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Jim Washburn Reportedly Demeaned Juan Castillo by Calling Him “Juanita” and Embarrassing Him in Meetings

Kyle Scott - December 3, 2012

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As if this season couldn't get weirder… a report from CSN’s Reuben Frank sheds some light on why Jim Washburn was let go (besides, you know, the Eagles defensive line being an embarassment to sport). In absolutely shredding the decision to hire Washburn before promoting Juan Castillo to defensive coordinator last year, Frank puts forth this bit of tid: [CSN Philly]

Castillo is a good man who was put in an impossible situation. Washburn, a lifetime defensive coach who’s never been shy about speaking his mind and trampling anyone in his way, often made his disdain for Castillo clear.

Washburn operated apart from Castillo, running his own little defensive line fiefdom and often either ignoring Castillo or derisively calling him “Juanita” in front of his players, the veteran defensive player said. He was condescending and confrontational and embarrassed Castillo frequently in meetings and at practice and also went over the line criticizing his players at times. 


Jeez. At least Washburn showed enough retraint to refrain from asking Castillo to cut the grass on the practice field.

The whole story from Frank is worth a read, an Andy Reid.

Frank (Roob) has been the harshest critic of the Eagles – specifically, Babin, Washburn and the defense – among beat reporters. His Twitter beef with Jason Babin’s wife seemed to start it all. He got in digs at Babin when Babin was released. And today, he tweeted upon his arrival to the NovaCare Complex:


I’m applauding Roob for standing up to the misguided Eagles PR machine. Of course, some assumed it was Roob of whom Babin spoke when our (least) favorite lunkhead said the Philly media was “unprofessional” and didn’t tie their shoes, among other things. A person who spends quite a bit of time in and around the Eagles locker room emailed me to say that Roob often appears “slovenly” and that his untied shoes are a bit of a “trademark.” [Welcome to my inbox, people.]

Now, I don’t write those things to rip Roob (because he’s done a fine job of skewering the Eagles), but merely to point out that our messenger for this post is kind of in the middle of the story– this tangled web of Reid, Washburn, Babin, and the god awful Wide 9.

What’s more is that Washburn and Babin are very closely tied. Washburn was reportedly enraged when Babin was let go, a move that sealed Washburn's fate with the Eagles. Reid told reporters that both decisions – to let Babin go and fire Washburn – were his. He said that firing Washburn was not to save his own job, but that it “needed to be done now.” It's odd, though, that Castillo was fired before Washburn.

In a way, sacking Babin and Washburn, and officially demoting Michael Vick, are the moves of a coach rebuilding for the future, not one on his way out. It’s hard to imagine a situation where Reid doesn’t get fired after the season, and perhaps he only knows one way to do his job… but most coaches on the way out don’t make moves with an eye toward next year and beyond. You’d think that Reid would want to eek out as many wins as possible to boost his (admittedly) strong resume.  So, that makes you wonder.

One thing is clear, though: Washburn seems like a real asshole.

Babin had two tackles and no sacks in a loss to the Bills yesterday.

Eagles Fire Jim Washburn, One Coach Calls Him “A Cancer”

Kyle Scott - December 3, 2012

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You're fucking out!

Good morning! Another piece of the carcass is ripped away as the lifeless body of what was once the Philadelphia Eagles slowly becomes even more disfigured.

The Eagles fired defensive line coach and unofficial Wide 9 chairman Jim Washburn this morning. They’ve hired Tommy Brasher to take his place. Brasher was the Eagles' d-line coach in 1985 and then again from 1999-2005, when he retired. Progress! 

Washburn reportedly had been upset that the Eagles released Wide 9 (not-so-much)superstar Jason Babin last week, and one Eagles coach told Eagles reporter Jeff McLane that Washburn had become “a cancer.” 

Things reportedly weren’t good with the d-line unit overall. Philly Mag’s Tim McManus (the hero reporter the city needs and deserves right now) is tweeting that teammates were annoyed with Washburn because Babin could “do no wrong,” and Trent Cole had walked out of a meeting at some point in the past few weeks.

Here’s a trolling statement from Andy Reid:

"Jim is a fine football coach and we appreciate the efforts he gave to this team over the past two years. However, I determined that it was in the team’s best interest that we move in a different direction in terms of trying to maximize the production of that position group We look forward to having Tommy Brasher back on board to work with the defensive line."


Goodbye, Wide 9. Who’s next?!

Report: Phillies Trade Jim Thome to Orioles

Kyle Scott - June 30, 2012

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According to a report by Ken Rosenthal, the Phillies have just traded Jim Thome to the Orioles. CSN’s Jim Salisbury first reported that the two teams were talking.

Rosenthal says the trade will be announced after the game.

UPDATE: Multiple reports say the Phillies will receive single-A pitcher Kyle Simon and, according to Rosenthal, minor league catcher Gabriel Lino in return. So much for all those folks who expected a big reliever.

My thoughts on trading Thome, from Friday.

Trading Jim Thome Would Be Silly

Kyle Scott - June 29, 2012

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Not that I totally disagree with the idea of trading Jim Thome (since he’s extremely limited and some value can be obtained for him, maybe), but Ruben Amaro’s admission that he made to Jayson Stark yesterday, saying that the Phillies are trying to trade Thome to an AL team, is puzzling.

