Balls, Sticks, & Stuff
7/26/2004
 
Phillers

...Mike Lieberthal's performance this year, at the age of 32, has caused some to ponder what the Phillies have up their sleeve to replace him when his knees and/or bat finally wear out.  The Berks Phillies Fans have their eye on Carlos Ruiz, who could very well pan out.  It's possible that the Phillies are hoping that a Lieberthal/Ruiz combination will get the team to 2007 when they expect Jason Jaramillo out of Oklahoma State University to take over.  He was the Phillies second round draft pick in 2004, and the Philling Station reports (via PhillyBaseballNews.com) he was signed to a contract last week.  A quick look at his stats this year at OSU show some decent plate discipline and power...

...ESPN's Pardon the Interruption "Mail Bag" segment asked, "Who is more to blame, Doug Glanville for misplaying Michael Barrett's bloop hit or Larry Bowa for putting Glanville in the game in the first place?"...

...Can we just sweep under the rug the fact that Stephen A. Smith co-hosted this episode of P.T.I.?  Using Replay TV, I almost did, using the "quick skip" feature to avoid his boisterous commentary as much as possible.  Tony Kornheiser is well aware we smirk at his rants (he does too), but does Smith know that we cringe?...

...In an effort to find out how Mike Schmidt is doing in his first managerial stint, the Clearwater Threshers, I went to Balls, Sticks, & Stuff's research intern.  The "clearwater baseball" search inadvertently revealed that Darren Daulton has had another run in with the law...

...I should have stopped with the Darren Daulton story as the Threshers are 12-19 on the season, 7.5 games out of first place...











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