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Addendum: The Heartbreaking LB Misses of the 2010 Draft

Addendum: The Heartbreaking LB Misses of the 2010 Draft

The Eagles passed on quite a few decent linebackers in the 2010 draft, trading down repeatedly to reel in quite the “haul.”

City 6 Showdown: St. Joe’s Hosts Drexel at the Fieldhouse

City 6 Showdown: St. Joe’s Hosts Drexel at the Fieldhouse

Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. inside the Hagan Arena on the campus of St. Joseph’s. Tonight’s relevant story lines after the jump…

Phils Add Minor League Depth

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UPDATED WED. NOON:The Phillies continue to add minor-league depth as they have announced the signing of eight players who have signed minor league deals with invitations to Spring Training.

>On Tuesday href="!/Ken_Rosenthal/status/141662756452564992"> Ken Rosenthal announced the Phils re-signed href="" >Scott Podsednik, 35, to a minor-league deal for 2012. Podsednik missed most of 2011 battling Plantar Faciatis and other injuries. The former speedy outfield All-Star and stolen base champ hit .254 in Triple A last year for the Blue Jays and Phils.

href="!/jaysonst/status/141578124092645377">Via Jayson Stark, the Phils also re-signed href="" >Kevin Frandsen who missed 50 games last year serving a violation of the Minor Leauge prohibited substance ban. Frandsen posted a very nice 309/.361/.430 line for the Pigs in 338 at-bats and provides infield depth across the diamond. href="!/jaysonst/status/141577826074767361">Stark also reported the Phils signed 30 year-old href="" >Pat Misch today. Misch pitched to a 4.00 ERA in Triple-A for the Mets last season and has pitched with the Giants primarily as a left-handed long reliever.

On Wednesday, the Phillies brought back a few familiar faces announcing the signings of Tuffy Gosewich and href="" >Brian Sanches.

Gosewich, 28, was an 11th round pick for the Phils in 2005. He has spent the last three years mostly in Reading with a cup of coffee in Lehigh Valley in 2009. Gosewich hit .247/.295/.404 for Reading last year with 13 HRs and should see time with Reading and possibly Lehigh Valley in 2012.

Sanches, 33, originally reached the Majors in 2006 with the Phillies. After struggling in 2006 and 2007 with the Phils, Sanches had two good years in 2009 and 2010 with the Marlins. Sanches was outrighted from the Marlins in October after posting a 3.94 ERA and showed a significant increase in walks allowed in 2011.

The Phillies also announced they have signed href="" >Scott Elarton and href="" >Raul Valdes. Elarton, 35, last pitched in the Majors in 2008 with Cleveland. The former first round pick struggled in his last go-round in Triple-A in 2010 with Charlotte posting a 8.24. Valdes, 33, posted a solid 3.00 ERA in 13 games with the Cardinals and Yankees in 2011 with 11.3 K/9 IP. href="" >Pete Orr, announced last week, is the eighth player that has signed a minor-league deal with an invitation to Spring Training. Credit: href="">Tim Dierkes

The Long, Depressing History of the Ongoing Search for Linebackers

Looking back at the decision making that has led to the Eagles fielding one of the most ridiculed group of linebackers in the NFL.

Two things: 1) I have never been prouder of Google. 2) We’re doing Broad Street Hockey Radio in…


Two things:

1) I have never been prouder of Google.

2) We’re doing Broad Street Hockey Radio in about three hours, so get on the comments here and ask away. Your questions don’t have to be completely on topic, but they do have to be awesome. No guarantees we use every single one this time.

We’ll Start with the Injuries: Vick, Maclin, DRC All Out; Shady Questionable with a Toe Thing

A brief update on the Eagles’ injury concerns heading into tomorrow night’s matchup with the Seahawks. Meetup at Misconduct Tavern Tomorrow (Plus Comment of the Week)

Alright, Internet folks. Who’s ready to throw a couple cold ones back tomorrow night and watch the Eagles game with us at Misconduct Tavern at 15th and Locust? Yes, our long awaited Meetup and Eagles v. Seahawks Game Watch is here.

