Open Discussion: Week of June 8th

Here’s an open discussion thread so the minor league posts don’t get cluttered with Phillies’ talk and other topics.

The First Year Player Draft starts Monday night.  There will be separate threads for that.

Some random stuff to light a fire –

  • Freddy Galvis got a hit today to end an 0-31 drought.
  • Maikel Franco’s 6 HR are enough to be second on the team.
  • Chase Utley is back under .200.
  • Papelbon is still earning his salary.
  • With Seve Gonzalez back to LHV, who’s #5?
  • Or, with an off day on the 11th, they just don’t need him until the 16th?
  • And since the draft is tomorrow, there’s this.  The Phillies are one of 3 teams with sub-.400 winning percentages – Oakland .390; Philadelphia .379; and Milwaukee .351

113 thoughts on “Open Discussion: Week of June 8th

  1. I will one up the Chase Utley stat.

    Today Chase passed 200 plate appearances and at 500 his $15 million dollar option for 2016 vests.

    In 41 games batting 3rd Chase is hitting .171.

    In 4 games batting 6th his average is .417.

  2. It is sad to watch a former All-Star struggling to hit over the Mendoza line after almost 1/3 of the season played. He is not earning his salary now and is being paid for past performance only. I’ve heard that the Players’ Union would complain if his playing time were reduced. Just that mean that they MUST continue to play him despite his non-existence on offense and batting 3rd at that?

    1. I forgot his line for the last month but it went 450/469/ 420 the 2nd best in baseball . He made an amazing play the other day in the field. Yes he isn’t what he used to be but there A lot of other reason this team is bad. Who are the phillies going to stick ln there. Herandez can’t hit the only reason he’s up here is because he’s out of options. The phillies future 2nd baseman is on suspension. So we’re going to have watch a future HOF 2nd baseman the rest the season where we hope to win 60 games.

        1. I think Tim means “suspended” as in no candidates to fill in the position.

          1. Thanks I thought I was missing something.
            I was hoping Pullen was going to be our future 2b

        1. This will certainly be something interesting to follow after the all star break because there’s no way the Phils will let him get 500 plate appearances hitting 200, it won’t happen.

  3. Not that anyone is asking, but my pre-draft top 10:

    1. Crawford – Developing into a consensus top 5 prospect.

    2. Nola – Not long for AA.

    3. Kilome – Matt Winks is a fan:

    http://philliesminorthoughts.com/some-news-notes-and-drooling-over-franklyn-kilome/

    4. Quinn – Is always going to strikeout, but needs to improve BB rate. Best case scenario seems to be Michael Bourn.

    5. Tocci – ISO isn’t a whole lot better, but BB% and K% both encouraging. Probably will be above average defensively.

    6. Canelo – A legitimate SS whose bat profiles as average, if this season is to be believed. Has showed decent doubles power and a decent walk rate.

    7. Zach Eflin – Has everything but an out pitch.

    8. Ricardo Pinto – Has been really good in his short career.

    9. Ben Lively – Progressed okay, but hasn’t been overwhelming.

    10. Rhys Hopins – Probably nothing will come of this, but he’s killing it. Have to discount college stats, but has .947 OPS in Lakewood.

    Disagree?

    1. It’s a little soon for me to rank Kilome (though I understand the thinking) that high. Same for Hoskins; I want to see what he can do in Clearwater. I’m not sure how Lively profiles in the majors so he’s not in my top 10. I think I’d go:

      1. Crawford
      2. Franco
      3. Nola
      4. Eflin
      5. Quinn
      6. Tocci
      7. Kilome
      8. Grullon
      9. Biddle
      10. Canelo
      11. Pinto

      I had trouble with the last few names. By tonight there should be a new name to slot in at 4 or 5.

