Posts Tagged ‘Jayson Werth’
The cluster of Washington Nationals quietly shuffled down an increasingly narrow corridor; it’s damp walls alive with slithering insects and the dank scent of unborn wins. The size of the space had forced them into single file, a format that had prevented them from noticing Steve Lombardozzi falling through some unstable wooden planks in the floor with a yelp.
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Is that a statue, or an actual human being who decided to dress up like Jayson Werth and then paint himself gold from head to toe in order to resemble a statue?
My boy ‘Duk over at the Yahoo exclamation point has the answer. [Big League Stew]
Over the last 24 hours or so, much has transpired in the world of Phillies baseball, in the sense that there are major changes coming to the Philadelphia Nine not seen since Bobby Abreu and Cory Lidle where shipped out in the summer of 2006. While the Phillies are in need of some changes if they want to overcome their 2010 struggles, one question sticks out about the rest: Is Jayson Werth’s Time in Philly coming to an end?
According to sources, yes.
Much has been made of the hot and cold season of the hirsute right-fielder, who began his contract season with a blistering .325/.402/.584 line through April, peaking on May 7, when he was hitting .359 with six homers, 24 RBIs and a league-leading 16 doubles in 29 games.
Since then, Werth’s production has fallen off, as he’s hit .245 with seven home runs and 15 doubles in the next 61 games. In that same span, the Phillies have gone from leading the National League east to their current spot in third place, seven games back of the division leading Atlanta Braves.
And given the standings and Werth’s pending free agency, this move is a surprise to no one.
ESPN’s Buster Olney weighed in last night on Twitter, saying that “The Phillies are working very, very aggressively to move Werth,” with Tampa Bay being a possible destination for the right-fielder.
Fellow ESPN baseball scribe Jayson Stark also weighed in on the Werth situation in his own blog, saying that “a source indicated Tuesday night that Tampa Bay appears to head the list of interested teams,” but that the teams were not close to a deal.
Meanwhile, as the Phillies were losing to the St. Louis Cardinals, it was reported that Jamie Moyer would head to the disabled list with a strained elbow suffered in the second inning of his start. Following the news that Kyle Kendrick was sent down to Triple-A, it further ratchets up the Phillies’ need for another starter.
Olney and Stark both posted on Twitter about the possibility of a major trade for a starting pitcher, implying that it would not be a move similar to the Lohse/Blanton moves of ‘07/’08, but rather the likes of Roy Oswalt, as per Stark’s Twitter: “Phillies have talked about lots of starters. But hearing they’ve spent a lot of time exploring an Oswalt deal.”
Olney commented similarly on the possibility of an Oswalt trade, speculating how the Oswalt’s contract situation is conducive to the Phillies and what they are looking to do in 2010 and 2011.
He also mentioned that the Phillies were also talking about Oakland’s Ben Sheets, Arizona’s Dan Haren, and “any of the Rays’ pitchers.”
The most likely (and ideal) situation for the Phillies is that they move Jayson Werth for prospects, which could then be flipped, along with their current stock, to another team for a starting pitcher. Most signs point to Tampa Bay and Houston as the likely suitors.
Following that, the Phillies would likely call up Domonic Brown to replace Werth in right field. Doing that would certainly please the fan base and also give Brown a small taste of The Show before 2011, when he was expected to become a full time starter for the Phils.
This would hopefully give the Phillies a shot of youthful exuberance, along with a rotation that boasted three of the best starters in the National League. And given their penchant for making late season runs, the triumvirate of Halladay, Hamels, and Oswalt in Octorber would be enough to frighten any team.
However, it should be noted that Roy Oswalt does have a no-trade clause, and could reject a trade to any team. There has been no indication that he would waive his NTC to play in Philadelphia, or that he was even asked to waive it at this point.
Given what we know about this time of year and how rumors tend to take on a life of their own once they enter the blogosphere, it’s best to take this with a grain of salt, at least for now. But Olney and Stark are fairly well connected in the industry, and when there is smoke, there is usually fire.
If you watched any of the games against the Cincinnati Reds, then you were treated to some awfully fun baseball, starting with Kyle Kendrick’s masterful start, which was followed by the Phils’ best come-from-behind victory of the season, which was somehow topped by the Halladay-Wood (yes, you read that right) pitching duel, and finally, capped off by a brilliant start from Cole Hamels to complete the four-game sweep against the best offense in the National League.
