Tag:Shane Victorino
Posted on: January 21, 2011 11:31 am
Edited on: January 21, 2011 12:17 pm

Victorino disagrees with Manuel on productivity

VictorinoShane Victorino and manager Charlie Manuel are at odds on the center fielder's production, in which the Flyin' Hawaiian's line dropped to .259/.327/.429 in 648 plate appearances from 2009's .292/.358/.445 in 691 PA.

"I think he got a little bit more home-run happy," Manuel told the Philadelphia News of Victorino, watching him crank 18 home runs after just 10 in 2009. "But also, I think it might have been the fact that we've been successful. We've won games and went to a couple World Series. It might be a relaxation thing or something like that."

Victorino disagrees that his down year was due to being relaxed.

"I had a down year," he said. "At least, people thought of it as a down year, because they looked at my average. But if you look at numbers across the board, I personally couldn't say it was a down year."

That would be because of the home-run jump along with a career-high in RBI (69) and a nine-base jump in stolen bases to 34. However, his batting average, on-base percentage and doubles slipped significantly. That doesn't bother Victorino, although he does plan to try to address his batting average deficiencies.

"I'm not changing my offseason program," Victorino said. "I think I'm trying to hit a little bit more, do different things in the cage. I'm working with my hands a little more, working with my body and trying to figure out, mechanically, what I might have been doing wrong.

"I've also thought about next year trying to bunt more and doing different things like that. There are a lot of things you try to find an answer for."

Victorino also wanted to address Manuel's concerns about being too relaxed.

"People try to use that as an answer. Why did guys struggle? Oh, because they're comfortable. Charlie used that word complacent. I don't know. My definition of complacent may be different than Charlie's. Our team, I don't think, ever gets complacent. It's not us. It's not our nature. It's not the way we are," he said.

Manuel had said that Victorino did not stay as focused in 2010 as he usually did.

"We talk about consistency," Manuel said. "Every time we have a meeting, [we say] the game is about staying focused. They say, 'Oh, there's nothing wrong with us and we'll win tomorrow. We'll get 'em a couple days from now or next week or whatever.' I think, sometimes, when you get secure, you get relaxed. It's not like you mean to do that. It's just kind of human nature. And all of a sudden you've got to be woken up to how you're supposed to play.

"It's hard. You've heard me say we're getting too complacent or we're getting relaxed, this and that. But you go tell somebody that and he acts like he don't see that. Being around as long as I have, in a way, I kind of understand that. But, at the same time, you have to back up and take inventory of yourself and be honest with yourself."

It's going to be difficult for the Phillies to manage expectations. Coming off a World Series title, a NL pennant, acquiring Roy Halladay and falling short of the World Series only to walk out and grab Cliff Lee, expectations will be high in Philadelphia. If the club doesn't win the World Series, it will be unavoidable for the team to be questioned for its desire to win. But Victorino disagrees with his skipper in that staying focused is an issue.

"I absolutely understand why people would say that. But you look in our clubhouse. There's no way our demeanor has changed. Our hunger is just the same. We ended up with 97 wins, the best record in baseball. In our defense, there's no way you can say our team let up because of multiyear deals or because of big contracts. There are a lot of expectations and a lot of hunger. There are a lot of guys who want to turn things around and show people they're still on the map from the offensive side."

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: October 16, 2010 9:49 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:12 pm

Who could participate in an All-Star race?

Brett Gardner has a suggestion for the All-Star planning committee.

"I think they need to have a race at the All-Star Game, just line up 10 or 20 guys and see who wins," the Yankee told the New Jersey Star-Ledger prior to the Game 2 loss.

Gardner named teammate Greg Golson and Ranger outfielder Julio Borbon as part of the top candidates, but wouldn't say who No. 1 would be.

"There's only one way to find out," he said.

Well, the All-Star Game is over and there won't be another one for quite a while. But it's never too early to look ahead. Here's who could be part of the 2011 All-Star speed demon contest.

