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Phillies Nation Quarter Pole Awards

Galvis has played a role in the Phillies success this season. (AP)

The Phillies have played just over 1/4 of their games. So, we give out the awards for what has gone down thus far.

MVP AWARD: Carlos Ruiz

-This is an easy one. Chooch has been phenomenal from the minute the season began. In spring training, he knew he would have to take on a larger role within the offense. No way he – or anyone else for that matter – thought he’d be this good, right? Chooch has been the saving grace for this offense. Over the last month, Ruiz has a 1.132 OPS and has been moved up to fifth in the order. Thank the Lord for Chooch.


Jonathan Papelbon certainly deserves a look too, but he only pitches one inning at a time. So the award goes to Cole, and rightfully so. Hamels is tied for the league lead in wins with six and ranks high in pretty much every other category. He has been the horse this season. Not that Halladay and Lee haven’t been good, it’s just that Hamels has been excellent.


-Galvis can play the field. He’s one of the smoothest son-of-a-guns on a diamond this team has seen in a while. Like a young Young James. But, we’re still not sure about his bat. Galvis has had some really big hits, but he’s also looked completely over matched. Either way, it’s been cool watching him make it in the majors.


-Really thought JMJ could be a legit 20-home run threat with the right amount of at-bats. Through May 22, he only has one. I can’t pinpoint the issue, but he just hasn’t looked like the Mayberry of late last season. That’s a damn shame, too. I was looking forward to that breakout and so far, it hasn’t come.

BEST THING ABOUT CITIZENS BANK PARK IN 2012 AWARD: The sellout streak continuing

-No matter how it happens, the Phillies continue to sell tickets. Ranking paid attendance, the Phillies are by far number one in baseball.

WORST THING ABOUT CITIZENS BANK PARK in 2012 AWARD: The sellout streak continuing

-Yes, all the tickets are sold, but not everyone is showing up. Most of the games have been roughly 75-90 percent full in my estimation. The bigger games have had a packed house, but for the most part it’s been empty right up until game time and then slowly filling in. Phillies fans needs to step it up and pack the house no matter what.


-We’re excluding Jonathan Papelbon. We know he’s been good. Tony has really turned it around after a rough start. His velocity is not the same as in 2011, but that’s hardly mattered. Over 12 1/3 innings, Bastardo has walked a few too many (7) but has made up for that with 14 strikeouts and just five hits allowed. They’ve needed him to continue his strong progression and he has.


-When you sign guys that have pitched in the most games in the last seven years, you might be playing with fire. The Phillies clearly are with Qualls. Do I think he’ll be this bad all year? Absolutely not. I think Chad Qualls will end up being OK. But through the first month-plus, it’s been a while ride in the eighth (and ninth, occasionally) that no one really wants to be a part of. Qualls has given up a bunch of games on his own, never a good sign when your pen as a whole is looking for guys to step up.


-A lot of people asked about both of these guys during spring and thought both should make it. Well, here they are. Diekman had one rough outing, but looks like he definitely has the stuff to stick around in the major leagues. Luna provides some pop off the bench – huge grand slam in Chicago was awesome – and can play multiple positions. They aren’t the sexiest names, but they’ve made an impression.


-Maybe I’m nitpicking here, but Pence is more frustrating to watch than Jimmy Rollins, who also could have taken home this award. His plate discipline sometimes makes you want to rip your eyes out of your head. He should be hitting for a higher average, but can’t seem to slow down at the plate. It’s not hard to love his intensity, but that can often times be a detriment.


-Worley told me he has used the chatter that he would fall back to earth as motivation. The Vanimal hardly needs it. He’s had a great second season, making this rotation as a whole, one of the best in baseball – if not THE best. He’ll have to pitch through elbow pain for the remainder of the season, but if anyone can do it, it’s the Vanimal.

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  1. Manny

    May 23, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Agree with everything, except for the Most Frustrating Phillie. I think J-roll wins that one with his very, very sub-par numbers (avg, obp, slg, ops, etc). Pence is frustrating to watch at times, but the guy has 10 HRs already… on pace for almost 40 by the end of the season. Doubt that he’ll get there, but his production has been good overall.

