Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Foles reopens conversation about QB of future
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Tue., 11/05/13 - 11:56 AM
I think a lot of people are missing the possibility that Chip Kelly is keeping the "Who's number one?" question open mostly because by doing so, he's forcing upcoming opponents to prepare for two disparate quarterbacks. Of course Kelly is going with Foles. But every hour your opponent spends on defensing Vick - "just in case" - is an hour NOT spent figuring out Foles.
I'm not an NFL coach, nor do I play one on TV, but if I were, I'd be using the media to help me gain any edge I could.
For Transgender Patients, a Growing Fight Over Health Coverage
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Tue., 10/22/13 - 14:39 PM
Transgendered people who choose to transition need a long period of time - from three to ten years - to do so. There's no easy crossover. And that means having to deal with being both genders during that time and for years after. Legal, medical, and public records all disagree with what the transgender person is trying to accomplish, but are nonetheless needed to accomplish it.
And, sadly, the reality of just living as their new gender is not as easy for everyone else. Until very recently, transition has always occurred after puberty, which means that many trans-women (male-to-female) have to deal with facial hair, larger bone structure, and a deeper voice. Many medical procedures are needed to perhaps reach a point where a trans-woman can easily pass as a woman. Virtually none of these procedures are paid for by insurance.
Roy Halladay's velocity dips even lower
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Wed., 09/18/13 - 15:08 PM
While Doc's pitch count is high now, we need to remind ourselves that not only is he recovering from surgery, he's also reinventing himself. And he's doing all this "live"; during MLB games that count(ish). Considering all that, the fact that he can throw 6 innings of sloppy but effective baseball so soon is pretty impressive. I'd like to think that as he heals, strengthens, and learns his new approach, the accuracy and movement will increase while also hopefully lowering his pitch count and even perhaps allowing him to go deeper into games next year.
Wed., 09/18/13 - 14:47 PM
@Mark... All good points and I agree. We'll just have to see; hopefully without committing too much money. Time isn't really a problem since we're out of it for 2013. It may even be to our advantage to not do anything with Doc until he's tried the open market to discover his value among the other clubs.
Having been through surgery for my throwing arm (for arthritis, not a torn rotator), I know that what's being said about Doc is right: Your shoulder needs time to heal and recover. I had a good surgeon and my arm is at 95% to 99%; way better than it's been in years. (I don't believe you can recover 100% after surgery since, well, you've had surgery!) I remain hopeful without getting starry-eyed.
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Phillies Notes: Halladay will start Thursday in Clearwater
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Tue., 08/13/13 - 12:52 PM
Doc getting his fastball into the 90s would be terrific, but it's always been about control for him. Where he puts it and how it gets there are each as important as how fast it got there. The point about Moyer is valid; Jamie got to 35th on the all time wins list by guile and durability. (There are still three of his fastballs from 2005 and one from 2009 that haven't crossed the plate.) And Doc's no fool. He'll adjust his approach and be a very usable, winning pitcher for a number of years. After all, he still has 68 wins to go to tie Jamie in wins.
Sarah Murnaghan received 2d lung transplant, parents say
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Sat., 06/29/13 - 09:15 AM
There's a point that's missed here, and that's two sides can be opposed to each other even while both sides are right.
The parents should do what they can to preserve their child's life, which includes going to the media. And the courts should take pity on the parents, but also listen to and follow procedure and guidelines established by medical experts and regretfully refuse the call to break those guidelines.
A point to comments about the lungs being rejected; according to the article, it is NOT common: Less than 1 percent of lung transplant patients received a second set within the first six months since 2010. While not absolute proof the lungs given Sarah were "wasted", it could be considered a strong indicator that the medical guidelines for donor recipients are valid.
I truly feel for the parents and Sarah. It is truly a difficult and sad position to be in; We had to make the decision to take our father off life support when he was 65. To have to make a similar decision for your daughter has to be far, far more difficult.
15 02CLEVR License Plates
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Fri., 05/03/13 - 13:18 PM
We saw a Volvo with a PA plate EVOLVOD.
Best one I saw was a PA plate PLANAHEA which got a laugh.
Optimistic Utley says he feels "pretty damn good," plans on playing in Grapefruit League opener
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Fri., 02/15/13 - 12:56 PM
A guy like Utley who talks like that is going to have himself a good spring training. He was almost gushing about how much better he's feeling. You know what? I'm taking Utley at his word. It's going to be a fun year!
Yankees to Reggie Jackson: Stay away from team
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Tue., 07/10/12 - 12:22 PM
Honestly rarely gets a player anywhere good in baseball. Just ask Cole Hamels.
David Murphy: MELLOW DRAMA
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Tue., 05/08/12 - 14:47 PM
At least he can tell them, "I did something that was against the rules and I told the truth about it. They punished me, and I deserved it. But I didn't lie. Understand that there are consequences to your actions, boys."
Tue., 05/08/12 - 12:51 PM
In all honesty, the example Cole gave us was solid: He put up his reputation, and put his money where his throwing arm is by coming out and honestly admitting he threw at Harper. He went where very few have gone before: He said straight out that he threw at Harper. And all of baseball is running around in circles and crying and whining as if he was the first and only pitcher who threw at a batter.
His message to the kids? It was better than the message sent by MLB, which says, "If you throw at someone, whatever you do don't admit it, and you'll get away with it." They're saying go ahead and do it, just lie about it, so everything looks nice and clean.
