2015 Phillies Report Cards Anthology

Since the beginning of October, we’ve been posting a report card for nearly every player to don Phillies red pinstripes in 2015. At long last, the list has been exhausted (as are we). If you missed any of them, use the convenient list below. Each author’s name is a link to his or her Twitter account, so make sure you’re following all of us! Date Player Pos Grade Author Link…

November 14, 2015

2015 Phillies Report Card: Ruben Amaro Jr.

View image | gettyimages.com It’s been easy to shit on Ruben Amaro Jr. Has been for years. After all, he was given a championship club and turned it into a 99-loss disaster over the course of his six seasons as Phillies General Manager. He did some good things, like trading for Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee, and eventually signing Cliff Lee as a free agent. But we all know he…

November 13, 2015

2015 Phillies Report Card: Ryne Sandberg

He wanted to win. I sat down to write my final report card and tasked myself with the following: find one positive thing to say about Ryne Sandberg. The negatives of his stint as a Phillies manager are copious enough to fill an entire (boring, depressing, and unreadable) book, but from time to time our dialogue on baseball devolves into black-and-white Hot Takes. I know my own analysis of Sandberg’s…

November 11, 2015

2015 Phillies Report Card: Pete Mackanin

The first half of the Phillies’ season was remarkably poor, considering their intent when the schedule kicked off at home against the Red Sox was to lose as often as possible. Chase Utley suffered an ankle injury, performed poorly for two and a half months, then landed on the disabled list for a month and a half. The veteran pitchers the Phillies slotted into the rotation neither pitched well nor deep…

November 10, 2015

2015 Phillies Report Card: Adam Morgan

There’s a neighborhood here in Washington, D.C. called Adams Morgan. There’s a bar there called Madam’s Organ. Clever, I know. A band I was in played open mic there once, circa 1999. We were in town for a gig at a private art show, where an artist who was trying to sell some of her pieces rented out a small space for an afternoon. The band was asked to dress…

November 9, 2015

2015 Phillies Report Card: Aaron Harang

Seventy-eight starting pitchers threw enough innings in 2015 to qualify for the MLB ERA title, from Yordano Ventura and Erasmo Ramirez, squeaking in with 163.1 innings, to Clayton Kershaw, leading the league with 232.2 innings. Only one of those 78 finished the season with the Philadelphia Phillies, and it wasn’t Cole Hamels, who was traded to the Texas Rangers in a franchise-altering deadline deal. Let’s talk about Aaron Harang. He…

November 8, 2015

2015 Phillies Report Card: Hector Neris

After having already written about Dalier Hinojosa and Luis Garcia, I’m really out of interesting things to say about the Phillies’ army of interchangeable middle relievers, except to say that maybe it gives a pretty good picture of how this season went when so many of the team’s big contributors were middle relievers without much of a major league track record to speak of. View image | gettyimages.com And that…

November 7, 2015

2015 Phillies Report Card: Ben Revere

View image | gettyimages.com Apparently it’s weepy nostalgia week here at Crashburn Alley. With Corinne writing up Cole Hamels on Wednesday, and Bill doing the same for Chase Utley‘s season and Cliff Lee‘s Phillies Career on Tuesday, I’ll take my turn today with Franchise Icon Ben Daniel Revere. Ben Revere was received in a trade with Minnesota in December 2012, in exchange for pitchers Vance Worley and Trevor May. He…

November 6, 2015

2015 Phillies Report Card: Cole Hamels

It’s not often that a player has the opportunity to go out on top and it’s even less common for a player to go out on top while playing for an atrociously terrible team, but that’s exactly what happened for Colbert Michael Hamels in the final chapter of his Phillies career. While reflecting on Hamels’ time in red pinstripes, I was struck by how unlikely this outcome was. As a high school senior in…

November 5, 2015

2015 Phillies Report Card: Chase Utley

In 2014, for the first time in five years, Chase Utley was able to play a full season. The oft-injured second baseman had been diagnosed with degenerative conditions in both of his knees, then suffered a strained oblique in 2013. Though his numbers were down quite a bit compared to previous years, that Utley accrued 664 plate appearances was a victory in and of itself. The goal going into the…

November 4, 2015