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Howard Eskin May Just Be Trolling Us At This Point

Kevin Kinkead - February 13, 2020

Howard Eskin got dragged yesterday by the Philadelphia Phillies, Philly Voice, Awful Announcing, and other entities after referring to Andrew McCutchen as Lawrence McCutcheon on Twitter. Matt Mullin’s ranking of The King’s worst tweets was worthy of a Pulitzer, in my opinion.

Today Howard gave us another gem, sharing video of Phillies manager “Jim” Girardi commenting on the Houston Astros “chesting” scandal-

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Astros Chairman Says Sign Stealing “Didn’t Impact the Game,” then Says It Did Impact the Game

Kevin Kinkead - February 13, 2020

Astros press conference today.

It was relatively awkward, with Chairman Jim Crane joining Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, and newly-hired manager Dusty Baker in front of reporters.

The 30-minute session was probably highlighted by this moment where Crane said that he didn’t think the sign-stealing affected the outcome of games, then said the opposite thing less than a minute later:

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Matt Klentak Talks J.T. Realmuto Extension, Explains “Path” For Odubel Herrera to Return

Kevin Kinkead - February 13, 2020

Phillies GM Matt Klentak spoke at Spring Training today.

33 minute availability, pretty lengthy, similar to Joe Girardi’s day one comments from earlier in this week.

There were a number of topics discussed, but I’ll pull two quotes, first about J.T. Realmuto and getting a contract extension done:

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Padres Changing Spring Training Caps After Swastika Comparisons

Kevin Kinkead - February 12, 2020

A Crossing Broad reader named Alex mentioned this story today.

Apparently the San Diego Padres are going to stay from using some new Spring Training hats that were unveiled last week, because part of the graphic on the front resembles a swastika.

MLB and New Era designed this series of hats, which feature a meld of team and letter logos. In San Diego’s case, they put the ‘SD’ over top of a cartoon character that came out looking like this:

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Common Mistake: Identifying Andrew McCutchen as Lawrence McCutcheon

Kevin Kinkead - February 12, 2020

Howard Eskin vs. technology is one of Philadelphia’s all-time biggest rivalries.

The King is down in Clearwater for Phillies Spring Training, asking the hard questions that other nitwits and dopes don’t have the guts to ask.

Sometimes he has trouble navigating Twitter, however, such as the instance last week where he ripped the wrong Jessica Mendoza twice, before correcting himself. Today, he made the common mistake of confusing Phillies outfielder Andrew McCutchen for Los Angeles Rams running back Lawrence McCutcheon, who last played in 1981:

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Ex-Phillie Tweets Sad Photo of Spring Training Sandwich

Kevin Kinkead - February 12, 2020

Ty Kelly had a brief run with the Phillies in 2017, playing 69 games for the team.

The 31-year-old utility player has been a longtime journeyman, making multiple stops over the course of his career. That includes a couple of stints with the Mets in 2016 and 2018.

Recently, you may have seen that photo of the Mets’ newly refurbished Spring Training facility, with the $57 million upgrade. Some people thought it was cool that they’d make that kind of investment, while others thought it was a waste of money for a preseason venue.

Kelly quoted the tweet in question and wrote this:

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Joe Girardi Answers the Uber-Important Question About Hustle and Accountability

Kevin Kinkead - February 11, 2020

Phillies Spring Training is officially underway with the reporting of pitchers and catchers to Clearwater, where it’s 81 degrees and partly cloudy.

Joe Girardi spoke for about 25 minutes today on a variety of topics, and of course he was asked about hustle, which became a hot-button issue with Gabe Kapler last season. On the question of accountability, Girardi said he’d handle hustling concerns in this manner:

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Trevor Bauer Says Rob Manfred Has “Absolutely No Clue About Baseball”

Kevin Kinkead - February 11, 2020

Pitchers and catchers report today for the Philadelphia Phillies.

Baseball is back.

Spring is just around the corner.

And we’re kicking off the preseason just how we all imagined, with Trevor Bauer calling commissioner Rob Manfred a “joke” who doesn’t know anything about baseball:

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