I attended a SABR meeting of the Connie Mack Chapter in June of this year. It was held at Waterfront Park in Trenton, New Jersey. This is home to the Trenton Thunder, the ‘AA’ affiliate for the New York Yankees. That day one of the presentations was about players that had hit over twenty triples [...]
Perhaps the Hot Stove season does not commence until after the World Series. Or maybe it adds fuel to the fire. Either way there are instructive failures from last year to consider. There were Carl Crawford and Jayson Werth–just two of the biggest disappointments among the 2011 free agent class. Then at the summit is [...]
Phillies 1B Ryan Howard Philadelphia Phillies (2010 record: 97-65) The Phillies entered the new year as one of the handful of teams with a legitimate claim to the designation as the best team in baseball. They entered the free agent fray towards the end of the process and lured southpaw Cliff Lee away from both [...]
Baseball’s premier hustler, Chase Utley, has a special skill set that includes the triple-threat of hitting, baserunning, and fielding, making him the gold standard for all second basemen.
The Phillies open a series against the Atlanta Braves this Memorial Day only a half game up on them in leading the division. Not surprising is that the Nationals are in last place with the Marlins; what is, though, is that they are both only four games out of first place. Almost 50 games into [...]
At this time last year, infielder Jason Donald was playing with the Philadelphia Phillies Triple-A affiliate in Lehigh Valley trying to make every impression possible to somehow crack a Phillies infield situation where he was road-blocked by All-Stars Jimmy Rollins at shortstop and Chase Utley at second base. Even though the situation in Philadelphia appeared [...]
Who can beat the Phillies? Â The Braves have some of the best young talent in the game, but no one will catch them. Â The arrival in 2010 of young phenoms Stephen Strasburg and Jason Heyward will be highlights in the NL East. Â The ultimate story will be Roy Halladay as he carries the Phillies back [...]
Like the Army, baseball is filled with Hurry Up & Wait situations. That’s especially true for writers, who arrive hours before gametime in an often-frustrating effort to pin down players or managers for interviews. There’s competition for each player, with the biggest stars commanding the most attention from media types, and a pecking order that [...]