March 2009

Spring Training: Chan Ho Park is announced as the fifth starter.

As the Phillies were releasing Geoff Jenkins, they also announced that they have made Chan Ho Park the fifth man in their starting rotation. With the announcement, that places J.A. Happ in competition with Gary Majewski, Jack Taschner and Bobby Mosebach for the two bullpens spots that are still open.

This means that the Phillies’ starting five are now Cole Hamels (ace), Brett Myers, Jamie Moyer, Joe Blanton and Park.

Spring Training: In a surprising move, the Phillies have released Geoff Jenkins.

Earlier this afternoon, in a surprising move, the Phillies have outright released veteran outfielder Geoff Jenkins. In eleven seasons, ten of which were spent playing for the Milwaukee Brewers, in 1349 games, Jenkins went 1293 for 4700 for a career batting average of .275, hitting 303 doubles, 22 triples and 221 home runs, while knocking in 733 rbis as he scored 688 runs. In his one season playing for the World Champs, he appeared in 115 games, going 72 for 293 for a .246 average, with sixteen doubles and nine home runs, knocking in 29 rbis while he scored only 27 runs.

I hope that there’s a method to their madness cause I just am not getting the release of Jenkins unless he no longer fits in their plans. Anyway, I wish Jenkins luck joining another ballclub before Spring Training is over.

Philadelphia Phillies – Awards: Singles Champions.

In 126-years as a member of the National League, the Phillies have won twenty singles titles. Eleven Phils have won the title, with five of them doing it multiple times.

The first Phil to win the singles title was Hall of Famer Billy Hamilton, who, in 1890, ended up in a tie for first place with Cliff Carroll of the Chicago Colts (now the Cubs), with each men hitting 137 singles. Hamilton then won the title outright in 1891-92 and 1894 with 147 (1891), 152 (1892) and 176 (1894) singles each. The second Phillie player to win the title, the fifth to be won by a Phil, was Eddie Grant, who won it with 147 singles in 1909. In 1910, Grant won his second straight singles title by hitting 134 of them that season. The next Phil to win the singles title was Beals Becker, who hit 128 singles in 1914. The fourth Phillies player to win the tile was Lefty O’Doul, winning it in 1929, in a tie with Hall of Famer Lloyd ‘Little Poison’ Waner of the Pittsburgh Pirates, with each man getting 181 singles, presently the Phillies’ record for the most singles hit in a season. The fifth Phil to become the singles champ was Chick Fullis, doing it in 1933 with 161 singles. Eddie Waitkus became the sixth Phil to win the singles title, helping to lead the Phils to their second National League title in 1950, by hitting 143 of them. The following year, 1951, Hall of Famer Richie Ashburn won the first of his four singles championships, as he hit 181 singles, in the process tying Lefty O’Doul’s record. He won his second singles title, hitting 169 singles in 1953, then won his third title in 1957 with 152 and then his fourth and final title the following season, 1958, with 176. The next Phil to win the title was Dave Cash, who won it with 167 singles in 1974, then won it for the second straight year with 166 singles in 1975. Three years later, Larry Bowa became the ninth Phil to win the title as he hit 153 singles in 1978, the year the Phils won their third straight National League Eastern Division title. Pete Rose, the following season, became the tenth Phils to win the title, as he hit 159 singles in 1979. Rose won his second singles title as a Phillie player by hitting 117 singles in the strike-shortened season of 1981. The eleventh and final Phil to win the singles title was Doug Glanville, doing it in 1999 with 149 singles. No Phillie player has won the title since then.

Of the twenty singles titles won by the Phils, almost half of them, eight, has been won by two Hall of Famers, Billy Hamilton (4) and Richie Ashburn (also 4). Three other Phils have won two titles each, Eddie Grant, Dave Cash and Pete Rose. Two Phils have won the title tied with another player, Hamilton in 1890 and Lefty O’Doul in 1929. The Phils to have hit the most singles to win the title were O’Doul (1929) and Ashburn (1951) with 181, which is still the Phillies’ record for most singles in a season. The Phil to have won the title with the least number of singles was Pete Rose with only 117 in the strike-shortened season of 1981. The Phillies have won four singles titles in the 19th Century, sixteen in the 20th, and, so far, none in the 21st Century.

