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Writer’s Roundtable: What’s Surprising About the Phillies?

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Question: What has surprised you the most about the Phillies thus far in Spring Training?

Don McGettigan (@DonM409): The biggest surprise to me has been the lack of offense from Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, and Ryan Howard (hitting .211, .196, and .245 respectively). It’s not that I expected great numbers, or some complete rejuvenation, but I anticipated that the heart of the lineup would buy into the plea for better at bats from the coaching staff. The only chance this team has to contend is to get production from the 2-3-4 spots in the lineup, and so far the intended lineup just hasn’t shown anything worth getting excited about.

Corey Seidman (@CoreySeidman): The biggest surprise for me has been Mario Hollands, the Phillies’ towering lefty pitcher who wasn’t even protected in the Rule 5 draft, but who has a genuine shot to make the team out of camp. Hollands could be an X-factor this year because of his versatility. He could be a long reliever, a spot starter, or a LOOGY (Left-handed One Out Guy). Why not give that all-purpose role to a guy like Hollands who has a mid-90s fastball and some upside, rather than a Jeff Manship or a Sean O’Sullivan or a Shawn Camp?

Jon Nisula (@JNisula): My biggest surprise is the Jimmy Rollins saga. One of the best players in Phillies history is being treated like a villain in already one of the worst offseasons in recent history. Regardless of what side you’re on with the J-Roll thing, this is just a horrible way to go into the season.

Pat Gallen (@PatGallen_975): Actually, the most surprising part of Spring Training has been the absolute lack of any mojo or juice pertaining to the team. No one is talking about the team in a positive way. You might say that isn’t surprising given the lack of good baseball over the past two seasons, but it still surprises me.

That falls more on the players. Very few Phillies have given us anything positive to report. But what’s surprising is that normally a player or two will jump off the page at you in a given Spring Training by hitting .400, smashing eight homers, or just being a complete unknown that turns heads. Corey describes Mario Hollands as that guy, but even he has pretty much flown under the radar.

Martin Shnayder (@MartyTempleU): The most surprising thing was the recent outrighting of Kevin Frandsen to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Ruben Amaro gave Frandsen a guaranteed contract ($900,000) after avoiding arbitration. Contracts that are given to avoid arbitration are normally non-guaranteed, so Frandsen is going to get paid by the Phillies regardless of if he plays inning for them this season. Despite Frandsen’s batting average plummeting from .338 in 2012 to .234 in 2013, he still led all of major league baseball with 14 pinch hits last year. Frandsen also only struck out 29 times in 278 plate appearances last year. His pinch hitting ability combined with his defensive versatility and clubhouse presence makes his potential departure from the ball club all that much more surprising.

Eric Seidman (@EricSeidman): The biggest surprise to me isn’t necessarily how well Tony Gwynn Jr. has played, but how much better he has played than John Mayberry Jr. over the last several seasons. My surprise is more of a statistical comparison I never thought to make.

From 2009-12, Gwynn has 5.5 WAR compared to Mayberry’s 1.9 WAR. Both have similar playing time in the span. Gwynn has a higher walk rate and lower strikeout rate than Mayberry. Gwynn has a +36 defensive rating compared to Mayberry’s -18. Gwynn has a +7.6 base running mark compared to Mayberry’s +0.1.

Mayberry obviously has more power, but Gwynn’s defense and base running more than make up for it. The Phillies guaranteed Mayberry a major league salary this season but Gwynn should not only make the roster, he should be the go-to defensive backup and pinch-runner. He is a much better player than Mayberry.

Kenny Ayres (@KennyAyres8): This is along the lines of some of the other answers, but the most surprising thing to me is the lack of urgency it seems like the players have right now. Yes, it is only Spring Training, but there is a reason teams do it, and it is to get ready for the season. It does not feel like more than maybe a handful of guys are ready or are treating this spring like it actually means something. Spring training is the time to start good habits, not fall back into bad ones. It just seems like this team has not been eager at all this spring and that is worrisome moving into the regular season.

Alex Lee (@AlexLeeTSR): I have to agree with Pat. I had very low expectations for this team in 2014, but I didn’t foresee them plummeting to even greater depths in Spring Training. In a season where they need a series of variables to go their way in order to even contend, pretty much everything has gone wrong to this point. Their older, injury-prone players seem healthy, but their performances have given us no reason to believe their skills aren’t on the decline. Meanwhile, a handful of their younger players will start the year on the disabled list. What a disaster. I don’t typically put much stock in Spring Training performances, but the utter lack of positive news coming out of Clearwater is pretty ominous considering how this team has been trending in recent years.

