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Thursday, March 02, 2006

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the WBC has got to be one of bud selig's stupidest ideas ever. it's perhaps the only thing i'll ever agree with steinbrenner on.

yay for the opening of spring training. can't wait to watch some games when i get back in the 215

I remain optimistic about the WBC. Probably the better time to play it would be November, but, name one endeavor in the history of the world that came off perfect the very first time it was tried?

November is too close to the end of the season when players are dying to spend time with their families, and also when fans need a break from baseball. That's football time.

It's going to be an outstanding showcase of talent, and I'm willing to give it a shot, but my interest would have been higher if it wasn't this close to April, and also on the heals of another grand international competition in the Winter Olympics.

Politics aside, and speaking just as a fan, I'd rather see a split-squad game with the Blue Jays at Dunedin, Fla. than the United States vs. Canada at this point in the year.

As far as international competition goes, keep it at the amateur level, I say. The baseball stars get plenty of chances to shine, and don't need to risk injury by throwing too hard too early in the year. Let talented minor leaguers or collegians play. Those are the kids who might catch fire at the right time and become household names, even though they might never even make a major league squad.


The worst thing to ever happen to amateur sports was the "dream team" in '92 when the NBA Pros went over so American Basketball could feel good about itself again. The tragic result was that commissioners discovered that there was money to be made if you send the pros over instead of the armatures. So now we see the same thing in basketball, hockey, tennis, now baseball.

It has totally ruined the Olympics. No one will watch the WBC because everyone who cares about baseball already watches a far superior product in MLB.

If you are interested in developing international interest, pay the ML stars to barnstorm in foreign countries the way they used to in rural America, playing the local all star teams. Let the stars earn money, and let them promote the game and sell a bunch of T-Shirts along the way. Let the players involved get waivers saying if they are injured during this sort of thing it won't void their contracts, in the interest of promoting baseball.

But this "serious" competition when everyone really only cares about spring training is a total farce.

phils go 1-2-3 in the top of the 1st.

That's it. Season's over. Stick a fork in them. Bring on '07.

I like this kid Tejeda a lot and think he and Brito were well advised to forego the WBC and concentrate on what really matters. Tejeda showed a lot of moxie last season, stepping into a tough situation and performing fairly well. True, he had some rough moments toward the end of his stint, but by then shoulder problems were probably already affecting him. He has to improve his control, but if he does, he will be a force. He throws hard, is unafraid and just seems to have his head on straight. In this last regard, he managed to keep the ball in a tough ballpark, so he didn't have to have that head on a swivel too often!!

Larry F. Bowa just had a heart attack at third as Burrell smoked one over the left field fence.

Burrell taken out of game after running gingerly. His day ends with a HR and double.

Also, Ruiz got the start instead of Lieberthal and doubled, scoring on the HR by Burrell.

2-2 ballgame.

What did you think of Madson's work? What can you tell from two innings, but man he sure sounded like he's ready to be a starter out there.

I didn't see it. I checked in with the running thread on PhilliesPhans.com for the last update, but they said he looked very good.

Hey tom, have you checked out the PECOTA stats for Tejeda??? They don't look too good, upwards of a 5 ERA in 80 IP.

I wonder if last year was somewhat of an abberation, because in Reading when I saw him he gave up a TON of home runs.

BP hates pitchers like Tejeda. He walks too many people, doesn't strike out enough for the amout of walks he gives up, and gives up the long ball. Last year, his BABIP was unusually low, which was part of the reason he had a good year. But BABIP is one of the hardest things for a pitcher to replicate, while Ks, BB, and HRs are very predictible from year to year. Thus, regression on BABIP given his walk and HR rate = a tough year ahead predicted for Rob.

His ERA went up signficantly in the last few outings. Again, hard to say if injuries played a part. And his ERA wasn't all that awful compared to many of the veterans in the league. As for the home runs, I'll take the major league totals over the minor league ones any day. In the end, he is a gamble, but one well worth taking at this stage of the season and his career. IF he straightens himself (and his fastball) out, the Phils have a keeper.

Chris Coste homers. He is opening eyes so far, but is trying to beat out a ton of guys for bench spots.

i think he also was hitting against a guy who pitched in A last year. Madson and Burrell were def the stars of the game. Floyd made sure he hit a guy and Fasano is NOT a great defensive catcher. He looks liek he should be, but he's not. Rollins looked like he forgot everything he never really learned about the strike zone. I would not be surprised to see him slump hard in April.

also, matt kata had probably the best at-bat of the day for someone who made an out.