Hamels, by admitting his true intentions, is saying, "Throw at someone and get caught, and you pay the price." Sure, he shouldn't have thrown at Harper. But having done so, Hamels was man enough to admit it, knowing he'd face a justified penalty. And he knew he'd be beaned in the game - which he was - and that the other pitcher, Zimmerman, would lie about it - which he did - and get off scott free - which he did.
Not tough? I think Cole showed not only excellent toughness, he demonstrated how much he truly wants to remain a Philly; by putting the team first at his own expense. Yes, it was a foolish action. But that didn't mean it wasn't also a tough one and - just perhaps - one that will be seen as a positive at some point, despite the inappropriateness.
Charlie Manuel wishes Cole Hamels hadn't been so honest
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Tue., 05/08/12 - 13:02 PM
I think MLB should reward Cole Hamels for admitting it... by giving him a five game suspension and then passing out ten game suspensions to any pitcher who is obviously throwing at someone and then lying about it.
You break the rules and fess up, you get penalized. You break the rules and then lie about it, you get penalized more. It's what we all learned - or should have learned - as kids. I respect Hamels' "crime" a lot more than I respect Zimmerman's.
Unleash The Vanimal
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Wed., 03/07/12 - 12:25 PM
I tend to be optimistic during spring training. Why not? Being all doom and gloom helps no one. And whether the Vanimal goes 20-0 or 0-20 this year won't make a bit of distance in my mortgage payment, whether I vote Republican or Democrat, or what I'm having for dinner. So I may as well enjoy baseball.
Having said that, I'm hoping - and expecting - Vance to be a closer to the 20 wins than the 20 losses. He's paid his dues in the minors, getting beat up on the mound but learning the entire time. And his personality fits in so well with the clubhouse now that I guess we'll be seeing the Vanimal putting in a solid year.
Phillies' second half could be better than first
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Sat., 07/16/11 - 10:54 AM
Just because the trade deadline is looming, and just because everyone else is scrambling, and just because RAJ has made some killer end-of-July trades, does NOT mean we have to jump on that wagon.
Seriously, if RAJ really wanted to, and if we were willing to take a little risk, we've got a plethora of pitchers and can afford to trade two or three bullpen, a closer, and even a starter in order to get a reliable 5-hole RH hitter.
But why? Mayberry is showing signs of life at the plate. Brown is coming along; just be patient. Ibanez may be in his final year as a fielder, but he's making the most of it now. And now Pat the Bat may be available for a half-million song and NO trading. And while I'd miss Polly's bat, Martinez has been a shocking surprise with his glove and speed and has shown signs of hitting.
Keep what we got, pick up Burrell if he comes available, and - I'm actually going to say this - trade some of our unused pitchers for some farm talent to bring up and replace our older stars in a few years.
Honor's nice, but Phils can do without All-Star Game
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Tue., 07/05/11 - 09:53 AM
Since being in the All-Star game affects pitchers more than the others, they should just toss in some BP pitchers and turn it into a slug fest. Nine innings or first team to 20 runs. After the game, they can just toss a coin to see who gets home field for the World Series. Seriously, with the way it throws off pitchers and all the players who excuse themselves from the game, this popularity contest is far from the best vs the best.
How about we go with orange rhino's idea and make it a beer-fest softball game with the All Stars attending just to watch from the stands.
Enjoy Phillies' staff instead of fretting over erratic offense
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Mon., 06/27/11 - 11:25 AM
I moved here from Phoenix back in 1988. I cheered for the Phillies because I was now "from" Philadelphia. I enjoyed their style of all-out play, if not the disappointing win-loss record at the end of the season.
But I became a life-long Phillies fan in 1993. The ride was wild and it was wonderful. I didn't worry about the certainty of them choking after the All Star break; I just enjoyed the games and attitude of the players. And they didn't choke. I didn't worry that they would be swept by the Braves in the NLCS; I loved the chance to get to GO to the NLCE. And then we won. I didn't worry that they would lose the World Series; they were THERE. And they did lose the WS in Game 6. I was sad we lost, but I'd had an entire year to enjoy the play, the wins, the players, everything.
Now we're expected to win the World Series. You know what? My worrying about the hitting isn't going to change a thing. Not one more hit will be gotten on the field if I stay up late and get ulcers worrying about it. So I'm going to enjoy this and HOPE we go to and take the World Series this year. But I'm not losing a wink of sleep worrying about it.
Utley visits rehab specialist
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Thu., 03/17/11 - 15:07 PM
Well... we DO have Ryne Sandberg down with the AAA IronPigs. He was decent at 2B. Maybe he could dust off his glove...
Moyer still aiming for comeback in 2012
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Thu., 12/30/10 - 12:31 PM
Jamie is a major class act, and is realistically looking at an incredible situation. Because of his pitching style and presence on the mound and in the clubhouse, you can count on his being given a chance in spring training 2012. And I think the Phillies should give him his chance first, and let him know that whenever he does quit pitching, he's more than welcome to come coach for us.
John Smallwood: This is what Halladay dreamed about when he came to Phillies
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Wed., 09/22/10 - 15:27 PM
As much as I'd love to meet up with the Yankees and even the score, it'll be Minnesota or Texas we face in the WS this year.
The Moyers are busy
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Tue., 08/24/10 - 12:37 PM
He reminds me so much of Jim Eisenreich, both on and off the field. Another class act. Sooo... how about we step outside the norm for next year and sign Moyer on as a Player/Coach? He's already doing the job, teaching with experience and leading by example. We could do much, MUCH worse than having Jamie stay on with the Phillies.
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