Brett Gardner : Gardner swiped 47 bags and came in second on Bill James' speed score with 8.1. The speed score averages stolen base percentage, frequency of attempts, percentage of triples and runs scored percentage.

Juan Pierre Carl Crawford : Crawford paced the bigs in speed score with 8.5, and tied Gardner with 47 steals.

Jacoby Ellsbury : Ellsbury stole 70 bases last season and could have repeated if not for being sidelined all season with injuries. He had a 8.1 speed score.

Austin Jackson : Jackson burst on the scene in 2010 with excellent defense and added 27 stolen bases.

Shane Victorino : The Flyin' Hawaiian has stolen 37, 36, 25 and 34 stolen baes the last four years, respectively. He's also near the top of leaderboards in all years in speed score.

Michael Bourn : Bourn paced baseball in speed score in 2009 with an 8.6 mark. He has led the NL the last two years in stolen bases.

Elvis Andrus : Andrus impressed with a speed score in 2009 of 8.0, tacking on 33 stolen bases. He finished with 32 in 2010, but did dip down to 5.8 in speed score.

Julio Borbon : We'll take Gardner's advice and place Borbon on the list. He stole 15 bases in 468 plate appearance with a speed score of 6.1. His speed score was 6.3 in 2009, and swiped 19 bags in 179 PA.

B.J. Upton : Upton has matched or topped 42 stolen bases each of the last three seasons and set a career-high in 2010 with a 7.5 speed score.

Juan Pierre (pictured): Pierre is 32, but can still bring it. He set a career high by leading baseball with 68 stolen bases in 2010, but his speed score did tumble to 6.9 after a 7.5 mark in 2009.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: August 30, 2010 11:18 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:52 am

No-hitter watch: Hiroki Kuroda

Hiroki Kuroda Dodgers starter Hiroki Kuroda has a no-hitter through five innings against the Phillies.

Kuroda has thrown 59 pitches and struck out four. Jayson Werth has been the Phillies' lone baserunner. He was hit in the second inning.

UPDATE: Kuroda walked his first batter of the game, Carlos Ruiz, but got his fifth and sixth strikeouts of the game to get through the sixth inning. Roy Halladay hasn't been as sharp, allowing three runs on eight hits as the Dodgers lead 3-0.

UPDATE: And we're through seven, as Kuroda retired Chase Utley, Placido Polanco and Ryan Howard. He's thrown 83 pitches.

UPDATE: Now this is just funny -- a guy who was 1 for 46 coming in has more hits than the Phillies. Yep, Kuroda picked up his first hit of the season in the bottom of the seventh.

UPDATE: Kuroda has entered the eighth with a no-hitter before and is searching to leave the eighth inning with a no-hitter for the first time. Former Dodgers Shane Victorino singles to right with one out in the eighth to break it up.

UPDATE: Kuroda's night is done after 7 2/3. He struck out the last batter he faced, Carlos Ruiz. He finished with seven strikeouts and two walks and is on the hook for the two runners on base as Hong-Chih Kuo enters the game for Los Angeles.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 12, 2010 3:03 pm

Victorino returns to Phillies

Shane Victorino Shane Victorino has been activated off the disabled list for the Phillies, returning the club's starting center fielder to the roster.

Victorino was placed on the disabled list July 28 with an abdominal strain, but came through two rehab stints in Triple-A with flying colors. He will return to a .250/.311/.428 line in 441 plate appearances, pushing top prospect Domonic Brown to the bench.

There are rumblings that Brown was to be sent to Triple-A for Victorino's return to ensure playing time, but reliever Antonio Bastardo was shuffled off instead. Pinch-hitter and outfielder Ross Gload was injured in Wednesday night's game and remains day-to-day with a strained right groin, which likely impacted the decision to keep Brown in the majors.

Brown, 22, has a .237/.238/.368 line in 42 plate appearances, although he cranked his first home run on Wednesday.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: August 11, 2010 8:29 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 12:08 pm

Victorino homers in rehab game

Shane Victorino The Phillies got encouraging news earlier today with Chase Utley and even more good news later as Shane Victorino tripled and homered in his first two at-bats of a rehab assignment at Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Victorino had a single in two at-bats in his first game Monday. Afterwards, he told the Bucks County Courier Times : "I'm not feeling it at all."

