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9:57pm: Fletcher now clarifies that Blanton has left the Athletics' Triple-A team, but it's unclear whether he's actually retiring.
That is one fatty payout.
(Any old RLPAers still around? You'll get the joke.)
Pretty much the only time Blanton's successfully retired someone in months.
Barry Zito, Tommy Hansen, Tom Gorzelanny, and Ubaldo Jimenez are all active or active-ish players on the list. Zito needs 23 punchless PAs to pass Jim Deshaies as the all-time leader. Seattle should sign him to DH for a week.
Blanton retires as one of only 21 guys in history with 200+ PAs and no extra base hits. He should be proud of his accomplishment.
Game 4 / Box Score and Play-By-Play Sunday, October 26, 2008 at Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia Phillies) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E - - - - - - - - - - - - Tampa Bay Rays 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 5 2 Philadelphia Phillies 1 0 1 3 1 0 0 4 x 10 12 1 PITCHERS: TBR - Sonnanstine, Jackson (5), Wheeler (7), Miller (8) PHI - Blanton, Durbin (7), Eyre (7), Madson (7), Romero (9) WP - Joe Blanton LP - Andy Sonnanstine SAVE - none HOME RUNS: TBR - Crawford, Hinske PHI - ===> Blanton <===, Howard (2), Werth ATTENDANCE: 45,903
That sounds an old ballplayer's story; by 2011 there was no love left in the Philly area for Blanton. I need to see some evidence.
I still remember Philly fans trying to claim that Blanton would be a number two on most teams in baseball.(in 2011) This group of Philly fans was pretty hilarious.
Wasn't on here, another board I'm on, prior to 2011 they were claiming that they were going to have the best pitching staff in history, because their worst pitcher was better than most teams number two.
If you limit "most teams" to "most Phillies teams through history", that could be true. Mark Portugal? Vicente Padilla? Ken Howell? Larry Christenson?
I still remember Philly fans trying to claim that Blanton would be a number two on most teams in baseball.
cfb, 2011 was a magical year, irrational exuberance must have taken hold of your site-mates and Joe Blanton must have been reflecting the shine of the "4 Aces".
I thought this would leave Swisher as the only remaining player from the 2002 Moneyball draft
Boy did Lewis over hype the hell out of that draft class...
I always thought the point of the draft part of the book was just to talk about the process, not the actual players drafted as being great in the future.
I think it's fair to say this draft group was over-hyped but it's not fair for anybody to think it was a bust or disappointing. You simply don't get many good players this late in the draft and those totals are dominated by the freak HoF/HoVG player drafted that one time. (Note also these totals include guys who didn't sign.) The median value produced in any of these slots is 0 WAR (or didn't make the majors if you prefer).
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