Phillies Sign Fabio

Phillies Sign Fabio

Slow news day, but the Phillies did sign a guy named Fabio and some teenagers:

The Phillies continued to stretch their international wings on
Wednesday, signing four players from Brazil and one pitcher from Taiwan.

From Brazil, the Phillies signed two pitchers and two outfielders:
right-handed pitchers Heitor Correa, 16, and Gilmar Pereira, 17; and
outfielders Fabio Murakami, 17, and Bruno Doi, 17. The pitchers
represented their country in international competition.

Random Inklings from Bill Conlin's article today:

Hard to believe the Phillies didn't follow
Tuesday's Ed Wade announcement that manager Charlie Manuel and his
coaching staff will all be back next season
with a ticket-price
increase. Don't worry - all things in due time. To those of you who
responded favorably to my two-headed GM scenario in which Wade returns
to handle the off-field details and managing general partner Dave
Montgomery hires a real baseball man to run field operations:
Fuhgeddaboudit! What you just saw is what you're gonna get more of next
season. I swear that driving past the Money Pit the other afternoon,
the flagpole in center had been transformed into a giant, extended
middle finger.

......

Baseball America's must-have,
best-prospects edition is out and is not particularly kind to the
Phillies. In fact, it has the Phils tied for last among 30
organizations in the number of Top 20 prospects in each league where
they have an affiliate. The Angels rank first, with 20 players
selected. The Braves are second with 19. The Phillies are tied for last
with the Blue Jays at five apiece.

The highest-rated Phils prospect is Ryan Howard, rated No. 4 in the
International League, despite his Rookie of the Year performance with
the varsity. Highest Reading player was No. 18, outfielder Michael
Bourn. Eastern League Rookie of the Year Chris Roberson failed to crack
the Top 20, which is strange. Lakewood's Greg Golson, the 2004 No. 1
draft pick, was No. 14 in the Sally League. Clearwater infielder Tim
Moss was No. 19 in the Florida State League. Batavia infielder Welinson
Baez was No. 15 in the short-season New York-Penn League. "Untouchable"
pitchers Gavin Floyd and Cole Hamels didn't get a mention.

I don't think many Average Joe Phillies fans picked up on the fact that the entire Phillies coaching staff was rehired including everyone's favorite third base coach Bill Dancy.  What does this mean other than the fact that Mets fans will enjoy watching David Bell being waved around to third and being thrown out by 28 feet?  Charlie and Big Ed are assured to be back as well.

I'm thinking of a four letter word.

 

Instant Replay: Marlins 11, Phillies 1

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Instant Replay: Marlins 11, Phillies 1

BOX SCORE

MIAMI — The Phillies came within one out of being shut out for the second time in as many games in an embarrassing 11-1 loss to the Miami Marlins on Wednesday afternoon.

The Marlins roughed up Zach Eflin, who fell to 3-4 on the season.

The Marlins beat the Phils, 5-0, Tuesday night. A garbage-time RBI double by Cesar Hernandez with two outs in the ninth prevented the Phils from being shut out in consecutive games for the first time since July 8-9, 2015, when Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke got the wins at Dodger Stadium.

The Phillies are 4-9 in 13 games since the All-Star break. They are averaging just 2.6 runs in those games.

The Marlins are 55-46. They entered the day in second place in the NL East, four games behind Washington.

Starting pitching report
Eflin had pitched brilliantly in the month of July — he entered with a 1.80 ERA in four starts this month — but his success ended as the Marlins tagged him for nine hits, including a homer and two triples, and seven runs in five-plus innings.

Eflin had pitched a three-hit shutout at Pittsburgh in his previous start.

Lefty Adam Conley pitched 6⅔ shutout innings, scattered eight hits, walked three and struck out six. He pitched out of bases-loaded trouble twice.

Bullpen report
Andrew Bailey struggled. He faced three batters and gave up two hits, a walk and a run before Brett Oberholtzer cleaned up the sixth inning.

The Marlins eventually got to Oberholtzer for three runs in the eighth. The lefty picked up three innings to protect the bullpen.

At the plate
The Phillies did have 10 hits in the game, but they left the bases loaded twice and stranded 11 runners in all.

The Phils went 2 for 21 with runners in scoring position in the three-game series.

The Marlins got to Eflin early. They scored three runs in the first inning. The rally was highlighted by Giancarlo Stanton’s 22nd homer, a two-run laser beam to left that exited the bat at 112 miles per hour.

Don Kelly had a pair of triples against Eflin and scored two runs. One of the triples drove in two runs.

The Marlins had 16 hits.

Ejected
Bench coach Larry Bowa got the boot for arguing a called third strike on Cameron Rupp in the fourth inning.

Health check
Peter Bourjos' injured right shoulder could send him to the disabled list Thursday as the Phillies make room for Aaron Altherr.

Up next
The Phillies open a four-game series in Atlanta on Thursday night. Here are the pitching matchups:

Thursday night — RHP Aaron Nola (5-9, 4.75) vs. RHP Matt Wisler (4-10, 4.92)

Friday night — RHP Vince Velasquez (8-2, 3.34) vs. RHP Tyrell Jenkins (0-2, 6.17)

Saturday night — RHP Jeremy Hellickson (7-7, 3.65) vs. RHP Julio Teheran (3-8, 2.71)

Sunday afternoon — RHP Jerad Eickhoff (6-12, 3.83) vs. RHP Lucas Harrell (2-2, 3.38)

Phillies minor leaguer makes amazing catch robbing a home run while crashing into the wall

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Phillies minor leaguer makes amazing catch robbing a home run while crashing into the wall

This is a good baseball catch.

It took place on Saturday night when the Hickory Crawdads' Tyler Sanchez belted a ball with men on base but was robbed by Lakewood BlueClaws outfielder Zack Coppola.

It certainly saved a few runs in the first inning but the Crawdads would find other ways to score, topping the BlueClaws by a final of 3-2.

Coppola's Great Grab

The "Web Gem" of the BlueClaws last homestand was made by Zach Coppola on this catch in the first inning on Saturday night."

Posted by Lakewood BlueClaws on Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Video of Marcus Vick running from the cops, getting captured at gunpoint is bonkers

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Video of Marcus Vick running from the cops, getting captured at gunpoint is bonkers

You have to give Marcus Vick credit, he still has that breakaway speed. But it's not exactly "getaway" speed as he demonstrated in his failed attempt to elude police in an incident that took place back in April. 

TMZ posted video of Vick's attempt to elude the law on Tuesday. Here's how the Washington Post described the incident back in April:

The incident occurred at Onelife Fitness when a police officer tried to arrest him on an outstanding contempt of court charge in Montgomery County, Va., and Vick ran, according to the police report obtained by WAVY.com, damaging a door as he did so. As the officer tried to grab him, Vick pushed him and, after a brief chase on foot, he was taken into custody. Online arrest records originally indicated that he was charged with a hate crime, but Newport News Police spokesman Lou Thurston told WAVY that was an error.

Vick, 32, was charged with one count each of resisting arrest, obstruction of justice, destruction of property and felony assault on a law enforcement officer. 

The video ends with Vick on the ground and the police officer whose camera caught the whole chase with his weapon drawn and pointed at Vick. Scary and strange stuff for the brother of former Eagles quarterback Mike Vick.

TMZ posted the video on the same day that Vick accused former Eagles running back LeSean McCoy of giving his "baby mamma" herpes.