      1. Here’s mine (assuming we are ranking Franco as a prospect, which probably is no longer appropriate).

        1. Crawford – the next great Phillies’ player
        2. Nola – above Franco? Yes, but just by a hair – he’s really, really good
        3. Franco – the question is whether he could make adjustments at bat and hit breaking pitches – he’s come light years in a short amount of time. The power is as good as I dreamed it would be – the ball explodes off his bat – you can’t teach that.
        4. Quinn – truly electric talent; just gets better and better. Could end up being something of a star in his own right and I think he will continue to improve substantially.
        5. Eflin – Nola has overshadowed him a bit, but Eflin has done a superb job and is very young for the level. Incredibly poised, throws with good velocity and movement and has superb command and velocity control – he’s the X factor between the Phillies making slow progress as a potential contender and suddenly getting a lot better. I love him; great trade.
        6. Brian Bogesevic – just kidding – again, the AAA team is unwatchable, much like the parent club.
        6. Tocci – is definitely getting stronger, but still has upside concerns – but the fielding and contact skills are real and he seems to be developing plate discipline.
        7. Kilome – love the scouting reports; will likely climb quickly after he starts playing games that “matter”
        8. Lively – I saw him pitch and I like him a lot – you can’t really crush a guy with good stuff who has a 3.5 ERA in the Eastern League – it’s a tough league for pitchers; but it shows, by comparison, how good Nola and Eflin have been.
        9. Pinto – I like what I’m hearing
        10. Grullon – scouting reports are very good; let’s see what happens
        11. Hoskins – could shoot up the list quickly if he hits in Clearwater like he has in Lakewood; my view is that we really won’t know what we have for sure until he gets time in AAA – but I like him a lot; he’s got a short, powerful swing and the contact skills are very promising. In fact, for guys who are big sluggers like that what I really want to see when they are in the low minors is strong contact skills – the power will come.
        12. Altherr – yes, he hasn’t busted out, but when you watch him play in person you realize how impressive his all around game is and could be. His probable floor is something like John Mayberry, but his ceiling is a lesser version of Jayson Werth. But, yes, the contact skills have to evolve just as the plate discipline has improved.
        13. Windle – he has control problems, but when he’s on, he can be a strikeout machine –
        14. Knapp – reports have been good; might have a breakout second half.
        15 Pullin – he’s below the radar, but I think he’s a nice little player – like a poor man’s Daniel Murphy.

        One other thing, having nothing to do with prospect ratings; as I’ve said before, when a pitcher has shoulder problems, like 75% of the time, the player is cooked – just think of the players we’ve lost to should injuries and note how they’ve either disappeared or completely lost their edge: Adam Morgan, Ethan Martin, Jon Pettibone, MAG (not clear what is going on with him, actually), Shane Watson, . . . . a shoulder injury for a pitcher is like a running back losing a half step – one day, it’s just over. Very sad.

        1. Good list…but Jordan Danks ilo of Bogu…:)
          Concerning shoulder issues, don’t forget the aging Doc H……and it seems that is the correct assumption. Also, it normally takes two years or a little more for them to come back around, if they can.
          I think the two who come to mind are Schilling and Clemens…..I think, may be wrong, they had shoulder issues early in their careers.
          But so many just do not recapture the magic.

        2. Yeah, the shoulder thing is why I left Morgan and Watson totally off my top 30. And, actually, my top 50 as well.

          It’s good to see Morgan back pitching at least. I caught LHV on TV for his last start. He hit 91 mph once that I saw, with everything else 87-89. His change looked decent but the slider had no bite. I don’t know how long it might take for a pitcher to get his stuff back after an injury like that- assuming it comes back at all- and Morgan’s only made about 10 starts. Like I said, it’s good that he’s pitching regularly and if he can avoid the DL this year I consider that a win.

  4. Is it possible that Franco is this good? Because right now he is hitting like an elite talent.

    Let me comp him to another elite rookie talent:

    Fanco/Player B
    – Age: 22/23
    – ISO: 276/190
    – K%: 15%/30%
    – walk %: 4%/15%
    – BA (BABIP): .253 (.239) / .282 (.393)
    – Line drive %: 15% / 17%
    – OPS: .814 / .861

    Player B is Kris Bryant.

    My analysis: Franco’s combination of power and low k% is otherworldly. If he didn’t do the same thing in the minors, I would say that it was a mirage that will change. If he can keep these ratios he will be an elite mlb hitter.

    A dramatic BABIP difference is impacting the difference in BA and OPS. While I believe that Bryant will always have a high BABIP, I think that Franco’s low BABIP (note, it is lower than his batting average) is simply bad luck. I note this because he hits the ball very hard. Players who hit the ball hard (or have elite speed) tend to have a BABIP > .300.

    Ladies and Gentlemen, I think it is possible that we have our next Philadelphia super star on our hands. The pitchers in this league will adjust to him and he has to adjust back. But he has hit homers off of Chapman, Strasberg and Lincecum. He has hit homers off of 98 mph fastballs and curve balls. He has shown an elite arm and respectable range.

