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Apr
09
2010
Sighted! Michael Taylor
Posted by at 10:55 am ET 12 Comments

“You’re pretty good Taylor, but you’re no Halladay!” “Aw, man.”

Greetings from the Pacific Northwest, Fightins Fans. Me, I’ve been fine, thanks for asking. The Portland spring’s been in bloom since mid-February and the beer is outstanding, but I must concede it’s been a little tough to watch the Phillies kick off the 2010 Halladay Campaign on mlb.tv, knowing my season tickets are being used by someone else.

Portland’s days as a baseball town are dwindling, sadly. Though the AAA Beavers (ha ha, BEAVERS) have been here since 1903, and though they’ve been playing in downtown’s PGE Park (née Civic Stadium, where the Phillies’ AAA affiliate played from 1983-86) since 1924, they’re being evicted for Major League Soccer’s expansion Timbers next year. And people seem to be really excited by this. It’s a shame, too, because for a brief time, the Expos and Marlins each considered moving here.

Anyway. It’s no Citizens Bank Park, but it’s not a bad place to spend a few Thirsty Thursday evenings ($3.75 local beers, $2.50 Miller products), including last night’s opener against the Sacramento River Cats. I’m surprised the A’s didn’t start Michael Taylor in Oakland, considering their outfield depth includes Rajai Davis, Ryan Sweeney, Travis Buck and an injured Coco Crisp. But they didn’t, and one of the two big chips the Phillies sent the Blue Jays for Roy Halladay opened his Athletics career last night with a 2-for-4, including a triple that missed being a homerun in center by about four feet.

Taylor’s tenure with the Phillies ended with a franchise Minor League Player of the Year plaque (which he received with Kyle Drabek and his Pitcher of the Year in September the night Cliff Lee CG SHO’d the Nats). He earned the club distinction that Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins and Pat Burrell have all earned in the past 12 years after a .320/20/84 combo between Reading and Lehigh Valley, with 21 steals for good measure.

I imagine most of us wish the man good fortune in Al Davis’ hideous Coliseum, where I’ll bet most fans don’t recognize that the elephant on their uniforms is a reference back to Connie Mack’s Philadelphia A’s. (John McGraw, manager of the hated New York Giants, said that manager Mack and owner Ben Shibe had a “white elephant on their hands” when the A’s began play in Philadelphia, thinking that the American League would never succeed.) I was kinda sorry to see Taylor go, and said as much, and he replied, “it’s all good, just part of the business.”

Nice fella, that Michael Taylor. According to Baseball America, he’s the A’s #2 prospect behind only Chris Carter, who finished the night 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. The River Cats creamed the Beavers 6-2, by the way.

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  • Greg

    Creamed the Beavers, heh heh heh

  • bigmyc

    Ryno had a hilarious line about over running third yesterday (which was actually attributed to Sam Perlozzo). He said that by the time he over ran the base, he tried to use his, “speed” to get away but it turned out that Zimmerman was just as fast. Ha ha ha ha ha ha.

  • JT

    I saw that Howard quote too, I LOL’d. It actually looked like he jogged towards home at first and then turned on the boosters as a surprise.

  • bigmyc

    “Creamed the Beavers,” heh heh heh.

  • Watrick

    From the look of the first picture, it looks like they play right outside a school, or something.

  • http://housethatglanvillebuilt.blogspot.com Reverend Paul Revere

    Try as you might, beelove, but you can’t escape Philly.

  • http://www.firerubenamaro.net Phylan

    Thanks for that, good to hear he is having success. I hope he gets a job on the big league club soon. Shame that minor league baseball is leaving Portland, that stadium looks like a nice little place to watch a game.

  • mw

    Thanks for the update b-lurv. Your skyline photos and phils updates are missed.

  • http://mauleofamerica.com beelove

    thanks y’all.

    watrick, that’s the multnomah athletic club – “the MAC” – beyond the rightfield wall, basically a giant gym with a squash court. leftfield’s wall is basically a retaining wall about 30′ below street level, where people on the street can stand outside and watch (for free). the lightrail runs past it too.

  • PhillyCuban

    I definitely want to get a Taylor A’s shirsey once he gets called up

  • theDude

    PGE Park is a great Minor League ballpark. Its a shame they’re getting kicked out. Hey beelove have you been to the Kennedy School yet? So much great beer out there and awesome places to drink it, enjoy!

  • http://www.thesportsbrewery.com meerkat

    (from Portland) … PGE Park is fun while tossing back some beers during a Thirsty Thursday Timbers game. I don’t care for soccer much … but drinking some fine Oregon brews at a sporting event is always a good time.

    @beelove … you need any good tips on PDX, let me know, I moved out to Portland in 2008

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