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Randy Miller Is an Opportunistic Jerk

Kyle Scott - June 18, 2015

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Randy Miller, who’s a real opportunist, had an interesting interpretation of Ruben Amaro’s comments at his impromptu media scrum yesterday.

Amaro, who inexplicably still has a job, spoke to reporters about the soup du jour– the bullpen cluster-F that had Chase Utley shaking his damn head and arguing with dopey pitching coach Bob McClure.

Here’s how several respected beat writers and outlets interpreted Amaro’s comments (which, incredibly, don’t seem to exist on video in 2015):

Jim Salisbury, CSN:

The road trip went from bad to terribly bad in a 19-3 loss to Baltimore at Camden Yards on Tuesday night. The game included an embarrassing incident in which manager Ryne Sandberg and pitching coach Bob McClure could not get outfielder-turned-emergency-reliever Jeff Francoeur out of the game in the eighth inning because the bullpen phone was accidentally left off the hook. The incident included veteran Chase Utley giving an earful to McClure on the mound.

“It’s not our greatest moment, but it’s been addressed,” Amaro said of the embarrassing scene. “It’s a mishap that can happen, but never should happen again.”

Kevin Cooney, Calkins Media:

More than that, however, has been the seemingly stupid stuff that’s taken place in public that shouldn’t at the major league level. Like having a bullpen phone off the hook while a position player is laboring through his second inning of work, like Francoeur was on Tuesday night.

“It’s not our greatest moment, but it’s been addressed,” Amaro said.

There’s also the public displays of meltdown that took place on the road trip by both Ken Giles (last Friday) and on Tuesday night when Chase Utley dressed down pitching coach Bob McClure on the mound for letting Francoeur hang out to dry.

“I think it was just frustration,” Amaro said. “When things aren’t going well and you’re losing and not having a lot of success . . . these are all competitive people. They’re human beings. I don’t think any of these guys want to lose. I don’t think anybody on the staff wants to lose. When you’re losing, you get frustrated and emotions get high. I don’t have any problem with guys having emotion. It just has to be directed in the right way.”

ESPN.com (reporter unknown):

Pitching coach Bob McClure ended up waving a white towel to get the bullpen’s attention. In the end, no one was called in to relieve Francoeur, who threw 48 pitches in two innings, prompting second baseman Chase Utley to bark at McClure during a mound visit.

Francoeur was out of the starting lineup Wednesday and grounded into a game-ending double play as a pinch hitter in the Phillies’ 6-4 loss to the Orioles.

“It’s a mishap that can happen, but can never happen again,” Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said before Wednesday’s game.

Todd Zolecki, MLB.com:

One of the roughest moments of Tuesday’s 19-3 loss to the Orioles is the fact the Phillies could not call to the bullpen to get a pitcher warmed up because the bullpen phone literally was off the hook.

It was an embarrassing moment for the organization.
“It’s not our greatest moment, but it’s been addressed,” Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Wednesday afternoon. “It’s a mishap that can happen, but it should never happen again. It’s as simple as that.”

So there are three versions of essentially the same quote– all of which imply that Amaro was talking about the entire event: outfielder being forced to pitch two innings, mound exchange, hilarious episode with pitching coach waving white towel because phone was off the hook in the bullpen.

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Former Flyers Beat Writer Randy Miller Has Resurfaced as AFL China Sideline Reporter

Kyle Scott - October 30, 2013

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The post-Flyers careers of Ilya Bryzgalov and Courier-Post beat reporter Randy Miller will be inextricably linked in the annals of shame– Bryzgalov sucked, and Miller carries a briefcase of disgrace as the guy who used Bryz while he was here and then bashed him the moment he was bought out in June.

Just months later, Miller himself was let go, a cap casualty of modern Journalism.

It’s a Yin-and-Yang relationship in this post-Orange and Black world for Bryz and Miller.

“Who would move on first?” the townsmen asked.

The answer is, somewhat surprisingly, Miller.

Today, he sent out his first Tweet since leaving the Courier-Post:

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Please join CB, its readers, advertisers and sometimes obnoxious commenters in congratulating Randy Miller on his new (temporary?) role as the official field reporter for the AFL China exhibition games in Honolulu and China (!!!).

Yes, that’s right, Miller Time has gone global:

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Derp.