Pat Egan (@Pat_Egan): The most surprising thing to me is how Amaro has turned this team from a power house, to the laughing stock of the league. It seems like it was 10 years ago when our pitching staff was adorning the cover of Sports Illustrated. The regular season was simply an appetizer to what was sure to be a World Series championship, but that wasn’t 10 years ago, it was three. And that team didn’t even make the World Series, they lost in the NLDS. In that short amount of time the Phillies have gone from one of the best teams in MLB, to a joke. Signing guys like 40-year-old Bobby Abreu, while saying you plan to compete this season is a slap in the face to the fan base.

Ian Riccaboni (@IanRiccaboni): What has surprised me the most about Phillies Spring Training is that Ruben Amaro has emerged as the outright winner of his last big trade. The trade for Ben Revere (.345/.386/.423 with 5 SB) has never looked better with Vance Worley being outrighted off of the Twins roster and Trevor May not impressing in his brief Twins Spring Training cameo. With the questionable return for Cliff Lee and the haul he gave away for Hunter Pence in his history, it is easy to forget the wins Amaro has a general manager. Revere’s acquisition will likely join the first Lee acquisition as a trade that works out well in Phillies history.



  1. Phil Lee

    March 24, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    Pat Egan wins! It’s nice to see an honest critique of amaro. Looks like Ian mailed it in on this one.

    • wbramh

      March 24, 2014 at 4:22 pm

      I’m not a Ruben Amaro sycophant by any stretch of the imagination but he wasn’t responsible for the team not winning 4 straight World championships.

      Statistically it’s pretty easy for the best team to be upset on the way to “sure” glory, especially since the playoff expansion era began. The team that wins is the one whose pitching is freshest or bats don’t suddenly go cold – and that can even be a game-to-game condition as as the powerhouse Yankees discovered in 1960 and the powerhouse Orioles found out in 1969. So I really can’t buy into Pat Egan’s suggestion that management failed the team in 2011 or in any other playoff series.

      And frankly, while I vehemently disagree with Ruben over the potential of the 2014 team and methods to kick start it I can understand his reasoning, however flawed it may turn out to be. I’m sure Ruben puts his all into this club much the same way anyone with a passion for his work would do, but sometimes there’s a tendency to get too close, and I believe he’s arrived at that point. I also don’t want to see him fired. For one thing, it’s still a damned game and not brain surgery. Why anybody would get so worked up as to demand blood and feel glee over someone losing their job is beyond me – especially over a kid’s game.

      With little argument, the most responsible party for a team’s success or failure is ownership and not the GM, manager , coaches or players. Some owners go through management like the proverbial goes through a goose and make it impossible for anyone to be successful. And who knows how big of a financial thumb is pressing on Ruben’s neck these days?
      The Phil’s are one of the few team who can afford to pay luxury tax – if they so desire. The World Champion Red Sox have paid it (while simultaneously building the best farm system in baseball) and the Yankees have been paying it every year since the penalty system was first implemented in 2003. In other words, they need not sacrifice being competitive until the current crop of generous contracts expire. That’s a choice – not a demand.

      As for Ian’s compliment to Ruben, well why not give Rube credit for what he did right. In the current atmosphere I’d say Ian took the bolder route by being rational enough to keep some perspective while the rest of us, including me, are wringing our hands over the prospects of landing in the cellar. It really is a surprise that Ruben’s last trade is the one bright spot. I’ve been a naysayer concerning Revere’s potential (beyond being a great kid) since day one and I’ve been wrong since day one. So good for Ruben and good for Ian for pointing it out.

      If Ruben can’t straighten out the team, nature will get around to it. In the meantime, root-root-root for the home team. If we don’t win it’s a shame… but not life and death.

      Pass the hot dogs enjoy the game of baseball.
      And should you see Ruben up in the booth, smile, wave and give him a friendly shout out.
      He’s going to need it this year.

      • Jebidiah Atkinson

        March 24, 2014 at 6:59 pm

        I don’t hate Amaro at all, I just think he’s a perfect example of the Peter Principle and he’s now at his level of incompetence. That doesn’t preclude me from still being a fan, but as a fan I recognize that the sooner he is gone the sooner the organization can start it’s turnaround.