    He looks like a long term building block. Very exciting!

    1. so weird I looked up Bryant too as a comp. The other day. I have seen a lot of Franco, and the power so far is surprising me more than anything

    2. Franco’s minor league BABIP (career) is only .306, so while it should increase from his current .239, I don’t think he’ll ever have a very high one.

      Franco’s talent has been on display so far but I think you have to look at how pitchers are pitching him right now. I’ve noticed several times where a pitcher gets ahead of him in the count and then challenges him with a fastball. He’s seeing a fairly high % of pitches in the strikezone. That’s definitely not going to last and as we all know the biggest question about Franco has been his plate vision/discipline. Pitchers are going to adjust and try to get him to chase more and we’ll have to see how he handles that before we say he’s going to be a star.

      1. quote from my post, “The pitchers in this league will adjust to him and he has to adjust back.”

        Franco/Bryant
        – % of fastballs: 57% / 54%
        – Runs Above Average for Fastball: 1.83 / 1.14
        – Runs Above Average for Slider: 1.23 / 1.74
        – Runs Above Average for Cutter: 1.02 / 1.24
        – Runs Above Average for Curve: -0.35 / 1.68
        – Runs Above Average for Change: -4.69 / 0.07

        So expect Franco to see more Change-ups and Curve’s in the future. And let’s see how he adjusts.

        Franco: http://www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=12179&position=3B
        Bryant: http://www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=15429&position=3B

      2. Your being silly. They have advanced scouting reports on players, even if they were in the minors, They aren’t saying here is a fastball hit it, I have seen him, he isn’t the same kid as last year he has learn to lay off bad breaking balls for the most part. don’t forget its a adjustment for him as well as pitchers, this kid is playing in front of big crowds for the first time, Team will adjust against him like ever player in this league, its a constant game between pitchers and hitters. Franco has the thing you cant teach and the reason we blew so many draft picks. he can hit, he has the hit tool, now he must keep refining it. he is going to be good, how good time will tell.

        1. I’m not saying he hasn’t improved in those areas, but that’s what the numbers are (according to Fangraphs) and it’s something I’ve noticed a few times while watching. It’s not a knock on Franco, I’m just saying that the biggest question about his offense has yet to be answered at the major league level.

        2. You can see the hand eye gift in the field too his bat speed along with the hand eye coordination is amazing. The ball Flys of his bat boy when Crawford comes up that’s going to be special to watch .

    3. I love Franco, but a few things you glossed over. The walk rate for Bryant is outstanding is fairly low for Franco – it’s a very big and important difference. On BABIP, I note that when Franco is fooled with breaking pitches, he rolls the ball softely to third or short – so I’m not entirely sure how skewed it is (obviously it is random to a certain degree).

      1. I didn’t gloss over walk rate. Agree it is significant. But the k rate difference is huge too. To be clear, I never said that Franco was a better prospect. I am saying that he compares very favorably to one of the top 5 prospects to come up in the past decade. I also said that his combination of Power and contact rate is extremely rare.

  5. Just a wistful look-back at how fearsome the Phils starting lineup of bombers was in 2009:

    Carlos Ruiz 9/43/.255
    Ryan Howard 45/141/.279
    Chase Utley 31/93/.282
    Jimmy Rollins 21/77/.250
    Pedro Feliz 12/82/.266
    Raul Ibanez 34/93/.272
    Shane Victorino 10/62/.292
    Jayson Werth 36/99/.268

    The current team has nearly bottomed out. It will be a bleak L O N G dry spell, nearly as bad as the Astros rebuild.

    Since Maikel Franco has been brought up, he has dispelled any doubts he’s the real deal. J. P. Crawford is also a can’t-miss. Beyond them, offensively, they have much to do in the way of reestablishing a respectable lineup. They MUST get more power bats! It will take much more than achieving this from within.

    1. The Phillies were in the playoffs until two years ago. We aren’t even CLOSE to the Astros. Who were mired in sub-mediocrity for almost 8 years.

      1. I hate to tell you think Joe, but we’re going on 4 years without playoffs and the earliest playoff return year is likely to be 2017 – and that’s assuming a lot of things go right. So when the dust clears it will probably be like 7 or 8 years. Ugh.

