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  • 1954 Phils
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    October 9: Ex-Phillie, HOWIE KENDRICK (2017) hits a 10th inning grand slam to give the Washington Nationals an upset victory over the National League's winningest team, the Los Angeles Dodgers (106-56) In a National League division series. The home run is sure to make Kendrick a legend as it provides the first playoff series victory ever for the Washington Nationals franchise. Kendrick is a .294 career hitter, with 1,722 Hits in 1,596 major league games.

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  • philliesfiend55
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    With a game so important to the Phillies yesterday - A win creates an over .500 finish, a loss ggets them mired down at .500 - the break-even point, 81-81 I have to seriously question Gabe Kapler's strategy of making the game a bullpen game, where he used reliever after reliever for 1 or 2 innings stints. staff ace, Aaron Nola,was due to pitch the season finale, but then Kapler decided to shut him down for the remainder of the season due to a high innings pitched total. Shouldn't he have trusted someone like Cole Irvin who has been a starting pitcher essentially for his whole career. and who was The International League's Pitcher of the Year last year, rather than to turn a very important game for the Phillies franchise over to 7 or 8 relievers.
    If I had a say, Kapler wouldn't be returning to the Phillies in 2020. He has not been able to bring out the best of the Phillies roster these past two year's and both the 2018 and 2019 teams failed miserably over the last third of the season after promising starts. His record for two years at the helm of the Phillies is a lackluster 161-163.

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  • philliesfiend55
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    Sept. 29: The Phillies are unable to sweep the Marlins and their season ends with a .500 finish at 81-81.
    The mrlins took an early lead and then held off some late Phillies rallies to win 4 to 3.
    This means that the Phillies have not had an over .500 finish since their last NL East title team of 2011. It's been a near-decade ace of losing since then with five of the eight teams from
    2012 to 2019 finishing far under .500 and only three Phillies teams being somewhat competitive, with finishes at or around the break-even point.

    2012: 81-81.
    2018: 80-82.
    2019: 81-81.

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  • philliesfiend55
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    Sept 27-28: Friday night the Phillies clawed their way back to .500 winning a 15 inning game, 5 to4 over the Marlins. At one point the Marlins relievers had a virtual three hit shutout over 9 innings. The game was won on an error, when in the bottom of the 15th inning the Phillies loaded the bases with one out. Adam Haseley it a grounder to shortstop that the usually sure-handed Miguel Roja bobbled.is throw to the plate for a force out was too late and the winning run scored.
    The Phillies needed a win badly after their five game sweep by the Washington Nationals and they were determined to win tonight even if the game became a marathon that dragged on past midnight into Saturday morning, Sept. 28. The Phillies are now 80-80 with two games to play. Zach Eflin pitches Saturday and Sunday's Phillies pitcher is still to be decided.

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  • bluesky5
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    Another tough loss. They haven't seemed to catch any breaks lately either. Harper is playing with his ass on fire even more than usual. He's been making plays on defense and the bases while he hasn't been hitting for much power. His all-around play recently has been as impressive as it's been all season.

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  • bluesky5
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    In season acquisitions, who stays?

    Jay Bruce
    Corey Dickerson
    Brad Miller
    Logan Morrison
    Sean Rodriguez

    Justin Vargas
    Drew Smyly

    Jared Hughes
    Mike Morin
    Blake Parker
    Nick Vincent

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  • bluesky5
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    The team is going to be hitting so much better next year when Manuel is the manager.

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  • philliesfiend55
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    September 2 (Labor Day): In Cincinnati versus the Reds, The Phillies get back-to-back third inning home runs from Bryce Harper (30 HRs) and Rhys Hoskins (27 HRs).

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  • philliesfiend55
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    Newcomer Catcher Deivy Grullon hit 21 home runs in each of his last two seasons. 21 home rune in 2018 at AA Eastern League - Reading.
    In 2019 at AAA - International League - LEHIGH VALLEY, Grullon hit 21 home runs. with 77 RBI, while batting .283.

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  • philliesfiend55
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    Phillies September Roster Expansion:

    Players that have been with the Phillies at some point in 2019:
    LHP - Cole Irvin
    RHP - Nick Pivetta
    INF - Phil Gosselin
    3B - Makiel Franco
    OF - Nick Williams

    Players who will be new to the Phillies, but have some previous major league experience:
    RHP - Nick Franklin
    OF =- Jose Pirela

    Player who will be making his major leagues debut:
    C - Deivy Grullon.

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  • bluesky5
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    Originally posted by jalbright View Post

    A .296 OBP this year with a .309 one for his career mean even with the power, he's got a 79 OPS+ this year and 93 for his career. They must not think he's going to get rid of enough bad habits to even be above average overall at the plate, and his glovework isn't special. It's tough to move on from a guy you developed, but if you want to have a championship club, somebody like Franco won't get it done.
    Yea, I just really didn't see any other option at third base and didn't know if a guy who has been in the bigs this long getting sent down would cause derision in the locker room. Looks like an ok move so far. Club doesn't seem to miss him on the field. I'll say this though - Kingery doesn't look like a third baseman to me.

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  • philliesfiend55
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    8/16: The Phillies claimed righty reliever, Jared Hughes, 34, from the Cincinnati Reds. Hughes will be in the'penand will be ready to pitch tonight against San Diego. He is 3-4, 4.10 e.r.a. in 47 games this season and he's 27-23 with a nice 2.83 career earned runm average in a career that dated back to 2011.

    16-August 18 Series Note: Visiting player, Ian Kinsler of the S.D. Padres, needs one more hit to reach the 2,000 Career Hits Milestone.

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  • philliesfiend55
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    Originally posted by jalbright View Post

    A .296 OBP this year with a .309 one for his career mean even with the power, he's got a 79 OPS+ this year and 93 for his career. They must not think he's going to get rid of enough bad habits to even be above average overall at the plate, and his glovework isn't special. It's tough to move on from a guy you developed, but if you want to have a championship club, somebody like Franco won't get it done.
    Mike Schmidt once said to Franco during Spring Training that he could become the National League's Most Vauable Player......Not too much pressure on the kid - Huh? Franco was either 23 or 24 at the time.
    Last edited by philliesfiend55; 08-10-2019, 01:24 PM.

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  • jalbright
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    Originally posted by philliesfiend55 View Post
    It's a very surprising move to say the least. How often does a guy who is home-bred, who came through the team's minor leagues system and who has 4 1/2 years of major league seniority all with the same team, who has hit exactly 100 home runs in the majors, for a not-too-terrible .249 career batting average get sent down? Franco had 15 home runs at the time and was on pace to have another 20 to 25 home run season at the time of his demotion.
    A .296 OBP this year with a .309 one for his career mean even with the power, he's got a 79 OPS+ this year and 93 for his career. They must not think he's going to get rid of enough bad habits to even be above average overall at the plate, and his glovework isn't special. It's tough to move on from a guy you developed, but if you want to have a championship club, somebody like Franco won't get it done.

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  • philliesfiend55
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    August4: Phillies Alumni Day - Return of the 2009 team to Citizens Bank Park - I saw the clip of the introduction of the 2009 alumni and it was a great ceremony. nearly every member of this team made it to Alumni Day except for the only two Active Players: Cole Hamels and J.A. Happ. Noteworthy retiree no-shows were pitchers Cliff Lee and Ryan Madson.

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