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“Guys We Despise”: John Lannan & Rod Barajas

Lannan will always be known for HBP's (AP)

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be unveiling a list. After careful consideration by the lot of Phillies Nation writers, we’ve come up with the players, teams, coaches, and umpires throughout baseball that we just don’t like. That is, on the baseball field, of course.

You know, the guys that the Phillies just can’t get out. The people that just annoy you to no end. The Phillie killers, so to speak.

Today, we break into the Top 10 with No’s. 10 and 9.

#10: John Lannan

-Really, we should like this guy. After all, he’s just 2-12 lifetime against the Phillies with an ERA off the charts (5.79 to be exact) in 17 career starts. He’s the kind of guy you want to face. Unless you’re Chase Utley or Ryan Howard.

If you recall, Lannan broke Chase Utley’s hand back in 2007, putting a damper on the Phillies chances at a spot in the playoffs. Luckily, they were able to overcome the loss of Utley, who had surgery to fix the break on July 27 of that year. He returned on August 27, somehow missing just one month. And, the Phillies went on to win the division. So that turned out OK. However, Lannan was a marked man from that point forward.

On the other hand, Lannan had marked the Phillies. The lefty has plunked 26 batters during his career – eight of them are Utley, Howard, and Shane Victorino. All told, he has hit Phillies batters a total of 10 times in those 17 starts.

While we despise him for the Utley/Howard incident of 2007, plus the array of other plunkings, I guess we should note that the Phillies have crushed him, too. Revenge, I suppose.

Barajas and his missed tag. (AP)

#9: Rod Barajas

-Ole! That’s how Rod Barajas’ career will be remembered in red pinstripes. He was supposed to bring a powerful bat to the back-end of the Phillies lineup in 2007. Instead, he was an abject failure here, and like Freddy Garcia, just kind of slid into the background.

With the Phillies, Barajas played a career-low 48 games and hit just four homers while knocking in 10 runs in 147 plate appearances. But it will always come back to that one play that he failed to make.

Against the Florida Marlins, Barajas somehow missed an easy tag on Hanley Ramirez, who was a dead duck at home plate. The missed tag allowed the game to continue and two pitches later, Brett Myers threw his arm out, leaving the game with a strained shoulder.

Not only did Barajas not do much with the bat while he was a Phillie, he had a hand in one of the crappiest plays of the last decade. On top of that, he managed to kill the Phillies every time he faced them for a good three years. As our own Jon Nisula puts it, “look at his career stats against the Phillies once he left: .971 OPS against the Phillies compared to his career .698 OPS, 27 PA/HR in his career, but just 11 PA/HR against the Phillies. How does that happen?”

Put all that together and it gets you to #9 on our list.

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  1. Don M

    March 13, 2012 at 11:28 am

    i HATE both of these guys with a passion..

    I was at the game where he broke Utley’s hand.. Lannan, in his Major League debut, hit Utley with an 0-2 fastball … and then hit Ryan Howard on the very next pitch … he was immediately ejected by the home plate ump (i guess because otherwise the Phillies are plunking someone next inning) — funny thing though, it was Adam Eaton on the mound. Chances are he wouldn’t be able to hit a Nat if he tried

    oddly, the Barajas OLE! …and Lannan hitting Utley happened only about two months apart in 2007

  2. John

    March 13, 2012 at 11:49 am

    No one in baseball has respect for joe west…..umpires should not be inthe limelight of a game they should simply be making unbiased unemotional calls and beyond that be spectating slightly closer than the fans and analysts…..that being said joe west is a quintessential example of what an umpire shouldnt be

  3. George

    March 13, 2012 at 11:56 am

    I think the Lannan hatred is a little over the top. Pitchers hit batters; it’s part of the game. I doubt it was deliberate, particularly because it was Lannan’s first ML start, and he was probably nervous.

    He’s been terrible against the Phils ever since, and that mitigates my “hatred” of him quite a bit. I’ll miss him should he be traded to the Tigers, as has been rumored as a possibility.

    Barajas, on the other hand, deserves every rotten egg we can throw at him.

    • Don M

      March 13, 2012 at 1:02 pm

      George … the number of times he’s hit PHILLIES is insane … the fact that he’s hit Utley and Howard so often is nuts … and the fact that the first time he did it broke Utley’s hand in what was an “MVP type season” .. he was hitting .336, with 17 HRs and 82 RBI, and there were still more than two months to play .

      Lannan is very justified on this list

      He’s started 128 games in the majors … he’s hit 26 batters .. 10 of those guys are Phillies. More than a coincidence I think

      in his career there are 4 players that he’s plunked more than once .. three of them are Phillies: Ryan Howard (3), Chase Utley (3), Nate McClouth (3), Shance Vinctorino (2)

      and in similar amount of plate appearances … he’s never once hit Chipper Jones, Brian McCann, David Wright, Hanley Ramirez …. again, it’s a little more than a coincedence

      • The Original Chuck P

        March 13, 2012 at 1:15 pm

        Lannan seems to have a thing with lefties… of those guys that he has hit more than once, all but one are left handed. Of those that he hasn’t hit, all but one are right handed. The exceptions – Shane and Chipper (both switch hitters) would have been standing up there right handed so Shane is the exception.

  4. Comey

    March 13, 2012 at 11:59 am

    I am so happy someone else remembers, and detests, Barajas tagging high like a fool. I remember that game vividly, watching it with my roommate in Harrisburg. I remember the high tag, and getting so unbelievably angry about it…only to take it to a whole new level two pitches later. From that moment forward, he became “(F…) you Rod Barajas” to me. That’s his whole name to me, now.

    Of course, his idiocy did bring about Carlos Ruiz. So we do have him to thank for that. Still, screw him.

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