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Baseball Insider: October 26, 2008 - November 1, 2008

A Parade! A Parade! In Philly?

That's right folks, you weren't dreaming: The Phillies really did win the World Series. Now they get to party, bring absolute mayhem to the City of Brotherly Love in a parade that's already underway. If you're a Mets or Rays fan, this would probably be the time to turn away...

By Cameron Smith  |  October 31, 2008; 2:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Phillies  
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New Look O's?

The Orioles are hosting a fan rally on Nov. 12, and though the organization is keeping quiet about the occasion, the team is using the event to unveil new uniforms. Of course, the Orioles seems to hint at the uniform changes. A flier that announces the event features a tightly...

By Marc Carig  |  October 31, 2008; 1:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Tatis Stays With Mets

Last night, Fernando Tatis opted to stay with the Mets, agreeing to a one-year, $1.7 million deal. Tatis suffered a separated shoulder against the Nats on Sept. 16 and missed the rest of the season. He hit .297 with 11 homers and 47 RBI in 92 games, earning $550,000. From...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  October 31, 2008; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Mets  
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Series Ratings Abysmal

The ratings for the Phillies-Rays World Series were expected to reach an all-time low -- and they did. The five-game Series set a record with an 8.4 rating and 14 share -- down 17 percent from the previous low (a 10.1 for the 2006 Tigers-Cardinals Series). A long rain delay...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  October 31, 2008; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Deconstructing the Rays: What Went Wrong

So much for predictions. The collective wisdom of Baseball Insider went a whopping 0-5 in picking the World Series outcome. 0-5. Not a single writer picked the Phillies at all. Not a single writer among us. All credit for that is due to the Phillies. They hit for power, they...

By Cameron Smith  |  October 30, 2008; 5:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Sox Decline Griffey's Option

From the Associated Press: Ken Griffey Jr.'s $16.5 million option has been declined by the Chicago White Sox, making the No. 5 home run hitter in major league history eligible for free agency. Griffey is owed a $4 million buyout, which completes a $116.5 million, nine-year contract that he agreed...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  October 30, 2008; 2:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Tigers Give Renteria $3 Million

From the Associated Press: The Detroit Tigers declined the option on shortstop Edgar Renteria's contact Thursday, choosing to give him $3 million instead of $11 million to return. The Tigers previously announced plans to part ways with the 33-year-old Renteria, who hit .270 with 10 homers and 55 RBIs this...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  October 30, 2008; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Your Turn, D.C. (Updated and Expanded)

Steinberg says: 'Man , I'm jealous. Why can't us, for once?' (By William Thomas Cain - Getty) The Philadelphia Phillies ended 28 years and 46 hours of futility on Wednesday night by winning their first World Series since 1980, the second title in franchise history. It also was Philadelphia's...

By Tom Heleba  |  October 30, 2008; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
 
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Is Hamels the Real MVP?

Phinally, the Phillies are champions. Finally, the city of Philadelphia has the title that its residents have clamored about for 25 years. Finally, after an excruciating 40-hour break, Phillies fans could rejoice in one final spirited comeback, sparked both by unexpected hitting stars -- Geoff Jenkins, Pedro Feliz and Jayson...

By Cameron Smith  |  October 30, 2008; 8:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Phillies , Rays  
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To Refresh Your Memories...

When the resumption of Game 5 of the World Series gets underway, about two hours from now, a yet-to-be-named pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays will throw the game's 188th pitch to a yet-to-be-named batter for the Philadelphia Phillies. It will be the bottom of the sixth inning. Rays Manager...

By Dave Sheinin  |  October 29, 2008; 6:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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If I'm Managing, I Go With Price, Madson

We're in uncharted territory here, obviously, with Game 5 of the World Series set to resume tonight at 8:37 p.m., in the bottom of the sixth with the Rays and Phillies tied at 2. The Phillies have four more turns at bat in regulation; the Rays have three. But here's...

By Dave Sheinin  |  October 29, 2008; 1:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Game On!

That has a better ring to it than "Completion of Suspended Game 5 On!", don't you think? Anyway, Game 5 is definitely on for tonight, says Major League Baseball. Game time is 8:37 p.m.; Barack Obama's informercial (for lack of a better word) at 8 should wipe out most of...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  October 29, 2008; 1:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Ambassador Cal to Nicaragua

From the Associated Press: Hall-of-Famer Cal Ripken Jr. is planning his second trip abroad on behalf of the U.S. State Department. According to a news release from Ripken Baseball, Ripken will visit Nicaragua from Nov. 13-18. He will travel there with former Orioles teammate and Nicaraguan native Dennis Martinez. During...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  October 29, 2008; 1:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Pitching Strategy From the Get-Go

If Game 5 actually does resume tonight, we're in for something special: a game where every pitch actually matters. It's like one of the mini-games used to decide tied two-leg playoff series back in the defunct NASL, except with baseballs and bats instead of a soccer ball. Welcome to the...