Miller is covering the AFL All-Star exhibitions in Honolulu and Beijing on November 2 and 10. As far as we can tell, he’s written two articles for the AFL’s website– one about Ricky Watters’ confidence in China accepting arena football and another about Jacksonville Sharks defensive back Terrence Smith.

An excerpt from the groundbreaking Miller Time:

Jacksonville Sharks defensive back Terrance Smith still can close his eyes and transform himself back to the Green Bay Packers practice field in December 2010.

His NFL experience was a short-lived roller coaster ride emotionally filled with exhilarating highs and numbing lows, yet what stands out most is a humbling moment that led this athletically blessed fellow from small-town USA into becoming a face of Arena football.

Miller’s bio on the AFL site reads thusly:

Randy Miller is an award-winning sports journalist with over 30 years of experience, covering the Philly sports scene since 1996. This November, he will be the official field reporter for the AFL China exhibition games in Honolulu and Beijing. Miller is a native of Jeannette, PA.

We will look forward to more of this riveting content as football goes overseas and indoors, with Randy Miller there to cover it all.

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Sources: Flyers Beat Writer Randy Miller Has Been Let Go By the Courier-Post

Kyle Scott - August 26, 2013

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Randy Miller in the Yankees hat

Sources tell me that Randy Miller – oh great defender of Bryz until he was no longer of use to him – and sports editor Gary Silvers were cap casualties, let go from the Courier-Post today, apparently as a result of Gannett cutbacks at the paper.

We can assume that Dave Isaac, who combined with Miller to cover the Flyers for the Post, will be their lone beat writer (which, really, is all you need). But that’s unconfirmed.

There’s no need to kick a guy when he’s down… but, you know, it would be outstanding if Ilya Bryzgalov called Miller right now to get his thoughts:

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Wonder who will pile on Miller with dark tales from dark corners?

My GSD Rant On Randy Miller

Kyle Scott - June 28, 2013

If you are unaware of what I’m talking about– bop it right here. There’s no teleprompter on GSD, so excuse my few hiccups.

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And yes, it is a fantastic shirt. Thanks for noticing.

Watch as Flyers Beat Writers Pile on Bryz

Kyle Scott - June 25, 2013

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Miller (in the Yankees hat) with other Flyers beat writers in Ocean City this week

You talk about being a big, fat phony. Here’s Courier Post beat reporter Randy Miller defending Bryz against character attacks earlier this year:

“I just asked Bryz about sleeping in meeting and he ripped the writer for embarrassing journalism. Good for Bryz calmly showing his disgust at reports that he slept in a team meeting.”

Miller also defended Bryz in 2012. He and I got into it when he said that fans needed to go easier on Bryz. Miller has, consistently, been one of Bryz’s allies in the media.

But here are Miller’s Tweets today… after he was hung up on by Bryz. Suddenly, these things are relevant now that Bryz is no longer of use to Miller. Storify!

http://storify.com/crossingbroad/randy-miller-bryz

Twitter Fight! Randy J. Miller and Kyle Scott

Kyle - February 22, 2012

Kyle Scott vs. Randy Miller

I wonder if Ilya Bryzgalov knows what he started…

Your latest Twitter brawl features Randy Miller of the Courier-Post and Kyle Scott, the fearless leader here at CB who loves to sling mud at others for losing their cool on the social network.

I felt like I had no choice but to give "Slappy" a taste of his own medicine. The battle even had the Fake Peter Laviolette and Fake Steve Coates accounts chiming in, so that added some entertainment to a sportsless Monday evening here in the 215.

There are a few things that we must take note of before getting into Round 1:

I had asked Randy to join us on CB Radio for a nice discussion (prior to this Twitter feud). I have a ton of respect for him and the work that he does covering the team, and I wanted his unique perspective on the show, which I co-host with Kyle.

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 Well, it is what it is. He did not want to be flanked fron the South-East corner of CB Radio.

Moving on to the main event…

It all started with a Tweet from Miller about Bryz being successful before the Flyers told him to change his personality. The man in the green trunks, Kyle, weighing in at a husky 160, respectfully disagreed with Miller.

Kyle loves to document the big Twitter feuds in Philly. We've had Jeff McLane vs. Les Bowen, John Gonzalez vs. David Murphy, and most recently, Spike Eskin vs. Buzz Bissinger, among others.

Now it's Slappy's turn.

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Pleasant. Round 2 – ding, ding ding!

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