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Phast Phive: Phiring Squad

In which the writers of TBOH make suggestions to your frantic internetting.

Justin Klugh

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Check out this 1978 NLCS program, on which a clearly lobotomized Phanatic absently waves a flag while pennants of all the league’s teams are pointed at him like a firing squad.

And while you’re checking things out, check out Charlie Manuel checking out WWE Raw, courtesy of The 700 Level, at the Wells Fargo Center a couple of nights ago.  And also, check this out–will Andrew Bynum be cleared to play for the Sixers tonight?!  Is EVERYTHING coming up Philadelphia?!?!

UPDATE:  Nothing is coming up Philadelphia (Eagles 4-10; Sixers lost five in a row, eight of last 10; Flyers aren’t playing; Phillies’ chances to make 2012 playoffs seem less likely every day for anyone missing baseball so much they’re watching the 2012 season all over again).

Jovan Alford

I’m surprised to see Darin Ruf’s name listed at number nine on Baseball America’s list of the Phillies top ten prospects, but he should be competing for one of the Phillies outfield positions in spring training.

Roman Quinn will be a great player in the future for  a speedster, will also be a big contributor to the Phils in the future. Expect him to keep on making noise in the minor leagues this upcoming season with the Williamsport Crosscutters and be prepared for him to possibly receive a promotion as well.

Stephen Frey

The Good News: Jesse Biddle, who moved from second to first on the Phillies prospect list is a fast rising local product. That doesn’t happen often. If he continues, he really could become a local hero.

The Just Okay News: Biddle may have only moved from one to two because Trevor May was traded to the Twins for Ben Revere.

The Bad News: The Phillies didn’t draft local product and known Phillies fan Mike Trout. Now that would have been awesome. Of course, the Phillies didn’t have a 2009 first round pick. Oh, well. One can always dream.

John Stolnis

For a team that finished 81-81 last year, has multiple players still trying to recover from age and serious injuries, lost their starting catcher for the first 25 games next year because of a drug suspension, and has either lost out on or showed serious disinterest in any potential free agent that could provide a power bat to an offense that could really use one, the Phillies sure seem optimistic about their chances next year.

The sky is NOT falling, you guys. Just ask Charlie Manuel. Everything’s comin’ up roses for ‘ol Cholly!

Speaking of all those injuries, the Phillies say they’re optimistic about Roy Halladay, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard’s recoveries. Chase even sent an email to Manuel and Amaro, saying he’s hopeful his knees are going to be ready for spring training. It’s just a Care Bear sliding down rainbows into cotton candy cloud-type atmosphere over at Citizens Bank Park right now.

Utley turned 34 this week by the way. His knees turned 65.

And speaking of the banished Chooch, Ruben Amaro says he thinks Ruiz probably tested positive for Adderall towards the end of the season. Why he says that or why it’s important, I couldn’t really tell you. It doesn’t change Chooch’s suspension, that’s for sure.

Ethan Seidel

Cautious Optimism. That is the slogan for the 2013 Phillies. RAJ used the phrase to asses Chase Utley’s status as a full time starter, but it also applies to Roy Halladay and Ryan Howard. It may not sell well on T-shirts, but it’s a realistic outlook for this squad.

Cue the Boyz 2 Men song “Crossroads” because that’s where the Phillies find themselves at the catcher position. Bill Baer breaks down the position in great detail, pointing out that only Yadier Molina and Buster Posey have been as valuable as Chooch the past 3 years. While Tommy Joseph and Sebastian Valle are close to the majors, I wouldn’t close the door on Chooch after this season just yet.

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