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Odds and Ends: Utley, Draft Recap, Burrell

-We await word on Chase Utley’s availability for tonight’s game against the Giants. Utley reportedly flew back to Philadelphia following last night’s rehab doubleheader with the Clearwater Threshers. The information from the Phillies is usually made available around 2:30 p.m. if there is a statement from the team.

-Last night, the Phillies locked up some future hopefuls during draft deadline day. The three players signed yesterday were pitchers Kevin Walter (20th rd), Jonathan Musser (21st), and outfielder Brian Pointer (28th). Between the three, the Phillies spent about $1 million total on bonuses. They attempted to lock in right-hander Scott Frazier, a fifth-round selection, but he has decided to attend Pepperdine University. Fraizer wanted a bonus in the $1 million range.

According to Phuture Phillies, the difference between Frazier and the three players combined is negligible. It’s about quality of the quantity over the one higher blue-chip prospect.

Walter throws 88-92 right now, but has a decent array of secondary pitches, which for a high schooler is quite advanced. He’s also 6-6, 220 pounds. Musser comes from high school in Iowa. He tosses his FB about 91-93 according to reports and suffered a shoulder injury which was not related to baseball, but is back to throwing hard. Pointer is a high school centerfielder from Nevada who has great speed and OK power.

-Welcome home, Pat Burrell! Who’s excited to see the former Philly playboy/left fielder roam the outfield once again? He’s now playing for one of the enemies in San Francisco, but has recently enjoyed a rejuvenation following his release from Tampa Bay. Burrell is hitting .285 with 10 home runs and 30 RBI in 56 game with the Giants. His .905 OPS would stand as the second best of his whole career if the season ended today. That’s saying something for a guy who was nearly on the street a few months ago after hitting .202 with the Rays to begin the year.

So, welcome him with open arms, but just wait ’til the game is over, will ya?



  1. Brooks

    August 17, 2010 at 10:10 am

    Can’t wait to see that large swing of his. My buddy Keith sent me a text – “Wishlist – big night for Patty, Phillies win”

  2. SJ Phillies Fan

    August 17, 2010 at 10:11 am

    Who knew Pat would still have some Bat left? He is looking good the last couple of games with the Giants!

    If Chase comes back, Polanco moves back to third and hopefully we will keep Dobbs at first. I think that is our best infield option right

  3. Joann

    August 17, 2010 at 10:13 am

    Just to look at that face and body..Yummy.. Ok sorry girlie moment.. I wish he would come back & play here..He may have not be the best outfielder But he was a team player & very supportive of his team.. Miss ya Pat & Elvis. Would love to see you back in Phillies red !!!

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  5. Barb

    August 17, 2010 at 10:22 am

    Pat is one the main reasons while we choose to go to tonight’s game. It will be nice to see him at CBP again. With Oswalt pitching and possibly Utley getting in some playing time, it should be great night at the ball park. Can’t wait!

  6. Manny

    August 17, 2010 at 10:28 am

    No, no, no… as much as I’m a fan of Pat the Bat, I’m hoping he strikes out (or grounds into a DP) every single time.

    He’s still awesome, though. P the B!

  7. Kate

    August 17, 2010 at 10:44 am

    Can’t wait to see Pat the Bat back in action at Citizens Bank Park. I hope he gets a great welcome… and then his new team gets its ass thoroughly kicked.

  8. Brooks

    August 17, 2010 at 10:58 am

    Are you going tonight Kate or watching on Comcast?
    Manny, give him 2 solo shots 😉
    Phils win 6-2. Oswalt goes 7, gives up 1 run. Madson comes in for the second of Patty’s solo shots…

  9. The OCP

    August 17, 2010 at 11:01 am

    Oswalt/Zito, Cheeseburger/Cain, Hamels/Sanchez…

    2 out of 3 sounds good to me… I like the match ups tonight and Thursday. Cheeseburger is due but Cain is pretty good. We’ve gotta work some pitch counts and get to their bullpen early starting tonight… we can get to Zito. He was really good early on but has settled in a little bit and the law of averages is catching up to him. He’s been giving up more hits and more home runs lately. If he’s wild, they have to let him be wild (don’t swing at balls out of the zone). Since July, he hasn’t pitched many games against good teams… COL, MIL, NYM, LAD (x2), FLA, ATL, CHI… he did strike out 10 against the Braves but he also gave up 2 HR. In our park, HR pitchers don’t do so well…

    I’m thinking that Jayson Werth goes 4-4 tonight with a handful of RBI.