Who will be the next Phils to win the single titles? At this time, I really have no clue who might win it. 

Spring Training: The bats wake up as the Phillies crushed the Astros, 13-3.

After being embarrassed by Jon Lester and Boston Red Sox pitching yesterday afternoon, the Phillies’ batters decided to take their frustrations out on the Astros by crushing them today via the long ball, winning by the score of 13-3.

Chan Ho Park started for the Phils today, making it harder for Uncle Charlie to decide on either him, or J.A. Happ, as the team’s fifth starter, by pitching a good game, as he gave up only two runs, only one of which was earned, on six hits and a walk while striking out seven Astros in five and two-thirds innings of work. Chad Durbin relieved him in the sixth, giving up the final Astros run on a solo home run to Edwin Maysonet. His line would be one run on one hit in a third of an inning. Clay Condrey, Mike Koplove and Cedrick Bower would each pitch an inning, giving up only two hits (one apiece by Koplove and Bower) with a strikeout (Condrey). Park spring record is now 2-0 with an ERA of 2.53.

The Phillies’ bats collected fourteen hits this afternoon, with four of them being home runs. Eric Bruntlett would lead the attack with three hits, followed by Ryan Howard and Jimmy Rollins who each had two hits. Howard, Bruntlett and Rollins had three of the Phillies’ home runs, with both Bruntlett and Howard’s being two-run shots. Miguel Cairo, Greg Dobbs, Raul Ibanez, Geoff Jenkins, Shane Victorino, Carlos Ruiz and Pablo Ozuno had the other Phillies’ hit, with Ruiz’s hit being the final Phillies’ home run, another two-run shot, while Jenkins’ hit was a double. Bruntlett had four RBIs in the game, Ruiz knocked in three runs, Howards and Dobbs brought home two and Rollins knocked in one.

The next Phillies Grapefruit League game will be tomorrow night at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida against the Toronto Blue Jays. Game time is 7:05 pm Eastern.

Spring Training: Phillies lose a close one to the Red Sox, 3-1.

Yesterday afternoon, at Bright House Field, the Phillies were unable to knock in any runs when they needed to as they fall to the Boston Red Sox, 3-1, in Grapefruit League play. Joe Blanton started the game for the Phils and pitched a good game, despite taking the lose. Blanton pitched six and a third innings, giving up two runs on four hits, with one of them being a solo home run to Chris Carter in the second inning, and a walk while striking out four. Scott Eyre relieved him in the seventh, pitching two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face, with one of them being a strike out. Chad Durbin followed him for an inning, giving up a run on one hit, Jacoby Ellsbury’s solo home run in the eighth, as he struck out two. Ryan Madson then took the mound, pitching a scoreless inning, as he gave up two hits while striking out one. Blanton’s spring record is now 1-1 with a 2.45 ERA.

The Phillies’ batters had eight hits in the game, with Raul Ibanez leading the team with three, as he raised his spring training batting average up to .290. Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino, Pablo Ozuna, Jayson Werth and Pedro Feliz had the other five hits. Ryan Howard knocked in the only Phillies’ run, bringing in Rollins, as twice in the games the Phils would be unable to score any runs when they had the bases loaded.

The next Phillies’ spring training game, against the Houston Astros at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida, is presently in progress, with the Phils leading 3-2, after three innings.

Spring Training: Moyer and Phillies gets spanked by the Pirates, losing 10-4.