  6. With Diekman being sent down, that leaves Araujo as the only lefty out of the pen. I don’t hear much talk about, but he seems to have come out of nowhere. Do you think there’s something there? I know he had control issues in the past and his WHIP is terrible but for him being 23 and playing above AA for the first time perhaps they found a cheap arm?

    1. They will trade Victorinio but with them everyone else is always off the table, no wonder they are were they are

    2. I was reading Fangraphs projections yesterday and they still cling to the notion that this team will finish a close second and be in for the wildcard.

      Not with that rotation. I doubt Hamels would make a difference because from top to bottom it is bad. Sure you get one quality pitcher but you still have four poor pitchers following him.

    1. Never seen a draft where top 10 names are so different expert to expert. I’d be happy with anyone not named Stevenson.

      1. I see a red-flag on Stevenson….because of age and his lack of HR rate.
        Happ or Tucker for me.

  7. I can’t wait for Boston to miss out on the division on a few games because they wanted to trade Allan Craig and Victorino for Cole Hamels. LOL

  8. Yeah, boston is ridiculous. Hell, look at what Toronto gave up for RA Freakin Dickey. Its amazing that they feel so entitled that they don’t have to give anything up for what would be a pennant-changing piece. Screw em. On to the next, Astros, Cubs, Rangers, Dodgers…let the bidding begin

    1. Hoarding all those premier positional players could prove to be troublesome for them….at some point in the next few years they will need to let some of them go for less then trade value…..Betts, Swihart, Vasquez, Bogaerts, Margot, Devers, Bradley, Moncada, Castillo, Marrero….not to mention Cecchini and Coyle.
      What are they going to do…cut Hanley Ramirez, Pablo Sandoval pr Dustin Pedroia in two years?

      1. That problem will probably work itself out as most of those prospects fail or, at least, don’t look so “untouchable” anymore in a couple years.

  9. Looking forward to more serious trade talk in a few weeks. How bad will this rotation look without Hamels and Harang? That’s certainly where we’re headed. We’re going for the 1st pick next year. Btw, no way Hamels goes to the Red Sox, other teams will offer more to try and win now. The Red Sox have won and aren’t as desperate as some other teams (Houston, Detroit, Seattle, Texas, etc).

    1. They just spent 20 mil a year on a Porcello extension after letting Lester walk and lowballing RAJ for Hamels all spring. They will overpay for Price this offseeason who’s stuff is quickly aging. They’ll be stuck with all those huge contracts and be worse off than we are for the next 5 years.

      1. I usually love what Boston does and I do love that they are good at bringing prospects along. But their approach to their starting rotation is puzzling. I though they must know something i don’t – it turns out they dont.

        1. When I think of bad, moderately expensive free agent signings I always think of Warren Buffett’s quote “I’d rather pay a fair price for a great company than a great price for a fair company.” Replace the word “player” for “company” and you get my drift.

        2. Well the latest crop of postional prospects seem to be fruitful for them so far…Betts, Swihart and Bogaerts.
          Before them it was dubious ….though Middlebrooks may still develop into a pretty decent player at third for the Padres.
          I also think they will go pitching tonight in the first round.

          1. Betts being comped to McCutcheon is pretty rediculous. Given the hype, all 3 of these guys have underachieved to be honest.

    1. I actually saw the day he was released and immediately thought he’d be a good signing for the Phillies. Low cost professional pitcher. They’re going to need some arms to pitch after Harang and Hamels get traded soon and Correia is actually a decent signing at this point.

    2. It’s better than watching Seve Gonzalez getting knocked around and gives him a chance to work on his location and build his confidence..

  10. Romus all my sources have said the Phillies are locked on three players. betts, tucker, and tate, who ever is there is our pick.

    1. Betts looks like a catcher with a hit tool.
      Tucker is the one I prefer.
      Tate….another pitcher?
      I guess Ian Happ is not on their radar..

      1. I really would like to see us draft Ian Happ as he is the best college hitter available to us and he can play 2B. Kevin Newman would be a good choice also.

    2. I could see it. Tucker, by all accounts, is a really good hitter and Tate throws really hard and appears to have a bright future. Betts over the Stephensen is surprising but maybe they don’t think Stephensen will still be there. We’ll all know soon….

  11. I saw Jim Salisbury at the airport today waiting to get on a flight to Wiliamsport. Anyone have an idea why he wouid be going there?

      1. The State College area has one of the larger Elk herd populations on the east coast and I think the drive is very beautiful and relaxing.

