Are you down with Your Team ?
MLB posts within this site
At this point of the MLB season , we can now assume a number of teams are ready to bail on their respective seasons . Nowhere does this now appear to be relevant than with the Miami Marlins and Philadelphia Phillies . Among the highest salaried baseball franchises in MLB , both teams now find themselves in unenviable positions . It would not be remiss to suggest that both managers are under a microscope as well as a great deal of pressure to succeed .
Slide show .
For Charlie Manuel having tasted success with the Phillies in that franchise’s most recent success , in winning the 2008 World Series . It was felt that the team was built for long-term success at the highest levels . In the subsequent it years , they have been filled with highs and lows . Perhaps this season , unlike any other , it has been one of sheer ineptitude , with little by way of any tangible success or redeeming quality. GM Reuben Amaro , has been at a complete loss to explain the team’s lackluster performances on all levels. It has now reached the point where he is beginning to consider breaking up the roster and trading away players he believes are superfluous to the Phillies’ needs . Among the players now said to be on the “chopping block” , is outfielder Shane Victorino . The player is perhaps one of the franchise’s most beloved and respected players in recent Phillies’ history . This however , does not explain away the apparent woes of this organization from a competitive standpoint . Injuries asides , players such as Cliff Lee , Vance Worley , Roy Halladay , Jonathan Papelbon and Joe Blanton have under-achieved this season . The sole bright spot on an otherwise dour pitching staff has been the pitching of starting ace , Cole Hamels . And the player may well be in line for the NL Cy Young Award consideration , if he is able to maintain his current form . Hamels , alongside R A Dickey , Gio Gonzalez , Johnny Cueto , Ryan Dempster and Matt Cain might be considered amongst the favorites for the award within the NL .
Inasmuch , as the Phillies have had their problems with regard to their pitching , the offense has proven itself to be just as inept . Without the productivity of Hunter Pense and Carlos Ruiz , this team would certainly find itself in a far graver situation than at present . Currently , lying fifth , in the NL East , with a record of 44-52 . It seems hard to understand how Charlie Manuel and his staff will be extricate the team from out of this position . Not content with the fact that they are now 14 ½ games out of first place , currently held by the Washington Nationals (53-36) . The Phillies now have to be content with a situation that also finds them 11 games out , in the wildcard standings within the NL . Talk about a dire situation or what .
If the Philadelphia Phillies are to have any semblance of success over the remainder of the season , then their upcoming schedule and series of games will determine the direction that they will ultimately be heading in. Next up for the Phillies on their agenda will be a three-game home series against the San Francisco Giants (51-40) . Taking the mound for the Phillies will be Vance Worley (3-4, 4.30 ERA) against Tim Lincecum (1-6, 5.84 ERA) of the Giants . The Philadelphia Phillies are not just in need of wins but consecutive series’ wins , anything short of that would have to be seen as a disaster .
Two hundred million dollars ($200,000,000) can buy you a whole lot of luxury , if you are a multi-billionaire , as it the case , with Miami Marlins’ owner , Jeffrey Loria . This was the money spent during the off-season to acquire the presumed talent that team President David Samson and GM Michael Hill felt would be good enough to win a World Series , adding to the organization’s triumphs in 1997 and 2003 . In the nine years since that last piece of success the Miami Marlins have remained in the wilderness , with changes in player personnel as well as their managers over that time-span . The organization had the inaugural opening of the Marlins Ballpark , a $575 million resplendent edifice , built largely in part with public funds made available via a bond issue , guaranteed by the city of Miami . That asides , with the addition of Ozzie Guillen brought in to manage this team , everything was meant to be in place for the franchise to mount a serious challenge not just within the division but also across the MLB landscape .
In a season has been anything but that , in terms of the Marlins actually mounting a serious challenge . There have been inconsistencies on both sides of the plate , with several of the high-priced players on this roster repeatedly coming up short , Guillen and his managerial staff have no answers as to what ails the team . At 44-47 , it is hard to explain how things could go so badly for an organization that was said to be so ambitious from the outset , this season .
With a year that seems to be imploding right in front of the fans’ eyes at the ballpark event with the advent of sold-out attendance for a number of games . It now appears that David Sansom and Michael Hill are prepared to give up on the season , simply gambling on what the outcome might be . Wildly scurrilous rumors , not necessarily from the most reliable sources has the Marlins’ front office now prepared to pull off a mega-trade that would send Heath Bell and Hanley Ramirez to the Boston Red Sox , in exchange for outfielder Carl Crawford , draft prospects and cash consideration . Now as enticing as that trade might appear to be , I seriously doubt that the Red Sox are prepared meet the demands of the Marlins . Then again , I could very well be wrong , given the AL team’s present predicament , with them languishing in the AL East several games behind their arch rivals the New York Yankees .
Courtesy of USA Today
By Bob Nightengale , USA Today
The Miami Marlins strutted into their glitzy new digs three months ago, looking glamorous for the TV cameras and thinking their offseason brilliance would make everyone want to come to South Florida .
They may have spent nearly $200 million on free agents and have the highest payroll in franchise history, but they look like the same Marlins. Management is so exasperated by their performance, they are contemplating dumping star players, including Hanley Ramirez.
The Marlins have informed the Boston Red Sox they’d be willing to trade Ramirez and closer Heath Bell for left fielder Carl Crawford and a prospect, according to four officials with knowledge of the talks. The four spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because negotiations are ongoing.
