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Archive: September, 2008

Kendrick headed to Fla.

Saturday, September 27, 2008, 1:34 PM
It doesn't seem particularly fair that a guy who has contributed so much to the Phillies over the past year-and-a-half will likely be in Florida with a bunch of minor league prospects while the Phillies open their playoff campaign in the middle of next week. But professional sports are a meritocracy... Read more

Gillick's Legacy?

Friday, September 26, 2008, 2:09 PM
I touched on this in my story today about Greg Dobbs, J.C. Romero and Jayson Werth and their respective contributions to this Phillies team. GM Pat Gillick and the Phillies front office has taken considerable heat from the fan base for some of its higher-profile mistakes, namely the signing of Adam... Read more

Waiting on the rain

Thursday, September 25, 2008, 6:59 PM
Here's my nightmare scenario: Tomorrow night's game gets rained out. Double-header Sunday. Phillies, Mets and Brewers all finish the regular season tied. Game against the Mets for the division Monday. Game against the Brewers for the division Tuesday. Playoffs start Wednesday. I'm sure the Phillies... Read more

From the Unintentional Comedy Department

Wednesday, September 24, 2008, 8:51 PM
Here's a press release from the Phillies on today's bomb scare at Citizens Bank Park: "After looking into the matter of today's incident, the Phillies have determined that a commercial shoot was conducted at Citizens Bank Park during which hot dogs heavily wrapped in white packaging and duct... Read more

Your 2008 Playoff Roster

Wednesday, September 24, 2008, 11:52 AM
Here's a short story about a guy named Steve Green. I shared it briefly in the comments section of the Happ post yesterday. Steve Green has pitched six innings in his major league career. He's currently a 30-year-old pitcher for Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Went 5-1 with a 3.09 ERA in 35 appearances this... Read more

Is Happ's Season Over?

Tuesday, September 23, 2008, 12:02 PM
I've come up small in blogging the past couple days, for which I offer my heartfelt apologies. Let's let bygones be bygones. 1) Great game to watch last night, with enough storylines to produce five different game stories. I ended up focusing on Mr. Happ, though Greg Golson, Rudy Seanez, Jimmy... Read more

Magic Numbers: Five and Eight

Sunday, September 21, 2008, 2:49 PM
On the elevator this morning I was talking with Phillies broadcaster Tom McCarthy about last night's game. It's amazing how big one win can be, even though it is only one win. A loss last night, and the Marlins are suddenly 3.5 games out, with a chance to cut the margin to 2.5 today. Now, regardless... Read more

Uggla means "Owl" in Swedish. . .

Thursday, September 18, 2008, 11:22 PM
. . .and the Phillies don't really give a Hoot about what the Marlins second baseman said to Florida reporters after capping off a series victory against the Phillies last week. 'Our chances might be pretty slim to none,'' Uggla said. ``But anybody we can take down with us, we're going to do it. If... Read more

What will it take: 7-3? 6-4?

Thursday, September 18, 2008, 10:56 AM
You might think that baseball writers are the coolest human beings in the world. You might think that when we leave the ballpark at night after filing our stories, we have to beat away all the groupies and autograph seekers who clog the press entrance at the stadium. Oh -- that's not what you think?... Read more

Mr. September

Wednesday, September 17, 2008, 3:31 PM
I present to you Ryan Howard's stats for September of 2008, along with his National League ranks: Batting Average: .396 (6th) Home Runs: 8 (1st) RBI: 22 (1st) On base percentage: .448 (10th) Slugging percentage: 1.000 (1st) Runs: 16 (T-2nd) OPS: 1.448 (2nd) Strikeouts: 12 (T-20th) Not impressed... Read more
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