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Sitting Darin Ruf all part of Phillies ludicrous plan
by Scott Butler 8/17/14
As a kid, I had a friend with a paper route who followed the classic hand-to-mouth business plan. While most "paper routers" collected money on a certain day of the month, he only collected whenever he wanted money for something like baseball cards or candy, oftentimes approaching whichever house was the closest.
It is clear now that the Phillies' front office conducts business in a similar manner, that is, with decisions void of any strategic plan. Ruben Amaro has made that fact abundantly clear and here is just one sample:
"First and foremost, I am going to make sure that everybody in my organization understands that our number one goal is to win that night's game, and that we will never shortchange the present in order to build for the future. Because 71 wins is better than 70 wins, and 72 wins is better than 71 wins. I do not believe in lost causes and sunk costs."
Here is part of that quote again:
We will never shortchange the present in order to build for the future.
So, let me correct myself, the Phillies have a plan, but it is a stupendously flawed one.
Plan, no plan, paperboy plan, whatever you want to call it, this line of thinking has leaked into the managerial office. Case in point: Darin Ruf.
Phillies rumors August 10-15
by Scott Butler 8/16/14
Here are the latest Phillies rumors from August 10-15:
In our regular feature on Phils Baseball, here are the rumors from the past week from the guys at MLB Trade Rumors. They have a page devoted just to Phillies rumors (this is not a paid plug, honest) and all we do is put everything from the past week in one post.
Mindset of the Best
by Rob Harrand 8/10/14
Phils Baseball is excited to provide a guest post from Rob Harrand, former Professional pitcher with the Phillies and co-founder of Reality Pitching. You can learn more about Rob and Reality Pitching following the post.
Never have the stakes been higher for aspiring Big Leaguers than they are today. With financial
payoffs larger than they’ve ever been, injury rates higher than they’ve ever been, and
competition fiercer than it’s ever been, the importance of formulating a personal “game-plan” is
more crucial than ever. Thinking you can just squeeze by in today’s game without one is a
MINDSET OF THE BEST
In my experience with professional baseball players, the overwhelming majority of the very best
have had one thing in common....an attribute that really stood out above all others (hint: it’s not
talent). Simply put, this attribute is self-awareness; a sense of what they need to do to get the
most out of their abilities to succeed. Having great self-awareness allows you to honestly
assess your strengths and weaknesses in order to understand exactly what it is you need to
improve upon. In turn, self-awareness allows players to formulate a calculated game-plan that
lays the foundation for consistent improvement. While I was with the Phillies, there were several
players who exemplified this, and in turn, stood out from the pack.
Phillies monthly review: July 2014
by Scott Butler 8/3/14
Phillies July Storyline
July concluded with the date all Phillies fans had been waiting for. July 31st, the trading deadline. The trading deadline came and went without a single trade, leaving fans with the same wretched team and the same wretched roster. The month itself was equally as disappointing. The Phillies began July 10 games under .500 and finished 13 games below .500.
Phillies July Win/Loss Totals
Home record: 4-6
Road record: 8-9
Top winning streak: 5
Top losing streak: 4
Series record: 2-6
Began month: 36-46
--0.5 games behind Mets for 4th place
--8.5 games behind 1st place Braves
Finished month: 48-61
--4.5 games behind Mets for 4th place
--11.5 games behind 1st place Nationals
Don't criticize Amaro for trading deadline. The blame starts much sooner
by Scott Butler 8/2/14
When Ruben Amaro sat in the visitor’s dugout at Nationals Park and explained why he did not trade a single player, it was hard not to laugh and think, “you screwed me again, Constanza.” It was just another low point in a horrific six years with Ruben Amaro.
Amaro is no doubt receiving the ire of an entire fan base. Fans expect change with old, expensive, losing teams, but the same team that was 14 games under .500 before the trading deadline was the same team to hit the field after the deadline.
Amaro’s inactivity on July 31 will be looked upon by most as one of his biggest failures as Phillies’ general manager. I am here to tell you July 31, 2014 was not the failure. The failure occurred on numerous preceding dates.
Ruben Amaro: the bad moves
by Scott Butler 7/30/14
Ruben Amaro, Jr. inherited a World Champion when he took over for Pat Gillick following the 2008 season. Amaro has been a textbook example of how to slowly disintegrate a ball club. Under Amaro's leadership, the Phillies lost in the World Series in 2009, lost in the NLCS in 2010, lost in the NLDS in 2011, finished with a .500 record in 2012, lost 89 games in 2013, and are on pace for 91 losses this season.
Ruben Amaro has made multiple mistakes during his six years as the general manager of the Phillies. In the second of four posts on Ruben Amaro, we take a look at the worst of his moves.
Here's a little teaser: this list is much longer than the previous list of good deals.
Again, this is not a ranking but instead the moves are listed chronologically. So, here they are. The worst moves from Ruben Amaro, Jr.:
Phillies must try to trade Hamels to Dodgers
by Scott Butler 7/30/14
There is very little to be excited about with the Phillies these days. They are in the basement in the NL East, have the fourth worst record in the league, and aren't likely to contend for at least two more years. The Phillies MUST make changes if they hope to keep the window within that time frame.
Cole Hamels has been unworldly this season and watching him dealing last night was a thing of beauty, but the only real excitement the Phillies can create is by making a big splash before the deadline.
A piece from Corey Seidman on csnphilly.com offers some reason for excitement. In his post, Seidman explores the possibility of trading Cole Hamels to the Dodgers. There is absolutely no indications of any imminent deals, but let's live in the dream world for a moment.
Let's pretend the Phillies are able to pull off the deal proposed by Jim Bowden of ESPN.com of Hamels for Joc Pederson, Julio Urias, and Alex Guerrero.
Ryan Howard has only himself to blame
by Scott Butler 7/29/14
Ryan Howard would like fans to put things in perspective.
When asked about the burden of his contract and performance earlier this week, Howard told reporters, “Baseball is a game. Yeah, I get paid a lot of money to play it, but it's a game. You go out and see little kids doing it, because it's a game. You have to keep things in perspective.” He later added, “I have a beautiful wife, a son, a baby on the way.”
In other words, Howard does not feel burdened by his contract and poor performance because he has a wonderful life outside of baseball.
A couple days later, Howard changed his mind.
Ruben Amaro: the good moves
by Scott Butler 7/29/14
Ruben Amaro, Jr. said this week when speaking of Ryan Howard, "Listen, everybody's being evaluated. That's part of baseball. We're all scrutinized and evaluated."
That's exactly right, Rube. With the trading deadline just two days away, it is time for Amaro's evaluation. Over the next few days leading to Thursday's deadline, I will chronicle the good moves (yes, there are some), the bad moves, and all other notable moves in Ruben Amaro's six years as general manager, followed by an overall evaluation.
First, a few ground rules. I did the unenviable task of going through every single move Amaro made and included all moves of any real consequence. Outside of the truly minor moves with players like Scott Mathieson, everything was included. Rather than ranking the moves, they are presented in chronological order.
Let's begin with the best moves from Ruben Amaro, Jr.