Some New Phillies Awards
Baseball has a bushel barrel of awards coming up after the World Series, MVP, Cy Young, Rookie, Manager, Roberto Clemente, Comeback, Man of the Year. Ryan Howard is a candidate for the Clemente Award but the Phillies will be shut out on the others.
So, my own 2016 Phillies awards. Not sure if these awards are the first annual or last annual, if there is such a thing.
Unlike the Academy Awards, no red carpet reception, no national TV show from a glitzy theater, no celebrity host or hostess. Just a silent drum roll………
Without much run support, Jerad Eichkoff became a battling bulldog on the mound, setting a career-high in innings pitched. A lot to like about his make-up, preparation, maturity.
Pete Mackanin, hands down. No matter the situation during the game, he showed the same low-key composure on TV. Wonder if his tummy was churning.
Term used to describe the arm of Vincent Velasquez. At times dominating. At times learning bumps.
Freddy Galvis who showed he’s of the same defensive mold as Larry Bowa and Jimmy Rollins.
Odubel Herrera. Up until the All-Star Game, he was the team’s best and most consistent hitter. Then, a month-long spell in which he looked lost at the plate. Regained everything the final weeks.
Maikel Franco’s bat. At times, terrifying power. Other times, puzzling approaches.
That was Brad Lidge’s nickname because of his deadly slider. Well, Hector Neris was lights out with a 95 mph fastball and deadly splitter.
Cameron Rupp because he’s built like a Mack truck. Withstood three crash tests at home plate.
Ryan Howard for handling a tough situation of wanting to play more while sitting more.
Jeremy Hellickson. Throw strikes, change speeds…..consistently.
Andres Blanco. Multiple infield positions, defensive replacement, pinch hitter, mentor to young Hispanic players, clubhouse presence.
Cesar Hernandez who developed into one of the game’s best leadoff hitters, working the pitcher for walks and hittable accounts.
In my book, Freddy Galvis. Durable, plays with energy, extra-base pop, career-high in steals, off-the-charts defense.
Three young pitchers, Zach Eflin, Jake Thompson and Adam Morgan. First two got clobbered in their debuts but bounced back. Morgan had a 7-game losing streak in the bigs, went to the minors where he won 6 in a row, returned as a more competitive hurler.
Out Of Nowhere
Jeanmar Gomez, a good set-up reliever surprisingly emerged as the closer who carried the team for five months before crashing.
Edubray Ramos, a 23-year-old that began the season in double-A ball and wound up as the seventh-inning specialist.
Pitching coach Bob McClure made so many mound visits he got more TV exposure than Donald and Hilary.
Under The Radar
Tommy Joseph. After three straight seasons with concussion issues as a catcher and rehabbing in the Gulf Coast League he returned to AAA at first base in April. Then, impressive power in the majors.
With the Phillies not in the postseason, there are a lot of memories in the bank from
past years. Do you remember?
October 11, 1980
NLCS #4 at Houston: Phillies rally for three in eighth, Astros tie in ninth, Phils win with
two in 10th, 5-3; Greg Luzinski’s pinch hit double is GW RBI. Pete Rose bowls over
Bruce Bochy to score the winning run. Five-game series tied, 2-2.
October 11, 1981
NLDS #5 at Veterans Stadium: Steve Rogers pitches 6hitter, drives in two runs as
Expos win, 3-0. Montreal wins the Series, 3-2.
October 11, 1983
WS #1 at Baltimore: Home runs by Joe Morgan and Garry Maddox give John Denny and
Phillies a 21 win in Baltimore in the first “I-95” World Series game.
October 11, 1993
NLCS #5 at Atlanta: Lenny Dykstra’s solo home run in the top of the 10th inning sinks
Atlanta, 43. Phillies lead Series, 3-2.
October 11, 2009
NLDS #3 at Denver: October 10 game postponed by snow and record-low
temperatures. Game is rescheduled for this date. Ryan Howard’s sacrifice fly in the
ninth inning gives the Phillies a 6-5 lead and a 2-1 series edge. Game time temperature
is 35 degrees.