        As far as finances, RAJ still has a top five payroll, and most of the team’s biggest monetary blunders have been made by him. I’m not buying the “conspiracy theorists” who will try to tell me that ownership pressured him to extend Howard or to bid against a phantom team for the services of Papelbon. There are teams with a fraction of the Phillies’ payroll that are perennially successful.

  2. Jebidiah Atkinson

    March 24, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    Not many surprises really. They are what most of us expect them to be, a 65-70 win team. It will be an ugly season (especially with a time bomb like Bowa around and ready to detonate), but at least baseball is back. On the bright side, we’re one season closer to the end of the Amaro regime.

    • wbramh

      March 24, 2014 at 5:13 pm

      I totally agree with you about the team sinking into the 65-70 win range. At the beginning of Spring training I put the wins at 68. I wouldn’t be surprised if it turns out to be closer to 60 wins than 70 wins.

      But on the subject of Bowa, I must disagree – and frankly, I believe Sandberg and Bowa are of like mind on how to run this team – and if Earl or Billy or McGraw are looking down on this team they probably think Ryno and Bowa are playing the role of wet nurses. Weaver didn’t have any qualms over picking fights with his biggest stars and pissing them off. In fact, all three would either hit you or threaten to hit you if you ignored their demands (never requests).

      This team needs a wake up call. They’re not going to win any titles but they can win my heart by playing hard, smart baseball. I not only want to see them run out grounders, I’d like to see every one of them run to first on walks. I want to see them pumped up. I want to see them so mad at Ryno and Bowa that they want to take their heads off just a Reggie wanted to decapitate Billy but took it out on pitchers instead (most of the time). Just as Palmer took it out on batters instead of putting one between Earl’s eyes. Just as everyone wanted to see McGraw dead – teammates and opposition alike. And “The Ole Professor” didn’t have it any better. He managed to piss off scores of players on every team he managed – but not guys like Ashburn who were true students of the game. Ashburn appreciated and understood everything that Casey did to motivate his team.

      Bowa may not have channeled his wrath correctly when he was at the helm and maybe Ryno needs more seasoning to find his consistent groove. It might just be that Ryno wanted Bowa on the bench because, while they think alike, Bowa is actually the modifier these days (the “good cop”) rather than the instigator. Hell, Casey had some tough early days, too. In his first decade managing the Braves and Dodgers his teams never finished higher than 5th place.

      The Hippocratic Oath states, “First, do no harm.” I’m not sure how you can harm a 60-win club.
      Sticks and stones? Yes.
      Words? Get over it, men.

  3. J. Phillips

    March 24, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    Guys…relax, it’s Spring Training. What is valuable about Spring Training is repitition. Getting a ton of at-bats, and they are doing that. All three are in good physical shape, so we’ve got that going for us. When the music starts, the Phils will be there!!!

  4. Ken Bland

    March 24, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    That’s quite the question to prompta roundtable discussion. I mean by and large, the sentiment and reaction passed on about the Phils is that there is a LACK of anything exciting, but it is all relative.

    I’ll offer 2 comments on the topic of the biggest surprise. Firstly, the biggest surprise to me is that Sandberg has gone so far as to actually put Howard in the 5 spot. I would not have expected that move to have been made this early. Had he continued to demonstrate the weaknesses that have become more pronounced as his career has progressed, inside the season, it wouldn’t have been as surprising. But supposedly finally healthy, I figured they’d keep at 4 this early to see if his off season work might have put him on more of a right track.
    Plus, if you’re gonna move him, I’d have anticipated a bigger switch than 4 to 5. Maybe 4 to 6

    What I’d like to see as the biggest surprise is debatably relevant to reality in the first place, but I’d like to see the ballclub mentally insulated against the negativity and apathy about them. I’d like to see an us against the world swagger reflective of actual confidence and team importance and unity. As I think this is gonna be tough to muster up, it would pleasantly surprise me if this club actually has what might be typically perceived as the right attitude to have a surprisingly good year. If they do, it would be a strong nominee for biggest surprise.

  5. Ken Bland

    March 24, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    Regarding Ian’s comment about how good the Revere trade looks, that conclusion is so apparent to date, that it almost seems too deep in the forest to present the thought that a year into a trade isn’t necessarily the finish line. And Revere, possessive of some major hot periods both last year and in the spring hasn’t come close to being a flawless player. And since I’ve not checked up on formerly respected and highly thought of Trevor May, maybe that speaks to how badly Worley has gone south.