  10. Brooks

    August 17, 2010 at 11:01 am

    Solo shot, pop-up, strike out (for old times sake) and finishes with another solo shot. Our Patty, back in town!

  11. Manny

    August 17, 2010 at 11:10 am

    Nooo way Brooks!

    K, K, K, K will make me happy. I don’t want neither Oswalt or Madson to give up any runs. Then people will start bit*hing about Madson and point out how unreliable our pen is haha

    But on second thought, maybe I’ll give him a solo shot if it’s a blowout (us winning) and it’s Baez pitching.

  12. Pat Gallen

    August 17, 2010 at 11:12 am

    My favorite Pat Burrell story comes from the old Korman Suites he used to live in in Rittenhouse. I used to work summers at a moving company and we moved someone into the building. The doorman talked about all the Phillies who lived there and told us (paraphrasing):

    “Burrell always up in here with white women, black women, puerto rican, it dont matter. It’s a different one every night. I take him up the back elevator so no one sees him…”


  13. MikeB.

    August 17, 2010 at 11:13 am

    Hope he gives the Phillies some of those many strikeouts back and then shakes his head in unbelief after each one.

  14. Manny

    August 17, 2010 at 11:14 am

    …When Aaron Rowand hit that bomb in the 10th inning two years ago, as a Giant, I was HATING on the guy… But then Pat saved us in one of the most dramatic comebacks I’ve seen in person. 🙂 Now, I don’t want to hate Pat the Bat for doing what Rowand did to us this time around… though in the end it was all worth it.

  15. The Original Chuck P

    August 17, 2010 at 11:14 am

    Oswalt/Zito, Cheeseburger/Cain, Hamels/Sanchez… 2 out of 3 sounds about right to me.

    Love T/Th match ups but W is not favorable… Cheeseburger is due but he has to be pretty good. I think that we’ve gotta work some counts and get to their pen early… like, tonight. We can shell Zito- he was really good early on but the law of averages is starting to catch up with him. He’s been giving up more hits and more HR lately and hasn’t exactly played stellar competition since July. He’s striking guys out at a pretty good clip but HR pitchers in our park are treated with early exits and crooked numbers… set the tone tonight. I’m thinking Werth goes 4-4 with a handful of RBI… enough of this RISP talk.

    The ladies can’t wait to see Pat the Bat’s backside in left field… he will deservedly receive a nice ovation. Great guy but hopefully, we can send him back to San Fran with a few losses.

    Dodgers gave away a 9th inning lead to the Bravos and Joe Torre needs to be fired yesterday… he thinks too much and tries to be too cute. In NY, it was easy… hand the ball to Mo in the 9th or late in the 8th if there was a major problem. He is completely butchering the bullpen in LA and ruining the confidence of every reliever he’s got… and they’re all good ones, in my opinion. Kuo has been an excellent set up man this season… so what does Joe do? He moves him to closer and sends him out there for a 6 out save in only his second relief appearance as a closer. We killed Broxton… Troncoso is back in the minors, they traded away James McDonald, Belisario is a mess. Next up- Kenley Jansen. Wonder how they’ll screw that one up.

  16. Brooks

    August 17, 2010 at 11:16 am

    Just like he did when he was here Manny… late inning, insignificant solo shots. Striking out with men on base – Oh yeah, I can feel it now!

  17. MikeB.

    August 17, 2010 at 11:18 am

    Enjoyed your post about Burrell, Pat. I never knew about his life off the field until it started coming out towards the end of his days with the Phillies.

  18. Brooks

    August 17, 2010 at 11:19 am

    OCP, I’ve just about given up on Cheeseburger this year. Every game he seems to do better, he then digresses. First inning is almost a lock, 2 or 3 runs spotted to the opposition – maybe that’s just at home? He is starting to piss me off.

    Who do we have to replace him? Nada one. Joe Blanton==>Adam Eaton?

  19. MikeB.

    August 17, 2010 at 11:25 am

    In fairness to the Dodger relief pitchers yesterday, they were not getting the strike calls from the home plate umpire in that loss to Atlanta.

