Carlos Ruiz of the Philadelphia Phillies finished tied for 28th in the N.L. MVP Award voting

Blogged under Awards,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Saturday 24 November 2012 at 5:09 pm

33-year old righty swinging catcher Carlos Ruiz finished tied for 28th in the N.L. MVP voting with outfielder Jason Heyward of the Braves. Ruiz missed a big chunk of the season due to injury, or he would have finished much higher in the voting. Ruiz has played in 114 games for the Phillies last year and he was 121 of 372 (.325 avg, .935 OPS) with 56 runs scored, 16 homers, 68 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. He has now played in 733 games in his first seven years with the Phillies and he is 616 of 2,238 (.275 avg, .781 OPS) with 274 runs scored, 52 homers, 299 RBIs and 15 stolen bases.

UPDATE: (11/27/2012) – Carlos Ruiz has been suspended for the first 25 games of the 2013 season by Major League Baseball as he has tested positive for amphetamines.

Cole Hamels of the Philadelphia Phillies finished tied for 8th in the N.L. Cy Young Award voting

Blogged under Awards,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Thursday 22 November 2012 at 9:23 pm

28-year old lefty starting pitcher Cole Hamels finished tied for 8th place in the N.L. Cy Young Award voting with Aroldis Chapman of the Reds. Hamels pitched in 31 games (all starts) for the Phillies in 2012 and he was 17-6 with a 3.05 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP. He gave up 190 hits and walked 52 batters while whiffing 216 in 215 1/3 very impressive innings. Hamels has now pitched in 212 games (211 starts) in his first 7 years with the Phillies and he is 91-60 with a 3.34 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP. The Phillies were very smart to lock up Hamels to a long term contract during the 2012 season.

Ryan Howard finishes 10th in the voting for the 2011 N.L. MVP Award

Blogged under Awards,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Wednesday 23 November 2011 at 9:34 am

32-year old lefty swinging 1B Ryan Howard finished 10th in the voting for the 2011 N.L. MVP Award. He played in 152 games for the Phillies last year and he was 141 of 557 (.253 avg, .835 OPS) with 81 runs scored, 33 homers, 116 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Howard has now played in 1,027 games in his first 8 years with the Phillies and he is 1,043 of 3,794 (.275 avg, .928 OPS) with 633 runs scored, 286 homers, 864 RBIs and 12 stolen bases. Howard is likely going to miss a big chunk of the 2012 season and it’s really going to hurt the Phillies’ lineup.

Shane Victorino of the Philadelphia Phillies finished 13th in the N.L. MVP voting

Blogged under Awards,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Wednesday 23 November 2011 at 9:30 am

30-year old switch-hitting CF Shane Victorino finished 13th in the voting for the 2011 N.L. MVP Award. Victorino played in 132 games for the Phillies last year and he was 145 of 519 (.279 avg, .847 OPS) with 95 runs scored, 17 homers, 61 RBIs and 19 stolen bases. He has now played in 922 games in his first 8 years in the majors and he is 908 for 3,257 (.279 avg, .783 OPS) with 544 runs scored, 79 homers, 354 RBIs and 162 stolen bases.

Hunter Pence of the Phillies finished 16th in the N.L. MVP Voting

Blogged under Awards,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Wednesday 23 November 2011 at 9:27 am

28-year old righty swinging RF Hunter Pence finished 16th in the voting for the 2011 N.L. MVP Award. Pence played in 154 games for the Phillies and Astros last year and he was 190 for 606 (.314 avg, .871 OPS) with 84 runs scored, 22 homers, 97 RBIs and 8 stolen bases. He has now played in 734 games in his first five years in the majors and he is 835 of 2,856 (.292 avg, .828 OPS) with 388 runs scored, 114 homers, 412 RBIs and 62 stolen bases. The future is bright for Pence in Philly.

Carlos Ruiz of the Philadelphia Phillies finished tied for 23rd in the N.L. MVP Voting

Blogged under Awards,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Wednesday 23 November 2011 at 9:24 am

32-year old righty swinging catcher Carlos Ruiz finished tied for 23rd in the 2011 N.L. MVP voting with Starlin Castro (SS, Cubs), Craig Kimbrel (closer, Braves) and Mike Stanton (RF, Marlins). Ruiz played in 132 games for the Phillies last year and he was 116 of 410 (.283 avg, .754 OPS) with 49 runs scored, 6 homers, 40 RBIs and 1 stolen base. He has now played in 619 games in his first six years with the Phillies and he is 495 of 1,866 (.265 avg, .750 OPS) with 218 runs scored, 36 homers, 231 RBIs and 11 stolen bases.

Roy Halladay of the Philadelphia Phillies finishes 2nd in the voting for the Cy Young Award

Blogged under Awards,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Thursday 17 November 2011 at 3:22 pm

34-year old righty starting pitcher Roy Halladay finished 2nd in the voting for the 2011 N.L. Cy Young Award, behind only the deserving Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers. Halladay pitched in 32 games (all starts) for the Phillies last year and he was 19-6 with a 2.35 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP. He has now pitched in 378 games (352 starts) in his first 14 years in the majors and he is 188-92 with 1 save, a 3.23 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP. Halladay is a true ace and he is showing no signs of slowing down, so don’t be surprised if he wins another Cy Young Award or two before he’s done pitching.

UPDATE: (11/23/2011) – Roy Halladay also finished #9 in the voting for the 2011 N.L. MVP Award yesterday.

Cliff Lee of the Philadelphia Phillies finishes in 3rd place for the Cy Young Award

Blogged under Awards,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Thursday 17 November 2011 at 3:17 pm

33-year old lefty Cliff Lee was awesome in his return to the Phillies in 2011. The result was that he finished 3rd in the voting for the N.L. Cy Young Award in 2011. Lee pitched in 32 games (all starts) for the Phillies last year and he was 17-8 with a 2.40 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP. He has now pitched in 254 games (250 starts) in his first 10 years in the majors and he is 119-69 with a 3.65 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP. Lee seems to keep getting better with age and that has to scare the rest of the N.L. East.

UPDATE: (11/23/2011) – Cliff Lee finished 15th in the voting for the N.L. MVP Award yesterday.

Cole Hamels of the Philadelphia Phillies finished 5th in the voting for the Cy Young Award

Blogged under Awards,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Thursday 17 November 2011 at 3:14 pm

27-year old lefty starting pitcher Cole Hamels finished 5th in the voting for the N.L. Cy Young Award. Hamels pitched in 32 games (31 starts) for the Phillies last year and he was 14-9 with a 2.70 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP. He has now pitched in 181 games (180 starts) in his first six years with the Phillies and he is 74-54 with a 3.39 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP. Hamels has the potential to win the Cy Young Award but he has to outpitch Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee on his own pitching staff first to do that.

Charlie Manuel of the Philadelphia Phillies finished 4th in the voting for the Manager of the Year

Blogged under Awards,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Thursday 17 November 2011 at 1:03 pm

67-year old Charlie Manuel finished in 4th place in the voting for the N.L. Manager of the Year Award in 2011. The Phillies won the N.L. East with a 102-60 record (63%) in 2011. Manuel now has a 866-678 (56.1%) record in his first 10 years as a manager in the major leagues. Manuel was punished in the voting because the Phillies have essentially turned into the National League version of the Yankees, so success is expected.

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