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Derek Jeter Is Launching a Sports Blog

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Welcome to the game, Jeets.

Today, Derek Jeter announced the (horribly named) The Players Tribune, an online destination for athletes to connect directly to fans in a way that’s different than social media ostensibly because there will be non-idiot editors editing the moronic thoughts that idiot athletes would otherwise idiotically post on Twitter, for idiots to read.

Here’s how “Jeter” explained it:

So I’m in the process of building a place where athletes have the tools they need to share what they really think and feel. We want to have a way to connect directly with our fans, with no filter.

I am working with other athletes, with editors and with producers to create a platform that gives us a chance to say what’s on our minds. It’s called The Players’ Tribune. Over the next few months, we’ll be introducing a strong core of athlete editors and contributors who will shape the site into an online community filled with first-person stories and behind-the-scenes content.

There are, precisely, two ways this can and will go down:

1) This is a pseudo brilliant outlet for athletes to take you INSIDE, to talk about their thoughts during the moment you just watched them perform. Don’t underestimate how interesting it could be to hear, say, Darren Sproles describe the feeling of EXSPROLDING all over the field. It’s why athlete interviews on podcasts are so much better than in press conferences– because they’re not carefully choosing their words in fear of creating a story they didn’t want. Most quotes and player interviews are just a grab-bag of coached clichés designed to get the mic out-of-face quickly.

Similar ideas to this one have been tried before but have never really caught on. Jeter carries enough clout – with athletes and readers – to make it work. If his site is what he says it is and uses editors and actual media people to help athletes connect more directly and professionally with fans, then this could be a thing. The player diary concept used on team websites – which can sometimes produce interesting reads – comes to mind.

2) The much more likely scenario: It’s a bullshit PR apparatus that will allow athletes to spew even more-rehearsed lines, take part in even more-elaborate publicity stunts, and promote even more-disingenious charity efforts. If you think listening to athletes speak extemporaneously is boring, wait until you read their words after they’re filtered through a lame corporate suit with the help of a man whose existence is defined by his ability to choose the right lame corporate suit to do his bidding.

Craig Calcaterra of Hardball Talk, who took a moment off from trolling the Phillies, thinks it’s the latter:

But what it will not do is provide fans with any candid insight into these players’ lives. At least not insight that the player doesn’t specifically want to provide. Yes, the media can and often does distort what an athlete has to say and that’s crappy. But good reporters who are straight-up with their subjects have often been nonetheless able to give us a look behind the stage-managing and the spin of publicists and P.R. people and tell us something important or interesting about the subjects they cover. To reveal the human side of athletes, their fears, their foibles and what makes them tick, often in ways the athletes themselves are either unable or unwilling to articulate or, often, may not even know.

Jeter obviously has some post-baseball goals, and this is probably the first one that was pitched to him that he liked. It’s interesting to me because it’s a new take on new media. The problem, however, is that it’s newsmakers writing the news, which is the worst kind of news. I also hate the name. If you’re starting a project that has anything to do with media, the last thing you want to do is reference something as dated as a newspaper. Tribune evokes terrible, terrible thoughts for what is presumably the target reader here.

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Here’s Brandon Moss, Whom Ruben Amaro Said Couldn’t Hit a Fastball, Burying a Fastball over the Center Field Wall in the AL Wild Card Game

You may recall our posts about A’s All-Star Brandon Moss, who, in 2011, was in the Phillies’ farm system but was passed over in favor of hard-hittin’ John Bowker. The Phillies let Moss walk partly because he would’ve been an unknown entity on a contending team and partly because Ruben Amaro is an idiot. Amaro didn’t think Moss could hit Major League fastballs. But as it turns out, that’s exactly where Moss excels. His team lost last night, but he was hardly to blame. He had two home runs and five RBIs, including this BLAST to dead-center.

Good news? The A’s are going home (again) and we won’t have to be reminded of that boner. Instead, we can just tune in to watch Jayson Werth.

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John Powers Middleton Has Just THE BEST Dodgers Hat

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I am vacillating all over the place today. It’s just gross. Because at first I thought son of Phillies limited partner John S. Middleton, John Powers Middleton, seemed like one of the coolest billionaire owner sons around. And then came the pictures with the Dodgers hat. But as it turns out… it’s only sort of a Dodgers hat. Here’s what Middleton tweeted after getting some backlash (I can’t imagine who would do such a thing):

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Well played, Mr. Middleton. Well played. I guess we can call that a… wait for it… power move.

No but for real I want to be this guy and want my middle name to be Powers.

H/T to (@Ianmurray7)

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Idiots Force Son of Phillies Owner to Go on Weird Twitter Rant Just Days after Hanging with Leo

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Confused yet?

John Powers Middleton, pictured here on just a lazy Thursday evening with LEONARDO FUCKING DICAPRIO*, is the son of Phillies part-owner, limited partner John S. Middleton, who, thanks to some awkward insinuation from Dennis Deitch of the Delco Times and Bob Brookover of the Inquirer, has been rumored to be “taking control” of the Phillies.

You may recall that the Family Middleton, who made their money in cigars, was allegedly the driving force behind the Phillies spending $125 million on Cliff Lee in 2010. John, the faaaaather, is also, for some reason, viewed as the one man who can save the Phillies, because he ostensibly cares the most about winning out of the grab bag of birth lottery winners that have their hands in the Phillies’ pot. That may or may not be true, but it makes for a nice, neat story for people to project on the Phillies, and so it is written, by Deitch

David Montgomery’s battle with cancer has created a change above Amaro, with senior advisor Pat Gillick serving as acting team president and part-owner John Middleton showing signs that he might become more actively involved in the operations.

