Monday, September 1, 2014

2014 Phillies Team Issue 2 #15 John Mayberry, Jr.

Mets 6, Phillies 5
Game 136 - Sunday Afternoon, August 31st in Flushing
Record - 62-74, 5th Place, 15 1/2 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  A.J. Burnett struggled again, and despite Domonic Brown's four-hit game, the Phillies still fell to the Mets, 6-5.

What It Means:  I'm writing this game summary post after Monday afternoon's big game, so let's get through this so that I can better focus on the team's no-hitter today!

What Happened:  Brown (#8) and Ryan Howard (#20) both homered in this game.  Burnett lost his 15th game of the season, becoming the first Phillies pitcher to lose that many games in a season since Mark Leiter lost 17 in 1997.

Featured Card/Transaction:  Last night the Phillies announced what will most likely be their final player move before this offseason.  The much maligned John Mayberry, Jr. was traded to the Blue Jays for third base Double-A prospect Gustavo Pierre.  In parts of six seasons (six season?!!) with the Phillies, Mayberry hit .242 with 52 home runs and 169 RBIs in exactly 500 games.

If you're looking for any Pierre baseball cards, he's been featured in the 2008 Donruss Elite Extra Edition, 2010 Topps Pro Debut and 2011 Bowman Chrome Prospects sets.

Departed During the Season
Jayson Nix (5/12/14) - Outrighted off the 40-man roster and elected free agency.  (Signed with the Tampa Bay Rays organization.)
Ronny Cedeno (6/29/14) - Traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks for catcher Raywilly Gomez.
Steve Susdorf (7/10/14) - Released by the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
Tony Gwynn, Jr. (7/21/14) - Designated for assignment and released on 7/27/14.  (Resigned to a minor league contract by the Phillies on 8/3/14.)
Roberto Hernandez (8/7/14) - Traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for two players to be named later or cash.  (Phillies would later receive Jesmuel Valentin and Victor Arano.)
John Mayberry, Jr. (8/31/14) - Traded to the Toronto Blue Jays for Gustavo Pierre

Arrived During the Season
Grady Sizemore (6/24/14) - Signed as a minor league free agent formerly with the Boston Red Sox.
Jerome Williams (8/10/14) - Selected off waivers from the Texas Rangers.


Jim from Downingtown said...

When is Gillick going to fire Amaro? No other deals matter.

Steve F. said...

The biggest promotion could the Phils could make would be to promote a GM from Lehigh Valley, Reading, Lakewood, Clearwater or Williamsport.

Yes, I know that the minor league GMs primarily focus on promotions, food stands, ad sales, etc., but could they really do any worse?

Jim from Downingtown said...

At least Franco was promoted. That was all Gillick no doubt, as earlier Amaro was saying he "couldn't decide whether or not to promote Franco".

What? That's a no-brainer! Amaro subscribes to the "let's not start a phenom's major-league clock too early" brand of general managing.

Once Gillick began calling the shots, sanity was restored.

Steve F. said...

I would love it if Gillick fired Amaro while serving as interim President. It's Machiavellian but it needs to be done. The Phils will be good in RF+3 years, where RF = the year that Ruben is fired.