But lost in all that was several instances of fans behaving badly, none of which included tazing, green lasers, or vomit. I’m as shocked as you all are.
The first instance occurred during Thursday night’s game, when Jayson Werth was potentially robbed of catching a foul ball in the right field stands, due to a Phillie fan snagging it out of the air before Werth could get leather on it. It’s possible that Werth would not have caught the ball, and to be fair to the fan, he didn’t reach over the rail, but given the situation of the game (tie game, two outs), his interference could have been disastrous, especially if that possible third out turned into a run and, even worse, a loss. Fortunately for the fan – no harm, no foul.
The second and third instances both occurred during Sunday’s game, one inning apart.
In the third inning, Carlos Ruiz hit a line drive to the right-center field gap, and as it was coming down, a fan reached over the rail and tried to grab the ball. It was ruled a ground-rule double.
The next inning, Jayson Werth belted one to deep center field, just to the left of the tiny fence in dead-center. Again, a fan reached over the rail and snagged the ball in mid-air (pictured), giving Werth a ground-rule double.
Although Ruiz’s hit would have ended up a double anyhow, the same cannot be said for Werth’s. Had the fan not interfered, the ball would have likely careened off the top of the wall, meaning it could have bounced towards right field, toward center, or it could have died on the ball and fallen harmlessly back to the fielder.
Given the angle of that wall, and how hard the ball was hit, it is not unrealistic to think that Werth could have ended up with a triple, or perhaps an inside-the-park home run. As it happened, he ended up on second base, and would not come round to score. Had he ended up with a triple, and eschewing the fallacy of the predetermined outcome, he would have scored on Raul Ibanez’s fly ball two batters later, making it a 2-0 game.
And while the Phils would go on to win, the lack of an extra run was irrelevant, that’s not the point. The point is that fan interference is a problem, however small, in baseball, and I feel I need to use what little clout I have to address it.
First, and this is for the gentlemen who reached over and snagged Werth’s hit – let’s get the obvious out of the way: You’re not allowed to bring a glove to a baseball game, not at your age. Unless you have that syndrome that Robin Williams had in “Jack,” then I can safely say that you are an adult who brought a glove to a baseball game. I don’t know when the cutoff for that sort of thing is, but suffice it to say, you passed it over a decade ago.
Second – and this goes for all fans – we’re in a playoff race, folks, and you need to respect that. I know that it’s a great story, and that rawhide orb would look swell on your mantle one day, but for the love of Kalas, don’t mess with balls that are in play. You shouldn’t need me to tell you that; in fact, they remind you before the game. No excuses.
Third, everyone in the ballpark who sits in the first two or three rows has a responsibility to be completely aware of, not only their surroundings, but the situation so that they don’t interfere with possible game-altering plays.
Think of the first few rows at a stadium like those seats on an airplane that are located near the emergency exits. When you sit in those seats, you are given a responsibility. If something should go wrong, then you have to keep your wits about you and know how to act when the time comes. The same can be said for anyone sitting on or near the field at a baseball game, especially in their home park.
While a fan-interfered-with foul ball is unlikely to be a life-or-death situation, it can have consequences that can cost a team a game. Just ask Steve Bartman.
So please, if you are sitting in a part of the stadium where there is a possibility, however slight, that your going for a ball could have a consequence on the field, then please, just stay away.
October might depend on it.
Uh-oh. Jayson Werth is getting angry!
In the top of the 12th inning of a tie ball game vs. the Reds, Jayson Werth was tracking a foul ball off the bat of Drew Stubbs when a fan didn’t allow Mr. Werth the ample space needed to make the catch and accidentally kept the inning going by preventing him from ending the inning. Jayson didn’t appreciate the effort made by the fan and told him to “get out of the fucking way” while his younger son looked on in horror.
It was rather unnecessary, but shit, the Phillies needed a ‘W’ here pretty bad. The way their luck has been going, I’m surprised Stubbs didn’t knock the next pitch into the outfield seats. Instead, he grounded out weakly to 3rd, and the Phillies won it on a Brian Schneider walkoff homer in the bottom half of the inning.
Then, Jayson, the fan, and his son all stuck around for the fireworks display and lived happily ever after.
Well, not really the end. Here’s the video, nosey.
Surprised this celebration didn’t send Brian Schneider to the DL.
Yes, yes, there’s a .gif after the jump.
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