    1. Some thing to do with high school world series . They have a great place to eat there it’s an old train made into a dinner just in case anyone goes there.

  12. Bases loaded, one out, 3-3 game, and your pitcher AB who has already thrown 99 pitches. What manager in their right mind allows the pitcher to bat? Rhetorical question

    1. Sweet. Hamels comes out the next inning and serves up a 2-run homer. Finishes with 120 pitches. If he gets hurt, I’ll personally drive u to Philly and punch Sandberg right in the face

  13. Good news…Chad Billingsley threw 44 pitches yesterday and will have another session on Friday….then 60 pitches next Tuesday and then another rehab on the 21st, according to Scott Proefrock today.
    Seems fine now.

  14. Anyone think now that the Cubs interest in Papelbon is elevated we could land a guy like Mark Zagunis from them?

    Anyone else see Pedro Martinez on MLB network last light blatantly state Collins needs to get Harvey out of the game because something is clearly wrong with him?

    I love Pedro he is one of the most fascinating guys in MLB commentary right now.

    1. It would devastating to the Mets if Harvey incurs a second elbow injury requiring TJ…..I remember Kyle Drabek really didn’t recover and regain his former self..

  15. LMFAO. RAJ apparently asked for either James Paxton or Taijuan Walker in exchange for Ben Revere. How embarrassing. Not only do Phillie phans think RAJ is a joke, other GMs do as well. Truly embarrassing – and an ask that will likely threaten his ability to negotiate with Seattle in the future

        1. I would be happy with a player such as OFer Tyler O’Neill….not highly rated but is young and has a power right-hand bat.

        2. Dave – you’re grossly overestimating Revere’s worth on the open market. He has an escalating salary – I’d take a low level bullpen piece in exchange for Revere. No joke

          1. No I am not. People have this irrational hatred towards Revere.

            He can hit and steal bases in a league where hitting is at a premium.

            He is also under team control.

            If you would only take a bullpen piece without trying to do better you are doing a poor job as GM.

            1. I would like a outfield prospect in low a or high a with some upside and a bullpen arm. to me that would be fair for him

            2. And you would be stuck paying Revere 6 million next year and 9 million in 2017 while you continue to wait for a mid rotation starter under team control. Even RAJ admitted that Walker and/or Paxton would be a ridiculous ask. You still going to contend that it isn’t? Rhetorical question

            3. David:
              Ben Revere is not going to be a part of this team’s future.
              He can hit for singles and 7/8 triples per season.
              he steals…but so much this year.
              He has faults that are obvious.
              If the Mariners and Angels are interested teams….IMO, then do the trade….. a quality 19 or 20-year old A prospect.
              .

            4. Now let me just put this out there for everyone to understand.

              Seattle’s GM is likely to be fired at the end of the year and just made a horrible trade for Trumbo. Wouldn’t you ask high to see if he was willing to make another dumb deal?

              At the very least you laid some groundwork for a deal and it may expand in coming weeks.

              Let’s also be clear that the press is trying their best to get Amaro to sell low as we saw from Heyman’s articles regarding Boston and Hamels.

              Knowing that I do not expect him to have asked for that as the Phillies denied but he should be asking high to open negotiations.

  16. Trader jack is on his last leg in Seattle he has been known to yank other GM’s chains for years.

    1. From Rosenthal’s; RAJ denies requesting Walker or Paxton in return for Revere. Thank god. That would be absurd on RAJ’s part

      1. Apparently Face – Book is a prohibited word here. I can’t post the link, but it can be found on Rosenthal’s site

  17. I know I am not a college man. so I need someones help, please explain to me this,
    •Though he’s a rental, Cueto is a true ace and should bring back a healthy return — even if it won’t be near what the Reds might have achieved last year (as Rosecrans explains). There should be no shortage of suitors, but MLB.com’s Phil Rogers lists the five most plausible landing spots: the Blue Jays, Red Sox, Dodgers, Rangers, and Padres. Yet we cant get any top prospects for cole? Even throwing in money.

    1. rocco…..rentals, who often then walk after their three-month tenure with their new team, will get you one quality guy and maybe another tier-two prospect.
      Hamels is not a rental, so Ruben wants the three or more prospect value in return.
      So the teams do not have to give up many of their treasured prospects for Cueto.