For the first time this spring,  Jamie Moyer got roughed up on the mound. As he pitched five and two-thirds innings, the ageless wonder ended up giving up seven runs to the Bucos on eleven hits, including a solo home run to Andrew McCutchen in the fifth, and a walk while also striking out seven Pirates. There’s both good and bad news in the line. The good news is that Moyer is obviously still confusing the batters with his pitches, if the seven strikeouts are any indication. The bad news is that he got roughed up. Hopefully this will inspire him to be more clever the next time he takes the mound before he makes his first start of the season the Tuesday after next. Scott Eyre took the mound next for a third of an inning, striking out the only man he would face. Gary Majewski followed him for a scoreless inning, giving up just a hit. Brad Lidge pitched the eighth inning, giving up three runs on two hits, including a two-run shot to Garrett Jones, and a walk as he struck out one. With the lost, Moyer’s spring line is now 1-2 with a 5.40 ERA.

Among the batters, the Phillies only got four hits, with two of them being for homes runs and a third being a double. Carlos Ruiz would lead the offense, getting a double and a three-run home run in the seventh inning in three at-bats, knocking in three of the Phils four runs. His spring batting average is now at .385. Ryan Howard had one hit, a massive solo home run in the fourth, his eighth spring home run, putting his spring average up to .293. Chris Coste, now secured as the team’s back-up catcher, got the fourth and final hit in the Phillies’ 10-4 defeat.

The next Phillies spring training game will be played this afternoon at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida, as the Phils host the Boston Red Sox. The game starts at 1:05 pm Eastern.

Philadelphia Phillies – Awards: Triples Champions.

In the Phillies’ 126-years existance as a member of the National League, the team has won only sixteen triples championships. Ten Phils have won those sixteen titles, with four of them winning multiple titles, while one player would win it while playing for two teams and five players won the title while tied with one or more players.

The first Phil to win the triples title was Hall of Famer Ed Delahanty who won his only triples title of his fine career in 1892 with twenty-one triples. No Phil would win the triples title for the next fifty-five years. The next Phillie player to win the triples title was Harry ‘the Hat’ Walker, winning it in 1947 playing for both the St. Louis Cardinals and the Phillies, as he hit sixteen triples. Three years later, the third Phil to win the title was Hall of Famer Richie Ashburn who had fourteen triples in 1950, the year that the Phils won their second National League title. Ashburn won his second triples title in 1958 with thirteen triples. Johnny Callison became the fourth Phillie player to win the title, as he was tied with Willie Davis and Maury Wills of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Bill Virdon of the Pittsburgh Pirates, as all four men hit ten triples in 1962. Two years later, in 1964, Rookie of the Year winner Dick Allen became the fifth Phil to win the title, as he was tied with Ron Santo of the Chicago Cubs, with each man getting thirteen triples. The next year, 1965, Callison won his second triples title, this time by himself, as he hit sixteen three-baggers. In 1972, Larry Bowa won the eighth triples title won by a Phil player, the sixth Phil to do so, by hitting thirteen triples. Dave Cash became the seventh Phil to capture the triples title by getting twelve triples in 1976, the year that the Phillies won the first of their three straight National League Eastern Division titles. In 1984, Juan Samuel won the title, the eighth Phillie player to win it, as he tied with Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg of the Cubs, with each man hitting nineteen triples. Samuel won the title outright four years later in 1987, as he hit fifteen triples. In 1999, Bobby Abreu won the twelfth triples title won by a Phillie player, the ninth Phil to do so, as he tied with Neifi Perez of the Colorado Rockies, with each man hitting eleven three-baggers. The tenth and last Phil to win the triples title, Jimmy Rollins, won the first of his, so far, four triples titles by hitting twelve triples in 2001. He won his second title the following year, 2002, with ten three-baggers. Rollins won his third triples title in 2004, as he was tied with Jack Wilson of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Juan Pierre of the Florida Marlins, with all three men hitting twelve triples. Rollins won his fourth and most recent title, the sixteenth won by a Phil, in 2007, as he hit twenty triples.

