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The Reds Media Is, Apparently, Awesome

audio via Deadspin

As you’ve probably heard by now, Reds manager Bryan Price teed off on the media yesterday in an epic, 77 F-word rant about how it doesn’t benefit the Reds for the media to report which players are available or suffering from nagging injuries. By the end of the thing, he threatened to stop telling reporters thsoe little details because they’ll “sniff it out on [their] own.”

Here’s the thing: They’re doing their job, obviously quite well. Everyone knows it’s not the media’s job to do what’s best for their subject (hardened JOURNOS ‘bate at sentences like that), but from the sounds of it, Reds beat writers are going above and beyond if they’ve already forced the manager into a a freakout three weeks into the season. Price’s argument basically amounts to you’re making my job harder, which is 100% not the media’s problem. At one point, Price told a reporter that it’s not his job to dig up every little thing about the Reds… which is completely wrong. That’s literally his job. And this is exactly my point when I dig in on certain Eagles and Flyers writers, who spend more time complaining about the team not talking than they do finding stuff on their own. That doesn’t go for everyone, but it applies to Les Bowen, Reuben Frank (to a lesser extent), Sam Carchidi, Rob Parent and Tim Panaccio. Say what you want about Randy Miller (I think he’s an asshole), but he at least tries to dig up stories, as does Frank Seravalli. The media works for the fans, not for the team (unless you’re Dave Spadaro). Price doesn’t understand that. If fans want to know why [insert player] isn’t available, then it’s a story and the team’s job to hide it if they don’t want it out there. Comparatively, it’s in the best interest of the Eagles and Flyers to keep a lot of their offseason plans buried, and certain local types would be better off trying to uncover them rather than waiting for the team to just tell them the name of the moviewhich they’re not going to do. So maybe some of those Reds guys would like to work in Philly?


Cliff Lee Is Selling His Rittenhouse Condo

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Cliff Lee, in the final year of his five-year, $120 million contract (my God time flies), has put his 1706 Rittenhouse condo up for sale. Want it? Sure ya do! It’s a steal at $6.9 million.

From CenterCityTeam.com… which is engaging in some smart content marketing with stuff like this:

Rittenhouse Square is, of course, a byword for high-end living in Center City, and this home is no exception. You should know by now how I go gaga for a beautiful condo on the Ritt, and this one is nothing short of spellbinding. With an address directly on the Square and a near-perfect Walk Score, there’s no better way to experience everything that this gorgeous, big ol’ city has to offer.

This three bedroom condo has three bathrooms. It’s a full-floor residence sprawling across over 4,100 square feet. Every exposure is perfect here – north, south, east, and west. Enjoy direct elevator access right to your front door!

So many memories in this place. SO MANY. Lee bought it in 2011. For a time that summer, Hunter Pence was rumored to be moving in with Lee until he got set up on his own (he didn’t– Pence’s parents came into town during a road trip and set up a place for him). Later, Lee was spotted playing Wiffle Ball in the park with his son, and became neighbors with Ryan Howard and Jonathan Papelbon, turning 1706 into sort of a Phillies escrow account.

There’s nothing to read into the listing – Lee can’t get traded right now because Ruben Amaro waited too long and now Lee is hurt – but there’s a 0.0% chance Lee re-signs with the hapless Phillies next year… if he doesn’t retire. This is just another sad end for a former star who’s nearing the end of his monstrous contract as the Phils diddle away into obscurity. A few more pics after the jump. Continue reading


Mets Pitcher Alex Torres Wore a Water Wing on His Head Last Night

Photo credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Photo credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Congratulations to Alex Torres, who yesterday became the first Major League pitcher to earn a save wearing Rick Moranis’ helmet from Spaceballs. It’s a slightly updated version of the look Torres pioneered last year. He also becomes the second Met to look ridiculous in the name of safety. But it probably doesn’t matter if you can throw at ludicrous speed.