        1. Heading into the 2011 trading deadline, the San Francisco Giants were 60-44 and clinging to a three-game lead over the surprising Arizona Diamondbacks in the NL West.

          Despite losing star catcher and clean-up hitter Buster Posey as well as second baseman and No. 2 hitter Freddy Sanchez to season-ending injuries, the Giants were keeping their heads above water with excellent pitching and defense. Only the Phillies had prevented runs at a better clip than the Giants on the fateful day general manager Brian Sabean pulled the trigger on a deal that sent top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler to the Mets for right fielder Carlos Beltran.

          Would Sabean do it again to sure up his rotation: Kyle Crick, Tyler Beede (one of)

    2. I’m sure the Reds are weighing offers and balancing that against holding onto him and getting a compensation pick if the offers are not up to their standards. Don’t sleep on the Giants as they have demonstrated in the past they don’t mind dealing a single top line prospect for a rental.

      I don’t think anyone will really know until after the deadline passes and the dust settles. It’s a big game of chicken and we outsiders really don’t get to see who is playing.

      We’ll hear the rhetoric from each camp after but getting the actual information of what was really offered probably not.

      1. sweeping the Phils probably delays “seller” status for the Reds. Great strategy by the Phils.

        1. Haha. Great comment all around

          And it only gets worse for the Phillies, or better depending on how you look at it. After finishing up this weekend’s 3-game set in Pittsburgh, the Phillies follow with:

          4 games against the hot Orioles (2-game home/away series)
          3 at home against the MLB leading Cardinals
          3 on the road against the division leading Yankees
          3 at home against the 2nd place Nationals

          and to finish up the month, the first 2 of a 4-game set against the Brewers. While there’s still a long way to go, the Phillies are looking better and better for a top 3 pick, and possible the top pick. That Brewers series end of month should be the most interesting series they play all year

    3. I think other teams are not thrilled by the length of Hamels’ contract. If he were under contract for just this year and next, he’d be easier to trade.

      1. Hamels contract is so undervalue in todays market, I don’t understand. Teams right now aren’t serious yet on trades, Lets pay his whole contract and maybe we can get a prospect. Just don’t understand the thinking when it comes to cole. Lefthand aces are not easy to find. look what Washington payed for a pitcher. and you tell me hamels contract is holding up a deal. sorry don’t buy it, just doesn’t make sense to me.

  18. Little dismayed with Ken Giles reactions in last night’s game.
    I am sure his father had something to say to him also later.
    Perhaps Paps, his mentor, should be traded to the Jays sooner rather then later.

      1. All the comments on LGJ’s baseball character seem a tad wide of the mark. So, no accountability for that signing. It was our worst first round signing in a long time. Really, LGJ had nothing but a bad baseball attitude. Plump up over the winter, use the baseball season to try to get into shape. There is a foretaste of that problem in Jersild’s comments in this article.

    1. Greene was the 39th pick….Randolph the 10th…..other then Phillies’ scouts and national pundits have Randolph rated higher hit tool….except for raw power.

  19. Nick Cafardo reporting that the Phillies are eyeing Daniel Norris of the Jays in return for Papelbon. Not sure I see this as even a remotely possibility irrespective of how much money the Phillies send the Blue Jays way, unless of course there are more players involved.

    Blue Jays have about $8 mil to play with under their 2015 budget, which is around the amount Papelbon is due for the rest of the season. His $13 mil option for 2016 would likely vest, but I suspect Papelbon may want that picked up anyway. Assuming $21mil left on his contract, $9-11 million from the Phillies could bring back a decent prospect, but not Morris. Perhaps a bigger deal is in the works . . .

    http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2015/06/13/alex-rodriguez-has-met-and-exceeded-expectations/jdzIQFSICHxw9iyeiJ1fRL/story.html

    1. With Norris, this season he is having a sub-par year with peripherals that are not currently looking too healthy. But he does have plus stuff.

    1. I saw him last night and he was talking to an employee about leaving right after he was pulled

  20. Not that it matters but the umpires cost us the Pirates game today as Utley’s liner in the 9th hit the chalk line(you could see the dust spray fly up). How can a umpire make a call when he is jumping out of the way? When will MLB with its billions of dollars get into the 21rst century? MLB needs do the same as Professional Tennis with the fault lines having underground sensors which light up or indicate the ball is in play. I sincerely hope the Phillies protest today’s game. The umpires also made a lousy call against the Reds at CBP.

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