    There was a passing blurb this morning mentioning a reconnect between Worley and the Phils. A mere mention, not report of interest. The question might be would it really be a reconnect. Sure, Ruiz is still here. Charlie and Dubee, who participated in coaxing an 11-3 record out of him one year, are not. Wherever the credit lies in his ascent through the minors to the Phils, here’s a piece on Worley I thought had some good takes on him. But, in let’s live for today spirit, Ruben scored a major win in that deal.


    • Don M

      March 24, 2014 at 3:53 pm

      I always thought Worley was the same as Happ, same as Clyod, same as Pettibone, etc..

      When guys that aren’t highly touted prospects have sudden success in the higher levels of the minor leagues, and in their early MLB career – we often get very excited. I’m VERY glad the Phillies were able to get value from Worley before there was none left.

  6. Bellkirk

    March 24, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    Ian, even a broken clock is right twice a day. And the jury is still out on Revere/Worley, it’s only been one season.

    What’s amazing to me is how a once great team has been run into the ground in only a couple of years. The Phillies had a nice run from 2007-11, and some decline is to be expected as your core gets older. It was clear in 2012 this team needed to either load up for one more run, or rebuild. Of course, Amaro and company did neither, instead choosing some bizarre “strategy” in between, So now we’re a bad, old team with a poor farm system. There’s still a good payroll, but when management is inept, that doesn’t matter.

    As rock bottom becomes lower and lower, one wonders when management will do something. What will it take? Do the fans have to stay away? With the cable deal, does management even care? And yes, I’m a fan. But it’s time to clean house, starting with the GM office…

  7. schmenkman

    March 24, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    The reason they have spring training is to get in game shape, and get timing and mechanics down, all while managing to not get hurt before the season even starts.

    I am a little perplexed by the perception that there is a lack of urgency. I certainly hope no one starts treating spring training “like it means something” other than what I list above, since it doesn’t, and never has.

    Granted, the spring stats are not pretty at many positions:

    SS: .188 average, .549 OPS
    2B: .214 average, .770 OPS
    RF: .170 average, .430 OPS
    Team: 30th in average, 27th in OPS

    My mistake — those were the 2008 stats for Rollins, Utley, and Werth, and the overall team.

    Now, no one expects the 2014 team to look anything like the ’08 version. But the point is that spring training, aside from timing, mechanics, and above all, health, IS meaningless.

    And as Alex alluded to, the only injury so far that will have a significant impact on the 2014 season is Hamels, who seems to be progressing well (fingers crossed). That all could change tomorrow, but for now the doom and gloom seems a little over the top.

    • Ken Bland

      March 24, 2014 at 5:29 pm

      It kinda sucks when the best message of the year competition ends before Opening Day. This’ll be a tough one to beat. And it really is a great post because it doesn’t counter the doom and gloom with a dose of bright and sunny of equal proportion.

      That said, while my opinion and prognosis are as worthless as the next person’s (predictions, and almost to a same extent, senses are just worthless), I have concerns about the ballclub that seem pretty real. I find it a challenging background against which to get fired up. But I know where the horse and cart go, and in what order.

      Troy Renck is the new Broncos beat writer for the Denver Post. Good luck to his successor in matching his work ethic, or at least what seems a helluva specimen of it for fans seeking information.

    • wbramh

      March 24, 2014 at 5:42 pm

      A very clever “mistake” and point made particularly well.
      And while many here would point to the age issue, the oldest team in baseball last year wasn’t the Phillies. It was the Boston Red Sox who I believe had a decent 2013 campaign.

      Having said that, If given the opportunity I would have swapped most (I said “most”) of Boston’s old guys for our old guys without pause. The biggest difference between the two franchises is while everybody’s old guys are older this year, Boston has a rash of young farm system studs who are breaking into their lineup. Who is being promoted from the Phils’ farm system this Spring?

      But you’re right. Those terrible numbers at 2-3-4 won’t remainTHAT terrible (I pray), but I have low expectations for their final stats to reflect those of a winning team, or even a .500 team. Staying healthy is the key but there are just too many ifs and maybe too much cumulative physical damage done to offset the mileage.

      But wouldn’t one last hurrah for this exceptional gang of players be magnificent?

      Perhaps the Devil (or Ray Walston) will grant me my life-long wish. The team could use me, er. Joe Hardy, in the outfield.

    • Eric

      March 24, 2014 at 7:12 pm

      Bump… set… spike.. This was the only intelligent thing on this entire page. Well said, sir, well said.

