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For example, Jimmie Foxx led the American League in whiffs every year from , and his total for three years was only 10 percent more than Ryan Howard did all by himself last year , which didn't even lead the league. There is no good way to say that Werth or Victorino has less impressive bat control than two players from Another big difference, of course, is the relative number of runs scored.

In , in a league that averaged 5. Mule Haas created 99 Runs, enough for In , the American League averaged 5. Miller, despite hitting. Haas created only 74 runs, good for Simmons created and runs in those two seasons, good for For comparison's sake, last year's outfield played in a league that averaged just 4. The Phillies outfield was not better than the Athletics' outfield but it's closer than you'd think:. So, even though Simmons has a big edge on Burrell or Ibanez , the edges for the other two outfielders are very slim, comparing to , the first Championship year for each team. And then both Miller age 35 in and Haas age 26 drop off notably the next year.

Werth and Victorino are both in their late 20's, and should not see any significant drop off due to age, though Werth may have peaked last year, and in any case, his track record suggests that he's never more than a checked swing away from his next DL stint.

Ibanez, on the other hand, will be 37 this year, and will probably start to decline at any moment, but if the other two pick up his slack, there's no reason that these three can't provide about 60 games worth of runs for the Phillies, just as Haas, Simmons and Miller did for the Athletics.

Another comparison made in the article pertained to speed, with Kashatus saying,. This last part is true, though I find it amusing that a guy whose nickname was "Mule" was actually considered fast. Technically, it's not clear whether he actually was very fast or whether he just had incredible instincts when it came to chasing fly balls in the outfield.

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Most of the literature talks about him being a great fly chaser, but little of it actually talks specifically about his speed. Similarly, Joe DiMaggio was widely regarded as one of the best in centerfield, but never stole more than six bases in a season. The A's were second in the American League in homers, slugging and runs scored all to the Yankees , of course , but only 7th in steals among eight teams. If you can score runs without risking skinned knees and broken fingers, why bother, right? These Phillies are different, though. In addition to all the homers they led the Senior circuit with of them last year they also had the 3rd most steals in the NL, and were 4th from last in getting caught.

Victorino stole 36 bases himself last year, 6th in the NL, and should probably be compared to Miller, not Haas, as Bing stole 24 bags in , 3rd in the AL, and is the only one of the three with any propensity for swiping bases. He dropped off significantly in , stealing only 13, but also getting caught 13 times.

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Another quote from Kashatus:. Werth is, indeed, a very patient hitter, seeing 4. Miller was, though not abnormally averse to the strikeout, at least relatively adept at avoiding them. The average American Leaguer in struck out 56 times in at-bats, while Bing would swing and miss only 25 times that year. So Kashatus was right about this one, though I would have liked to see some evidence, rather than just taking his word for it.


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Published May Over the last half-century, the Philadelphia Phillies have experienced epic highs—World Series titles in and —and frustrating lows, and Larry Shenk has been there for every minute of it. The book gives the detailed scouting reports on Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley and takes readers into the clubhouse as Steve Carlton closes in on career wins. Published May From profanity-laced clubhouse tirades and outspoken opinions on the state of the game to tears at an emotional funeral for his murdered granddaughter, Dallas Green tells his story for the first time in this autobiography.

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Waited for a team that could end the longest title drought on any city in America that fields teams in all four major professional sports. Waited for that one magical postseason run that could unleash a quarter-century of pent-up frustration. And then these '08 Phillies hopped on that magic carpet and made it happen. Unlike so many Phillies teams that were haunted by the past, this team was inspired by it, by the chance to place its own inimitable stamp on the franchise. And as the 2 million people who attended their championship parade can attest, it was Worth the Wait.

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Published Mar Imagining a year in which the Phillies never lose a single game, this idealistic resource identifies the most memorable victory in the team's history on every single day of the baseball calendar season, from late March to late October. Evocative photos, original quotes, thorough research, and engaging prose and analysis add another dimension. Published Mar Long before Shane Victorino gained fame as a Gold Glove center fielder, All-Star, and World Series champion with the Philadelphia Phillies, he was a precocious child on the island of Maui, frustrating teachers with his inability to sit still and tagging along with older boys to neighborhood ball fields.

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