  20. Bart Shart

    August 17, 2010 at 11:36 am

    Welcome back Pat Burrell. Glad to see you are doing well for the Giants. However, I hope you strike out every time up against the Phightins. And, more importantly, welcome back Chase and Ryan, if indeed you are going to be back tonight. I hope you each homer twice. Important series, as usual. They are ALL important now. The best baseball time of the year is upon us.

  21. Bart Shart

    August 17, 2010 at 11:38 am

    Prediction: Joe Blanton will go off cheesburgers to filet of fish. He will perform like he did last year down the stretch and everyone will fall in love with him again. It’s those damn cheeseburgers.

  22. Brooks

    August 17, 2010 at 11:45 am

    Can only hope Bart – I just am growing impatient with the Cheese he is throwing out there. Look, if he has a 1-2-3 first inning can we celebrate?

    I’m pretty confident in Roy2 tonight. He def has something to prove.

  23. The Original Chuck P

    August 17, 2010 at 11:45 am

    I just hope to see one “Pat”ented Burrell scoot (2-2 count, pitch is on the inside part of the plate and Burrell shimmies back to avoid a ball that is nowhere near his midsection)… for all times sake, Pat?

    Cheeseburger is pissing everyone off… he has one really bad inning per game (usually it’s the first… early on it was the later innings, 6th or 7th). He gets in a groove in the middle innings but that one inning where he implodes is always in the back of your mind. It was suggested that he warm up a little more… I don’t know what to do with him. His ERA right now is the lowest that it has been since May… but we’re all waiting for a performance that we can feel really good about. If he can’t pull one out of his hat, that’s problematic.

    There are no replacements… nothing on the farm at this point unless you wanna give Drew Carpenter or Brandon Duckworth a shot (not advisable under any circumstance, in my opinion). People have called for Jose Contreras but I’m not sure they could stretch him out in time (and feel good about it).

  24. The Original Chuck P

    August 17, 2010 at 11:49 am

  25. Bruce

    August 17, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    OCP says…”Burrell shimmies back to avoid a ball that is nowhere near his midsection..”. Hmm..m, reminds me of another player..YES! Jayson Werth and his bailing out funky swing. LOL

  26. RichieAllen

    August 17, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    Just throw Pat that low and outside slider,(from a righthander),and you’ll see that familiar wave three times as he pulls his shoulder out.Then he’ll shake his head as he walks back to the dugout.
    Thats how I would like it to go tonight.

  27. jeremy

    August 17, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    @ the original chuck p: you’re forgetting vance worley

  28. Lefty

    August 17, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    OCP – Great article thanks.

    Old Pedro> Cheeseburger

    He’s waiting for a call.

  29. Bacardipr05

    August 17, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    No Chuck nothing on farm system sticks out worthy of a try at this point. Marshmallow Joe has awful 1st innings best thing he can do is keep it under 2 runs then he goes Staypuff after 6innings of work….

  30. Bacardipr05

    August 17, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    Braves please start losing…please..Tomahawk…

  31. Brooks

    August 17, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    Thing is, his last 2 starts the Phils have managed to scrap back but then in the 6th inning (he has made it to the 7th only 1 or 2 times this year) he gives up another blah-not…

  32. Brooks

    August 17, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    OCP, that was one of my favorites! He scoots out of the way for a called 3rd strike ….

    That and the huge swing from the heels – Bruce is not too far off here – Jayson does the corkscrew from the heels as well …

  33. Brooks

    August 17, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    I’m on my second Lager – we are heading down to see some batting practice.

  34. Andrew from Waldorf

    August 17, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    Really Pat is this page 6?

  35. Andrew from Waldorf

    August 17, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    Joe torre has never been able to manage a pen and he is jsut proving it again. Over rated. Not as much as Pinella. But close.

  36. Greg

    August 17, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    Yay Utley’s back 😀

  37. Andrew from Waldorf

    August 17, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    Utley activated
    Dobbs sent down

    2 birds
    one stone

  38. Brooks

    August 17, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    Thanks for the article OCP – checking the power rankings, the Padres are ranked 2nd overall. Crazy – aside from Gonzales, what offense do they really have? Their 1-4 starters have all won over 10 games already but, nobody looks to be that scary.

    We got this guys. Once again, the only team in the NL that gives me any concern is the team that the Phils love to beat up on, the Cardinals.


