An interesting observation from Hollis Thomas this morning on WIP radio:
Hollis Thomas on @WIPMorningShow just made a great point: Dom Brown’s troubles began at plate began when he wore the Michael Irvin jersey.
— Tom G. ⛳ (@doctomg) July 7, 2014
Got me to thinking… is that really true? Certainly seemed like it.
Dom Brown posted the image of himself wearing the Michael Irvin jersey in early September of 2013. Below is Brown’s monthly OPS+, which describes his OPS in relation to the league’s for that particular month.
Brown was trending in the wrong direction by September of 2013 anyway, but it’s quite clear, by anyone using any sense of logic or rational thought that if Dom Brown were to burn that jersey, it will save his career.
One of the most interesting things about baseball is that every game counts for something. Every year, for over a hundred years, teams play at least 150 games in a season. That’s a LOT of games. Over the course of his career, Cal Ripken played in 3,001 games. The Phillies have lost over 10,000 games all by themselves.
So you would think, that with so many games –every day of every week for around half of every year for over a hundred years– we would begin to view them the same as random pennies in the pocket of your jacket or cheerios on the floor of the family SUV. Inconsequential. Discardable. So many that you don’t even notice them anymore. They’re just there. Continue reading →
The folks over at Deadspin did a great little slo-mo mashup of a group of Phillies fans facial expressions as they went from elation to dejection during last night’s loss to the Braves. It occurred to me, the video personifies quite accurately what it has been like to be a Phillies fan from 2009 to the present day.
As has been said many, many times, baseball is a game of numbers and when a team beats another team 14-10, there are going to be numerous numbers that come out of it. For those looking for some glimmer of hope, something to latch onto in regards to the new Phillies season, this was perhaps the best statistic of all:
An elderly academic takes center-stage in front of the Phillies clubhouse and begins to speak.
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It’s time the Phillies got serious about finding younger talent.
In recent days, headlines regarding the Phillies have centered around the friction between Jimmy Rollins and manager Ryne Sandberg, the Phillies ineptitude to score runs in Grapefruit League play, and Ryan Howard attempting to rediscover his batting stroke. On top of that, an underlying theme for spring has been Sandberg’s attempts to find a balance between getting veterans the proper preparation in spring training while respecting his desire to save them for the regular season. And on top of that, the Phillies top-heavy starting rotation is becoming a bit lighter on top with each of Cole Hamels fits and starts to begin throwing regularly.
It’s easy to get caught up in all of this and argue about just how many games the Phillies are going to lose in 2014. (Some scouts are suggesting the Phillies might actually be worse than the Marlins. You know, the Marlins that had a payroll in 2013 that was around 21% the size of the Phillies payroll.) But really, arguing about how bad or really bad the Phillies are going to be in 2014 is the equivalent of fiddling –perhaps a funeral dirge– while Rome burns.
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