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Crowd and teams before start of game at Shibe Park


For the first time since 1915, the Phillies were in the World Series.  On October 4, 1950, Shibe Park hosted the first two games against the New York Yankees.

“Misfits,” “rejects,” “throwbacks,” “outlaws”…those flattering descriptions of the 1993 Phillies were replaced by “National League champions” when they upended the highly-favored Atlanta Braves before 62,502 delirious fans at Veterans Stadium on October 13.

Opening Day
The Arizona Fall League opens its season today.  Seven Phillies prospects are on the roster of the Glendale Desert Dogs who play the Mesa Solar Sox at 12:30 p.m.: SS J. P. Crawford, C Andrew Knapp, OF Dylan Cozens and four pitchers, RH Edubray Ramos, RH Yacksel Rios, LH Tom Windle and RH Jesen Dygestile-Therrien. One of the Desert Dogs’ coaches is Nelson Prada, who coached for the Lakewood BlueClaws.

You can follow the league at

Postseason Honors
Baseball America has announced its All-Star teams for the different minor league levels. Seven Phillies players are honored:

Overall, second team: C Andrew Knapp
AA: OF Nick Williams, RHP Aaron Nola
Low-A:  OF Carlos Tocci, 1B Rhys Hoskins
Short-season: 2B Josh Tobias
Rookie: OF Cornelius Randolph

Say What?
I know I am on the ancient side in baseball. Well-schooled in the world of wins and losses, ERA, innings and strikeouts for pitchers. When it comes to the world of sabermetrics, I flunk.

Love the MLBTrade Rumors site ( Last week Steve Adams wrote a story about some pitchers who are free agents.  One was Dillon Gee of the Mets.  Here’s a sentence from Adams’ comments about Gee: “FIP and xFIP marks were mostly in line with his career numbers, and he was plagued by factors like a .355 BABIP and a fluky 63 percent strand rate.”

Not picking on Steve Adams, but I wonder if the average baseball fan understands that “fluky” sentence.  I sure don’t. In his brief big league career, Gee is 40-37 with a 4.03 ERA and the enemy is hitting .259 against him.  I understand those numbers.

Postseason Morsels & Opinions
Monday’s statistical summary: 21, 41, 61. Most home runs (21) and most runs (61) in one postseason day.  Where’s 41 fit in? Number of pitchers used in the four games.

LHP Clayton Kershaw, pitching tonight, is 114-56 in his career but 1-6 in the postseason losing his last five. LHP David Price is 104-56 in his career.  In postseason, 2-6 with both wins coming in relief, including Monday. Go figure.

Cubs had two run-scoring squeeze bunts in the second inning of their Saturday night win, a first in postseason history. Monday night, the Cubs hit a postseason record six, one each by the first six batters in their batting order.

Chase Utley’s slide at second base on Saturday night is the most-controversial slide in baseball history.  Did folks expect Chase to tip-toe into second base?

Best broadcasting team: Bob Costas and Jim Kaat of the MLB Network.  What a novel idea, two voices in a booth.



On Sabermetrics – I hope this doesn’t come off as a personal attack, but my perception on your thought about those stats is that line of thinking has permeated the front office for the past 8 years and is a key reason why the franchise has declined. These are samples of the things that have changed in the game, and the front office’s failure to adapt is why we are where are today.

Jim, My comment is strictly mine, not representative of the organization. I simply don’t believe the average fan understands all that mumbo-jumbo.

I find it amusing the Red Sox were lauded for using Sabermetrics when they won the WS in 2013. What happened the past two years?

As always, your opinions are welcomed and respected.

Thanks for the reply! I would counter the Red Sox argument by asking to look at their record since 1998 with 15 seasons above .500 and three WS titles. I tie their decline to the change at GM and point to Theo’s success in Chicago as evidence. I would look at St. Louis, with one losing season since 1999 as another case study. I agree with the point that the casual fan would have trouble following all of those stats. But there are hardcore fans that do, and most front offices had a full staff of people well-versed in these types of stats long before the Phillies got on board. These stats changed the dynamic of evaluation, scouting, and acquisition, and we were far behind the curve on it from all information that was public. I certainly didn’t mean to implicate that you had any involvement with front office activities as I’ve never had any inkling of that from reading your blog. I’m just speaking out of general frustration in believing what we have seen over the past few seasons was completely avoidable.

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