Posts for Matt Klentak

With Klentak and MacPhail the Phillies future looks an awful lot like its past

Coggin Toboggan - October 18, 2019

Two weeks ago I wrote about the IMPROBABLE scenario of Gabe Kapler being relieved of his managerial duties, while Phillies GM Matt Klentak and team President Andy MacPhail were allowed to remain in power. It would’ve be madness to pull the plug on the man handpicked by both Klentak and MacPhail and then allow the two to choose his replacement, while expecting it to work out.

Reason stood if Kapler went, he should have been followed by his two biggest fans, tarred and feathered with the shredding of millions of analytic-based spreadsheets that showed empirical evidence that the Phillies have been abject failures since 2011.

But now Kapler is gone. Klentak and MacPhail are picking his replacement. Both still have their jobs.

John Middleton made sure the insane asylum continued to be open for business, and, baby, business-is-a-boomin’ in South Philadelphia.

In the immortal words of George Costanza: “You wanna get nuts? Let’s get nuts.”

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Crossed Up Radio: Sept. 23, 2019

Russ Joy - September 23, 2019

This episode of Crossed Up aired Monday, September 23, 2019 on 610 ESPN Philadelphia.

Anthony and Bob discuss the Phillies’ futile last stand, the coaching staff’s future and what looks like will be a major roster overhaul.

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Check out the other shows on the Crossing Broad Podcast Network including: Crossing Broadcast: A Philly Sports PodcastSnow the Goalie: A Flyers PodcastIt’s Always Soccer in PhiladelphiaCrossing Broad FC: A Soccer Podcast, and Broad Lines: Sports Betting Podcast.

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You Could Be The Phillies’ Next Quantitative Analyst

Coggin Toboggan - September 19, 2019

Looking for a job? Ever think to yourself, “boy, I’d love to calculate decades of launch angles for extended spring training minor leaguers who never have a shot at touching the majors and input them into a system that nobody will care about” and not have the desire to then crush your skull with an axe handle? Well then the Phillies want YOU to be their next quantitative analyst to shape the direction of a major league franchise with your trusty slide ruler and the power of statistics.

Posted a week ago on LinkedIn, the Phillies are desperate to bring in another nerd to their stable to spend countless hours inputing millions of pieces of data to ultimately help identify the best trade candidates Matt Klentak can fail at landing to improve his ball club.

Frankly, it sounds like a real “home run” of an opportunity. Let’s see what the Phillies are looking for in a candidate after the jump.

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Crossed Up Radio: Sept. 16, 2019

Russ Joy - September 17, 2019

This episode of Crossed Up aired Monday, September 16, 2019 on 610 ESPN Philadelphia.

With the Phillies all but eliminated from postseason contention, Anthony and Bob give their take on what John Middleton should do with Andy MacPhail, Matt Klentak, and Gabe Kapler. The guys also discuss some potential free agent and trade targets for the 2020 season.

Please subscribe to the show ([Apple Podcasts] [Spotify] [Google Play] [iHeartRadio] [Stitcher] [RSS]), leave a 5 star review, and follow us on Twitter: @AntSanPhilly @BobWankelCB

Check out the other shows on the Crossing Broad Podcast Network including: Crossing Broadcast: A Philly Sports PodcastSnow the Goalie: A Flyers PodcastIt’s Always Soccer in PhiladelphiaCrossing Broad FC: A Soccer Podcast, and Broad Lines: Sports Betting Podcast.

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Crossed Up Radio: Sept. 2, 2019

Russ Joy - September 3, 2019

This episode of Crossed Up Radio airs on 610 ESPN Philadelphia every Monday from 5-6PM. Listen on your radio or via the 610ESPN stream.

Anthony and Bob break down Monday’s win over the Reds, discuss the path to the playoffs, and touch on what the Phillies might do with the front office and manager this offseason.

Please subscribe to the show ([Apple Podcasts] [Spotify] [Google Play] [iHeartRadio] [Stitcher] [RSS]), leave a 5 star review, and follow us on Twitter: @AntSanPhilly @BobWankelCB

Check out the other shows on the Crossing Broad Podcast Network including: Crossing Broadcast: A Philly Sports PodcastSnow the Goalie: A Flyers PodcastIt’s Always Soccer in PhiladelphiaCrossing Broad FC: A Soccer Podcast, and Broad Lines: Sports Betting Podcast.

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Phillies GM Matt Klentak: “I Love Kap.”

Russ Joy - September 1, 2019

This is sure to go over well with the Phillies faithful. GM Matt Klentak went onto MLB Radio and emphatically backed his manager saying, “I love Kap.”

Our own Bob Wankel has been beating the drum for weeks months that Kapler has done an admirable job of leading a group with massive holes and talent deficiencies this season, leaving those latter concerns at the feet of Klentak. Regardless of where you stand on Kapler/Klentak dynamic, I think it’s fair to say that the comments don’t come at the best time with the Phillies having dropped consecutive games to the NL East rival Mets. Either way, I’m sure Bob and Anthony will have plenty of thoughts on Monday’s Crossed Up Radio on 610 ESPN Philadelphia from 5-6PM.

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Phillies GM Matt Klentak Says He’s Not Concerned About Bryce Harper

Bob Wankel - May 14, 2019

Phillies general manager Matt Klentak met with the media ahead of tonight’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers. I wasn’t there because I was running late, but WIP’s Howard Eskin was, and he streamed some of Klentak’s comments, as he often does. So thanks, Howard.

One of the topics covered with Klentak included the struggles of right fielder Bryce Harper. Dating back to April 14, Harper has hit only .193 with a .697 OPS over his last 99 plate appearances. He’s also produced a modest .323 OBP and 31.3% strikeout rate during that span, which has obviously raised some concerns about Harper for some. Just don’t count Klentak among them. Here’s what he had to say when asked by Eskin about Harper’s recent struggles:

I mean, the short answer is no, I’m not concerned. A 26-year-old with a track record like he has, I’m going to trust in that track record. He’s, if I’m not mistaken, leading our team in doubles, he’s leading our team in walks, he still has a .370 on-base [percentage], and he’s making plays like he did last night in right field to help us win games even when he’s not hitting, so I don’t have any concerns with Bryce.

I do think we need to recognize though that all players, including the best players in the league, are going to go through stretches when they’re not at their best, and Bryce has had these before. He had a stretch like this early last year, in fact, and what great players do is they work themselves out of it. And I think one of the things, this is specific to Bryce but its also specific to a style of play, one of the things that I like Bryce’s style of play is that even when he is struggling offensively is he takes his walks. And it’s hard for players to really get into prolonged slumps when they have the patience that Bryce’s has, and that’s why we can see right now even though he may not be getting the hits he’s hoping to get, he’s still reaching base at a good clip and positively impacting our club.

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