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Archive: October, 2011

Free Agency 2012: A Phillies-centric Overview

Monday, October 31, 2011, 11:36 AM
We've officially arrived at the offseason. Starting Thursday, the 148 players who filed for free agency will be able to sign with any team in the majors. Until then, they may only negotiate with their own teams. It makes sense for most free agents to wait and hit the open market, where bidding between... Read more

Phillies offseason medical updates

Friday, October 28, 2011, 12:45 PM
Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard had his stitches removed earlier this week and has begun a rehab program in Philadelphia, the Phillies said today in a news release. Howard ruptured his left Achilles on the final at-bat of the season in Game 5 of the NL Division Series. The Phillies said Howard... Read more

Approach '12: Phillies need to work smarter, not harder

Wednesday, October 26, 2011, 2:31 PM
My first year on the baseball beat, I ended up doing a lot of radio interviews. An unfamiliar area code would appear on my cell phone, I would answer it, and on the other end would be a producer from Seattle or Louisville or Syracuse asking me if I had a few minutes to jump aboard and talk about the... Read more

Gose continues to shine

Tuesday, October 25, 2011, 1:36 PM
Over the last couple of weeks we have taken a look at the Phillies' personnel situation heading into the offseason. We will continue to do so, but first a quick look-in at the Arizona Fall League, where prospects from around the majors are competing in the annual developmental showcase. The Phillies'... Read more

Where's the beef? Man vs. Phone: Part III

Tuesday, October 25, 2011, 10:39 AM
As most of the conscious world is aware, Tony La Russa faulted the phone system in Arlington last night for a miscommunication about which relievers were supposed to be warming up in the later stages of Game 5. The story may have brought back memories of the night the Phillies slinched the National... Read more

Full Phillies coaching staff returning

Thursday, October 20, 2011, 5:04 PM
All six of the Phillies’ major league coaches have agreed to contracts for the 2012 season, the Phillies announced today. Mick Billmeyer (bullpen), Rich Dubee (pitching), Greg Gross (hitting), Pete Mackanin (bench), Sam Perlozzo (first base) and Juan Samuel (third base), along with bullpen catcher... Read more

Forget youth: Phillies need to diversify their offensive skill set

Thursday, October 20, 2011, 2:01 PM
Success at hitting requires the mastery of two opponents. The first opponent, the pitcher, is ever-changing. It is a variable that presents one of the most severe limitations of the evaluative abilities of even the most advanced statistics. A home run off of Chris Volstad counts the same as a home... Read more

St. Louis kicked Philadelphia's arse on TV, too

Wednesday, October 19, 2011, 11:00 AM
Just received an email from a PR person from Nielsen informing me that 21.6 percent of all local households tuned into the NLDS. This is notable for two reasons. First, the ratings trailed those in the St. Louis market. Second, it explains the mob of socialists and Amish people that has gathered outside... Read more

Change of approach: Envisioning a new Phillies lineup

Tuesday, October 18, 2011, 1:58 PM
EDIT, 5:39 P.M. -- I mistakenly used Victorino's spray chart for Rollins. The correct one is now below. ***The charts below were compiled thanks to the fine folks over at TexasLeaguers.com. Their PitchF/X database is among the best.*** Earlier, we looked at each of the Phillies regulars and examined... Read more

A new approach: How the existing Phillies can improve

Monday, October 17, 2011, 9:24 PM
Last week, we started our ongoing quest to debrief 2011 and look ahead to 2012 by raising the key question the Phillies will need to answer as they formulate their offseason strategy. How much do they need to improve their offensive personnel, and how much can their existing personnel improve by altering... Read more
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