Odds and Ends: HK, Injuries, Howard/Bonds, Pedro – Phillies Nation

Odds and Ends: HK, Injuries, Howard/Bonds, Pedro

-It was one year ago today that our dearest broadcasting friend Harry Kalas passed away in the booth in Washington.  Needless to say, we will never, ever forget him.  Hard to believe it’s been one year.

In his stead, T-Mac, Franzke, and the boys have done their part to live up to the legacy that Kalas left.  In my opinion, they have all done a pretty outstanding job. It’s so tough following an iconic figure that was so well known throughout the entire region, and the entire sport.  Some of you may not like certain aspects of how the broadcasters currently do their job, but each is ultra-prepared and brings their own flare to the sport.

We miss you HK.

-Onto the injury news.  From the mouth of Jayson Werth, he said he hurt is hip during an AB in the 4th inning of yesterday’s home opening win, but it is not serious. He said he may miss a few games, but he doesnt believe it will linger on.  One can only hope, because Jimmy Rollins’s injury seems much more serious.  He will undergo an MRI today on his strained calf, but by all accounts, a DL stint could be in the work.

Trying to find the positive in this situation, at least it happened early in the year and there is ample time to recover for both men. The Rollins injury could be devastating to a guy who was having an ultimate comeback just a week into the season.  J-Roll is taking walks, seeing the ball so well, and has been that spark plug at the top of the order.

Keep an eye out for a Corey Seidman article that zeroes in on Rollins and the year he is having thus far.  That should be coming today.

-Some interesting news that will no doubt conjure up some differing opinions; Sunday in San Francisco at an event commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Giants’ ballpark, Barry Bonds mentioned that he had worked with Ryan Howard during the offseason.  In this Marcus Hayes article, it appears Howard reached out to the great lefty slugger and the two worked together in Tampa.

Since the two teamed up, it seems Howard’s confidence has soared, and his strikeouts have sunk as well.  Could this be because of Bonds, one of the many during the 90’s and early ’00’s who is thought to have taken performance-enhancing drugs?  It certainly seems that his tutelage may have helped. Ryno has moved closer to the plate and has laid off the breaking stuff, something that has haunted him throughout his career.

Do I like Bonds? No, I don’t.  But if it helps Howard become a better hitter, then I’m all for it.  What say you?

-According to a report from ESPN Deportes (if you can read Spanish, go right ahead), the Phillies are “in talks” with Pedro Martinez.  This seems like a non-issue to me because Ruben Amaro has stated all along that they’ve been looking (and will keep searching) for pitching.  The Phillies understand that they can trust the arm of Pedro for about half a year, so look for more info to come out in the next month or two.



  1. bfo_33

    April 13, 2010 at 11:42 am

    RIP HK. I still hear your home run call in my head on every Phils dinger.

    Pre steroids, Bonds was one of the best left handed hitters in the game. I personally think the guy is a jerk (sure I’m not alone), but am all for Howard working with him. I like what I see so far.

    I see no downside in bringing in Pedro after the all-star break.

  2. Philly Texan

    April 13, 2010 at 11:45 am

    I’m constantly amazed by Ryan Howard’s efforts to improve. The guy is already one of the best players in baseball and yet he’s showing up early to Clearwater, losing weight, working on his defense, trying to improve his hitting.

    Barry Bonds — for all his faults — knows a sh*tload about hitting. Unlike McGwire or Palmeiro, Bonds was a hall-of-fame-caliber hitter long before he ever touched a steroid. Even without the steroids, he would have been the best hitter of a generation. He can only help Howard.

    And it seems to have had some impact. We’ve never seen Ryan start a season like this.

    If Howard continues to show a work ethic like this and keeps getting better, the Phils will have to give serious thought to paying the man and keeping him beyond 2011.

  3. Ben

    April 13, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    bond’s plate discipline and pitch recognition were uncanny. if howard picked up even a few pieces of advice it would be huge. especially since they are similar types of hitters (hr hitters, left handed, constantly pitched around or had loogy specialists to face late in games).

  4. DAVE

    April 13, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    as promised in my comment last week, a tribute to harry kalas on the anniversary of his passing…http://viewfrombroad.wordpress.com

  5. Skippy

    April 13, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    HE’s JUICED!!!!!!

  6. DAVE

    April 13, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    on howard, i just hope the barry bonds personality didnt rub off…hitting skills yes, bonds can teach anyone a good deal about hitting…personality no, the last thing we want is jovial ryan howard turning in to surly barry bonds jr.

  7. WFC010

    April 13, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    One of the things that always frustrated me about Barry Bonds is just how damn talented of a hitter he was, it just makes you wonder why the hell he even THOUGHT about taking roids, except maybe to make his already huge numbers even more huge. He was one of my favorite players as a kid, from back in the days he was with the Pirates, but my opinion certainly soured after the steroids usage. He could have been a Hall Of Famer without ever touching the roids, so “WHY BARRY WHY?” is all I could ever think of.

    At any rate, he definitely could be a huge help to players like Ryan Howard, just because of his huge wealth of hitting knowledge, and his assistance is already showing through for Ryan, who’s hitting a lot better and more patiently, and he seems to understand the importance of small ball a lot better now.

  8. Jeff of Nova

    April 13, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    I agree Bonds was a HoF prior to steroids, I am sure he used them initially to keep up with Sosa, McGwire and Vaughn the year McGwire hit 70, then he became a consistent user not thinking anyone would catch him. I say this cause I don’t think he was using cause he needed an advantage, he liked having an extra advantage

    He knows so much about hitting he is a second generation ballplayer, dad being a pretty good hitter, not to mention his Godfather Willie Mays. He has been around his whole life, if he is able to pass that on to Ryan that is awesome.

  9. The Original Chuck P

    April 13, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    RIP HK…

    Crazy thought… any chance Freddy Galvis gets a chance if Rollins goes on the DL? I’ve been thinking that Cody Ransom is the obvious choice but Galvis is almost undoubtedly the best defensive shortstop not named Jimmy Rollins within the Phillies organization.

    Another crazy thought… Barry has said that he’s not done playing baseball… alright, that’s just too crazy.

    Vote Nay for Pedro… sorry, it was a good short term solution but let’s not go kicking the tires on that clunker this early in the season.

  10. Chuck

    April 13, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    Wouldn’t Galvis need just uninterrupted minor league experience before making the jump?

    No to Pedro.

    Harry….you’re ALWAYS in our thoughts.

  11. The Original Chuck P

    April 13, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    Yea… it was a crazy thought and it won’t happen but the kid can play defense and if Jimmy’s out for an extended period of time, we won’t miss his bat as much as we will miss his defense. Freddy did get the ST invite… he can play defense.

  12. WFC010

    April 13, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    A lot of people think that Galvis has a major league caliber glove RIGHT NOW, but his offensive skills are still developing along. Cody Ransom is probably the better option right now though, if only because he HAS major league experience already, and he’s at least marginally better than Castro both defensively and offensively.

  13. Evelyn

    April 14, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    if ryan is swinging the bat better and not juicing like bonds i am allll for whatever help he can get

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