Two of the officials who are from the Red Sox told USA TODAY Sports there have been trade talks, but they were initiated by the Marlins. The Marlins, who sent vice president Dan Jennings to Boston to watch Crawford this week, say the talks are active, but they’re trying to determine whether to abandon their postseason hopes before pulling a trigger on any trade. They were 44-46 entering Wednesday, nine games out of first place in the National League East .
“Anything is possible,” said Crawford, who does not have Miami on his no-trade list, when approached Wednesday by news reporters. “Nothing really surprises me anymore.”
The trade would involve players signed to contracts guaranteeing $239 million, making it the second-biggest swap of contracts in baseball history. The 2004 trade that sent Alex Rodriguez to the New York Yankees from the Texas Rangers for Alfonso Soriano involved more than $257 million in contracts.
Crawford, a four-time All-Star who missed the first 89 games of the season before returning Monday, is in the second year of a seven-year, $142 million deal, a record for outfielders; Ramirez, a three-time All-Star and 2009 batting champion, is in the fourth year of a six-year, $70 million contract; and Bell, a three-time All-Star, is in the first year of a three-year, $27 million deal.
Click on the above link to read article in full .
For Carl Crawford , ever since his departure from the Tampa Bay Rays , in signing that multi-year contract (7 years $142 million ) , it has remained something of a struggle for the player to live up to that highly compensated deal . As we know , the season has been a dire one for the Boston Red Sox , and there has been a great deal of indifference between the fans and the newly installed manager Bobby Valentine . The Red Sox manager has tried just about everything in his bag of tricks , and about the only thing has not done has been to run across the center field of Fenway Park , stark naked , as a way inducing his players to be more forceful and productive . Wait a minute perhaps that may well be the next thing that Valentine tries . What do you think ?
To state that the Boston Red Sox are having a bad season would be akin to suggesting that the poll ratings for Congress are somewhat skewered , and does not reflect the true position and popularity of that legislative chamber . Just kidding , as the US Congress is , and has been as fuc#ed up this year , as it has ever been ! In the case of the Boston Red Sox , the departure Terry Francona has seen this organization take a tailspin almost into oblivion . Whatever possessed GM Ben Cherington and team President Larry Lucchino to hire Bobby Valentine , is a still a question being asked and of which in reality , no one has been able to give a succinct answer to . That is unless you just happen to be one of the moronic insiders and MLB analysts within ESPN who still looks upon Valentine , rather favorably . Not I said the fly . Neither , do I ! He is the wrong person for the position , who just happened to be in the right place , at a time when the franchise was said to be in desperate need of an experienced manager .
Whether or not this proposed deal is cultivated and the players in question are sent in opposite directions , it is by no means a certainty that it will all bear fruit for the teams in question by way of immediate success . One thing is for sure at present within the Majors , and that is , these are desperate times , calling for desperate measures for a numbers of teams looking to resurrect their seasons . The Philadelphia Phillies , Miami Marlins and Boston Red Sox are ball-clubs fitting that description .
The performances of the teams within baseball this season pre All Star Game and post mid-season event has been something of an indication as to how susceptible the fans are to first impressions . While the pitching has been in some cases truly exceptional in others, it has been truly inept . At the same time in terms of offense we have seen the likes of Josh Hamilton , Andrew McCutchen , Carlos Ruiz and Matt Kemp provide us with some scintillating performances in the first half of the season . The second half may well provide us with a great deal more but that would also be predicated upon the teams , their play and in particular that of the players , themselves .
Picture gallery .
What are your expectation as the baseball embarks on the remainder of its schedule ? Which teams do you believe will be among the major players by way any perceived blockbuster trades ? Simply leave a comment on this and anything else you believe pertinent to the subject matter . Thanks as always , for the continued of this site , the encouragement and incisive comments brought to the fore . Greatly appreciated by myself and the other patrons of this forum !
Picture and slide show details below .
(1) (1) Philadelphia Phillies’ Shane Victorino scores on a Carlos Ruiz single as Los Angeles Dodgers as catcher A.J. Ellis applies the late tag in the fourth inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Wednesday, July 18, 2012. AP Photo/Reed Saxon ….
(2) LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 18: Matt Kemp (27) of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates as he runs to home plate after hitting a walk-off two-run home run to right center field against the Philadelphia Phillies in the 12th inning to win the game 5-3 at Dodger Stadium on July 18, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Jeff Golden/Getty Images ….
(3) Chicago Cubs’ Alfonso Soriano , left, smiles as he arrives at second base on a thrown wild pitch by Miami Marlins starter Josh Johnson during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Wednesday, July 18, 2012. AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh …
(4) CHICAGO, IL – JULY 18: Manager Ozzie Guillen (13) of the Miami Marlins (R) takes out starting pitcher Josh Johnson (55) as catcher Brett Hayes (9) stands on the mound during the seventh inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on July 18, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images …
Chicago White Sox’s Paul Konerko watches the flight of his double hit off a pitch by Boston Red Sox’s Jon Lester in the first inning of a baseball game in Boston, Tuesday, July 17, 2012. AP Photo/Steven Senne …
(6) Chicago White Sox’s Alex Rios slides out at second on a steal attempt as Boston Red Sox shortstop Mike Aviles , right, makes the play in the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Tuesday, July 17, 2012. AP Photo/Steven Senne …
MLB probable starting pitchers 19th July 2012