Tag Archives: Phillies

Sports Illustrated baseball preview history: The 2011 update

It’s really not a surprise, is it? The Phillies go out and land Cliff Lee, giving them — on paper — the best starting rotation since the 1993 Braves, and it lands the starting five on the cover of Sports Illustrated‘s baseball preview issue. The only reason I balked and wondered if they’d go with

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ND to MLB: Dick Thoenen

You’re forgiven if this is the first time you’ve heard of either of these players. Of the roughly 17,364 men who have played Major League Baseball, 964 of them never got into another game after their debuts — and these are two of them.  I don’t know about you, but that seemed pretty remarkable to me

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Shouldn’t the original be good enough?

This is a random post just to see if the automatic Twitter update feature I set up works. [Two-minute update: It sure did, faster than my Google Reader, in fact.] I didn’t want to simply do a basic post that says nothing but “testing,” so I flipped through some photos and decided on this gripe.

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From ND to MLB: Cy Williams

Fred Williams bears the names of two of baseball’s greatest players. The nickname he was known by, Cy — as in “Cyclone” — naturally sparks thoughts of the winningest pitcher in Major League history. And the surname is shared with the self-described “greatest hitter who ever lived,” Ted Williams. But Cy Williams made a name

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Setting impossible standards for the Phillies

If you’re a Mets fan, you might want to sit down for this one. Heck, if you’re the fan of any National League team, it’s probably best that you not read this while on your feet, operating heavy machinery or holding any sharp objects. Here are the career won-lost records and winning percentages of Philadelphia’s

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