6-3 Phillies win!

Recap:
-- 10 hits by Phillies, 11 by Yankees
-- Franklin allowed 2 ER in 2 IP
-- Madson retired all 6 batters he faced
-- Floyd was a little shaky, but only gave up 1 ER in 2 IP
-- Burrell was 2-3 with a HR and 2B before hobbling out of game (foot)
-- Coste had a HR
-- Garrett had the GW hit, a two RBI double in the 7th
-- Geary and Santana pitched well in relief

santana, not sanches, right?

Great. Arthur Rhodes looks less than sharp. Bet he is mostly ineffective this year due to injuries/age. Along with Gordon and his +150k miles Phils bullpen is going to be awful this year.

As it turns out, that is correct, gr. The box score at Yes Network says Sanches, but Santana is listed on the box at Phillies.com. I'd send Yes a correction, but you know. It's already somewhat pathetic we're discussing this.

Here is the official box:

Philadelphia AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Rollins, SS 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000
Sandoval, SS 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000
Victorino, RF 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000
Roberson, C, RF 2 1 1 1 0 1 0 .500
Burrell, DH 3 1 2 2 0 0 0 .667
1-Garrett, PR-DH 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 1.000
Utley, 2B 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000
Thurston, 2B 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000
Rowand, CF 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 .333
Kata, CF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Nunez, 3B 3 0 1 0 0 0 2 .333
Scales, 3B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Gonzalez, A, 1B 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000
Coste, C, 1B 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 .500
Kroeger, LF 3 1 1 0 0 0 2 .333
Bourn, LF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Ruiz, C 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 .500
Fasano, C 2 1 1 0 0 1 0 .500
Totals 37 6 10 6 1 4 10


1-Ran for Burrell in the 6th.

BATTING
2B: Ruiz (1, Henn), Burrell (1, Small), Garrett (1, Myers).
HR: Burrell (1, 3rd inning off Henn, 1 on, 2 out), Coste, C (1, 8th inning off Cox, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Roberson, C; Burrell 6; Garrett 2; Rowand; Nunez; Coste, C 4; Kroeger; Ruiz 2; Fasano.
RBI: Burrell 2 (2), Roberson, C (1), Garrett 2 (2), Coste, C (1).
2-out RBI: Burrell 2; Roberson, C; Garrett 2; Coste, C.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Kroeger 2; Nunez; Thurston.
Team LOB: 5.

FIELDING
E: Sandoval (1, missed catch).
DP: 2 (Thurston-Coste, C, Coste, C-Sandoval-Coste, C).

Philadelphia IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Franklin 2.0 5 2 2 0 1 0 9.00
Madson 2.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00
Floyd (W, 1-0) 2.0 3 1 1 1 1 1 4.50
Santana (H, 1) 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Geary (S, 1) 2.0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.00

I was at the game. Overall a well played game for the first exhibition game of the season.
Some random thoughts.
Madsen looked sharp and Franklin was hit hard. Santana is really fat - Charlie Manuel fat. I couldn't believe how out of shape he is. Jason, send me your email address if you want in game photos this week for your site. I'm here through 3/8.

I'm one of the dudes who is actualy interested in the WBC, but then again I'm a gambler and another bracket in March wont bother me one bit:)

I love baseball anything, but the World Baseball Classic is a joke to me. I'm sick of these ridiculous contrivances foisted upon us: the home-field advantage "This Time It Counts" crap with the All-Star Game, an extra postseason series which makes October feel entirely too long, now this. How is something a "classic" before it's even played? Just like objects that are marketed as "collectible" while they sit brand-new on the Target shelves. We have six months of the regular season, a month of spring training, and three postseason series. That's really enough. I live two hours from Phoenix and was even offered free tickets to see games there, but I have zero interest in this non-event.

Now that El Enigma has departed, look for Gavin Floyd (if he makes the club, a big IF) to take over the dubious distinction of the guy most likely to lead the club in hitting opposing batters. He nailed quite a few in his brief stints last year and is off on the right (or is it left) foot after one spring training game.

I'm going to enjoy the WBC, personally. I know that many see it as a 'joke', but I don't. It's still going ot have a lot of talented guys on almost all the teams.

Billy Mac:
I sent an e-mail to you last night, but if you didn't get it, I'm at jweitzel@readingeagle.com.

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