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Friday, August 11, 2006


Is the Reading reliever closer material? Trade Gordon in the offseason, bring this guy up. That's rushing things, though.

You think? Just dumping an all-star veteran for an untested guy? Let's see if he can post the same numbers at AAA.

Hell, how about having Madson learn Gordon's role, and then moving him there...


J - You're playing with everyone's emotions now. You can't post a "feel-good, we might have someone in the farm system who's actually worth a damn" article when we're already excited about even sniffing the WC. You should have saved this for the impending 4 or 5 game skid that all but ends everyone's hopes!!

This isn't on any particular topic (though this is a bit of a notebook entry), but did anyone else notice that last night, the Mets starting outfield was composed entirely of former Phillies bench players? Michael Tucker in left, Endy Chavez in center, Ricky Ledee in right. Just thought it worth noting.

I don't think Gordon will be replaced. He was signed by Gillick in the first place, he's cheap considering his perfomance (which is on par with some of the best in the game), and he's pretty much the only entirely reliable arm in the bullpen. Until someone else breaks out as a setup man in the majors, Gordon is sticking around.

Adam- I did indeed notice the Mets starting OF as noted in my own blog this morning.

I saw something interesting just now - team pitching stats. Every team in the NL has a team ERA between 4.01 and 4.99. The Phils aren't even in last place anymore. Can anyone else remember that kind of parity among staffs?

The NL in general is weak this season. Hopefully the Phils can continue lowering their ERA from here on out.

I wasn't talking about weakness or strength. Everyone knows the NL is weaker compared to the AL. I am talking about parity.

according to bill conlin we don't have one decent player in the minor leagues. sorry jason but i just can't believe that this guy is any good.

Adding up his Clearwater stats, he has 75Ks and 25 walks in 2006. Nice stuff. I just hope he doesn't get the same mushy shoulder disease that pitching prospects seem to get.

The random news updates are always interesting. Sounds like A.J. Hinch has a great career ahead of him. Seems like more and more that ex-Ivy League/elite schools guys with some baseball experience are starting to really run the show in baseball. Interesting to see if this trends continues or if this is somekind of backlash from more traditional management.

Ruben Amaro Jr. is also a Stanford grad, a biology major, according to the media guide.

Weitzel, does it say if he graduated or not?

I had no idea Amaro when to Stanford. Interesting. . .

Indeed. Ruben earned a BS degree in human biology from Stanford University in 1987.

Tim, you're overstating Conlin's case. He liked the kid drafted second out of Miami last year. In any case, he wasn't talking about guys who might make the big leagues, he was talking about top draft picks who don't look as if they'll amount to much. If you recall he felt strongly a couple of years back that the Phils erred in trading Buchholz instead of Floyd to the 'Stros for Wagner; he doesn't think Floyd has the tough makeup Buchholz does.

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