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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – September 2, 2014

Scott Halleran / Getty Images

Scott Halleran / Getty Images

Bo Porter was fired as manager of the Astros. Now I am not sure if it was the right move for the team, but there is no way the team’s losing ways could have been a surprise to Bo or anyone else.

It is a stuck in traffic episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

 

The Phillies no hit pitchers, Cole Hamels, Jake Diekman, Ken Giles and Jonathan Papelbon, along with Dernard Span, Phil Hughes, Miguel Cabrera, Dilson Herrera and Nick Hundley all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

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Why Ruben Amaro Jr. Should Be Fired Right Now! A Unanimous MLB Reports Staff Article

Ruben Amaro JR and the brass of the Phils should have faced the facts - and started dismantling their team before they lost any relevant value

Ruben Amaro JR and the brass of the Phils should have faced the facts – and started dismantling their team before they lost any relevant value over the last few years.  Now players like Rollins, Burnett and Utley have had their Vesting Options all exercised – and with the exception of the 2nd baseman, none of them have any trade value. Add brutal dollars owed to Howard and Papelbon, and this team is headed for financial peril.

Why Ruben Amaro Jr should be fired

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I believe that if any GM were asked what is the organization that they would least like to take over the answer would be the Phillies. This team is a train wreck and it starts with up top where a new general manager is needed.

The Phillies even with the money that they generate are a long-term project that won’t be easy to fix. Rubens tenure started November 3rd 2008.  The team had just won the World Series under the tutelage of Pat Gillick.

Amaro had a team that could have brought a dynasty type of run to the franchise.  After a slow-moving regression that went from World Series Appearance in 2009, to NLCS in 2010, and then NLDS in 2011, the team finally missed the playoffs.

The core began to grow older and become expensive.  It has been apparent the squad needed a rebuild on the fly, but the powers that be have sat on their diminishing assets too long, and now the apples have become rotten, and not useful to other 29 teams.  

It is a flawed way of thinking – and will set the organization back 3 – 5 years.  

Out of our entire staff here at MLB Reports, we all hold the same opinion about Amaro JR.  – and in this article, we have all added our 2 cents in some form. Be sure to listen to Sully’s great podcasts about the Phillies at the end of the blog.

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The Most Recent No Hitter For Each Franchise (Updated For September 1, 2014 )

JOHN BAZEMORE/AP

JOHN BAZEMORE/AP

Hey Phillies Fans! You finally have something to cheer about!

I bet when Jonathan Papelbon didn’t get dealt this trade deadline, he didn’t think he would be closing out a no hitter.

Cole Hamels gets his name in the no hitter ledger, but now so do Jake Diekman, Ken Giles and Papelbon of all people. A 7-0 win for the Phillies was NOT exactly what the Braves needed right now, but the Phillies have a highlight for the season.

Sadly that means taking Roy Halladay’s Division Series no hitter off this list, but oh well. History waits for nobody, especially not Jake Diekman,

It is time to update my list!

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 31, 2014

COLIN E. BRALEY — AP Photo

COLIN E. BRALEY — AP Photo

It is Sunday… time for The Sunday Request.

Is it out of line to call out the bad attendance in Kansas City?
Or is this the result of decades of seeing a bad product.

Breaking down team loyalty in this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Scott Feldman, Jake Peavy, Matt Holliday, Jimmy Paredes, Vidal Nuno, Victor Martinez, Jeff Samardzija and Jason Heyward all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 29, 2014

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Bud Selig saved the Padres in San Diego? Really? Did I miss that?

Plus the Ice Cream Sandwich heard ’round the world!

It is a revisionist history episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Billy Hamilton, Mike Minor, Jordan Schafer, Collin McHugh, Jorge Soler, Jon Niese, Josh Donaldson and Hiroki Kuroda all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 28, 2014

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Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports – SABR.org

Dan Otero is piling up wins at an alarming rate. So much so that I wonder out loud again if anyone could ever catch Jack Chesbro’s 41 win season if they did so as a middle reliever.

That and why teams should be nervous to deal with Tampa Bay in this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Sam Fuld, Clayton Kershaw, Drew Smyly, Buster Posey, Dernard Span, Phil Hughes, Zack Wheeler and Chris Carter all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 27, 2014

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My father is a remarkably optimistic and positive man… except when it comes to the San Francisco Giants.

I talk about my dad and which managers should be on the hot seat in this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Alex Gordon, Madison Bumgarner, Buster Posey, Matt Shoemaker, Jacoby Ellsbury, Alex Wood, Ricky Nolasco and Ender Inciarte all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 25, 2014

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Near Dealey Plaza in Dallas, I talk about some of baseball’s unsolved mysteries and why I would rather not go back in time and see what really happened.