Of the sixteen titles wins, only three of them were won by a Hall of Famer (Ed Delahanty (1), Richie Ashburn (2)). Jimmy Rollins has so far won the most triples titles as a Phil with four title victories, followed by Ashburn, Juan Samuel and Johnny Callison with two titles wins each. Delahanty is the Phillie player to hit the most triples while winning the title with twenty-one triples, while Johnny Callison (in 1962) and Jimmy Rollins (in 2002) both won the title with the least triples with ten of them. Callison, Dick Allen, Samuel, Bobby Abreu and Rollins each won the triples title while tied with another NL player, with Callison being involved in a four way tie in 1962 and Rollins in a three-men tie in 2004. The Phillies had one triples title win in the 19th Century, eleven in the 20th Century and so far, four triples title wins in the 21st Century.

Who will win the next triples title as a Phillie? Please, that’s a no-brainer. J-Roll, who else.

Last night, Phillies traded catcher Ronny Paulino to the Giants for left-handed relief pitcher Jack Taschner.

Last December, the Phillies had traded catching prospect Jason Jaramillo to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Ronny Paulino, who they hoped would be able to challenge, if not win, the second catcher job from fan favorite Chris Coste. Sadly, for Paulino, his spring training average would show otherwise as he batted only .194 (6 for 31) in thirteen Grapefruit League games with only two doubles and a home run while striking out twelve times. Although Coste didn’t do any better with his at-bats, the Phillies have decided to go with the known quantity instead of the unknown and had put Paulino out as trade bait several days ago. Last night they got a nibble as the Giants had traded to them left-handed relief pitcher Jack Taschner for Paulino.

Although Taschner is having just as bad a spring pitching for the Giants in the Cactus League (6.23 ERA in eight and two-thirds inning), the Phils thinks that he is the man that they need for their bullpen right now. While pitching for the Giants last year, Taschner went 3-2 with a 4.88 ERA in fourty-eight innings as he appeared in 67 games. Career-wise, in four seasons in the big leagues, all with the Giants, Taschner has a career record of  8-4 with a 5.01 ERA in 140 innings as he pitched in 178 games, all in relief.

With the trade, the Phillies now have two left-handers coming out of the bullpen as they wait for J.C. Romero’s return from his soon to be served 50 games suspension. The trade may also have an influence on the battle for the final spot in the starting rotation, as its more than likely now that the left-hander J.A. Happ will either be declared the winner of the battle, over right-hander Chan Ho Park, or he will be sent down to the Lehigh Valley Triple-A team and will be the first pitcher to be called up if any of the members of the starting rotation is either injured or have a melt down. Only time will tell.

My thoughts on the trade? I think it’s a good strategic move on the Phillies’ part. The Phils have moved someone who they saw during spring training couldn’t cut it while getting in return a temporary, veteran, second left-handed arm to go along with their left-handed relief specialist Scott Eyre while they wait for J.C. Romero to come back from his enforced exile, thus preventing the kind of situations with Eyre like had just happened to him this past Thursday against the Yankees. Hopefully, Traschner will be good enough during that 50 games period that he makes it hard for the Phils to let him go when that happens. I would just love to see what the Phils will do if that happens. :)

Last night, Phillies traded catcher Ronny Paulino to the Giants for left-handed relief pitcher Jack Taschner.

Last December, the Phillies had traded catching prospect Jason Jaramillo to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Ronny Paulino, who they hoped would be able to challenge, if not win, the second catcher job from fan favorite Chris Coste. Sadly, for Paulino, his spring training average would show otherwise as he batted only .194 (6 for 31) in thirteen Grapefruit League games with only two doubles and a home run while striking out twelve times. Although Coste didn’t do any better with his at-bats, the Phillies have decided to go with the known quantity instead of the unknown and had put Paulino out as trade bait several days ago. Last night they got a nibble as the Giants had traded to them left-handed relief pitcher Jack Taschner for Paulino.

