Ryne Sandberg is a name that is synonymous with the Chicago Cubs; however after the organization went with Mike Quade to fill the open manager position, Sandberg left the Cubs and has joined the Phillies organization as a coach for the Lehigh Valley Ironpigs (AAA).
After being drafted by the Phillies with the 20th pick of the 1978 draft, Sandberg was traded to the Chicago Cubs where he played from 1982-1997. In this time he became one of the best second baseman in baseball history earning him an induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2005.
The 10-time all-star will return to where he got his roots this spring as manager of the Ironpigs, taking over for Dave Huppert.
Sandberg is not new to coaching though. Last season with Class AAA Iowa, Sandberg accumulated an 82-62 record and was named Pacific Coast League manager of the year.
This reporter sees this as only a positive for young Phillies' prospects like Dominic Brown (top-rated prospect in baseball) and John Mayberry Jr.
The nine time Gold Glove Award winner and seven time Silver Slugger Award winner can certainly teach them to be well-rounded ball players
In a 31-26 loss, it should be said that the
Eagles were simply out-played.
did not play to the best of our ability," said Eagles wide receiver Jeremy
Maclin in a post-game interview.
proved true of both the offense and the defense. While Michael Vick threw his
first interception of the year, which the Bears greatly capitalized on, the
defense seemed to miss many tackles and leave receivers wide open.
a game with as much hype as this one produced, one would think that while playing
another playoff contending team that you would want to make a statement. The
Eagles seemed flat, with the exception of a few plays
The Eagles tried to make it more
interesting with an onside-kick attempt by David Akers from the Philadelphia
30. Bears wide receiver Johnny Knox leaped and recovered the kick at the
Eagles' 43 and came down to the turf before appearing to place the ball on the
ground. An Eagles player then scooped up the loose ball.
The referee ruled that Knox had
given himself up on the play by going to the ground and, with less than two
minutes remaining, Andy Reid was unable to challenge.
The game was a real eye-opener.
Things will definitely have to be changed for Thursday's game against the
Houston Texans. We will see how the Eagles will respond with a short week to
In a huge division rivalry, the main focus of this game was
Michael Vick vs. Donavan McNabb. In the first meeting this season, neither
quarterback preformed well; however McNabb did walk away victorious.
Vick made it clear that he and the rest of the Eagles team
had come to play on Monday night. Vick was in true form throwing for 333 yards
and four touchdowns. He was 20 for 28 passing in the game and also ran the ball
eight times for 80 yards and two more touchdowns.
Vick did have plenty of help as he spread the ball around a
lot. The four of the touchdowns that Vick threw went to four different receivers
and seven Eagles' players made at least one reception.
On the other side of the field, McNabb and the Redskins
seemed to struggle the entire game.McNabb went 17 for 31, throwing for almost 300 yards. He also threw for
two touchdowns and three interceptions.
The game seemed as if it was going to be record-setting as the Eagles scored a remarkable 28 points in the first quarter. It was a complete devouring of division rival.
Vick's passer rating of 150.1 was the second straight
perfect passer rating for the quarterback and it seemed to highlight the day. It also placed the Eagles back atop
the National Football Conference East Division standings.
Halladay added to his already impressive season this week as it was announced
that he is the recipient of the 2010 Cy Young Award. As if this season's performances
were not enough, Halladay capped off the season by winning the award in unanimous
fashion, only the 13th time in the awards history.
Halladay won the award unanimously, it is not as if there was competition.
Louis Cardinals' pitcher Adam Wainwright finished in second with 28 of 32
Rockies' phenom Ubaldo Jimenez finished third in voting despite having a
no-hitter early in the season. Jimenez was also named the starting pitcher for
the National League in this years' All-Star game.
Marlins' pitcher and National League earned run average leader Josh Johnson
finished fifth in voting.
The complete voting results are shown
below, courtesy of the BBWAA:
Halladay, Philadelphia Phillies
Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals
Jimenez, Colorado Rockies
Hudson, Atlanta Braves
Johnson, Florida Marlins
Oswalt, Houston Astros/Philadelphia Phillies
Wilson, San Francisco Giants
Bell, San Diego Padres
Latos, San Diego Padres
Myers, Houston Astros
Lincecum, San Francisco Giants
Arroyo, Cincinnati Reds
Cain, San Francisco Giants
reasoning behind the Halladay pick is clear. Not Only did Halladay throw a
perfect game in the regular season, but he also pitched a no-hitter in the
playoffs, a feat never done by a pitcher before. Halladay led the National League
in innings, with 250.2. Because he threw more innings, Halladay was able to
make up for the fact that he didn't lead the league in ERA. At 2.44, Halladay
finished behind Johnson (2.30) and Wainwright (2.42), but he threw a more
innings than both of them.
It's also worth noting that Halladay spent
half his games in Citizen's Bank Park, a hitter-friendly ballpark, whereas
Johnson and Wainwright spent half his games in a pitcher-friendly ballpark.
Despite this disadvantage, Halladay still managed to win a league-leading 21
It's the second Cy Young Award of Halladay's
career, as he also won in 2003 with the Blue Jays. This means that Halladay
joins another exclusive club, pitchers who win Cy Young Awards in both the
American and National leagues. Others on this list are: Roger Clemens, Randy
Johnson, Pedro Martinez, and Gaylord Perry.
If I could punch one person in the face everyday, there would be no doubt who would recieve today's hit: San Fransisco Giants' outfielder Cody Ross.
This is not for any peronal reason. I have never met the man. This would be just because of his preformance during the first game of the 2010 National League Championship Series that took place Saturday night.
With one swing of the bat, not only did Ross snap Halladay's 34-at-bat streak of not allowing a hit, he put an end to the hitless game that Halladay was throwing. But mainly, it gave the Giants a 1-0 lead on the road in a crucial opening game of the series.
"Yeah, I did [think it was a strike]," Halladay said to reporters after the game. "But that's part of it. There were obviously calls that they wanted, too. It's part of the game. If you don't get a pitch, you have to make a pitch on the next one."
Does good pitching beat good hitting? That has been the qustion asked of this series.
As the Philidelphia Phillies three remarkable starting pitchers (Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt, and Cole Hamels) took on this year's best hitting team in the majors, it is clear that great pitching is unbeatable.
The Cincinnati Reds, who led the league in multiple batting catagories, were help to only eleven hits in the three game series. The eleven hits is the fewest allowed in a division playoff series ever
PHILLY'S PHANTASTIC PITCHING
Fewest hits allowed in a Division Series:
The no-hitter that was thrown by Halladay on Wednesday night was only the second postseason no-hitter in MLB history. It was also the second no-hitter of the season for Doc Halladay.
He always says, "Lead by example." This was definately the way to do it. After seeing this tremendous preformance the other starting pitchers knew what they had to do.
In game three, Cole Hamels tossed a complete game shutout allowing only 6 hits and not allowing a single run to score.
Oswalt did struggle in his start though but the bullpen stepped up and cmae through to get the win. although the Reds did score 5 runs, only three of which were earned.
The Phils will have to wait a few days to see who they will face in the next National League Championship but they seem to remain cool and collected.
It seems like behind the solid pitching and great hitting, The phillies could earn two more champaign baths this year on the way to winning another World Series