I know what you’re thinking– toolbox. But I’m going to take the road less traveled: I commend Torres for putting safety first, and I think the Phillies should force Cole Hamels to wear one. In fact, I think the Phils should cover Hamels in bubble wrap and store him somewhere in the bowels of Citizens Bank Park in a temperature controlled room like he’s a fine wine until either A) Ruben Amaro finds a willing trade partner, or B) Amaro gets fired and his replacement does what Amaro should’ve done a year ago. Yeah, I know, it might mess with Cole’s resurgent luscious locks, but we can’t take chances at this point . Ruben Amaro is actively sabotaging our franchise, so the least we can do is demand that valuable assets take the utmost precautions until someone grows a set and fires the GM.

via SB Nation


That’s Not How You Play Catcher

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From yesterday’s Phillies/Nationals game comes this edition of That’s Not How You Play Catcher.

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Leaked Sony Emails Detail How the Phillies Tried (Unsuccessfully) to Get Bradley Cooper and Bryan Cranston to Congratulate Jimmy Rollins on Becoming the Phillies’ All-Time Hits Leader



A treasure trove of hacked Sony emails were posted by Wikileaks this week, and among the countless fascinating exchanges, there are a few pertaining to Philly sports. Reader Joe, somewhat incredibly, found an exchange between Phillies PR reps, including VP of Communications Bonnie Clark, and representatives for Bradley Cooper and Bryan Cranston in which the Phillies requested that the actors record a video message congratulating Rollins on becoming the Phillies’ all-time hits leader. The video was to be played in a pre-game ceremony at Citizens Bank Park on June 23.

“I see that CAA represents Bradley Cooper.  Would it be possible to get a quick message from him?  Short and sweet,” Clark wrote in an email to a rep from Creative Arts Agency. “See below for a suggested script: Jimmy, Bradley Cooper here.  Congratulations on surpassing Mike Schmidt.  He was always my hero growing up.  Looks like I now have two Phillies heroes.  Way to make Philly proud.

Well that sure takes some of the spontaneity out of it.

In a follow-up on the thread, another Phillies rep, Deborah Nocito, emailed Steve Mosko, president of Sony Pictures Television (and the station manager of WPHL from 1988-1991), and asked if he could get Bryan Cranston, ostensibly a Phillies fan, to record a congratulatory message for J-Roll™ (sic’d):  “If Steve can help with Brian Cranston that would be great.  Here’s a suggested script: J-Roll.  Brian Cranston here.  Congrats on 2235.  You’re breaking records….and You’re bad!! Thanks!!”

Neither Cooper nor Cranston appeared in the video that was played at CBP. Instead, it kicked off with appearances from three politicians – Tom Corbett, Jill Biden and Michael Nutter – and included messages from Derek Jeter and others.

A similar email was sent from Nocito to… someone… asking for contact info for Lenny Dykstra after Jim Fregosi’s passing.

Other local sports gems from the emails:  Continue reading


The Case Against Trading Cole Hamels

Photo credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Photo credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

The bow tie man himself, little baby Ken Rosenthal, WHO HAS A BIG BIRTHDAY COMING UP IN SEPTEMBER, last week wrote about how the Phillies need to get realistic about trading Cole Hamels to the Red Sox and stop asking for their most valuable trade chips, Mookie Betts and Blake Swihart.

Today, Kenethal argued Ruben Amaro’s side:

As anyone in baseball can attest, many prospects fail to reach their potential. If the Phillies trade Hamels — a genuine ace who is guaranteed a relatively reasonable $96 million over the next four years — they want to be as certain as possible that their return will be strong.

The Red Sox cannot offer that degree of certainty without including Betts or even the less proven Swihart. Frankly, no team can make the Phillies such a guarantee, which is why, if Philadelphia general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. is indeed serious about trading Hamels, he eventually will need to stop dithering and take his best shot.

Never mind that Hamels, 31, has struggled in two of his first three starts this season; his track record suggests that he will snap out of it, and he also has been one of baseball’s most durable pitchers, ranking fifth in the majors in innings from 2007 to ’14.

On second thought, it’s easy to understand why Amaro might be reluctant to jump, particularly if the Red Sox will not part with Betts, who looks like he could be a superstar, or Swihart, who also has All-Star ability.

The Red Sox, from 2010 to ’14, had a farm system that ranked an average of eighth in the majors according to Baseball America, including sixth and second the past two years. Yet, when examining the publication’s annual lists of top 10 Red Sox prospects, the risk in developing youngsters becomes rather clear.