First up, let’s here from Captain Big Stick, Mr. Amaro: [ via MLB Trade Rumors]

"The ideal situation right now, because he can't really play defense in the National League, would be for Jim to play in the American League," Amaro said. "He still has the ability to win a game for us and be productive off the bench. The problem is, the further away he gets from regular at-bats, the more difficult it becomes for him to do that. So we'll see what happens. We'll keep in contact with some clubs and see if there's the right fit out there for Jim and for the Phillies."


This is not a recent revelation. Before the season started, Thome admitted that he hadn’t traveled with a glove in five years. Amaro also said that Thome playing first base four to five times a month would be the ceiling for the 41-year-old (and that was a surprising upside the Phillies learned a month after they signed him!).

Now you know what you have in Thome: a guy who is limited in the field (read: unable to), but a legitimate home run threat off the bench. So why, then, would the Phillies want to trade him for the reasons Amaro ticked off? In the offseason, a productive bench guy who has the ability to win games was the most the Phillies could have expected from Thome, perhaps with a few first base starts mixed in.

It’s clear part of the motivation is to do right by Gentleman Jim, as noted by Matt Gelb: []

Not much is different. The Phillies would like to do Thome right by finding the best situation for a man with 609 homers and zero World Series rings.

The return for Thome will be limited. Perhaps the Phillies can have the acquiring team pay the remainder of his $1.25 million salary. Perhaps they could fetch, at best, a marginal prospect — emphasis on the word "marginal" and not "prospect."

Either way, this is about Thome, a man the Phillies respect immensely.


Stark, too, said that while Thome doesn’t have a no-trade clause, the Phillies will certainly do their best to accommodate him, should they be able to trade him. And again, that’s fine. But it's still puzzling. If the Phillies keep heading in the direction they are, then trading Thome so he has a chance to finish his career as an everyday part of a lineup and, perhaps, a champion is completely reasonable and respectable. But until the Phils are ready to throw in the towel (they're not, according to Amaro), there still remains a possibility of saving the season, and right now they may have one of the best pinch hitters in the league. Some of the best in that role rarely play the field, so why should Thome be any different? Pinch hitters, by their very nature, don’t get many at-bats. Amaro added Thome for depth, and with the anticipated return of Ryan Howard, the Phillies would have just that– depth (hitting, at least). Now they’re going to trade Thome as a sign of respect? I don’t get it.

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It’s Unclear Whether Jonathan Papelbon Paid Jim Thome $5,000 for His Walk-Off Home Run

Kyle Scott - June 23, 2012

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Cinco Ocho may or may not have paid Jim Thome cinco mil after today’s game.

After blowing his first save of the season, Jonathan Papelbon told his teammates that if someone walked it off, he would pay them $5,000. Thome did. And Papelbon paid up. Or at least he said he did.

“I came in the clubhouse and I said, whoever walks this guy off, I’ll give them five grand.  I didn’t think Jim would do it right off the bat. Not that he needs the money. But…”

Is that something you pay up on? 

“Yeah, I just wrote him a check for $5,000.” 


That’s a good story and all, but Thome denies any money changed hands:

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Someone’s lying, or Paps hadn't yet handed over the check. We'll keep you updated.

Mandy Housenick of the Allentown Morning Call has video of Papelbon talking about it here

Morning Wood: Jim Thome is Mashing Right Now

Kyle Scott - June 15, 2012

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Good a.m. Thanks to a slow start following last night’s (dare I call it) raucous Boy Meets World Quizzo at Drinker's, we’re going to let reader Dave write today’s lede, which, of course, is a Major League reference: 

“We won a game yesterday, if we win one today that's two in a row. If we win one tomorrow, that's called a winning streak.”

The Phillies won last night, 6-1. It was their second win in a row. If they win another– winning streak.

Let’s start straightaway by calling out Jim Thome’s ridiculous six game stretch:

He is 11 of his last 24, with two doubles, three home runs, 13 RBIs, and, over that stretch, he leads the Majors in really old guys being happy just to be alive. For realstons. He’s playing the game like an old dog that was just given one of those wheelie things to drag around his now useless hind legs: 

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Aww. See how happy Jim is? He’s just a good boy! 

Keep mashing, Gentleman Jim. Keep mashing. 

Reader (@CDew27_1J8) noticed that home plate umpire Manny Gonzalez (is that… Russian?) may or may not have pissed himself:

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Domonic Brown re-injured his left knee strain.

Finally, congrats to last night's quizzo winner The Exits. Crazy turnout. Something like 30 teams and well over 100 people:

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Jim Thome Crushed a Baseball Last Night

Kyle Scott - June 13, 2012

He is 41-years-old.

Jim Leyland Thinks Cole Hamels Should Have Been Suspended for 15 Games

Kyle Scott - May 8, 2012

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Goddamn. I have to admit that I didn’t see this coming in the Next To Opine on Cole Hamels pool. Surely, Ozzie Guillen would be the first manager with something to say. 

Nope. Was wrong. It’s Jim Leyland.

On his radio show last night, Leyland said that he would have suspended Hamels for 15 games. 

[Detroit News via The Big Lead]

"I think five games is way too light," Leyland said. "Personally, if I was making that vote, it would be a 15-game suspension — at least.

"I don't know Cole Hamels, so I certainly don't have any qualms with Cole Hamels. I don't know the man. I know he's a very good pitcher, a very talented guy.

"If my pitcher went out and, almost in a braggadocious way, talked about hitting a guy and that 'I did it on purpose.' (a five-game suspension) is not enough. There's no way. 


Why do I get the sense that Leyland would go ballistic if a 15-game suspension for a bean ball was given to his pitcher?