aired an episode of Modern Family, a major prime time sitcom, that was set on a Macbook screen and shot entirely on an iPhone, we learned that the Phillies entered the 21st century by buying a computer.

David Murphy, reporting on the most analytically-challenged team in all of major American professional sports:

Perhaps most significant, the Phillies are investing more than a million dollars in the building of a proprietary computer information system they hope will play a similar role to the Red Sox’ well-known Carmine system, serving as a database for scouting reports, medical histories, statistical models, and more.

The Cubs began building their own computer system in 2012, shortly after luring Theo Epstein, the man who built Boston’s formidable analytics prowess, away from the Red Sox and naming him president. One of Epstein’s early moves was to sign Cuban prospect Jorge Soler to a 9-year, $30 million contract. Compared with the $63 million the Red Sox committed to the signing of Yoan Moncada, maybe you can put a price tag on prescience.

“We haven’t gotten to the point where we want to get to yet,” general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said, “but we are making that transition and adding to our arsenal, as far as information is concerned. It’s not the first time we’re dealing with it. We’ve utilized analytics in the past, but we’re putting a little bit more emphasis on it and we’re trying to be creative with it.”

Thus far, Ruben hasn’t yet been able to clear the 9×9 cell level of Minesweeper,” added a high-level front office exec with knowledge of Amaro’s computing habits. “But, we’re working on it.”

Joke’s aside, this is a good thing, I guess? Better late than never, right? Problem is: As long as Ruben Amaro and Pat Gillick are in charge (Gillick was quoted as saying “We won five years in a row, and we don’t consider ourselves an analytic organization”), this is never going to become a thing. Just the mindset of we won without them before is flawed, because it fails to consider the fact that, within the last five years, virtually every team has started using analytics, thus putting the Phillies at an extreme disadvantage. Without front office changes, their buying a big, fancy computer is like a phone booth maker adding a cell phone charging station inside its latest model and calling it a day. This should solve our problems! Just need a minor adjustment here. Right back on track!

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ABC’s The Goldbergs Paid a Visit to “The Vet” Last Night

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After being denied permission to visit fake Veterans Stadium, getting permission to visit fake Veterans stadium, and tackling Eagles/Cowboys fan love (a lot for one season), ABC’s The Goldbergs finally visited the lovable hell hole last night.

The whole episode was an homage to “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” as the Goldberg crew visited the Vet (standing in for Wrigley) and caught a foul ball, Bartman-style:

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All in all, it doesn’t specifically scream “Hey, it’s The Vet” other than that guy behind them shoving food into his mouth, but we’ll take it. Video after the jump.

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Pat Burrell Will Be Inducted into the Phillies Wall of Fame, Your Woman’s Heart

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The Phillies announced today that Pat Burrell will be inducted into their Wall of Fame:

Left fielder Pat Burrell will become the 37th inductee into the Phillies Wall of Fame on Friday, July 31, prior to the 7:05 p.m. game vs. the Atlanta Braves at Citizens Bank Park.

“It’s a tremendous honor and privilege to be added to the Wall next to Philly’s all-time greats,” said Burrell. “My family and I couldn’t be more grateful for the support from fans. Their votes are the reason that I will now be enshrined in Phillies history.”

Can’t wait.

Side note: I have it on good authority that the last time Burrell was honored in Philly, in May of 2011 to retire as a Phillie, he invited the guys responsible for the don’t let your girl get Burrelled video to the game… and spent the days and weeks before and after it texting the girl from the video, who was dating one of the guys in the group. So, yeah, Burrell was trying to Burrell (v.) the girl in the video about him Burrelling girls. God he’s a legend.

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Chase Utley Opened Spring Training with an F-Bomb and an Ankle Injury

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Note to Chase: Hashtagging emojis doesn’t really work out.

Chase Utley showed up for his press conference – part of the Phillies’ annual ritual of rolling out their aged veterans to the press – at Spring Training in Clearwater today and did two things he’s good at: He cursed and he told people he was injured. Utley stepped on a baseball while fielding grounders in January and is currently still healing from the resulting ankle sprain. But his knees, which are the knees of a 75-year-old man, are doing just fine.

But it’s not just his legs that scream “old man”– it’s also his use of technology. The video after the jump, via CSN, shows Chase trying (and failing) more than once to take a panoramic shot of the assembled media on his iPhone. When he couldn’t, he let out a hearty “fuck,” before asking if they he was on live TV yet. He wasn’t, but it’s not like that mattered before. Hashtag winkyface. Still handsome, though.

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