    August 17, 2010 at 3:57 pm


  40. Bob in Bucks

    August 17, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    I assume that since Dobbs was sent down that means that Gload is OK to play first against righties. Very good news until Howard returns. Then the kid goes down but he will be back in September.

    Just got our post-season ticket offer. We have partial season plan and this year they are not guaranteeing anything (too many partial and full season ticket plans). I got 4th home game of NLCS (problem is that we will probably not have home advantage so there will be no 4th home game). I hear those who just got partial season tickets this year were not given WS tickets.

    The price of success!


    August 17, 2010 at 4:03 pm


  42. The Original Chuck P

    August 17, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    Wonder if Utley plays some first base until Howard gets back… if Gload is able to play, that’s optimal but if he’s not, Utley at 1b, Valdez at 2nd and Rollins at SS sounds good to me (better than Dobbs, that’s for sure).

  43. Brooks

    August 17, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    Bob – that sucks!

    I got my Post season invoice too – wow…
    I went to one game in 07, every game in 08 and 1 NLCS, 1 WS game in 09 – I’m not sure what I’m going to do this year yet. I sold the tickets to my friends at face value – and missed the best game of the year last year, the JRoll walk off vs the Dodgers – I’d love to sell the tickets at a profit but I’m a woos…

  44. Phan in the outfield

    August 17, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    Bruce – You’re going to be one of those whining the loudest if Werth goes. Burrell wishes he had 1/2 of Werth’s innate talent. Hopefully we won’t lose him b/c it so obviously will take more than 1 player to replace his defense & production.

    In any case, I’m probably the only person who was never a Burrell fan. All the snickering stories about the many minions of chicks did nothing to help that. I don’t wish him ill. I just never cared and never thought he was worth all the discussion.

    Hey, he was always very unapologetic about who he was and there’s something to be admired and respected about that. I can’t judge, I’m no angel. I’m sure he’s a lot of fun but he always seemed to be one of those guys who got by everything in life with the very least, most minor effort and – oh yeah – a smug-assed smirk.

  45. Andrew from Waldorf

    August 17, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    Nice thought Chuck but I doubt theyd give utley a new position to go along with his coming off the DL.
    I do see down the line Utley could be a firstbaseman when he gets older and his defense declines. The guy is the perfect baseball player he will play a long time.

  46. Andrew from Waldorf

    August 17, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    I always loved Pat the Bat and this thread is the first ive ever heard of anything off the field. It doesnt change my opinion one way or the other.

  47. Phan in the outfield

    August 17, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    It’s the first you’ve heard of anything off the field?! Get out, SERIOUSLY?! The stories are literally legendary.


    August 17, 2010 at 5:06 pm


  49. Andrew from Waldorf

    August 17, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    Phan not really interested in gossip and peoples personal lives.
    I have my own life and my own scandles to worry about.
    Ill quickly forget this. Just how I am. But I can tell you the lineup for the 27 yankees and if every batter batted R or L.

  50. Andrew from Waldorf

    August 17, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    Id care if it affected the team. Bab Ruth missed half a season with VD for example.

  51. Phan in the outfield

    August 17, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    Andrew – I said before that I didn’t care about Burrell & couldn’t understand why he caused so much discussion. Couldn’t care less about the gossip, however, with Burrell there was no way to not hear it. I suspect the reason people talked so much is that old saying: guys wanted to be him & girls wanted him. That’s a gross generalization but it might hold in his case.

  52. Andrew from Waldorf

    August 17, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    I dont live in philly never have. Was in newark del till age 12 then moved to Maryland.
    So I never heard and I never listed to Wheeler or Ashburn etc etc.
    Heard Harry the last few years when I had the baseball package and he was doing games.

  53. bacardipr05

    August 17, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    Dobber must of have known he would be DFA. Guess they start Sweeney at 1st ? Hope he doesnt get injured in an Emergency they could move Valdez/Ibanez until Gload is 100%.

  54. Manny

    August 17, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    Cya Dobbs!

  55. SJ Phillies Fan

    August 17, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    I am a little disappointed about Dobbs!

    I think he would have come around…


  56. dino

    August 18, 2010 at 3:39 am

    Phillies continue to be among the stingiest of all organizations when it comes to drafting players. Yeah, I know they’ve been able to get a few nice bargains, but they are usually raw and take a lot of years to develop. The clock is ticking, and we need to look for, AND DRAFT, some guys that are closer to being Major League ready.

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