Although Taschner is having just as bad a spring pitching for the Giants in the Cactus League (6.23 ERA in eight and two-thirds inning), the Phils thinks that he is the man that they need for their bullpen right now. While pitching for the Giants last year, Taschner went 3-2 with a 4.88 ERA in fourty-eight innings as he appeared in 67 games. Career-wise, in four seasons in the big leagues, all with the Giants, Taschner has a career record of  8-4 with a 5.01 ERA in 140 innings as he pitched in 178 games, all in relief.

With the trade, the Phillies now have two left-handers coming out of the bullpen as they wait for J.C. Romero’s return from his soon to be served 50 games suspension. The trade may also have an influence on the battle for the final spot in the starting rotation, as its more than likely now that the left-hander J.A. Happ will either be declared the winner of the battle, over right-hander Chan Ho Park, or he will be sent down to the Lehigh Valley Triple-A team and will be the first pitcher to be called up if any of the members of the starting rotation is either injured or have a melt down. Only time will tell.

My thoughts on the trade? I think it’s a good strategic move on the Phillies’ part. The Phils have moved someone who they saw during spring training couldn’t cut it while getting in return a temporary, veteran, second left-handed arm to go along with their left-handed relief specialist Scott Eyre while they wait for J.C. Romero to come back from his enforced exile, thus preventing the kind of situations with Eyre like had just happened to him this past Thursday against the Yankees. Hopefully, Traschner will be good enough during that 50 games period that he makes it hard for the Phils to let him go when that happens. I would just love to see what the Phils will do if that happens. :)

Gee, talk about a drop….

Just like the National economy, I’d just taken a real big drop among the MLBlogs fan leader list. Among the top 53, I am now no. 48. Gee, what a dive. And, seriously, I have no one to blame for this but myself, since I’d haven’t been posting for the last two weeks and a half the kind of posts that had gotten me up to no. 26 just two weeks ago. Well, that is going to change as those type of posts will be coming back, people. Count on it.

Anyway, here’s the most recent fans leader list, courtesy of MLBlogs. Visit all of them, including me, won’t you?:

FANS
1. Confessions of a She-Fan
2. Julia’s Rants
3. Red State Blue State
4. The Future Blog of the Red Sox
5. Rockpile Rant
6. Plunking Gomez
7. Rays Renegade
8. A Diatribe from a Law Student: Baseball Edition
9. FutureAngels.com
10. Phillies Phollowers
11. Baseball Cleats & Shoes
12. I’m Not A Headline Guy…
13. Life and Indians Baseball through the Eyes of a Clemson Girl
14. Eat, Sleep, Baseball
15. Baseball, The Yankees, and Life…
16. King of Cali
17. The ‘Burgh Blues
18. Pick Me Up Some Mets!
19. Unfinished Business
20. A Misplaced Astros Fan
21. The Yankees Baseball Whisperer
22. THE BOSTON RED SOX BLOG
23. Baseball Canadiana
24. Blogging Dodgers and Baseball
25. Baseball Bats
26. crzblue’s World
27. Bruce Markusen’s Cooperstown Confidential
28. Rocky Mountain Way…Outside Coors looking in
29. Bjarkman’s Latino and Cuban League Baseball History Page
30. Statistician Magician
31. The Watercooler
32. King Yankees
33. Redbird Chatter
34. LA NACION MEDIAS ROJAS
35. I Live for This
36. MLB in the eyes of a 13 year old
37. All Baseball All The Time
38. Totally Tribe
39. Eat Sleep MLB
40. The Happy Youngster…Brew Town’s Ballhawk
41. District Boy
42. The Best of 162
43. Hitless Wanderings in Texas
44. Yankees Chick
45. Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts
46. sittingstill
47. The Diamond Diva
48. Phillies Red Pinstripes
49. Counting Baseballs
50. We’re talkin Homer, Blue Jays and MLB
51. Flair For The Dramatic
52. Up in Section 360
53. Mets Go

By the way, I would like to welcome back to the fan leader list Sue of Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts. I would also like to congratulate Phillies Phollowers for reaching the top ten. That means that there is once again three Phillies fan blogs among the leaders. I better get off of my butt to get myself back into the twenties.

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