Scott Hartnell Now Making Your HartnellDown Count Easier

Scott Hartnell made the HartnellDown hashtag flourish on Twitter long before he joined the social networking site. He couldn’t help it after all. But now that he’s tweeting away, he’s taken HartnellDown to the next level and even offered to document his HartnellDown moments in practice.

You Are Now Tuned in to the Sounds of the Bomb Shelter

Dan Carcillo was a somewhat divisive player when he was with the Flyers, with many fans loving the double devil horns after a fight and others wondering why we couldn’t get a more versatile contributor to play those minutes and earn that money. He was a player that moved the needle, both on and off the ice, and that’s a quantity that has been sought in the entertainment industry since its inception.So it shouldn’t be too much of a surprise that Carcillo now has his own radio show on WGN in Chicago, called The Bomb Shelter

The Mulligan: Domonic Brown’s 2011 in Review

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This is a story of unfulfilled promise. Going into the season as the No. 4 prospect in the game, according to Baseball America, and coming off a season where he posted a .980 OPS between AA and AAA, Domonic Brown seemed poised to slide seamlessly into the right field void left by href="" >Jayson Werth.  The Phillies’ best offensive prospect since href=",howard002rya&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker&utm_campaign=Linker" >Ryan Howard, Brown looked set to do in the majors what he’d done at every level of minor league baseball: take his trebuchet launch of a swing and his howitzer throwing arm and bring those weapons to bear for no purpose other than to blast the opposition into oblivion.

Then the href="">Domonator broke the hamate bone in his right hand on March 5, and everything seemed to go downhill from there. Brown didn’t get into the major league lineup until May 21. What’s worse, the broken hamate bone saps strength in the hand, and it usually takes a hitter months to recover his full power stroke. Brown, for his part, wasn’t particularly good, dialing in at exactly replacement level according to both Baseball Reference and FanGraphs, combining a .322 wOBA (not awful, but not exactly stellar for a corner outfielder) with pretty dreadful outfield defense, which, after 12 seasons of href="" >Pat Burrell and href="" >Raul Ibanez in left field, has apparently started to bother Phillies fans all of a sudden.

id="more-26330">But the wheels came off in the later innings of a 4-1 loss to Oakland on June 25. Brown was thrown out to end the sixth inning when he didn’t run hard to first on a ground ball, then capped off the 0-for-4 night with the game-ending double play. Brown was booed by the fans, who turned on the onetime crown prince and painted him, overnight, as a wastrel. Brown continued to play, more or less, every day until the Phillies acquired href="" >Hunter Pence at the trade deadline. From then on, however, Brown was sent back to AAA, where he posted a .760 OPS before being recalled to the team’s expanded roster in September, where he found himself nailed to the bench, appearing twice, registering one at-bat and never playing the field. The Phillies then left Brown off their playoff roster, instead taking href="" >Ross Gload and href="" >Michael Martinez to St. Louis. href="" >Brandon Moss was chosen over Brown as a potential injury alternate, and the Phillies’ top prospect was sent home for good.

GRADE: 4.5/10 – I’m  href="">starting to get tired of arguing for more playing time for Brown, so let’s stick to what we know for now: despite the injury and the hustle ugliness that plagued him, Domonic Brown was at least marginally better than href="" >Ben Francisco or Raul Ibanez in 2011. That’s a fact, empirically proved. And because the idea of Brown rotting in AAA or on the bench for another year is unspeakably maddening, let’s focus on the positives: he’s still only 24, and he can’t possibly be any more unlucky going forward than he was in 2011. The worst is almost certainly over.

Wednesday Morning Fly By: Trying to Avoid Talking About a Certain Cherry Hill Native


Today’s open discussion thread, complete with your daily dose of Philadelphia Flyers-related news and notes…

Wednesday Morning Fly By: Trying to Avoid Talking About a Certain Cherry Hill Native


Today’s open discussion thread, complete with your daily dose of Philadelphia Flyers-related news and notes…