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You Never Sausage A Post - Phillies Friday Links

Including how fun the Phillies are going to be this year, and the most difficult home run in baseball.


The Phillies Are Going to Be Fun | FanGraphs Baseball

Phillies Implement Sports Science Platform
The Philadelphia Phillies have signed an agreement with an athlete management system company to help track player health status.

Classic Threads: Philadelphia Phillies | Baseball Essential
Just because the team may be at the bottom of the division does not mean they look bad in their uniforms. Some of my favorite jerseys have been Phillies jerseys. Let’s take a long look at their great franchise.

Crashburn Alley – Who Are You: David Hernandez
He gives the Phillies depth where they otherwise had none, but there isn’t much to get excited about here. Reliever seasons are volatile enough that it’s certainly possible to envision a scenario where Hernandez builds upon his career-high ground-ball rate from 2015, manages to keep the ball in the park, and puts together a solid season, but I wouldn’t call that a likely outcome.

Jim Vilk: Would You (or anyone) Wear This? | Uni Watch
This will be worn with the team’s pinstriped pants and primary cap. I’m not nuts about it, as it waters down what was one of the best uni sets in the game, plus the MLB uni scene doesn’t exactly need another red alternate.

2016 fantasy baseball preview: Philadelphia Phillies | USA Today Fantasy Sports
Maikel Franco could be a cornerstone for this franchise and fantasy players.

Comcast SportsNet to air 145 Phillies games in 2016 | Macho Row
No changes to the TV broadcast team. In addition, 19 Spring Training games will be televised on either CSN (6), or TCN (13).

On the Farm

Philadelphia Phillies preliminary prospect list - Minor League Ball
The Phillies system features greatly improved depth. Here is the working research list of no fewer than 48 prospects, which needs to be cut down to 35.

Philadelphia Phillies preliminary prospect list, Mark II - Minor League Ball
Here are the 36 names we are going with

Philadelphia Phillies preliminary prospect grade distribution breakdown - Minor League Ball
Grade A: Zero
Grade A-: One
Grade B+:  One
Grade B: Four
Grade B-: Nine
Grade C+: 11
Grade C: 10

NL East

Stephen Strasburg: This Could Be the Year | FanGraphs Baseball
In an offbeat kind of way, Stephen Strasburg is a baseball equivalent of Rich Kotite.

The Mets have a timetable for Zack Wheeler's return from Tommy John -
The young right-hander underwent Tommy John surgery in March of last year.

Mets will wear their 1986 uniforms a lot in 2016
Mets will be wear their 1986 throwback uniforms as part of the 30th anniversary of their last World Series win during the season.

New York Next City To Consider Making Baseball Tobacco-Free - Yahoo Sports
Council Member Corey Johnson, chair of the council's Health Committee, today introduced legislation to prohibit the use of all tobacco products – including smokeless tobacco like chew, dip and snuff – at all ticketed sporting events within the city.

Around the League

The Most Difficult Homer In Baseball | FanGraphs Baseball

Searching for the Modern Screwball | FanGraphs Baseball

Dodgers add Greg Maddux and Raul Ibanez to front office -
Both will serve as special assistants to the baseball operations department, including president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman.

How the free agency landscape changed 40 years ago today
And though it almost certainly would’ve risen up in some form or fashion, free agency found vital support Feb. 3, 1976 from John W. Oliver, the district court judge who oversaw Kansas City Royals vs. the Major League Baseball Players’ Association and agreed in a lengthy written opinion that baseball’s indentured servitude must end.

No, MLB does not have a 'tanking' problem -
The league has no cause to be concerned about what's a perfectly viable strategy.

A 108-year-old Mariners fan got her own baseball card from Topps | Big League Stew - Yahoo Sports
Evelyn Jones threw out the first pitch last year and he's immortalized in the 2016 Topps set.

Indians minor-league team giving away Willie Mays Hayes bobblehead | Big League Stew - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: The Akron Rubber Ducks are giving out this "Major League"-inspired bobblehead and we have some suggestions.

10 little-known facts about Pete Rose
(WARNING: slide show)
His daughter, Chea Courtney, is an actress who landed roles on the soap opera Passions and Melrose Place.

Report: Twins sign Carlos Quentin to minor-league contract -
Quentin hasn't played in the majors since 2014 and had previously announced his retirement. Since 2000, no player has been hit by a pitch more often as % of PAs than Quentin (1000+ PA).

MLB news and rumors for Feb. 3: Jonny Gomes headed to Japan -
Fresh off winning a World Series ring with the Royals, free agent Jonny Gomes has signed with Rakuten in Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball

MLB's qualifying-offer system is stacked against low-revenue clubs | FOX Sports
The Rays should sign shortstop Ian Desmond. The Indians should sign outfielder Dexter Fowler. But neither move likely will occur, in part because neither low-revenue team is comfortable sacrificing its first-round draft pick and accompanying bonus-pool money.

The Change: Arsenal Scores | FanGraphs Fantasy Baseball
By looking at the results on a per-pitch level, we can spot pitchers that have somehow been worse than the sum of their parts to date. Those pitchers, with better sequencing and selection of their existing pitches, or just luck, could be better in the future.

Player’s View: Which Current Players Are Future Managers? | FanGraphs Baseball
Many players are mentioned, but only one recent Phillie. If you guessed Jeff Francoeur, congrats.