    • Pat Gallen

      May 23, 2012 at 10:50 am

      Manny, I know he has 10 HR already, but he should be doing WAY more damage. For some reason, I’m infinitely more frustrated with him than Jimmy. Maybe because I’ve come to the realization that Jimmy will no longer be the guy we want him to be. While Pence is certainly in his prime AND the Phillies gave up a ton for him, which I didn’t want them to do in the first place.

      • Manny

        May 23, 2012 at 11:03 am

        I see what you mean. I was just looking at what they’re doing on the field and in the batters box… if you add the whole trade thing (and its repercussions) to the mix, then Pence definitely becomes more “frustrating.”

        However, I still think Jimmy takes the cake for the 1st 1/4 of the season since, in my opinion, his poor performance outweighs everything else…

        With runners in scoring position:

        Jimmy: .194 avg, .226 slg, .576 ops
        Pence: .232 avg, .393 slg, .726 ops

        Both bad and frustrating, but Jimmy’s numbers are downright horrible and inexcusable. Hopefully he’ll come back strong now after a couple of much-needed days off.

  2. Don M

    May 23, 2012 at 11:07 am

    Pence is without a doubt the most frustrating Phillie to watch this season . . . . his at-bat last night, flailing at two pitches that would’ve hit a LH-batter (no exeaggeration). . . was one of the most difficult things to watch all year ……..combined with his terrible defense …

    Rollins at least still plays solid defense … Pence is one of the worst fielders in baseball so far this season (he looks much worse than last year, or was it masked last year by the fact that we kept winning games?)

  3. phil

    May 23, 2012 at 11:13 am

    Blanton needs love on this list…

  4. TheDipsy

    May 23, 2012 at 11:14 am

    Rollins does not frustrate me in the least because this is the player he is now. I know I sound like Andrew when I say this but just because I sound like him doesn’t make me wrong 🙂 Pence is pressing. There is no pitch selection and no patience. He’s clearly trying to do to much. There is something to be said for staying within yourself. Shane and Jimmy are what they are now. They are complimentary pieces for a good team and not players to be depended on to be the core of a winning club. And Roy’s fastball is 3-4 clicks slower. Whats that all about?

    The Dipsy

  5. GM

    May 23, 2012 at 11:28 am

    Hopefully the few days away will help Jimmy clear his head and get a fresh start. I don’t expect a repeat of 2007, but I think everyone agrees that he can do better offensively. Defensively, I think he has proved that he is still one of the top SS in the National League.

    Pence has probably been the most frustrating for me to watch, but Victorino & Mayberry would be on my list as well. A few weeks ago I may have put Polanco on that list, but he has been much better in May than he was in April. Maybe JMJ shouldn’t be, but I was one of the fools who believed the hype, that he was ready to take the LF job.

  6. Manny

    May 23, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Most people overrated Pence when he came over in the midst of a career year. People expect him to bat .300 or close to it, when in reality he’s more of a .270s hitter. Hence why I’m not really that frustrated with him. Jimmy’s numbers so far deviate way more sharply from his career norm.

    And Dipsy: Shane, J-roll, AND Pence were all supposed to be complimentary pieces. I always realized that but I can see how anyone who thought he was gonna be more than that could be frustrated with him at this point.

    • Manny

      May 23, 2012 at 11:33 am

      *Edit: J-roll was part of the core.. but now I think everyone realizes he’s a complimentary piece.

  7. Don M

    May 23, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Mayberry’s been bad against RHP …. and not terrible against LHP ……… in a platoon against LHP only, he’s a good option, especially batting 6th-7th

  8. TheDipsy

    May 23, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    And this freakin’ “paternity leave” bit is just totally galling to me. Would it be different if the team was sailing along? Yes. But the the team stinks. He stinks. They’re in last place. And the fact that he exercises the luxury of a full 3 day series against the Nationals to spend with his new wife and kid is just effed up. I understand there are no health issues. If my dad would have asked his boss for three days off to bond with his kid his boss would have died laughing and kicked him out of his office. What? I’m insensitive?

    The Dipsy

  9. Andrew from Waldorf

    May 23, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    You would agree with Donny and his Cheerleading.
    Until you understand he wants Howard and Utley back.

    He Championed Rollins.

    Its his $176,000,000.00 payroll.
    Ruben Minaya is an internet goof much like Donny.

    He wants all these guys.

    You are under .500 but have the best team.
    Had the best team in 2010 and 2011.

