Season Preview: NL East

Before I begin my NL East season preview, I’d like to take a few sentences to thank John Russo for not assigning me the AL West this year. That division is almost as exciting as a glass of milk. Key word being “almost.” Milk can spoil and that’s exciting. Expectations: Will lead the league in … Continue reading Season Preview: NL East

The Quest For Six: The Phillies are still favorites this season, but the competition is steeper than ever

I don’t have a lot in common with the Philadelphia Phillies. I can’t throw a 90 MPH fastball. I can’t hit a homerun. I can’t even hit the ball.But for all our differences, there is one thing the Phillies and I have in common – we’re both going to die. Gives you a warm, fuzzy … Continue reading The Quest For Six: The Phillies are still favorites this season, but the competition is steeper than ever

The Natch: Still the best team ever?

It’s almost that time of year. The leaves are changing, the temperature is dropping and the Philadelphia Phillies are playing in the post season. That last part wasn’t always true about autumn – seeing the Phillies play past September – but in the last five years, Phillies baseball has almost become synonymous with the word … Continue reading The Natch: Still the best team ever?

Immediate Impact

Since becoming the General Manager of the Philadelphia Phillies back in November of 2008, Ruben Amaro Jr. has proven one thing; his only concern is on the immediate future. Trades for Cliff Lee, Roy Halladay, and Roy Oswalt have taxed the Phillies’ farm system, sacrificing the team’s long term future for immediate success. Last Friday’s … Continue reading Immediate Impact

The Natch: Objections and Ejections

TTB staff writer Christian Hetrick also runs and operates “Taking the Ride.” Here is his most recent column featured on the site and TTB. Baseball, a sport that’s all about the numbers, may have to add a new column to the box score. Right next to At-Bats, Runs and Hits, baseball may soon have to … Continue reading The Natch: Objections and Ejections

It’s not you Bautista, it’s me.

With one swing of the bat, Jose Bautista sent his 27th baseball into the seats on Sunday. With one swing of the bat, Bautista gave his Blue Jays a 5-4 lead over the Phillies in the bottom of the eighth inning. And with one swing of the bat, Bautista instantly put one thought in my … Continue reading It’s not you Bautista, it’s me.

The Natch: Roy Halladay Has Been Better Than Advertised for the Phillies

TTB staffer Christian Hetrick also operates “Taking the Ride.” Here is his newest piece on Roy Halladay: Roy Halladay is one rich dude. He makes $60 million over three years through 2013 and has a vesting option for another $20 million in 2014. But the way he has been pitching since joining the Phillies, it … Continue reading The Natch: Roy Halladay Has Been Better Than Advertised for the Phillies