Friday Links – 11/8/2013


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A bi-weekly selection of Phillies links from around the web:

How much influence will Scott Freedman really have?

"I didn’t realize the Phillies didn’t have access to all these statistics, guys. I didn’t know all those helpful numbers had been hidden away in large paper files at the MLB Fan Cave for the last 10 years. I also didn’t know Fangraphs and Baseball Reference were blocked by the Phils’ internet security filters."

The Good Phight

The skepticism levels regarding Freedman’s hire are high:

"If this isn’t checking a box so, when Amaro overpays Nelson Cruz and someone else he’s heard of, they can say, “BUT WE HAD AN ANALYTICS GUY!”, I don’t what is."

Crossing Broad

Roman Quinn suffered another injury:

"Joe Jordan, the Phillies’ director of player development, said Quinn ruptured his Achilles tendon running sprints during an offseason workout near his home in Florida."

Charlie Manuel is still thinking things over:

"“I haven’t talked to any other teams,” Manuel said. “I think the job the Phillies offered me, it’s a good job if I want to work and want to have some input and do some things. I definitely think about it and I will consider it until I have to make a decision."

Not everyone is pessimistic about the 2014 Phillies:

"With negotiations ongoing for a new TV contract that could increase their TV revenue by a factor of six, the Phillies are set to get a major influx of cash, and they have the ability to vault themselves back into contention with a strong winter." (Requires Insider access)

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