Thursday, February 13, 2014

Remembering Jim Fregosi

Jim Fregosi, the phormer manager of the 1993 NL Champions Philadelphia Phillies has suffered a stroke and was taken off Life Support. Removing life support means removing the machines or other hospital equipment used to prolong a patient's life such as a ventilator and IV lines. When life support is removed, death is often inevitable. The patient may stop breathing and brain death will ensue before the doctor can confirm a person's death. So Fregosi is not dead as of 7:46pm Feburary 13,2014. However, the loss of life support should lead to his death soon. 
With this we here will look back at Fregosi's life in baseball. Fregosi was born in 1942. Drafted in 1960 by the Red Sox and then by the Angels in the expansion draft. Fregosi played a key role with the Angels from his Major League debut to 1972.

Due to injuries the Angels were looking to move Fregosi. This lead to Jim being involved in one of the most lopsided trades in major league history that sent Noylan Ryan from the Mets to the Angels. The rest of Jim's career was uneventful after the trade, making stops in Texas and Pittsburgh as well.

In 1978 Fregosi began his journey as a manager in baseball for the Angels. Fregosi led the Angels to their first division title in their history in 1979. His mark in Angels history led to his number 11 to be retired by the Angels in 1998. 
He also managed the Blue Jays and White Sox in his career. 

However Fregosi's greatest accomplishment came as the manager of the Phillies in 1993. Fregosi led a team of nobody's and veterans to the pennant and coming close to a World Series title. Fregosi's time in Philly came to an end in 1996 after a few dismal seasons post 1993. However, Fregosi will always be remembered by Phillies phans as the man who guided the magical team back in 1993. 

Update: Fregosi died Friday morning at the age of 71, he will truly be missed. 

Phillies Baseball is Officially Here!

 Finally, baseball is back! While the upcoming season may not look too bright for the Phils, there's always room for optimism as the Phillies open up Spring Training today. One of the major story lines heading into camp is the health of starting pitcher Cole Hamels. We found out on Wednesday that Hamels will not be ready for Opening Day because of discomfort in his throwing shoulder. Officially, it has been diagnosed as bicep tendinitis, but Hamels is not expected to miss an extended period of time. The Phillies are just playing it safe as Hamels believes he will be back by the end of April. The health of the rest of the Phillies are just as important. Injuries have plagued this team the past two seasons, and if they want to contend, their star players need to be on the field. The core four, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins, and Carlos Ruiz, have all battled injuries the past few years and haven't been the same when they've been on the field.
    Another thing to keep an eye on is the battle for the final spot in the rotation. Cliff Lee, AJ Burnett, and Kyle Kendrick will be in the rotation on Opening Day, and Cole Hamels will jump in when he returns from his injury. The other spot is up for grabs. The Phils signed Roberto Gonzalez, formerly known as Fausto Carmona, and Miguel Gonzalez to be in the rotation, but the AJ Burnett signing will push one of them out. Jonathan Pettibone is also in the mix after he pitched well in his rookie season last year. Of course, there will be two rotation spots available in the beginning of the season and it will be very intriguing to see how it plays out when Hamels returns.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Burnett Signs with Phils

Reports from multiple sources revealed that AJ Burnett, former Pirate, Blue Jay and Yankee, has signed with the Phillies for 16 million over a year. This move makes sense seeing that star pitcher Cole Hamels will not be ready for opening day due to shoulder tendinitis.

The dollar amount in this deal is too much in my mind for Ruben to give to an aging pitcher. However this move bolsters the rotation by adding the best ground ball pitcher in the NL. This will greatly help the phillies due to Citizens Bank Park being a hitters park. 

Phillies fans now can expect a chance at a run to the postseason. However these moves just make the team older while delaying the inevitable part of rebuilding that this franchise will have to undergo. Hopefully Burnett can show his ability that we saw last year in Pittsburgh.