Phillies Split Cincy Series; Bye Bye Byrd

Phillies Split Cincy Series; Bye Bye Byrd

The Phillies bats started the weekend off right by coming alive for 12 runs.  Todd Pratt went nuts going 4-4 with a HR and 5 RBIs.  Bretty Myers continued his fabulous season by going 7 innings and allowing 2 runs.  His pitching has clearly been the bright spot in the Phillies rocky start.  Ken Griffey Jr. went 0-4 and didn't respond to my heckling.  I brought my season record up to 4-2.  If you really want the Phillies to win, you should buy me tickets to the games and limo services are also welcome.  I am good luck.  My camera seems to have been a bit blurry and none of my pictures came out well but I did get one shot of Junior.

The Phillies got rocked on Saturday in the worst performance of Ryan Madson's career.

Sunday marked the debut of the newest Phillie, Endy Chavez.  They aquired Endy on Saturday in a trade for Marlon Byrd.  Tom G. of Balls Sticks and Stuff has a nice summary of what the Nationals fans are saying about the deal.  The consenus among both teams followers seems to be somewhat indifference with the Nats perhaps having a slight upper hand in the deal.  Personally, I like the move.  Endy Chavez is a speedster and brings something the Phillies need.  How much of an impact he will actually have is uncertain, but I don't think Marlon Byrd was ever going to turn into an everday CF.

Chavez showed some of his speed in his first start, going 1-5 with a tripple when he put on the jets.  He can move.  I agree that this move may have little impact long term, but it shakes things up a bit.

Billy Wags made us sweat a little in the ninth, but helped the Padilla Floatilla stay afloat.

Temple names Keith Gaither wide receivers coach

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Temple names Keith Gaither wide receivers coach

Temple head coach Geoff Collins on Monday added two new members to his coaching staff.

Keith Gaither will take over as the wide receivers’ coach and Kyle Lane is the new video coordinator. 

Gaither comes to Temple with 21 years of coaching experience. He spent last season as Army's wide receivers coach. Prior to that, he spent time with Tusculum College (1998-99), Thomasville City Schools (2000-04), Winston-Salem State (2005-08), Elon (2009-10) and Ball State (2010-14).

Gaither spent his collegiate career at Elon where he was a four-year starter and voted all-region at defensive end before graduating in 1997. Collins originally had retained Frisman Jackson from the 2016 staff, but Jackson was hired by the Tennessee Titans. 

Lane is a Temple alum who spent time with Kansas during the 2016 season as its assistant video coordinator. 

Soul sign DL John Sheehy, OL John King

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Soul sign DL John Sheehy, OL John King

The Philadelphia Soul on Monday signed two players from their recent open tryouts, defensive lineman John Sheehy and offensive lineman John King.

Sheehy (6-5, 260), primarily a defensive end at Western Texas A&M, appeared in 13 games with the Buffalos during the 2013 season recording 16.0 tackles, 2.5 tackles for a loss of 16 yards, and 1.5 sacks. He spent his 2014 season and a redshirt because of injury. He returned in the 2015 season posting 25.0 total tackles, 2.5 tackles for a total loss of 10 yards and one sack. 

“Finding guys like John is what makes hosting these tryouts well worth the effort,” head coach Clint Dolezel said in a statement. “Getting to the quarterback has to be a priority in arena football and I believe John has the skillset to be a great AFL pass rusher.”

King (6-8, 320) started 34 at Buffalo and was the Bulls' starting right tackle his last two seasons.

“With the addition of John to our offensive line, we will be able to continue our success of leading the league in fewest quarterback sacks," Dolezel said.  “Each year we produce at least one All-Arena offensive lineman and I believe John has the qualities to reach that caliber.”