By Cameron Smith  |  October 29, 2008; 8:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Phillies , Rays  
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Advantage, Phillies?

With the conclusion of Game 5 being postponed until Wednesday night, it sets up a scenario that if the World Series were to go seven games, it would be played on Friday night at Tropicana Field. This could set the stage for another Cole Hamels start, who would be working...

By Tom Heleba  |  October 28, 2008; 5:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Game 5 Will Be Wednesday (Update)

With rain still falling in Philadelphia -- where Game 5 of the World Series was suspended in the middle of the sixth inning last night -- major league baseball has decided to postpone the completion of the game until 8:37 tomorrow night. The game between the Phillies and Rays was...

By Jon DeNunzio  |  October 28, 2008; 2:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
 
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Should They Have Played?

Now that Game 5 is half-way in the books -- and that really is all we know for sure -- the full-press of revisionism is well under way. Not unexpectedly, there's a lot of anger being hurled at Bud Selig, and perhaps there's go reason for it. Maybe Boz won't...

By Cameron Smith  |  October 28, 2008; 12:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Game 5 Tonight? Maybe...

Right now, the resumption of Game 5 is scheduled for 8 p.m. tonight, according to Fox, which -- if you haven't noticed by now -- is in charge of Major League Baseball. Fox hates Tuesday games because they pre-empt "House," but their much-touted "Fringe" was a re-run tonight anyway, so...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  October 28, 2008; 10:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Game Suspended. Come Back Tomorrow (Maybe)

Game 5 has been suspended, in the bottom of the sixth inning, due to significant rainfall in Philadelphia that saturated the playing surface and led Commissioner Bud Selig and Chief Operating Officer Bob DuPuy to deem the game unplayable. Want to know how unexpected that was to Selig, even though...

By Cameron Smith  |  October 27, 2008; 11:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Rain Delay in Clinching Game? Must be Philly

Doesn't it seem strangely appropriate that, on a night when a single win would grant Philadelphia the first championship for any professional team in a quarter century, the team with a shot do put its hands on a trophy has to wait out a rain delay? Naturally, we're sitting through...

By Cameron Smith  |  October 27, 2008; 11:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Game 5 Lineups: Changes For the Rays

Rays Manager Joe Maddon has seen enough of his Nos. 3 and 4 hitters going a combined 0 for 29 with 15 strikeouts. So tonight, for Game 5, those hitters -- Carlos Pena and Evan Longoria -- will be the Nos. 4 and 5 hitters. Maddon moved Carl Crawford up...

By Dave Sheinin  |  October 27, 2008; 5:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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For Rays Pitchers, It's All About Location

Scott Kazmir has been in Philadelphia the past two nights. He's seen the sudden uprising among Philadelphia's hitters, who are disproving the old adage that base hits with runners in scoring position win championships. He's seen Ryan Howard remember that he's Donkey Kong strong, and that whenever he makes contact...

By Cameron Smith  |  October 27, 2008; 4:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Tonight's the Night ... at Least It Better Be

The Philadelphia Phillies are going to win the World Series tonight, or they are not going to win it at all. That's right, you heard me. Everything is lined up perfectly for them. They have a 3-1 series lead. All the momentum in the world is on their side. Cole...

By Tom Heleba  |  October 27, 2008; 1:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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2008 Phillies = 2006 Cardinals?

In 2006, the St. Louis Cardinals won a World Series no one expected them to win, beating the more talented Detroit Tigers in five games. The Cardinals did it with one absolutely dominant starting pitcher (Chris Carpenter), one amazingly talented slugger (Albert Pujols) who affected the other team's strategy even...

By Dave Sheinin  |  October 27, 2008; 10:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Lineups; Rays Replace Floyd With Hinske

Before Game 4, the Rays deactivated veteran DH Cliff Floyd because of a shoulder injury, and have replaced him with veteran Eric Hinske. Floyd apparently hurt himself while running the bases in Game 2 and had trouble sleeping that night. He was available in a limited role during Game 3,...

By Dave Sheinin  |  October 26, 2008; 6:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Game 4 Lineups: On Hold

Lineups aren't posted yet at Citizens Bank Park, so we'll go without for now. That 1:37 a.m. finish to Game 3 appears to have taken a lot out of everyone. If Joe Maddon's and Charlie Manuel's days were anything like mine, they didn't even get out of bed until close...

By Dave Sheinin  |  October 26, 2008; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The Oddest Game 3, Which May be an Edge

From Thomas Boswell: PHILADELPHIA -- In the last 34 World Series, I've seen some bizarre games, including a 15-14 nervous breakdown the last time the Phillies brought their particular brand of a.m. insanity to this stage 15 years ago. There have been back-to-back, sudden-death home runs in wee hours from...

By Cameron Smith  |  October 26, 2008; 3:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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