    To be in last place and 2 games under .500

    Donny assures me Howard and Utley are cose to returning.

    • Don M

      May 23, 2012 at 12:48 pm

      uhhhmmmm, what?

      Yes, I wanted Rollins resigned… he was the best available option at SS … he’s one of the best defensive SS in baseball, and better offensively than most players too (please insert the all-important stats thus far through 7 weeks in 2012: ____here_____ ).

      I do want Utley and Howard back .. you don’t??

      I never said that either player was close to returning…

      2 games under .500 with only 118 games left this season.

      And speaking of 2010, isn’t that when your little infatuation with me started… its getting a little old

    • Phillies fan from Germany

      May 24, 2012 at 4:20 am

      Andrew, you really have no clue about baseball!

  10. Jay Floyd

    May 23, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Most frustrating Phillie…Charlie gets no mention? Seems like the blame game comes his way most often lately.

    I feel that in a match up of Pence and Rollins for that title, Rollins is the most frustrating this season. His production is most lacking.

    • Pat Gallen

      May 23, 2012 at 12:50 pm

      How can you be frustrated with Charlie? He’s not the one not hitting with runners at second and third and less than 2 outs. He’s trying to work with what he’s got right now.

      • Jay Floyd

        May 23, 2012 at 5:06 pm

        I was not stating that I am frustrated with Charlie, although I can see that at times. I was expressing surprise over no one else having stated his name there.

        Charlie’s issue is the usage of the pitching staff in some instances. Blame for the offense goes on injuries and the hitters who are in there.

      • c schreiber

        May 23, 2012 at 8:58 pm

        Amen, brother….

  11. Lefty

    May 23, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    I second the “Thank the lord for Chooch” sentiment.

    And I’m quite sure about Freddy. A little more seasoning/ fine tuning, and he’ll be a decent hitting SS like Bowa was.

    My frustration award goes to the entire team, from GM on down.

    • Don M

      May 23, 2012 at 12:52 pm

      Lefty, I agree ….the more I watch galvis play, the more I like him ……..

      that said, some people act like he’s tearing the cover off the ball, which just isn’t the case. He’s been pretty good so far, lets see how he adjusts as the pitchers start to find the holes in his swing, etc. .

      and in mentioning Larry Bowa ….. he has a lower Avg, lower OBP, and lower SLG than Rollins, and Rollins is better defensively

      • Lefty

        May 23, 2012 at 1:05 pm

        But that’s the problem Don, everyone thinks Freddy stinks if he can’t match 2007 Rollins, and that’s not fair or true. He will never meet those expectations, doesn’t mean he can’t be a decent SS for the team for a long time.

      • Don M

        May 23, 2012 at 1:16 pm

        Im definitely not asking for anyone to be the 2007- Rollins ….. but what I’m saying is that the average-Rollins , is really, really good . . . . and right now, because Galvis is hitting .020? pts higher than Rollins, people are calling for Jimmy’s head – which i just don’t understand

        I think Galvis is without a doubt, a capable MLB player … and an above-average SS ……..but just as I’m asking people to not base Rollins “sucks -or- not” status on the first 7 weeks of 2012 ……the same should go for Galvis …….and the people saying that Rollins contract extension was a mistake, because Galvis can play SS … really? We’re ready to make those claims already?

        its all just the typical Philly-overreaction to me

      • Lefty

        May 23, 2012 at 1:27 pm

        Fair enough, I understand. I just worry that Freddy becomes like Doug Decinces, a good ball player that never got credit until he played for a different club, because he replaced Brooks Robinson in Baltimore. And don’t get all upset AFW, I’m not comparing Jimmy to Brooks, just making a point.

        But for the record, I thought it was a bad idea to resign Jimmy to a long term deal, not because I didn’t think he’d hit, I was worried about injuries in an older player. Same reason I don’t want them to sign Hamels to a 7 year deal. As I said yesterday, it’s probably why no one has ever asked me to be a GM, but it’s what I feel, and I cant go against that.


    May 23, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    Nice article…. BUT, the most frustrating Phillie Award goes, hands down, to Jimmy Rollins. Frankly, he stinks this year. Pence has 10 homers and is trying too hard. Rollins, for my money seems like he is hardly trying and playing out a big contract. He just continues to piss me off with his inability to get on base and his swinging for the fences. Galvis has three homers compared to Rollins’ one homer.

