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Crossing Broadcast: The Final Stretch and CrossingBroad Bowl

JoyOnBroad - March 23, 2018

Kyle and Russ are joined by Crossing Broad’s Sixers beat writer Kevin Kinkead to discuss:

  • the Sixers’ wins over Memphis and Orlando
  • the preferred playoff matchup (4:00)
  • not playing down to their opponents (7:00)
  • resting Embiid down the stretch (9:00)
  • reviewing the pod and site’s preseason win predictions (10:30)
  • CrossingBroad Bowl: WVU vs. NOVA (14:00)
  • Kevin’s WVU Breakdown (19:30)
  • breaking down the rest of the bracket (25:00)
  • Bob Ford’s speculation on Jay Wright’s future (27:00)
  • quick hits on Mike Wallace signing with the Eagles and Jake Arrieta’s Spring Training debut (35:00)

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The Phillies Won’t be on TV Three Times in April

BWanksCB - March 22, 2018

NBC Sports Philadelphia announced this afternoon its Phillies broadcast schedule for the upcoming season that begins in Atlanta a week from today. In what would be an otherwise ordinary press release, this particular part stood out:

In a first for the network, the Phillies vs. Mets game on Tuesday, April 3 at 7 p.m. will be exclusively live streamed, accessible on and on the NBC Sports app. As previously announced, the Sixers and Flyers’ games on April 3 at 7 p.m. are scheduled on NBC Sports Philadelphia and NBC Sports Philadelphia+, respectively.

The schedule also indicates the April 4 contest against the Mets at 1:10 p.m. will be streamed exclusively on Facebook, which has an agreement with Major League Baseball to exclusively stream 25 games this season. The April 26 game against the Arizona Diamondbacks will also be aired exclusively on Facebook. That means two of the Phillies’ first six games and three total April games won’t be available on television. Continue Reading

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A Look at Jake Arrieta’s Spring Debut

BWanksCB - March 22, 2018

Jake Arrieta made his much-anticipated Phillies debut this afternoon against the Detroit Tigers at Spectrum Field in Clearwater. In two innings of work, the 32-year-old former Cy Young Award winner allowed two earned runs on three hits, while striking out two and walking none. The results were mixed, but there are several reasons to like what we saw from Arrieta this afternoon.

Let’s get into it.

Like many veteran pitchers making their first start of the spring, Arrieta clearly had an attack mentality and wanted to fill the strike zone early and often. He threw 22 of his 31 pitches for strikes and consistently sat in the low-90s with his fastball. He even topped out at 95 mph. Several pitches featured good run and his velocity was encouraging for a guy who missed almost a month of spring training and had not pitched in a Major League game since last October.

Let’s first talk about that attack mentality. He came after leadoff man JaCoby Jones with three consecutive fastballs, including this 93 mph two-seamer that resulted in a called third strike. The noise I made in this video sums up my thoughts on the pitch:

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Minor League Baseball Players’ Unofficial Status as Second-Class Citizens Set to Finally Become Official by Law

Philip Keidel - March 22, 2018

Anyone who ever watched “Bull Durham” or ever read a book about minor league baseball (I recommend Bottom of the 33rd by Dan Barry) knows that the days are long, the nights can be longer, the bus rides are interminable, and the pay is bad.

None of that is apt to change soon, and given the likely passage of new legislation this week, the terrible pay is about to become the law of the land.

From the Washington Post:

A massive government spending bill that Congress is expected to consider this week could include a provision exempting Minor League Baseball players from Federal labor laws….

The league has long claimed exemptions for seasonal employees and apprenticeships, allowing its clubs to pay players as little as $1,100 a month, well under the pay that would be dictated under Federal minimum wage and overtime standards. But with those exemptions under legal challenge, Major League Baseball has paid lobbyists hundreds of thousands of dollars to write a specific exemption into the law.

The text of the “Save America’s Pastime Act” is dry as dust — if you really want to read it, go here — but its impact is a crushing blow to players on the lowest rungs of the baseball ladder who want to pursue their dreams of playing at the highest level while not going broke or into debt in the process.