  8. Lefty

    March 24, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    The biggest surprise to me is more a disappointment than a surprise. I had high hopes for Ryne Sandberg, and am now quite disillusioned about him after the way he handled the Rollins situation with the press.

    I realize that he is a rookie manager at this level, but it’s not like he didn’t spend his whole flippin’ career in MLB. He knew how he wanted to be treated as a player, and as such, should realize that if you have a problem with a player, there is a proper way to deal with it, and and an improper way.

    IMO- The improper way is to demonstrate it to the press. It should stay in the clubhouse, behind closed doors, not out in the open for public consumption in team website forums, and sports-radio, and every damn blog to hash out. If he wants to “reach” Jimmy Rollins, then don’t take lessons from ppffft- Larry Bowa of all people!! I’m not saying Jimmy shouldn’t be reeled in now and then- all players with egos bigger than the team should be- just show some damn dignity and keep it in the room.

    I sincerely hope Sandberg has learned from this mistake ( if he even realizes that’s what it was) and won’t let it happen again.

    There is no way he could have done anything more counterintuitive to reaching normal goals of spring training -of having a team working together, clicking on all cylinders, and getting ready for the regular season. Very disappointed about this.

    • wbramh

      March 24, 2014 at 7:48 pm

      A reasonable argument Lefty. but I wonder whether Sandberg really had to be treated a certain way by a manager or just naturally did things the right way as I mentioned about the 13-year veteran Ashburn under Casey’s watch with the Mets. Ashburn claimed at least one teammate the 7-year veteran “Marvelous Marv” Throneberry was so shaken by Casey’s management style that he was smoking 3 packs a day.

      Rookie field general or not, baseball teams are not run as democracies any more than a company of soldiers. It’s one thing to have differences between teammates, even fist fights. That stuff happens on the best of teams. It’s quite another thing to directly and insubordinately ignore or challenge a manager’s or coaches wishes. I would also add that players today get paid handsomely to take abuse… if that’s what they want to call it.

      Yeah, Ryno had a lame excuse ready for reporters over his benching of Rollins and Rollins exhibited a slightly too passive-aggressive response to those same reporters when they asked him why he was benched. Ryno should have told Jimmy in private that his story to the press, if they asked, was that he knew what Jimmy could do but needed to see more of Galvis in order to decide which subs to bring north. and suggested that Jimmy stay with that story since it was no one’s business outside his office.

      But he didn’t and hopefully, both men grew from the experience.

      • Lefty

        March 24, 2014 at 8:59 pm

        wb, I could care less about the level of abuse Sandberg dishes out, or how militaristic a ship he runs. No coach worth his salt holds a team together in a “democratic” manner, at least none that I played (read; worked without pay) for.

        But that is not what my disappointment stems from- it’s the inability to keep it behind closed doors. A simple “Jimmy is a 35 year old veteran and it’s March 10th (or whenever it was) and there is a long season ahead, and I have 50 other guys I need to get a look at” would have been so, so much smarter.

        Now, If after that Jimmy himself leaked it -that’s a different story. But I didn’t get the impression that’s the way it want down.

      • wbramh

        March 25, 2014 at 2:14 am

        Lefty, On that point I totally agree with you.
        But I still believe the airing of their differences was a shared bit of stupidity from the way I understand it went down.

        I certainly don’t see any reason why they couldn’t have aired it out behind closed doors – even punch each other in the privacy of a back room, but again, some of the top managers and players in the baseball history have been guilty of the same thing. Not an excuse mind you because it’s plain useless to share what should be a private issue but I don’t think it necessarily speaks ill of Ryno as a manager.
        I’d much rather know that he’s more familiar with player substitutions then he let on last week.
        Or that he’s got some idea of his opening day lineup by now.
        Those vagaries of character have me more worried about his managerial acumen than the verbal dustup with Jimmy.But as I said, hopefully it was a learning experience for both men.

        Still, by degree, Ryno’s misstep is mild compared to Billy Martin’s repeated public shows:
        In retrospect, it makes me wonder how this guy kept getting hired.
        Listing only the mayhem he caused against his on teammates and employer…

        When he managed the Twins he leveled Dave Boswell with a shot to the jaw and Boswell was one of his own pitchers.
        As manager of the Yankees a few years later he tried to punch out Reggie Jackson during a nationally televised game. Lucky for Martin, Bill White separated them, first.
        To a group of reporters at O’Hare the following year (and still holding a grudge) he declared that Jackson and Steinbrenner “deserved each other,” calling Jackson a “liar” and Steinbrenner a “convict ” (for his campaign contribution violations).
        Billy resigned the next morning before Steinbrenner canned him.
        Of course, that didn’t stop Steibnbrenner from rehiring Billy four more times.
        I think he and George were actually the ones who deserved each other.

