Monday, December 22, 2014

Q&A Todd Zolecki

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Amaro vs. Arbuckle

QHi Todd: If Amaro gets the GM job when Gillick goes, will Arbuckle be content to stay (assuming he doesn't get a GM job elsewhere)? I think he has done a pretty good job in drafting and would hate to see him go. And if he goes, who's he mentoring as a replacement?
immymack, West Chester, PA  03/21/08
AThat's a good question. I believe both men are in the final year of their contracts with the Phillies, so I wouldn't be surprised if Arbuckle or Amaro (assuming one of them gets the job) moves elsewhere if they aren't hired. Arbuckle has done a great job. He ran the minor-league side of things when the Phillies developed the top talent you see on the field today. He won't have trouble finding work if he doesn't get the job and leaves. As far as a mentor, I'm not sure who internal candidates could be. The next GM always can hire from the outside.
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Charlie Manuel's contract

QTodd, Personally, I think Charlie Manuel has done a great job as manager and has the managerial skill to get the Phillies to the World Series. I know a lot of fans, writers (not you), and talk show hosts were blasting him before September last year, and a lot of those same people are looking around to see who might be available to replace him as soon as his contract expires, or sooner. So, how long was his contract extended? Is he going to be out when Pat Gillick is gone?
Erich H, Los Ann jealous, CA  03/20/08
AManuel signed a two-year contract extension, which takes him through the 2009 season. It also includes a club option for 2010. I'm not sure about Manuel's future. If the Phillies keep winning, he'll stick around. If the Phillies struggle this year, and the new GM doesn't like what he sees than he'll probably find a new manager. But right now he's safe. He's not going anywhere.
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Phils Waste of Valuable Money

QI really don't understand the Phillies logic. They sign players like Kevin Millwood (11mil) and John Leiber (9mil) and Adam Eaton (8.5mil)all marginal players. Add Wes Helms' salary to Eatons and you've got legit $ for a stud starter that could have made this a real championship caliber team. What do they see in guys like Eaton and Helms when clearly they get as good or better production from players like Dobbs and Kendrick ? Why not do like the Eagles do..wait till there really is a high quality player to spend the money on.
25andcounting, Phila , PA  03/20/08
AThat's how the free agent market works. Free agents like Lieber and Eaton and Helms cost more money than people like Kendrick and Hamels and Victorino. That's the system. Why don't the Phillies go after big free agents? Well, they outbid the Red Sox for Mike Lowell this winter, but he chose to stay in Boston. This isn't a Phillies problem (i.e. free agent signings that don't work out). It happens everywhere. You just have to spend your money wisely.
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Autopilot?

QAs a jaded, cynical 50-year Phillies fan, I'm a little concerned that the team thinks repeating this year will sort of just come to them. Any truth in that?
IWasThereIn64, Pottstown, PA  03/19/08
AI don't get that sense when I'm in the clubhouse. They certainly know they need to play hard and play well to repeat.
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Chris Coste Interview- calling the pitches

QTodd, When Chris Coste mentioned in your interview of him that he had called every/almost every pitch in some significant games last year, it suddenly struck me that I hadn't known that catchers were given that much responsibility to determine the outcome of a game. Please excuse my ignorance, but I thought that the manager of the team would go over each batter, laying out each pitch and location with the catcher the inning before they came to bat. Or some veteran pitchers got together with their catchers before each game and explained how they were going to pitch to each batter so that they wouldn't throw off his rhythm by shaking off pitch-after-pitch until his pitch is called for. If the catcher calls every pitch and if the pitcher throws every pitch that is called, then the catcher deserves more credit,or blame, for the outcome of a game. Nevertheless, you never hear commentators saying that the game was well-/poorly-called by the catcher. They always mention the pitcher's performance, good or bad. Why is that? Why aren't catchers blaimed or praised more?
Erich H, Loss 'n Jealous, CA  03/18/08
ABefore every series, pitchers and catchers hold a meeting with the pitching coach. They talk about that team's offense and how they want to pitch hitters. Before every game, the pitcher and catcher go after their game plan. They go over every hitter. The pitcher tells the catcher how he would like to attack him. There's some give and take, but by the time the game starts the catcher has a good idea what the catcher wants. So he calls the pitch and location. If the pitcher feels strongly against it, he shakes him off. The catcher definitely plays a role, but the pitcher isn't blind going to the mound. They should be on the same page with the catcher. As far as why they aren't praised more, it's probably because the pitcher still has to make the pitches. It's not always the pitch that is called that is bad, it's more often the location of the pitch. That falls on the pitcher.
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Helms Packing?

QAssuming that the Phils are shopping Wes Helms around, where are they looking to send him and when?
Stacy, Beachwood, PA  03/17/08
AThat is unknown. But I don't expect Helms to be with the team once the season starts.
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Flyers, Delaware Bridges, Tacos...

QWith all the questions about Flyers, bridges, and non-related things, I thought I would ask an actual baseball question. Do you think Kyle Lohse would have been better off accepting the Phillies offer earlier in the season? How much did he cost himself?
Frank, Mayfair, PA  03/14/08
AThe Phillies offered Lohse three years for $21 million. Lohse accepted one year for $4.25 million. So he cost himself $16.75 million.
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Eaton

QIs it possible the Phils will release Adam Eaton by the end of spring training? Is his salary guaranteed? If it is can they trade him and pay a large portion of his salary just to pick up a roster spot? He appears washed up
Al, Plainsboro, NJ  03/13/08
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There's almost no chance that happens. Eaton signed a three-year, $24.5 million contract before the 2007 season and every penny is guaranteed. They could trade him, but they would have to eat almost the entire contract. I don't see that happening. I think they simply have to hope and pray he gets on track and pitches competently.

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Loshe isn't a significant upgrade over Eaton?

QWhy didn't the Phils sign Kyle Loshe at the $4.25 mil figure that he reportedly agreed to w/ the Cardinals? He is a significantly better than anyone in the competition for the #5 spot. Do they not want to win?
Frank D., Pennsauken, NJ  03/13/08
ATwo reasons: 1) The Phillies don't have the money in their budget. They could open the season with a franchise-record $106 million payroll. Spend an extra $4.25 million today on Lohse (who's a career 11 games under .500 with an ERA near 5.00) and that might be one less move the Phillies are allowed to make come the trade deadline. 2) They already feel they have a backup plan in Kris Benson. We're talking about one spot in the rotation because Hamels, Myers, Kendrick and Moyer are locks. So from the Phillies' point of view, it doesn't make financial sense or otherwise to pay Eaton more than $8 million, Lohse more than $4 million and Benson potentially more than $5 million to compete for one job.
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lidge closer music

Qtoddddddddddddddd,tell brad to check out....hair of the dog..by nazereth,perfect for our new bad ass closer.....nobodys gonna wanna mess with....thanks...bill
billybob, aberdeen, MD  03/13/08
AThanks, duuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuude.
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