This is an understandable and reasonable argument in many cases – like when, say, Amaro needlessly traded Cliff Lee and restocked the farm with a bunch of eventually useless prospects as a way to hedge his bet when the Phillies acquired Roy Halladay in 2009 – but not right now, not with this directionless Phillies team. Could prospects backfire? Absolutely! It’s no surprise that Amaro is gun-shy, since, well, just about every other trade-for-prospects hasn’t worked out (the Pence trades were doubly bad). But that doesn’t mean you stop trying. Sure, the Phils can afford Hamels right now, and he makes them at least somewhat competitive every fifth day. But what does it matter? They are at least 3-4 years away from contending again, and by that time Hamels will be 34 or 35 and an expensive former star at the end of his contract (where have I heard this before?). He is almost literally inconsequential to the Phils’ presumed goal of winning a World Series. He’s just… here. Trading him, at worst, saves the Phillies some money and gives them more flexibility to spend on free agents (and Cubans!) in the coming years. At best, it gets them a future All-Star and saves them money. What would Hinkie do?


Media Notes: 97.5 Morning Show Starts Monday, NBC 10 Has a New Sheena

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Goooooooooooooooooooooood morning everrrrrrrrybody, is what Anthony Gargano will probably say at some hellish hour Monday morning. His new live and local morning show – which seems to be a thing lately! – with co-host Jon Marks, airing from 6 a.m. – 10 a.m., will be the first legitimate direct competition the WIP Morning Show has ever had.

Since certain local media outlets and big-headed hosts just completely ignored this fact, it’s worth pointing out that we broke the news on Monday and have been writing about the potential of a Gargano-led 97.5 morning show since December, and more concretely since January. Plans weren’t finalized until just a week or two ago. I’m told staff was informed of the move at a meeting last Friday, when Gargano walked into a conference room to applause.

Gargano and Marks will be joined by Maureen Williams, who, curiously, has no known on-air experience (and has Josh Innes making not-so-subtle insinuations). Jamie Lynch, better known as Silent Bro when he produced Afternoons at WIP, will produce the show… and probably won’t be so silent anymore.

That image was sent out by a 97.5 ad sales rep. On Tuesday, advertisers or potential advertisers, it appears, will be welcomed to the studio to meet the new crew.

97.5’s lineup will be as follows:

6-10: Morning Show

10-2: Harry Mayes and Eytan Shander

2-6: Mike Missanelli

6-10: Joe DeCamara

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pic from Jessica’s Facebook

That there is NBC 10’s new Sheena Parveen traffic girl, Jessica Boyington, formerly of CBS Philly, oh, and of New Jersey. Jessica is a former Miss New Jersey. And, well, I think NBC 10 has found their type:

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I see what you’re doing, NBC 10. I see it. Remember, girls, left elbow-lean pose:

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[Editor’s note: No Sheenas were harmed in the hiring of this reporter. She’s still with NBC 10.]


Ryan Howard Couldn’t Hit Curveballs and Now He Can’t Hit Fastballs

Photo Credit: Eric Hartline - USA Today Sports

Photo Credit: Eric Hartline – USA Today Sports

Ryan Howard has always had problems with breaking pitches but he could hit the hell out of a fastball. This year is different, according to David Murphy:

Still, eight games are what we have at our disposal, and the fact is Howard has been abysmal against a pitch he used to destroy with regularity, a pitch whose obliteration used to make up for the flaws in his swing. Heading into last night’s game against the Mets, in which Darin Ruf started at first base against lefty Jon Niese, Howard was averaging a swing-and-miss every five fastballs, nearly double his career whiff rate against the hard stuff. And he has seen plenty of hard stuff. Nearly 65 percent of all of his pitches have been four-seamers or sinkers. Seven of his 10 strikeouts have come on those pitches.

Once again, it’s a small sample size, but Howard is only facing 3.25 pitches per at bat, down from a career average of 4.05. He’s swung at 50% of first pitches, up from 31%. He’s seen zero 3-0 counts, zero 3-1 counts, and zero 2-0 counts. So he’s missing fastballs, missing breaking pitches, and being incredibly impatient.

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