… and by Brookover:

A man who can tell them what to do was visible after Sunday’s season finale. John Middleton, the most involved of the ownership partners, sat alone just outside the clubhouse following the final game and admitted it has been a long, difficult season.

Exactly how much influence he’ll have in the offseason decision-making process remains to be seen, but his is definitely a voice that is growing louder, and the Phillies have some serious financial issues to resolve in the coming months.

Last night and this morning, the son, John Powers**, who executive produced The Lego Movie (and who is exactly my age, which makes me feel wildly unaccomplished), went on a weird Twitter rant about the whole thing, explaining to people that, um, he’s not the droid they’re looking for but go Phils! It’s aggregated here for your reading ease:

To whom it may concern, I have not read these articles – not because I’m not interested in fan opinion but rather because false conjecture bothers me – but I have heard from friends in Philly there is wild speculation today over the Phillies. Remember 99% of what you read is totally inaccurate. And one more point brought to my attention. A general partner control baseball operating decisions. Limited partners vote on a variety of things, which may or may not be specifically on the field related. Limited partners are owners, the people involved in said limited partnership are equity shareholders and directors technically. The structure is far more complexed than it appears is being discussed and understood in articles and/or online. Also, I am a film and tv producer – seemingly confusion there also. But there’s this fantastic invention called Google, as well as other sites like IMDbPro (regular often inaccurate). I live in Malibu because I work in LA. One thing I can tell you, the Phillies are doing their best in a bad situation. The team just gave you arguably one of the three best runs in NL history, the others being, in my opinion, the 60s Cardinals and 90s Braves. Philly prides itself on being tough, but also LOYAL to its core. Changes and new additions, rough stretches, these are a fact of sport. Death, taxes, and your sports team will not win the championship every year. So please continue to support a team trying to right its ship, certainly spending the money necessary to do so, and look forward to the upswing and many more years of great baseball, consecutive pennants and division titles, and world championships to come. I’m proud to be a Philadelphian, but I’m not proud a fan base built on LOYALTY is abandoning ship because of a series of bad years. We are better than that. #GoPhils

The questions being directed towards me about the team. And to let people know I understand and respect their disappointment and opinions, but that doesn’t give me the right or appropriate amount of first hand knowledge to responsibly answer the questions being directed at me.

 

On Cuban sensation Yasami Thomas:

It would be great to have him from all accounts. Top 3 payroll the past 5-6 years should show the Phils are committed if he’s the real deal. I can assure you they know you bleed PHILLIES red, & they want to reward that just as much as you them to.

OK, two thoughts:

1) That was weird.

2) People are dumb. From the looks of it, a handful of knuckleheads have been tweeting questions about the Phillies to The Powers of John - the Phillies limited partner’s movie prodoucer son, mind you – as a result of those reports, to the point that J to the P felt the need to go on a weird Twitter rant explaining business and basic common sense. Idiots abound.

*Not gonna lie– I like Powers’ shirt here.

**Also thinking about coopting his middle name. Kyle Powers Scott.

UPDATE: Can probably do without this Dodgers hat, though:

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Hashtag GoPhils?

via (@laurasgoldman), Bleed Philly

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Mike Schmidt is Auctioning off One of His Gold Glove Awards, a Golden Crown

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Mike Schmidt is getting rid of some things if you’ve got some extra cash lying around.

Goldin Auctions’ October Legends Auction will feature some trophies, game used items, and career memorabilia of Mike Schmidt. Along with the Gold Glove award up top, starting on October 6th, you can bid on:

  • Mike Schmidt’s Actual 1976 Babe Ruth “Sultan of Swat Award” Crown [Editor's note: need this]

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  • Mike Schmidt’s Actual 1986 Mel Ott Memorial Award Presented to and Personally Owned by Schmidt
  • Mike Schmidt’s 400th Home Run Game Used Bat
  • Mike Schmidt Philadelphia Phillies All-Time RBI Record Breaking Ball from Personal Collection

In addition to the items above, you’ll be able to bid on an All-Star ring, an All-American ring, and more, for a chance to own pieces of Phillies history. Really, it’s all about that crown though. Sure, it’s the “Sultan of Swat Award,” but you can pretend you’re the crown prince of  third base.

Also said to be up for auction is what remains of Michael Jack’s dignity.

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Chase Utley, “Rick,” Orders a Hoagie at Tony Luke’s

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Giveaways that you’re a notable person:

1) Sunglasses anywhere other than in direct sunlight.

2) Jeans that actually fit with hipster shoes to match.

3) YOU’RE CHASE FUCKING UTLEY AT A CHEESESTEAK PLACE IN SOUTH PHILLY.

I can only wonder which other establishments are frequented by a good looking rich man named Rick

I got recognized a few months ago doing (assisted) dips at the gym while wearing that first-run Geezus shirt that we sold, like, 20 of. Felt like a real loser. So, I get it. I feel Chase’s Rick’s pain. This celeb life ain’t easy no one, that’s for damn sure.

pic via Jason Wolf of Delaware Online

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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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Probably the Greatest Series of Tweets Ever

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Let me try this wizardry: Alex Morgan’s iCloud photos haven’t been hacked yet.

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