Trout and McCutchen sit atop my end-of-year awards ballot

Both superstars have led their respective clubs to the postseason and a run at the World Series.

Ryan Howard's future in question as struggles at plate continue

Phillies officials are considering possibly relasing the three-time All-Star at season's end.

New book due out this fall looks at importance of baseball post 9/11

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Trout and McCutchen sit atop my end-of-year awards ballot


About two years ago I became a member of the Internet Baseball Writers Association of America, allowing me the opportunity to cast ballots and vote on postseason awards. Now that the regular season is complete, here's a look at my ballot and selections for Most Valuable Player and Cy Young Award for both the American and National Leagues.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

The Manuel Bracket for our Philly postseason tournament

By PATRICK GORDON | Managing Editor
September 28 2014, 1:15PM EDT.
@Philabaseball

Yesterday we introduced our inaugural Philly City Series, pitting the eight best teams in Philadelphia history in a postseason style simulation tournament. We looked at the Connie Mack side of the bracket yesterday, so today we look at the Charlie Manuel bracket side of the tourney.

No. 1 1976 Phillies (101-61) vs. No. 4 1911 Athletics (92-70)
Led by Mike Schmidt (.262, 38 HR, 107 RBIs), the 1976 Phillies statistically rank as the best team in franchise history. The stellar regular season failed to translate to the postseason though as the club was swept by the Reds in the NLCS. Steve Carlton led the starting rotation, finishing 20-7 with a 3.13 ERA to go with 195 strikeouts.

The 1911 Athletics ran away with the American League pennant and knocked off the New York Giants to win Connie Mack's second World Series in as many years. Playing in the dead-ball era, Home Run Baker led the club with 11 homers while Eddie Collins put together a .365 batting average to go along with 38 steals and a 162 OPS+.

Ranking: The first number in parentheses is the club’s all-time ranking according to our Power Ranking formula – this ranking is out the more than 2,300 professional teams that have played since 1900. The second number is the team’s rank in franchise history | 1976 Phillies (78/1) vs. 1911 Athletics (20/2).

Team Wins Above Replacement: 1976 Phillies (31.1 Offense + 17.9 Pitching) 49 TEAM WAR | 1911 Athletics (33.6 Offense + 19 Pitching) 52.6 TEAM WAR

Pick: Though the '76 Phillies enter the tournament with the No. 1 seed on this side of the bracket, the '11 Athletics are a better all around team. Essentially, this just goes to show how strong some of Connie Mack's clubs really were. I think the A's pull this out in four, likely falling to Steve Carlton before taking the next three.

Schedule | Probable Pitching Matchups:
Game 1, Friday, October 3 at Veterans Stadium | Steve Carlton (20-7, 3.13) vs. Jack Coombs (28-12, 3.53)
Game 2, Saturday, October 4 at Veterans Stadium | Jim Lonborg (18-10, 3.08) vs. Eddie Plank (23-8, 2.10)
Game 3, Monday, October 6 at Shibe Park | Chief Bender (17-5, 2.16) vs. Jim Kaat (12-14, 3.48).
* Game 4, Tuesday, October 7 at Shibe Park | Jack Coombs (28-12, 3.53) vs. Larry Christenson (13-8, 3.68)
* Game 5, Thursday October 9 at Veterans Stadium | Steve Carlton (20-7, 3.13). vs. T.B.A.

No. 2 1914 Athletics (99-53) vs. No. 3 1993 Phillies (97-65)

The most recognizable team in Phillies franchise history, the 1993 club made an improbable run and reached the World Series before falling to Joe Carter and the Blue Jays in six games. Darren Daulton (.257, 24 HR, 105 RBIs) led the offense while Lenny Dykstra (.305, 19 HR, 36 SB) worked wonders out of the lead-off spot.

The 1914 Athletics reached the World Series but fell to Boston. Led by a strong offense that outscored the second highest team in runs by more than 130, the team hit .278 while the league average was .248. Similar to the 1911 club, Eddie Collins and Home Run Baker led the team at the plate while Eddie Plank and Chief Bender helmed the rotation.

Ranking: The first number in parentheses is the club’s all-time ranking according to our Power 
Ranking formula – this ranking is out the more than 2,300 professional teams that have played since 1900. The second number is the team’s rank in franchise history | 1914 Athletics (56/7) vs. 1993 Phillies (301/6).

Team Wins Above Replacement: 1914 Athletics (38.7 Offense + 13 Pitching) 51.7 TEAM WAR | 1993 Phillies (30.1 Offense + 12.2 Pitching) 42.3 TEAM WAR

Pick: Athletics in three. I just can't see the Phillies pitching being able to contain the A's offense.

Schedule | Probable Pitching Matchups:
Game 1, Friday, October 3 at Shibe Park | Bob Shawkey (15-8, 2.73) vs. Curt Schilling (16-7, 4.02)
Game 2, Saturday, October 4 at Shibe Park | Chief Bender (17-3, 2.26) vs. Danny Jackson (12-11, 3.77)
Game 3, Monday, October 6 at Veterans Stadium | Tommy Greene (16-4, 3.42)  vs. Eddie Plank (15-7, 2.87)
* Game 4, Tuesday, October 7 at Veterans Stadium | Terry Mulholland (12-9, 3.25) vs. T.B.A.
* Game 5, Thursday October 9 at Shibe Park | T.B.A. vs. Curt Schilling (16-7, 4.02)

The tournament begins Thursday and we'll go right along with the actual Major League Baseball postseason schedule.

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

We've (kinda) made postseason baseball a thing in Philadelphia


By PATRICK GORDON | Managing Editor
September 27 2014, 12:00PM EDT.
@Philabaseball

Meaningful October baseball likely won’t be a thing in Philadelphia for quite some time, but that doesn’t mean we still can’t have some postseason fun.

I reached out to the geniuses behind the best computer-simulation baseball game around, the folks at Diamond Mind Baseball, to simulate a full postseason using eight of the greatest teams in Philly history.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Maikel Franco among Phillies September call-ups

By PATRICK GORDON | Managing Editor
September 1 2014, 6:00PM EDT.
@Philabaseball

Maikel Franco will wear a Phillies uniform on Tuesday in Atlanta.

The 22-year-old is one of seven players the Phillies added to their roster following Monday's 7-0 no-hit win over the Braves. 

Franco was named Lehigh Valley’s Player of the Year after hitting .257 with 33 doubles, four triples, 16 home runs and 78 RBI in 133 games. He entered the 2014 season rated the top prospect in the Phillies’ minor league system by Baseball America and since July 2 has batted .324 with 11 home runs and an International League-leading 47 RBI.

Joining Franco as September call-ups are outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr., pitchers Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez and Luis Garcia, catcher Cameron Rupp and infielder Cesar Hernandez. The club also activated reliever Mike Adams from the disabled list.

To make room on the 40-man roster, the club transferred Cliff Lee to the 60-day disabled list.

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