Smallthoughts…Note To Ryan Howard …Run hard all the time

No one was expecting Ryan Howard to be a sprinter to first base, but if baseball hasn’t taught all of us players and fans alike is that we have to always run hard because …you never know what will happen. Case in point Mets vs Phillies on a ball Howard hit that Wilmer Flores fieldedĀ insteadContinue reading “Smallthoughts…Note To Ryan Howard …Run hard all the time”

Is the door to the Hall of Fame Closed to Pete Rose for good?

The sound you just heard is a door slammed shut. If there was a chance of Pete Rose getting into the Hall of Fame that appears to be completely over, done, like Turkey dinner done. The latest bombshell is that Pete Rose bet on Baseball as a player when he was player- manager of theContinue reading “Is the door to the Hall of Fame Closed to Pete Rose for good?”

Should Pete Rose be reinstated into Baseball?

This is repost from June of 2015…in light of recent developments … This Is the question that is now being put before new commissioner Rob Manfred. Bud Selig wanted no part of it and neither did the other commissioners before Selig since the momentĀ  Bart Giamatti got Rose to sign an agreement that permanently bannedContinue reading “Should Pete Rose be reinstated into Baseball?”

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday…Greg Luzinski

At 6’1′ and 255 pounds, Luzinski was a well-liked member of the Phillies and a feared slugger who could also hit for average despite striking out frequently. While he was a mediocre defensive left fielder, he hit .300 or better for 3 consecutive seasons during the prime of his career, and was a career .276Continue reading “Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday…Greg Luzinski”

Phillies send John Mayberry Jr. to the Blue Jays

This was one player the Phillies had high hopes for a long time, but according to one published report: John Mayberry Jr.’s tenure with the Phillies is over. Mayberry, who played parts of six seasons with the club, was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays Sunday night in exchange for minor-league third baseman Gustavo Pierre.Continue reading “Phillies send John Mayberry Jr. to the Blue Jays”

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday…Dick Allen

He played first and third base and outfield in Major League Baseball and ranked among his sport’s top offensive producers of the 1960s and early 1970s. Most notably playing for the Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago White Sox, he led the American League in home runs twice, and led both leagues in slugging average (the ALContinue reading “Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday…Dick Allen”

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Ryne Sandberg

Sandberg established himself as a perennial All-Star and Gold Glove candidate, making 10 consecutive All-Star appearances and winning nine consecutive Gold Gloves from 1983 to 1991. His career .989 fielding percentage is a major-league record at second base. Sandberg was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in January 2005; he was formally inductedContinue reading “Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Ryne Sandberg”

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Manny Trillo

Originally signed as a catcher by the Philadelphia Phillies in 1968, Trillo was converted into a third baseman by his first minor league manager, Dallas Green. In 1969, he was selected by the Oakland Athletics from the Phillies in the Rule 5 draft. Trillo was converted into a second baseman in 1973 while playing forContinue reading “Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Manny Trillo”

Who robbed me of my home run??

That had to be the question rolling around in Ryan Howard’s head during the Mets – Phillies game on June 2 2014. The catch was spectaular to say the least, the one making the catch wasn’t the Mets regular centerfielder Juan Lagares (out with an injury) but recent callup Matt Den Decker. check out theContinue reading “Who robbed me of my home run??”

SmallThoughts: Old School Tuesday …Steve Carlton

Steve Carlton (nicknamed Lefty) won four Cy Young Awards 1972, 1977, 1980, 1982 and was a 10 time all star in addition to being a two time world series champion (1967, 1980) Carlton has the second-most lifetime strikeouts of any left-handed pitcher (4th overall), and the second-most lifetime wins of any left-handed pitcher (11th overall).Continue reading “SmallThoughts: Old School Tuesday …Steve Carlton”