It is a legend versus Reality episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Lucas Duda, Victor Martinez, Tsuyoshi Wada, Chris Archer, Gregor Blanco and Alberto Callaspo all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

When in Pasadena, have a wonderful Mexican dinner at El Cholo. Click HERE for more info.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 24, 2014

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While having a delicious Mexican dinner with my family, I somehow got into a baseball discussion with my wife. They don’t happen often so I decided to turn it into an impromptu podcast.

It is a spicy Margarita and chips and salsa episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Pedro Alvarez, Joe Mauer, Mike Leake, Jeremy Guthrie, Juan Lagares, Trevor Plouffe, Ervin Santana and C.J. Wilson all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

When in Pasadena, have a wonderful Mexican dinner at El Cholo. Click HERE for more info.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 23, 2014

Michael Macor, San Francisco Chronicle

Michael Macor, San Francisco Chronicle

 

The Giants are gearing up for another playoff push. But should they use this off season as an opportunity to retool and try and put together a third championship team for this decade?

It is a no nostalgia and forward thinking episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Drew Smyly, Mike Minor, Eduardo Escobar, Josh Harrison, Carlos Carrasco, Jose Abreu and Nolan Arenado all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 22, 2014

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It is Carl Yastrzemski’s birthday. While waiting to get a haircut, I remembered the summer of 1979 where I eagerly watched Yaz’s 3,000 hit chase.

That and some reflections on this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Kennys Vargas, Brandon McCarthy, Clayton Kershaw, Buster Posey, David Price, Justin Ruggiano, Zach Walters and Tyson Ross all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 20, 2014

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ESPN.go.com

Baseball might not get the best coverage on Sports Center. But we are now living in a Post-ESPN world.

It is a digital age edition of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Hisashi Iwakuma, Omar Infante, Stephen Strasburg, Carl Crawford, David Ortiz and Todd Frazier all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 19, 2014

JUSTIN K. ALLER/GETTY IMAGES

JUSTIN K. ALLER/GETTY IMAGES

I attempt to expand my appreciation of WAR by trying to understand why Jason Heyward is ranked so highly.

I wound up being more impressed by Heyward than I thought I was going to be.

Plus, I encourage the Diamondbacks to make a change for the sake of a change.

It is a mind expanding episode of of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Jason Heyward, Nick Markakis, Jason Vargas, Jerome Williams, Brandon Workman, Oswaldo Arcia, Starling Marte and Vidal Nuno all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 17, 2014

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Topps

 

It is time for The Sunday Request!

 

It is an interesting comparison but one that stats can’t quantify. Love cant be dictated solely by numbers.

It is an emotion and logic episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

David Ortiz, David Price, Yovani Gallardo, Michael Morse, Drew Smyly, Matt AdamsClayton Kershaw and Avisail Garcia  all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 15, 2014

AP Photo: Steve Ruark

AP Photo: Steve Ruark

Bud Selig is out and Rob Manfred is in as commissioner of baseball.

What is Bud Selig’s legacy?

What should Rob Manfred’s focus be on?

And how do I tie it into the VHS release of Raiders of the Lost Ark.

It all makes sense on today’s episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, Dustin Pedroia, Adeiny Hechavarria, Josh ReddickRyan Ludwick and Eric Stults all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 14, 2014

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Recorded outside Dr. Pepper Ballpark, home of the Frisco Rough Riders.

The new blocking of home plate rule needs to have more common sense when applied.

And the Yankees have hope for 2015, but they need to shut Masahiro Tanaka down NOW!

It is a soft drink sponsored episode of  The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Jason Vargas, Kendrys Morales, Jedd Gyorko, Justin Masterson, Brett Oberholtzer, Bartolo Colon, Francisco Cervelli and Skip Schumaker all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 13, 2014

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AP

The baseball strike was going on 20 years ago. I look back at 1994, what could have been, what good it did and a few strange consequences that the chain reaction of the strike caused.

It is a labor strife and labor peace episode of  The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Josh Donaldson, Chris Sale, Jarred Cosart, Carl Crawford, Mat Latos, Jeremy Hellickson, Oswaldo Arcia and Justin Morneau all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 9, 2014

Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Sometimes baseball can act as a safe outlet for hate, bitterness and other unsavory emotions that we all have but are not proud of.

My dislike of the Arizona Diamondbacks is a perfect example of that.

It is a hate filled episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Carlos Beltran, Hisashi Iwakuma, David Peralta, Nathan Eovaldi, Carlos Santana, Adrian Gonzalez and Madison Bumgarner all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 8, 2014

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

A little more than a month ago, the Tigers and the Braves looked like solid picks to go to the World Series. Now both teams are struggling to find their footing.

It is a potential August and September Spiral episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Jon Lester, Edinson Volquez, Dustin Ackley, Javier Baez, Chris Carter, Daniel Murphy and J.A. Happ all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 5, 2014

Photo: Thearon W. Henderson, Getty Images

Photo: Thearon W. Henderson, Getty Images

The Rally Possum led the A’s to victory!

