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Flyers left wing Zac Rinaldo has signed a two-year extension on his contract one year after signing a two-year extension on his contract. From Kyle, who’s too busy lambasting Donovan McNabb at the moment: Yes, because the top priority of any GM, especially one touting his use of analytics, should be to extend your lunatic goon when there’s absolutely no reason to do so (!!!). Even Rinaldo can’t fucking believe his good fortune: “I’m surprised that we’d even started to talk about it so early, but I am thrilled.” Some things never change.
Elsewhere in things never change land: CHANGE! Tonight, Phillies prospect Maikel Franco will start, batting 7th and playing third base. Franco, who has been the subject of many “Why aren’t they bringing him up?” cries for some time now, has the expanded rosters to thank for his call-up. We’ve got no idea what Franco has at the Major League level, but tonight he becomes the youngest position player to debut for the Phils since Jimmy Rollins.
And over in “everything is always changing” land, the 76ers are reportedly looking at Australian forward Joe Ingles. Coach Brett Brown knows Australian basketball from coaching the national team, so it’s no surprise they’re looking in that direction. The 26-year-old Ingles is currently playing for the national squad in the FIBA World Cup, where he is averaging 14.5 points and shooting 75% from the floor in two games. According to Liberty Ballers, Ingles has played four seasons in Spain, and in Tel Aviv in 2013. He’d likely come very cheap, which is the only word Sam Hinkie heard in this whole conversation.
With first, last, and security, the get in now price is just $52,500
Back in October of 2013, Chase Utley decided that his Penthouse at The Ayer was just not his jam anymore, and put it on the market for $4.3 million (with $4,000+ in monthly condo fees). No one wanted to buy it, so now you can rent it and Chase Utley can be your landlord for only $17,500/month. It’s the bargain of the year. The condo, like Utley himself, is described as “dramatic yet comfortable,” and features “hours of sunlit warmth.” There is no word on if that warmth goes away once Chase leaves.
In addition, the place is fitted with “superb lighting, audio and Crestron systems,” and the rest of the description of the place has got me feeling some kind of way:
An expanded Bulthaup kitchen with a large island, Miele and Sub-Zero, including a full-size wine storage unit, opens to the main living space with a step-up formal dining room with terrace just beyond. An exquisite table, lit by a smoky quartz chandelier, was made to fit the room and is included. A study, made private with pocket doors, is on the other side of the kitchen. Reached by a custom-crafted stairwell with walnut treads and walls finished in Blue de Savoie marble, the lower level is designed for entertaining and relaxation. The media or second living room is served by a specially designed, “smoked oak” wet bar with Sub-Zero wine chiller, refrigerator and freezer drawers, Fisher-Paykel drawer dishwasher, ample storage and stainless counter and backsplash.
Is it hot in here or is it just that super-sexy condo description? Living there also gets your 24-hour doorman and concierge services, who will get really tired of hearing you tell them that Chase Utley is your landlord and that it’s really no big deal.
And on September 1, the Phillies finally did something exciting.
Cole Hamels, Jake Diekman, Ken Giles and Jonathan Papelbon pitched the first combined no-hitter in Phillies history today. I’m not sure whether to be excited or mad that five months of terrible baseball caused me to miss this gem in favor of throwing a tennis ball and reading about #TheFappening on the beach.
Hamels was effectively wild, striking out seven and walking five, and Diekman, Giles and Papelbon were lights-out. Malvern Prep grad(!) Phil Gosselin made the final out.
Looks like T-Mac is going to have to get his fellow broadcasters Dunkin Donuts every morning:
In a 24-hour period, the Phillies have traded John Mayberry Jr. and pitched a no-hitter, and Jennifer Lawrence’s nudes were leaked all over the webs. The fall season is off to a strong start.
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Roberto Fausto Carmona Edward James Olmos Hernandez was the only Phillie who ended up getting traded this year, and in return the Phillies got two players to be named later. The first player to be named later was named to be Jesmuel Valentin, a 20-year-old middle infielder who is the son of former MLBer Jose Valentin. And yesterday, the deal was finalized as the second player to be named later was named as 19-year-old RHP Victor Arano. Arano was the #14 ranked prospect in the Dodgers’ farm system and was 4-7 with a 4.08 ERA in 22 games this season for their Single-A squad. These two men, who we may never hear from again, are the total and full result of this year’s trade deadline. Couldn’t Pat Gillick have rolled through about a month ago?
I’m all for Twitter advertising. I do it sometimes. But the Phillies are sort of a public institution and this just feels gross. Also, sponsored Tweets should come with some sort of disclaimer that they’re advertising, as obvious as it may already be.
We here at Crossing Broad would like to wish Dave Montgomery a speedy recovery and Ruben Amaro a nice, forced vacation while Pat Gillick just maybe borrows the chair behind his desk for a little while.
They got the full opening day treatment, including high fives from the opportunist mayor (has he ever washed that 08 jersey?) and Dan BAKeR MISplAcED iNFlecTiONS! Video of the full ceremony here. For these kids, going back to school next week is going to really suck. Nice job by the Phillies, who swept the Nationals.
video courtesy of Matt Rappa
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.