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STG: Post-Trade Deadline Special with HOFer Bob Clarke

Russ Joy - February 28, 2019

Flyers writers Anthony SanFilippo and Russ Joy analyze the Flyers’ recent play and postseason chances with 19 games remaining, assess the young players, and look at the future of the Metropolitan division. They then react to the Flyers’ trade deadline move sending Wayne Simmonds to Nashville, evaluate the compensation, and discuss other players who came up in trade discussions.

The guys are then joined by NHL Hall of Famer Bob Clarke. Clarke gives his assessment of Flyers GM Chuck Fletcher, differences between Fletcher and former GM Ron Hextall, reveals what the days leading up to Trade Deadline day look like from inside the war room, scouting in the modern game, the role of analytics in hockey, working with Fletcher in Florida, how to approach free agency, his thoughts on negotiating with Restricted Free Agents, how often a player’s trade value changes on deadline day, the Flyers softball team, how the off-ice player commitments have changed, knowing when it’s time to transition to a new role, and his thoughts on craft beer.

Anthony and Russ then touch on a few of Clarke’s comments, and read fan letters and iTunes reviews.

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Jim Bunning is Super Mad that Dick Allen isn’t in the Hall of Fame

Jim Adair - February 5, 2015

Or: Old Man Yells at Old Man About Other Old Men.

Back in December, former Phillie Dick Allen missed making the baseball Hall of Fame by one vote on the Golden Era Ballot. The 16-man committee that voted on the ballot included Allen’s former Phillies teammate Jim Bunning, and Bunning was not happy about it. Stan Hochman described Bunning’s sentiment:

“‘I felt useless,’ Bunning seethed the other day, his voice crackling with anger. ‘It was the most disappointing 3 days I’ve ever spent in my life!'”

And he didn’t stop there. A furious Bunning told Hochman that the whole thing is a flawed system. Hochman asked: Pat Gillick was there to vote too, shouldn’t that have helped Allen? “I’m not sure Pat thought of himself as a Phillies guy,” Bunning told Hochman*, as he clanked loudly on his typewriter. “He just sat there, saying nothing.” But his gripe is not with Gillick … mostly, it’s with the baseball writers in the room. And it’s not that Bunning doesn’t think the writers voted correctly, he doesn’t think they should be in the room at all. And yeah, he’s mad about that too:

“I don’t think writers should be voting on Golden Era players. Let it be their peers, guys already in the Hall of Fame. And I intend to tell that to the Hall of Fame people. And I’m going to tell them they ought to narrow the list, cut it back from 10 names … To me, it was a wasted weekend. We were there to pick someone for the Hall of Fame. We didn’t accomplish anything. OK, maybe Allen and Oliva will be at the top of the list in 3 years when they come up again. But who will be on the committee of voters? What will the rules be? Things have to change!”

Maybe things should change. Any time a committee is tasked with deciding who should make the hall of fame from a list of a bunch of people, and then they decide that no one makes the hall of fame, that committee probably failed. But one thing is for sure, Jim Bunning is so goddamn mad, and he’s ready to call Pat Gillick out on it.

*I’d be surprised if “Bunning told Hochman” didn’t appear exactly as written in many wire stories from the ’60s.

Still-Broadcaster Matt Stairs to be Inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame

Jim Adair - February 4, 2015

pic via (@DaveM_PSL)

pic via (@DaveM_PSL)

Matt Stairs became a Phillies folk-hero because of that pinch-hit home run, but over his career he was always sort of a Canadian baseball legend. His 19 seasons are the most by any Canadian position player. His 265 career home runs is second only to Larry Walker, and he also ranks second in games and walks, while ranking third in RBIs and doubles. Additionally, as part of his journeyman status, he is one of four Canadians to play for both the Expos and the Blue Jays.

To honor the Phillies broadcaster for these, um, incredible feats, it was announced today that Stairs will be inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. He’s part of a class that includes Carlos Delgado, Corey Koskie, Felipe Alou, and baseball writer Bob Elliott. He joins Rheal Cormier(!) and Pat Gillick as other HOFers with Phillies ties. And on top of all of that, he gets to keep his job. It’s really just an A+ week for Matt Stairs.