Meanwhile the Wild Card race makes sense and the Phillies front office is insanely dumb.

That and more in this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Tyler Flowers, Pablo Sandoval, Garrett Richards, Daniel Murphy, Desmond Jennings, Max Scherzer, Zack Greinke and Santiago Casilla (??) all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 4, 2014

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The blackout rules continue to shutout fans from enjoying baseball, never a smart business model.

Meanwhile the Giants should consider a strange suggestion I have about Barry Bonds.

That and my plea to ESPN to stop showing Red Sox and Yankees games in this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Chris Tillman, Madison Bumgarner, Hunter Pence, David Murphy, Hisashi Iwakuma, Cole Hamels, Josh Reddick and Jason Heyward all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 3, 2014

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It is time for The Sunday Request.

 

I make my best predictions and stare into the crystal ball in this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Brett Oberholtzer, Josh Harrison, Ben Zobrist, Jacob deGrom, Miles Mikolas, Aramis Ramirez, Homer Bailey and Adam Eaton,  all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 2, 2014

ALEX BRANDON/AP

ALEX BRANDON/AP

What were the Phillies thinking not rebuilding?

How could the Giants, Blue Jays and Royals stand pat?

Why were the Marlins more productive than contenders this year?

And oddly did the Rays make sense in the trade for David Price?

All this and more on this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Jordy Mercer, Ryan Vogelsong, Justin Verlander, David Murphy, Sonny Gray, Doug Fister, Brian Dozier and Matt Carpenter all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – July 29, 2014

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(Louis DeLuca/Dallas Morning News)

Derek Jeter moves up the all time hit list with a big performance last night. And it is clear that Alex Rodriguez and Ichiro Suzuki will be the next to join the 3,000 hit club.

Who will come after them?

And have you noticed how Adrian Beltre has quietly become a no doubt about it Hall of Famer?

That and more on today’s episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Vance Worley, Melky Cabrera, Jake OdorizziAdeiny Hechavarria, Derek Jeter, Marlon Byrd and Homer Bailey all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – July 27, 2014

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It is time for The Sunday Request on The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Jon Lester will probably not be a member of the 2015 Boston Red Sox. We all know that. So how should the Red Sox prepare for it?

And how will Red Sox fans react to Lester as a member of the Yankees NEXT year?

Nori Aoki, Clayton Kershaw, Martin Prado, Chris Sale, Gio Gonzalez, Justin Verlander, Seth Smith and Carlos Santana all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – July 26, 2014

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Kathy Willens/AP

Talking Hall of Fame on today’s episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Looking forward to the speeches, next year’s ballot and when Barry Bonds eventually gets in (and he will.)

Yasiel Puig, Zack Greinke, David Price, Ben Zobrist, Yovani Gallardo, Matt Holliday, Jose Bautista and the amazing Felix Hernandez all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – July 24, 2014

Scott Strazzante - San Francisco Chronicle

Scott Strazzante – San Francisco Chronicle

What should the A’s do with Jim Johnson? Or the Phillies with Jonathan Papelbon? Whatever they do, they need to do it NOW! That and more on today’s episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Bartolo Colon, Yoenis Cespedes, Mark Reynolds, Alex Cobb, A. J. Burnett, Jose Quintana, Didi Gregorius and Jose Ramirez all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – July 23, 2014

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Joe Girardi and other managers like to manage by the book. Sometimes they do so to an insane measure.

What book SHOULD they be managing by? How about Baseball is a Funny Game by Joe Garagiola?

There is wisdom in that book that maybe could help give pitchers a little more confidence moving forward. I explain on today’s episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Jonathan LuCroy, Carlos Santana, Jacob deGrom, Miguel Gonzalez, Adrian Gonzalez, Brian Dozier and Scott Kazmir all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

Buy a copy of Baseball is a Funny Game by clicking HERE.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – July 19, 2014

Michael Macor, San Francisco Chronicle

Michael Macor, San Francisco Chronicle

Is Fox Sports still not willing to talk about “dead guys” because of a 1990’s mentality? Time to break that.

Baseball takes place in the past, present and future all at the same time. That sentence makes sense to me.

It is a respect the future and past episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Travis d’Arnaud, Jason Kipnis, Madison Bumgarner, Yu Darvish, Brayan Pena, Omar Infante and Tom Wilhelmsen all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – July 18, 2014

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The Sporting News

The reaction to the In Memoriam video I produced overwhelmed me and makes be super pleased.

Meanwhile, I wonder if the Mariners are on the verge of making the correct move going into the second half of the season.

It is a going viral episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

The video was edited courtesy of Don Fito Productions, whose website is HERE.

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