Archive for June, 2016

Bill James on the P.K. Subban Trade

Posted in 2016 Other on June 29, 2016 by wechslerh66

“[B]ad organizations will tend to project their weaknesses onto their best players, and ultimately will dwell not on what the player can do, but on what he can’t…The kid’s hitting .330, he’s got a little power but we’re still losing. If we’re losing he must not be doing all that well. He’s not a great outfielder or any kind of a baserunner, so he’s got to hit for more power.[..]”

–Bill James, “A History of Being a Kansas City Baseball Fan,” in The Bill James Baseball Abstract 1986

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Diamondbacks 5, Phillies 1

Posted in 2016 Phillies on June 19, 2016 by wechslerh66

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Phillies jerseys in the stands: GROSS 17 (not Greg or Kevin), LOFTON 7, DAULTON 10, OSWALT 44

Opposing team jerseys in the stands: JOHNSON 51, BRADLEY 25 (four members of the fan club)

Random Twins shirsey in the stands: NATHAN 26

Quote of the day #1
Guy in centerfield standing room re: SID of the Galapagos Gang: “Whoever’s in that thing’s gotta be so fuckin’ hot.”

Quote of the day #2
Anglo woman in centerfield re: 4 shirtless vatos yelling at Herrera in Spanish throughout the game (“¡Vamo vamo vamo Herrera!” “¡Fuera!” “¡Aya!” etc.): “Why would you heckle your own teammate (sic)?”

Also: Citizens Bank Park played “Arizona” during the Diamondbacks intros.

Diamondbacks 4, Phillies 1

Posted in 2016 Phillies on June 19, 2016 by wechslerh66

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Opposing team jerseys in the stands: GOLDSCHMIDT 44, GREINKE 21, AHMED 13, FREY

Random Cubs shirsey in the stands: SCHWARBER 12

Blue Jays 7, Phillies 2

Posted in 2016 Phillies on June 16, 2016 by wechslerh66

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Opposing team jerseys in the stands: TULOWITZKI 2, STROMAN 2, DONALDSON 20, REYES 2, CANADA both 13 and 19, ROMERO 24, BAUTISTA 19, GOINS 19, PILLAR 11, MARTIN 55, LAWRIE 13, MORROW 23, FRANCIS 13, HOLTAM 88 (not an actual Blue Jay)

Other non-Phillies team jerseys in the stands: MADDON 70 (Cubs), VERLANDER 35 (Tigers), EICHEL 15 (Sabres shirsey)

Obscure Phillies jerseys in the stands: HAYES 9 (Von), MOE 0

Random tshirt in the stands: IF IT REQUIRES PANTS, IT’S NOT HAPPENING

Quote of the night
Girl with friend, trying to join other friends in upper row of seats without a ticket: “I’m just gonna sit next to them.”
Usher: “Youse can’t! You’ll take up the whole aisle.”

All-Stars (2016 edition)

Posted in 2016 Other, 2016 Phillies on June 11, 2016 by wechslerh66

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Royals catcher Salvador Perez (2013-2015 All-Star)

Writer Friend Rob in Iowa recently wrote me:

This is kind of frivolous… but in voting for the NL all-stars I inadvertently wound up with 8 players from 8 different teams. Is there a larger meaning? No. But it’s sorta cool.

Goldy Murph Seager Arenado Lucroy Fowler Marte Piscotty
ari dc la col mil chi pitt st lou

Pitch Bumgarnt (frisco) and there you go

ps – I remember one year when the Rose-led Big Red started near the whole team.

My response:

I can’t top you.

NL
c Posey
1b Goldschmidt
2b Murphy
3b Arenado
ss Seager
of Harper
of Herrera
of Polanco
p Kershaw

Two Nats and two Dodgers–plus a Phillie and no Cubs, incidentally. You could swap out Herrera for Fowler, or for that matter Posey for Lucroy (who is having a better offensive year, so far, though Posey’s not having a bad year and has the better career), but still, two Nats and two Dodgers. Rizzo, Bryant, and Arrieta will all be there, but not ahead of Goldschmidt, Arenado, or Kershaw (on my ballot anyway–Rizzo was leading the world in All Star votes the last I checked). The whole Pirates outfield could be there too (I have Polanco, you have Marte, and somehow neither of us has McCutchen).

AL
c Perez
1b Cabrera
2b Altuve
3b Machado
ss Bogaerts
of Trout
of Bradley Jr.
of Cain
dh Ortiz
p Sale

Both of my preseason Cy Youngs! Also, three Red Sox. Obviously, East Coast bias (note the New Jersey guy too). But two Royals.

If the NL gets a DH, I nominate Kris Bryant. Actually, that would be a good spot for Bumgarner too.

Rob’s response to my response:

AL – we agree on three

c Wieters
1b Napoli
2b Altuve
3b Castellanos
ss Lindor
of Reddick
of Springer
of Trout (last one in)
dh Big Papi
p Hamels

2 tribe 2 astros —

tough choices in both leagues: no Donaldson no Rizzo ahhhhh….

My response to Rob’s response to my response:

I debated Lindor and Springer too. Wieters is up there. Didn’t realize how good a year Reddick (especially for that ballpark) was having, or quite how underrated Castellanos is (though arguably so is Machado–he’s potentially in Trout/Harper territory depending on whom you read–though I belatedly noticed he’s played 37 games at SS and only 23 at 3B, but I guess he’s on the ballot at 3B so I’ll go with that). Of course, I think Hamels is underrated too (again, especially for that ballpark). The AL doesn’t have a Kershaw, Arrieta, MadBum, Thor, or Scherzer other than Sale (who is more Scherzer-like than the prior three or four names). I don’t think there’s much dropoff from Sale to Hamels. Bill James makes a good argument that Hamels is a lot like Lester and despite their detractors, both guys are in his top 20. I’ll go with that too.

Let’s play one (that counts)!

Cubs 6, Phillies 4

Posted in 2016 Phillies with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 7, 2016 by wechslerh66

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Opposing team jerseys in the stands: SANDBERG 23, BRYANT 17, Rizzo 44, BANKS 14 (both with & without name), HEYWARD 22, FUKUDOME 1, ARRIETA 49, RUSSELL 22, THERIOT 2, FONTENOT 17, SANTO 10, WOOD 34, WILLIAMS 26 (Billy, not Mitch), SORIANO 29, SCHWARBER 12, SAXON 35?

Quote of the day #1:
Fiftysomething fan screaming to David Ross in bullpen: “FOREVER YOUNG!!”

Quote of the day #2:
Usher to security guard: “Ay, in Section 106, there’s two people vaping.”
Security guard: “Wha??”
Usher: “Doin’ vapor–y’know–just wunna let ya know.”
Security guard: “Thanks.”

Phillies 6, Brewers 3

Posted in 2016 Phillies on June 4, 2016 by wechslerh66

1970s Retro Night!

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Opposing team jerseys in the stands: HALL 2, SURHOFF 5, YOUNT 19, LUCROY 20 & GENNETT 2 (father & son), HARDY 7

Minikiss was also in the house.

Quote of the day:
Me at work, pre-game: “My losing streak is one game worse than the Phils’. The Phils have now lost 7 in a row. I’ve been to 8 losses in a row. The last win I saw in person was Adam Morgan’s major league debut a year ago.”
Jeff: “They won that game?!?”

Also: Ryan Braun was met with a warm welcome by Phillies fans in the top of the first.