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VIDEO: Thoughts In Passing Podcast: Flyers Miss Out On Zach Parise, Ryan Suter, Win For Having Team With Flaws

Just a thought: Since when are flaws bad? Not gaping holes, but barely glimmering slivers, they’re not problematic. In fact, the benefits — team-wide urgency on every individual — more than outweigh the costs. Isn’t that what you see when you see the Flyers miss out on Zach Parise, Ryan Suter and Matt Carle? That … Continue reading

VIDEO: Thoughts In Passing Podcast: Ruben Amaro On The Hot Seat For 2012 Season? Ridiculous

Just a thought: If you’re going to bang up on Ruben for “blowing it” this off-season, you’ve got to show me how he (a) should’ve known and (b) could’ve done better. Think you’ll be hard-pressed to find gaffes that were both apparent at the times he made the decisions AND had clear-cut alternatives.

VIDEO: THURSDAY ROUNDUP: Cliff Lee Wins, Zach Parise And Ryan Suter Go Wild, Jeffrie Lurie Goes Frank McCourt

VIDEO (Calkins Media): Cliff Lee, winner. VIDEO (ESPN): Zach Parise, wild. AUDIO (CSN Philly): Phillies 2012 milestones in yesterday’s 9-2 win over the Mets: Cliff Lee’s first win, the Phillies fifth when trailing after six innings. (Entered 0-5 and 4-31, respectively.) Psychological importance there couldn’t be overstated, on either. But they could be understated, apparently. Even both. Nice save, Chase Utley, … Continue reading

VIDEO: Thoughts In Passing Podcast: A For Amaro! Ruben (Finally!) Holds Phillies Accountable!!!

Just a thought: I’ve been waiting for this, the moment when Ruben Amaro finally puts a stop to all the enabling, all the outsourcing of accountability, all the wiping of the Phillies noses — all by virtue of constantly wheeling and dealing at the trade deadline to bail them out. Need proof? Try the convergence … Continue reading

What About Cole Hamels To The Astros, In Exchange For Houston’s Haul For Hunter Pence?

Ruben says he’s not. Sources say he is. We say he should be. Truth and opinion aside: To mull over any potential Cole Hamels deal, we’ve first got to look at the potential haul.. The Phillies have (again, assuming you think the flavor of Listerine Amaro’s got in his bathroom is “Deceit”) set an asking … Continue reading

VIDEO: TUESDAY ROUNDUP: Paterno Family Wants Full Disclosure, DeSean Jackson And Scott Hartnell In Studio(s)

VIDEO: Move over, “Sam Cassell, You Look Like An Alien” kid. This one-on-one with Cullen Jenkins usurps all the “Boom Goes The Dynamite” most awesomely bad interviews in sports interview history.  VIDEO: Scott Hartnell goes behind the scenes at CBS Studios. (Less “The Newsroom” more “Anchorman.”) VIDEO: ABC 6 goes behind the scenes with DeSean Jackson. (Less “Get Rich Or Die … Continue reading

Report: Ruben Amaro To Rival GMs: “We Could Be Selling Soon”

The scoopage, per Danny Knobler’s (CBS) write-up Monday that quotes one rival club official, who apparently had just gotten off the phone with a high-ranking Phillies official: “They told me, ‘If we lose any more games, we could be selling soon.” Which is pretty consistent not only with what Amaro floated to Jim Salisbury of … Continue reading

Ruben Amaro: We’re Not Shopping Cole Hamels (Even Though He Should Be)

Ruben Amaro brushed off any Cole Hamels trade talk with a broom of ceramic bristles Monday. Said Amaro, when asked about a Jon Heyman over-the-weekend report: “These aren’t things we discuss or talk about in front of other people. But our goals are always the same. Our goal is to try to continue to contend … Continue reading

VIDEO: Thoughts In Passing Podcast: I (Still) Believe In Ruben Amaro

Just a thought: Look, Ruben Amaro has his flaws. He’s impulsive (gaudy deals for Ryan Howard and Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee and Jonathan Papelbon, and wrong-message-sending acquisitions in Lee (the first time) and Roy Oswalt and Hunter Pence), maybe short-sighted. Did trade Wilson Valdez, after all. But man, can this guy swing a deal. … Continue reading

AUDIO: Ryan Howard: “I’ve Got To Make Sure That I’m Right” Before Coming Back From Achilles Injury

Ryan Howard could play savior this season, could return from his Achilles injury to his mashing 2006 NL MVP form, could chart the Phillies course for the 104-win pace they’d need to sustain for the second half of the MLB season to make it to 88 wins and, presumably, a Wild Card berth, could be … Continue reading