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From today's Rick Sutcliffe chat session:
Ethan GA: two questions, the phillies made a run at the braves and cut the lead and then lost a few in a row, can they win the division and do you see them trading for anyone?
I don't think they can win the division. I do think they can win the wild card. That's a tremendous rotation .. the bullpen is good enough. You have to figure that Burrough will contribute before all is said and done. Right now, they are right there tied for the wildcard. That is without anything for Lee or Burrough. They should play much better the second half of the year. Their 3B coach has been their MVP. He has kept Bowa under wraps and is one of the most respected coaches in all of baseball, esp. in that clubhouse.
[Mike:"Burrough"?!? Did he really say that...twice? A) The player in question is obviously Pat Burrell, pronounced "Burl" as in "burly". B) There has never been a player with the last name "Burrough: to even play major league baseball. Sean Burroughs plays for the Pod People.
OK, maybe that was a typo...twice. However, "That is without anything for Lee or Burrough." "Lee"?!? Who, Lee Elia? The Phillies had Travis Lee last year. Derrek plays for the Marlins and Carlos Lee for the Chisox, but neither plays or has ever played for the Phillies. The Phillies have gotten nothing from Lee since he no longer plays from them. They also got nothing from Mike Schmidt, Steve Carlton, Chris Short, Jim Bunning, Ed Delahanty, Chuck Klein, Richie Ashburn, and Del Ennis. They have a new first baseman, a kid by the name of Thome. You may have heard of him, Rick.
By the way, Sutcliffe is correct that John Vukovich is the brains behind Bowa's, uh, lack of brains. He has been a coach or player for the Phils since their 1980 championship.
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