Dick Allen Misses Hall of Fame as Golden Era Ballot Elects No One

Jim Adair - December 8, 2014

In the lead up to today’s Hall of Fame Golden Era ballot announcement, a lot of “Dick Allen Deserves the Hall of Fame” pieces went up online. ESPN The Magazine pre-published “Dick Allen Deserves the Hall of Fame,” Philly.com re-published Stan Hochman’s 2001 column “Dick Allen was Iverson before it was OK to be Iverson,” and Brian Kenny wrote the more stat-guided “Dick Allen is a Hall of Famer” a few days ago for Sports on Earth. Maybe they were all clued into something — stressing his worth — because it was just announced that no one off of the Golden Era ballot will be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Dick Allen reportedly missed induction by one vote.

From Kenny’s stats-driven post:

Dick Allen, at-bat for at-bat, is one of the top 20 hitters in baseball history.

Allen had a reputation (possibly unfairly) for being a bit of a malcontent, and every time you look back at his record, you end up thinking; “Could he have possibly been that bad in the clubhouse?” I don’t know if he was a strong black man getting a bad rap in a racist society or the worst possible teammate ever, but what I do know is that he is a better hitter and player than a good percentage of those already in the Hall of Fame.

Dick Allen had an 11-year peak that was truly staggering, putting up a .299/.386/.554 line from 1964 through 1974. That’s a slash line that would be impressive in the high-scoring Depression era of baseball, and Allen did it in the heart of the deadball Koufax/Gibson 1960s.

He led the league in OPS+ three times, and was top three on six occasions. So, basically, Allen was arguably the best hitter in his league for a good six years. To be fair, Allen missed a lot of games in that 11-year span mentioned above …

There are clearly a lot of things going on surrounding Allen’s reputation as a player. I have no idea where the truth lies, but it is easy to see how a narrative can develop that is not an accurate reflection of the truth, and certainly in the 60s and 70s it’s easy to envision a press corps unfairly labeling a quote/unquote “difficult” (code alert) individual.

And from the ESPN The Magazine piece:

The old conventions did not get Allen close to induction, but a dedicated group of fan advocates from Philadelphia and modern statistical analysis give his supporters hope that he won’t again pay for his moods and his blackness, as he did in 1974, when he led the AL in multiple categories, including home runs, yet finished, yes, 23rd for MVP. Of retired players with 3,000 plate appearances and an OPS+ of at least 156, Allen is one of only four not in the Hall. The others are Mark McGwire, Barry Bonds and Shoeless Joe Jackson. And of eligible non-steroid-era players, Allen’s .534 slugging percentage is the highest of any uninducted player.

Well, at least that “highest non-steroid-era slugging percentage not in the hall” title still belongs to Allen.

You Can Eat a Canadian Bacon Burger or Dip Some Wings in Cheese to Honor Lindros and LeClair Tonight

Jim Adair - November 20, 2014

Tonight, the Flyers host the Minnesota Wild and will be inducting Eric Lindros and John LeClair into the Flyers Hall of Fame. The special pre-game ceremony starts at 7PM, and during the game, the Flyers players will wear special “10/88” patches on their jerseys. Is that it? No, because you can also shove a Canadian Bacon Burger in your mouth.

There will be two special food offerings to honor the inductees:

The “Big 88” – monster Canadian bacon burger on a Flyers pretzel – in celebration of Eric Lindros

Left “Wing”ers – fried wings served with a Vermont cheddar dipping sauce – as a nod to John LeClair (who hails from Vermont)

Canadian bacon and pretzel because Canada + Philadelphia, and wings with Vermont cheese because he’s a wing from Vermont. Come on. I can’t wait for Giroux’s hall of fame night when they serve rump roast with no utensils, hands only.

There’s a whole lot more going on, including special Hall of Fame night apparel for sale, the post-game auction of game-worn jerseys, memorabilia displays, and more. For real though, I know I made fun of it, but that burger sounds awesome.

