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Where’s Chooch?

Something interesting happened today that you might have missed.

Carlos Ruiz is no longer among baseball’s leaders in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and OPS. Ruiz did not start this week against the Mets because of a strained right hamstring, so he fell out of qualifying status for those categories. To qualify, a hitter needs to average 3.1 plate appearances per team game. The Phillies have played 52 games. So doing a little math …

52 x 3.1 = 161.2

Ruiz has 161 plate appearances.

So Ruiz fell out of the rankings by just .2 plate appearance.

It shows how difficult it can be for catchers to finish the season among the league leaders. It’s a grueling position. Hitters need 502 plate appearances at the end of the season to qualify for those categories. Ruiz has never had more than 472 in a season. I expect Ruiz back among the leaders as early as tomorrow, when he is expected to start against the Marlins at Citizens Bank Park. For what it’s worth, if Ruiz had 162 plate appearances, which would make him a qualifier, he would rank third in the majors in batting (.371), fifth in on-base percentage (.422), sixth in slugging percentage (.615) and fourth in OPS (1.038). In the National League he would rank second, fourth, second and second, respectively.

Courtesy of Zoo With Roy.

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Looking for a Father’s Day Gift? Jim Salisbury and I are signing copies of The Rotation this Saturday from 3-4 p.m. on the Main Concourse at Citizens Bank Park.

Signing Copies of The Rotation Monday in Clearwater!

Just a heads up: Jim Salisbury and I will be signing copies of The Rotation from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at Bright House Field in Clearwater.

Check out what some people have said about the book: Here. Here. Here. Here. Here. Here. Here.

Hope to see you there!

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It wasn’t terrible news for Placido Polanco, but his sprained left ring finger shows just how shaky the Phillies’ infield situation is.

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Jose Contreras pitched in his first Grapefruit League game today, Jim Thome played his second consecutive game at first base and more HERE

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Jim Salisbury and I co-authored the book The Rotation, which is now available. Check it out here!
Here are our upcoming book signings:

  • March 19: Bright House Field in Clearwater, FL, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • April 2: Barnes & Noble in Plymouth Meeting, PA, 7 p.m.
  • April 3: Chester County Book Company in West Chester, PA, 7 p.m.
  • April 26: Barnes & Noble in Marlton, NJ, 7 p.m.

When Is Chase Going to Play? Well …

So what’s up with Chase Utley?

So when is Chase going to play?

Do you think Chase is hurt?

I’ve gotten more questions about Utley this spring than any other player, even Ryan Howard. I think it’s because there is always so much mystery surrounding Utley’s health. Hopefully, I answered a few of your questions in this story. Ruben Amaro Jr. said, “I don’t think there’s any chance he won’t be ready Opening Day. We fully expect him to be ready Opening Day.” But then Charlie Manuel said, “His problem is not going away. More than likely, it maybe never goes away. … We want him to be at a real good percentage of playing. Will he ever be 100 percent? I don’t know about that. He might never be that.”

So what to make of this? The Phillies are concerned about Utley’s health. His knee continues to be an issue, and is going to remain an issue the rest of his career. That’s not good news, considering he is coming off the worst season of his career and cannot get into a Grapefruit League game despite not playing in a game since October.

So will Utley be ready by Opening Day? Amaro sounded certain he will be.

But will Utley be the No. 3 hitter the Phillies need in 2012? Right now there’s little reason to be optimistic.

Is that reason to panic? It’s best to wait and see. Utley has surprised before, but the fact the Phillies are looking for infield depth and giving Freddy Galvis looks at second base should tell you something.

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If you’re in Clearwater on Monday, please stop by when Jim Salisbury and I are signing copies of The Rotation from 11:30 – 1 p.m. at Bright House Field!

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Salisbury and I co-authored the book The Rotation, which is now available. Check it out here!
Here are our upcoming book signings:

  • March 19: Bright House Field in Clearwater, FL, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • April 2: Barnes & Noble in Plymouth Meeting, PA, 7 p.m.
  • April 3: Chester County Book Company in West Chester, PA, 7 p.m.
  • April 26: Barnes & Noble in Marlton, NJ, 7 p.m.

Orioles in Clearwater Today

I’m not at the ballpark today, but Paul Hagen is covering the team, so we’re in excellent shape.

Joe Blanton starts this afternoon’s game against the Orioles at Bright House Field. Scott Elarton follows him.

Elarton is an interesting story. He hasn’t pitched in the big leagues since 2008, but after a chance meeting with Ruben Amaro Jr. at Coors Field is trying to make a comeback.

Read the story here.

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Jim Salisbury and I are signing copies of The Rotation before the March 19 game against the Detroit Tigers at Bright House Field. I’ll pass along the exact time when I have it. So far we’ve received tremendous response about it.So if you’re in Clearwater and attending that afternoon’s game, stop by, sell hello and pick up a copy!

Of course, if you’re not at that game, the book is available at the Bright House Field team store.

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Here’s today’s lineup against Baltimore:

  1. Jimmy Rollins, SS
  2. Placido Polanco, 3B
  3. Shane Victorino, CF
  4. Jim Thome, DH
  5. Hunter Pence, RF
  6. Ty Wigginton, 1B
  7. John Mayberry Jr., LF
  8. Freddy Galvis, 2B
  9. Tuffy Gosewich, C

Now Available: The Rotation

Just a heads up: The Rotation is now available in Delaware Valley bookstores! So if you’re out and about and need a good book before heading to Clearwater (or you just need a book to get your ready for the baseball season), check it out. It’s also available on Amazon.com!

Coming Soon …

Coming soon …

Jim Salisbury and I are excited about our book The Rotation: A Season with the Phillies and One of the Greatest Pitching Staffs Ever Assembled , which is scheduled for release in late February/early March. It should be out just in time for that flight to Clearwater for spring training (or to get you thinking about baseball again after spending the last few months in the cold). We follow the 2010 season through The Rotation, which historically was one of the greatest in baseball history. Salisbury and I got lots of great inside information that hasn’t been read before and much more, so I’m sure you will enjoy it.

More information to come …

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