      • wbramh

        March 25, 2014 at 2:27 am

        Lefty: I should mention an observation about Sandberg that I heard today from an ex-teammate speaking on MLB or someplace. Apparently, Ryno hardly ever he hardly ever talked when he was a player. A couple of ex-players found it surprising that he’s coming out of his quiet shell as a manager (sounds like Utley’s personality).

        Maybe neither guy adapts well (or cautiously) in the spotlight when they’re forced into a position to say something into microphones. A couple of Miss Manners miscreants maybe.

        Just a theory.

      • Lefty

        March 25, 2014 at 2:41 pm

        I don’t think Jimmy will grow from the experience, he’s just Jimmy being Jimmy, I can live with that. But I do hope that Mr. Sandberg learns what IMO, quiet shell or not, he should have already known.

  9. George

    March 24, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    Spring training is just training, and nothing more. It’s not supposed to surprise anyone, and if it does, it’s usually in the form of a great performance by a rookie who then bombs out in the first two weeks of the season.

    • Don M

      March 25, 2014 at 8:10 am

      I definitely think it’s surprising that Spring Training has been THIS bad… the poor performances, the crazy Rollins-Sandberg issue, the Hamels injury, etc. I think people half expected this team to be alright, and the fact that they really might be the worst of the worst in MLB this year – is disappointing

      • schmenkman

        March 25, 2014 at 8:16 am

        Don, to me of the things you listed, only the Hamels injury should change anyone’s expectation for the season from what it was pre-camp. All the rest is just noise, IMO.

      • Don M

        March 25, 2014 at 8:54 am

        I think the Rollins-Sandberg thing is noise – but that clearly doesn’t make for a comfortable work environment … and say what you want about how that shouldn’t impact on-field performance, but I know that I wouldn’t love it if my boss was doubting my performance and my leadership qualities to coworkers, etc. . . I just thought it was 100% unnecessary… the fact that they didn’t talk for 3 or 4 days was what bothered me the most I think. That’s a good way for Sandberg to lose respect in the clubhouse, as I’d imagine the guys in there like Rollins more than Sandberg.

        Anyway… “surprising” can mean a bunch of different things, and again, while I didn’t expect these guys to be knocking the cover off the ball… I definitely think Utley hitting below .200 can be cause for concern.. and Howard striking out 20 times with just 4 walks doesn’t make me think like he’s changed his approach at all ……. if you aren’t getting any production from the heart of the order, they have no shot to win. …Though in all honesty, I don’t think they’ll be a .500 team this year anyway. I’ll still watch and root for them to win, I just don’t see them contending. I’ll be keeping my eyes on Revere, Brown, Asche, Franco, Rupp, Diekman, DeFratus, etc…….. watching young players improve is about all this season might be good for

      • Ryne Duren

        March 26, 2014 at 10:01 am

        I think the Rollins/Sandberg thing was blown way out of proportion by the local media. And I say that simply because they really haven’t had much good news about the Phils. play to write about. And the same thing is happening with the Eagles and Deshawn Jackson. The sad part is that the people involved read this stuff and they unfortunately buy into it also. And then if any of the parties involved say ANYTHING and it comes out wrong? Then the media created problem gets worse. They need to sell news. What better way than to create shit to madden the masses.

  10. Chuck A.

    March 25, 2014 at 8:11 am

    From csnphilly.com –

    “The Phillies had 11 hits. They are hitting .301 (72 for 239) in the last seven games. They are 8-15-3 on the spring.”

    Especially nice to see is the “last seven games” thing. ….

    • Don M

      March 25, 2014 at 8:56 am

      I wouldn’t be shocked to see them win the opening series in Texas

      • Chuck A.

        March 25, 2014 at 1:18 pm

        Yeah, especially now with the injury situation in Texas. Looks like we’ll miss Yu Darvish.

  11. DavidE

    March 25, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    Beat the Yankees 6-0 with back to back homers from Howard and Byrd. Dominic Brown scorched a couple of balls tonight. Can’t give up on this team now!

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