A couple days short of the Phrontierblog’s 14-month anniversary, I have some exciting news to pass along!
Earlier this afternoon, Mike and I both received offers to join the team of writers at Phillies Nation, one of the premier Phillies blogs on the Internet. Despite the attachment we both have to this space and the following we’ve attracted over the past year-plus, this is an opportunity that is simply too good to pass up.
We’ve both accepted, and will both be writing for PN, starting soon. All of our old posts will remain here in state, but nothing new will come after this post. We’ll work on trying to wrap up the Total WAR Project over at PN. Both of our Twitter accounts, @Phrontiersman and @atomicruckus, will remain.
On behalf of Mike, I thank you all for your attention and comments over the year. We’ll see you on the other side.
Goose Gossage was elected to the Hall of Fame two winters ago. The man had a really solid career in relief, and I’m not here to slight his candidacy (not only would it be just a little poorly timed, it’d be totally irrelevant).
The real issue with Goose and the Hall of Fame is a quote from the mustachioed reliever that came out in reference to the recent brouhaha involving Mark McGwire’s admission of PED use.
“I definitely think that they cheated. And what does the Hall consist of? Integrity. Cheating is not part of integrity.”
The “they” Goosage is referring to is players of the “Steroid Era” in the 90s and early 2000s. They part that’s missing from inclusion in “they” are the players who are already in the Hall that are known cheaters.
I’m not the politic and history buff that Mike is, I won’t pretend to be, but it sure seems to me like the Mets are a lot like the war in Iraq; or, at least, like the two big views of it back here. Either you a) try to spend a whole lot more money and add more troops to try and overwhelm your opposition or b) finally admit it’s time to resign and pull back and let the system rebuild.
The Yankees finally perfected the art of option A last year, when three huge free agents propelled them to the title over the Phillies. The Mets, well, still seem to be stuck trying to master that art. After a lost season in which nearly every single starting position player and pitcher landed on the disabled list, the Mets are trying to get right back into the party in the National League East, not content to simply roll over and let the Phils take another division crown as they gather reinforcements.
Can the Mets’ returning starters – with a little help from some cavalry – actually make some noise and challenge the Phillies for the top spot in the East?
Here’s to being glad the only team that has Cole in their stocking is the Phillies.
And here’s to hoping you had a wonderful holiday with loved ones.
We’ll be back, probably after the new year. Be safe, live red.
It would probably be fair to classify the 2010 season as the beginning of a transitional period in the history of the Phillies.
One piece has already been addressed, with Ruben Amaro having traded for and signed a legitimately elite starter for the next four seasons. Another, slightly less important cog has been WD-40ed, with Placido Polanco replacing Pedro Feliz for the next three seasons. What looms in the future are more pivotal decisions that, if correctly addressed, will keep the Phillies among the National League’s elite teams for years to come.
Maybe it’s too small a sample for me to speak in general terms, but a lot of Phillies fans seem to give extra preference to hometown players when assembling their fantasy baseball squads. Hey, if you’re not a seamhead, go with what you know. I can dig it.
But for the sake of your team’s success, you may be able to put off drafting a Philly player by a round or two, sometimes more. Where do the Phillies’ bright stars rank among the rest of baseball’s fantasy studs? Where should you feel most comfortable taking Cole Hamels? Is Jimmy Rollins still a top five shortstop?
With apologies to Ken Rosenthal, it seems a pseudo-three-way deal involving both Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee makes some sense after all.
It’s not easy to deal with, given how we were teased with delicious dreams of a one-year fling with a rotation involving all three of Lee, Halladay and Cole Hamels, but the reality is that there was no other way this could have happened.