We’re back with a brand new edition, episode 31, of the PhoulBallz Minor League Podcast. This week Jay and Tug talk with reigning Phillies minor league pitcher of the week Mario Hollands, who is having an excellent season with Class A Advanced Clearwater. The guys also chat about the Phils’ All-Star Futures Game representatives Jesse Biddle and Maikel Franco, J.C. Ramirez‘s big league debut, Jonathan Papelbon‘s recent struggles and the future of the Phillies’ managerial position.
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McCarthy is fond of saying it when a dude knocks the crap out of a baseball. Usually it annoys me. I watched Ryan Howard hit one into the third deck off Shairon Martis like 4 years ago – that’s been etched into my visual memory with a soldering gun, I don’t want to forget about it.
But maybe T-Mac is onto something.
I was dicking around this morning, as I do every morning, looking for something to post about. I checked out some 2013 Leandro Castro statistics and compared them to Delmon Young’s, to see if there was any reason Castro couldn’t get a shot and Young could get the boot. No real reason, just curiosity more than anything. But I was surprised to see that Delmon Young has hit seven home runs as a member of the Phillies, and while that’s not a lot, I don’t remember him hitting that many.
He’s only hit two, right? The one last night against the Padres and the one in his first at bat as a Phillie back in April against Cleveland – the one and only time he has been compared to Chase Utley. Some of my twitter followers agreed with me, more or less. The two in two days against the Marlins had slipped my mind before someone reminded me. But it seemed weird, that a fan with a pretty strong memory, that watches nearly every game, couldn’t remember – not necessarily the exact number, but that he hit more than two or three.
So I figured I’d better look up his individual home runs, embed the highlight videos of each and there’s a post.
But MLB.com is a giant butt-eating butt-eater about embedding its content so instead here’s a bunch of hyperlinks that you may or may not click.
“Mostly the latter.”
Reader Luke tweeted me this picture. It seems there’s serious unrest brewing among the NJ Lumber community over the Phils’ performance (and questions as to effort). We’ll monitor this situation closely.
Remember kids- stay safe on the roads out there.
The Lehigh Valley IronPigs are holding an essay contest this summer and the winner will receive a free funeral:
One fan will be awarded either the promise of a free funeral or memorial service on “Celebration of Life” night presented by Reichel Funeral Home, Northampton, on Aug. 20 with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders come to Coca-Cola Park.
The nearly $10,000 package includes a casket, professional services of a funeral director and staff, body removal, embalming or cremation, hearse and facility for funeral services, wake or viewing. The Northampton Memorial Co. will provide a $1,500 headstone and Richmar Florist promises a $300 casket spray of flowers.
It’s definitely up there on my list of unusual minor league promotions, which includes Coca-Cola Park’s piss game, as well as Charleston’s zero attendance game, and the St. Paul Saints’ bobblefoot giveaway.
But this is not the first time IronPigs GM Kurt Landes has arranged someone’s funeral. Read more »
Hold on a second…
Before the Intimidators of Kannapolis, NC were purchased by NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt and became a class A affiliate of the White Sox, they were a Phillies farm team known as the Piedmont Boll Weevils.
Phillies greats, past and present, such as Jimmy Rollins and Adam Eaton all donned the noble Weevil at one time.
Then the Lakewood BlueClaws came to be and the Boll Weevil was no more. Read more »
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