    Rollins stinks this year. MOST FRUSTRATING PHILLIE by far

  13. Andrew from Waldorf

    May 23, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Don M?
    Do you comprehend on any level how bad this team is and how bark the future is?

    What do you think the future holds?

    I surrender.

    • Don M

      May 23, 2012 at 1:21 pm

      How bad is this team . . . . 21-23

      We would all agree they are playing just about as bad as they possibly can, right? …. and that’s still coming out to us being about a .500 team …

      with no real contributions from Rollins, or Mayberry …. Vic and Pence playing below what we expected ………………. no “wins” from Cliff Lee…. Halladay pitching far below his norm…. and obviously nothing from Utley or Howard. . .

      so while i’m not calling for every one of those players to suddenly revert back their Career Years ………… if only a few of them pick up the pace just to get back to their Career Average …. I think we’ll be in pretty good shape.

      I’m far from being ready to write this season off, again 118 games to play- and we have had little production from many on the roster thus far ………and we’re still 21-23 ….

      who knows what the future holds … Maybe we have Hamels, not Vic …. maybe both… maybe neither ……… maybe they decide they want Hamilton and a lesser SP.. instead of Hamels, Vic… Who knows.. why worry so much about the unknowns right now

      • c schreiber

        May 23, 2012 at 9:03 pm

        Hamilton of Texas??? Dreamer!!! or did you mean Milo Hamilton reincarnated???

    • Jay Floyd

      May 23, 2012 at 4:57 pm

      Mmm, bark….

  14. TheDipsy

    May 23, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    This thought: Ruben never would have signed Rollins had he known that Utley and Howard were not gonna play. If Ruben had his way, I’m sure he would have just wanted to keep the band together for another album…not for four more years. But for the sake of continuity and making the big run, he signed him. Now Jimmy’s about as useful as tits on a bull. If I knew Chase was gonna retire and Howard wasn’t gonna play till next year, I would trade Jimmy in a heartbeat, if anyone would take his money.

    The Dipsy

  15. TheDipsy

    May 23, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Don – Ruiz and Pierre and Galvis have been playing OVER their heads. It all evens out. Jimmy is a .265 hitter. Big deal. And how much were you counting on from Mayberry? Based on what body of work? We…do…not…have..enough…good……good. Imean, is this “suspension of disbelief”?

    The Dipsy

    • c schreiber

      May 23, 2012 at 9:05 pm

      Yes for most of these dreamers & cool=aid drinkers.

  16. Bob D

    May 23, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    Ruiz MVP – Pence honorable mentioned
    Hamels Pitcher of Year – Blanton honarable mentioned believe it or not
    Worley & Nix also doing well

  17. The Original Chuck P

    May 23, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    You have to ask yourself, if the Phillies did not re-sign Jimmy, who would be playing shortstop and/or second base? Jimmy’s numbers aren’t pretty… he has to do better… but given the options that were available, there’s not much the Phillies could have done better. They could have saved some money but the offensive production wouldn’t have been much better and to be brutally honest, I don’t care about them saving money. I want them to spend every dollar available in their budget to field the best players possible at every position,

    The only free agent shortstop that is overplaying his contract is Rafael Furcal and I’m not sure he had any desire to leave St. Louis. If we had plugged Galvis in at shortstop, we wouldn’t have a second baseman… but we didn’t know Chase wasn’t going to be able to go.

    Here are the names that we might have had a shot at…

    Clint Barmes (signed for 2 yrs/$10 million… he’s hitting .167/.195/.278
    Yun. Betancourt (signed for 1 yr/$2 million… on the DL)
    Jamey Carroll (signed for 2 yrs/$6.75 million… hitting .227/.318/.267
    Alex Gonzalez (signed for 1 yr/$4.25 million… on the DL)
    Jose Reyes (signed for 6 yrs/$106 million… hitting .253/.340/.337
    Marco Scutaro (signed for 1 yr/$6 million… hitting .245/.306/.314)

  18. Jeff Dowder

    May 23, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    The Yankees have a lot of the same problems that the Phillies do:

    • c schreiber

      May 23, 2012 at 9:08 pm

      Does anyone on this blog care if the Y’s have the same problems?? I think not.

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