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Apr
09
2010
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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Sep
08
2009
Posted by at 10:03 am ET 58 Comments

LOL

David Bell, one of the Phillies worst 3rd basemen of all time, is now coaching the Carolina Mudcats and teaching their players how to suck as much as he did. To no one’s surprise the Mudcats are 10 games below .500 on the year and have no shot at getting a play off spot.

David Bell did hit for the cycle while with the Phillies, but Eric Bruntlett also turned an unassisted triple play…and Jonathan Sanchez threw a no hitter…and Brad Lidge had a perfect season…So everyone has their moment I suppose.

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