Mayor Nutter Backs Former Phillie Dick Allen for a Hall of Fame Bid

Jim Adair - October 29, 2014

Photo Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Dick Allen spent fifteen years trying to get into the Hall of Fame — from 1983 to 1997 — and never made the cut. Needing 75% of the vote at one point over that span, Allen topped out at 18.9% in 1996, and lost his eligibility after not being voted in over those fifteen years. However, Allen’s got another shot, this time around on the Hall of Fame’s Golden Era Ballot, and Mayor Nutter has formally thrown his support behind the former Phillie.

Allen — who played for the Phils from ’63 to ’69 and again in ’75-’76 — notched 351 career home runs and ranks 19th all-time in adjusted OPS+. He qualifies for the Golden Era ballot as a “player who played in at least 10 major league seasons … [is] not on Major League Baseball’s ineligibility list … [and has been] retired for 21 or more seasons.” The ten finalists for the ballot will be named after the conclusion of Game 7 of the World Series tonight, but there is one local connection on Allen’s side: One of the committee members tasked with choosing the finalists is Pat Gillick, and the Phils could use a good story right now.

You Can Help Richie Ashburn Get into the Hall Of Fame, Again

Jim Adair - September 10, 2014

Image via the Baseball Hall of Fame Facebook page

Image via the Baseball Hall of Fame Facebook page

Though Richie Ashburn entered the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1995 for his achievements as a player, he could go in again next year, this time for his career as a broadcaster. According to Philly.com, Ashburn is up for the Ford C. Frick Award, awarded to a broadcaster for “major contributions to baseball.” Whitey is one of 42 candidates to receive the award this year — along with fellow HoF players Dizzy Dean, Pee Wee Reese, Don Drysdale, Harmon Killebrew, Duke Snider, Ralph Kiner, and other non-player broadcasters — and you can vote for him once a day until September 30th over on the Hall of Fame’s Facebook page.

The top three vote getters will be placed on a the HoF ballot “before a Hall of Fame research committee fills out the rest of the ballot early next month,” and the winner will be announced at December’s Winter Meetings.

And in case you’re wondering if Ashburn really deserves the honor, instead of just basing your vote on Philly sports homerism, take this now-popular story from Harry Kalas’ own Hall of Fame speech:

People ask me what it was like working with Richie. His Whiteness and I were together for 27 years, and it was such a joy. He not only brought to the booth baseball expertise, but also laughter. Whitey had a marvelous sense of humor. I remember doing games with him, and it would be getting late in the game, late in the evening, and Whitey would say on the air, “I wonder if the people at Celebres Pizza are listening tonight?” Well, within 15 minutes, bang, pizzas are delivered to the radio booth.

This went on for a little while, and pretty soon Phillies management called him in, and they said, “Richie, Celebres Pizza is not one of our sponsors. We can’t be giving them free plugs.” Now, we do do birthday and anniversary announcements on the air. So shortly after his meeting with the Philadelphia brass, it’s getting late again in the evening, and he’s getting hungry, he said. “Well, I have very special birthday wishes to send out tonight to the Celebres twins, plain and pepperoni.”

That story alone is worth the award.

Game Ball, Hamels’ Hat, Lineup Card from Combined No-Hitter Headed to the Hall of Fame

Jim Adair - September 3, 2014

Photo: Phillies

Photo: Phillies

The Phillies’ combined no-hitter from this past weekend, the only thing cool or interesting or smile-inducing about this season, will result in some memorabilia being sent Cooperstown’s way. According to Todd Zolecki, the Hall of Fame will receive and display Cole Hamels’ cap from the game, a game ball, and Ryne Sandberg’s signed lineup card. Additionally, as a sign of “this season doesn’t matter to either of us, so just have it,” the Braves have said they’ll dig up the rubber from the pitcher’s mound after the season is over and send it to the Phils. Maybe instead of displaying it they can just install it at CBP and hope that mojo carries over.