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Crossing Broadcast: Popular Opinion and Winning Organically

JoyOnBroad - March 21, 2018

Kyle and Russ discuss:

  • the nominees for Best Picture
  • Sixers co-owner Michael Rubin’s appearances with Joel Embiid and Michael Bennett (5:30)
  • a preview of Crossing Broad Bowl (11:00)
  • the Sixers’ imbalanced schedule (14:00)
  • Ben Simmons vs. Jayson Tatum/Donovan Mitchell for ROY (15:00)
  • Dario Saric (16:20)
  • the Sixers’ chances of finishing third in the East (17:00)
  • Ty Lue vs. LeBron James (18:30)
  • Kyle’s disdain for “winning organically” (22:00)
  • the fans’ emotional investment in young players (23:40)
  • whether would LeBron make the Sixers the favorite to win a title (27:00)
  • if LeBron would slow Ben Simmons’ development (31:20)
  • if the Sixers would have negotiating leverage with LeBron (34:30)
  • public backlash if LeBron leaves Philly (42:00)
  • Paul George as a better long-term option (46:00)
  • if Cleveland would have been better off without LeBron (53:00)
  • the cap issues GM LeBron brought to the Cavs (54:45)
  • winning a championship or being competitive for years (56:00)
  • trading Fultz, Dario, and a lottery pick for an All-Star (1:02:00)
  • if a LeBron-led Sixers team could beat Golden State (1:04:00).

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Phillies 2018 Hat and Jersey Overload has Arrived

Dan Fuller - March 20, 2018

It’s that magical time of the year again… new Phillies Special Event Jersey and Hat Dump Day! BUT, it’s actually not as bad as it has been in years past.

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Injuries to Starting Pitchers Have the Phillies in a Difficult Spot

BWanksCB - March 20, 2018

When the news broke late last week of Jerad Eickhoff’s lat strain that will reportedly keep him sidelined for the season’s first two months, I wrote:

As for his replacement, the door now opens for the slew of young arms who were competing for the final spot in the rotation prior to the Arrieta signing. Ben Lively, Mark Leiter Jr., Zach Eflin, and Tom Eshelman are the candidates.

If spring training performance is a factor, and it should be, one would think the nod will go to Leiter. The 27-year-old has posted a 1.93 ERA and 0.75 WHIP over 9.1 innings this spring, while striking out 13 batters and walking only one.

Leiter, of course, promptly took the mound Friday afternoon and was knocked around, allowing seven hits and four earned runs in only three innings of work. Making matters worse, word emerged yesterday from Clearwater that he has since flown back to Philadelphia to have his right arm examined.

It’s a tough setback for Leiter, who, at the very least, seemed a virtual lock to make the team out of spring training. Now, even in a best-case scenario, it appears unlikely that he will be with the team on Opening Day.

So now what? Will Matt Klentak be willing to pivot from his declaration last week that the Phillies are done in free agency and attempt to sign Alex Cobb? Would it be wise? It’s an idea that is now at least worth revisiting. Continue Reading

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Charlie Manuel Might be the Best Guy Ever

BWanksCB - March 19, 2018

There are lots of reasons to love former Phillies manager Charlie Manuel. He guided the team to two National League pennants and a World Series win in nine seasons and won more games (780) than any other manager in franchise history. I also love him for the crazy stuff that he would say as he stumbled and bumbled his way through media sessions. Many people here did. Ironically, his oratorical imperfections, once a source of ridicule as the team failed to reach the postseason during his early years in town, quickly became one of his most endearing traits.

Personally, I didn’t always understand what he was saying, but dammit, I respected it.

I also respect how he handled being unceremoniously removed from a position he was not ready to concede to his successor, Ryne Sandberg, who demonstrated the personality of a rock and people skills that low-key rivaled those of Chip Kelly. By the time Manuel was discarded, the afterglow of five-consecutive NL East titles had long worn off, but considering how and for who Manuel was removed, well, let’s just say that he handled the situation much better than most would. Ultimately, he came back to work for the organization in an advisory role, further strengthening his Philadelphia baseball legacy.

And now, there’s yet another reason to love Manuel, as we learned in a story published yesterday by NBCSP’s Jim Salisbury. Over the weekend, he delivered on a public and heartfelt promise made to Roy Halladay’s children at their father’s memorial service back in November.

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