Apparently he's feeling it tonight against the Pawtucket Red Sox. He singled in the first and homered in the third off of Pawtucket lefty Kris Johnson. He is scheduled to play seven innings tonight.

Victorino has been on the disabled list since straining his left abdominal muscle on July 27.

He's scheduled to play nine innings Thursday for the Iron Pigs, but if he's ready now, why not call him up right away?

He'll be back soon enough, and when he is back with the Phillies, does the team send top prospect Domonic Brown back to the minors?

Brown went into Wednesday's game hitting .257/.237/.400 with a homer and 10 RBI in 10 games with the Phillies. He drove in the team's first run Wednesday night against the Dodgers.

With Victorino back, it's likely the Phillies would go back to their regular outfield with Raul Ibanez in left and Jayson Werth in right. For Brown to get in his at-bats, he'll have to go back to the minors until his September call-up.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 28, 2010 7:52 pm
Edited on: July 29, 2010 12:42 am

Phillies' Brown doubles in a run in first AB

Dominic Brown Phillies rookie Domonic Brown got a huge ovation as he stood at the plate for the first time in Philadelphia -- it was bigger after his RBI double off of Diamondbacks starter Edwin Jackson.

Brown pulled Jackson's 1-1 changeup to right and just barely missed a home run, but motored around the bases for a double and easily scored Jayson Werth, who led off the second with a  double. Brown showed why he was recruited to play wide receiver at Miami, with his long strides making what could have been a close play an easy double.

Brown went to third on a Carlos Ruiz single to left and then scored on Wilson Valdez' s groundout.

Brown's probably the Phillies' best offensive prospect since Ryan Howard. Brown had been the reason the Phillies were shopping Wertth, but he wasn't called up until the team put Shane Victorino on the disabled list. 

The 6-foot-5 outfielder was rated the No. 15 prospect in baseball before the season by Baseball America and didn't do anything this season to hurt that standing. In Double-A and Triple-A, Brown hit a combined .327/.391/.589 with 20 home runs and 68 RBI in 93 games.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 28, 2010 2:00 pm

Victorino DLed, Brown recalled, Oswalt possible

Shane Victorino The odds Jayson Werth gets traded may have just plummeted.

The Phillies placed Shane Victorino on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday after suffering an abdominal strain while diving back into first base on a pickoff play in the first inning of Tuesday's contest against the Diamondbacks. He is hitting .250/.311/.438 on the season, down from his previous levels but has cranked a career-high 15 home runs over 441 plate appearances.

To replace Victorino, the Phillies have called up top prospect Domonic Brown, who the Phils have been eyeing to call up for some time now. The minor-league phenom has hit for a combined .327/.391/.589 line over stints with Double- and Triple-A. His power numbers were greater for Double-A (.318/.391/.602) but in Triple-A he's been hitting the cover off the ball with a .346 batting average.

Brown hasn't exactly flashed much plate discipline in Triple-A (just eight walks in 118 plate appearances) but that figures to improve if and when he doesn't rake to the same clip as he is currently. He's a five-tool star who should start in right field, with incumbent Jayson Werth sliding over to center field.

On Tuesday, CBSSports.com's Danny Knobler reported that teams believed the Phillies were motivated to move Werth. However, with Philadelphia having won six straight and 3 1/2 games behind the Braves, that view has suddenly changed in light of the Victorino injury. Now, Werth is needed to plug the gap for a team that might be able to add Roy Oswalt at the trading deadline.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal says the Phillies have the general parameters of a deal agreed to for Roy Oswalt. The only problem? Philadelphia is not sure it wants to do the deal. The farm system would be even more depleted, as prospects along with J.A. Happ would be sent off to Houston. In addition, Philly has one of the largest payrolls in the game and that's not changing anytime soon. Oswalt would add to that, especially with a 2012 option for $16 million that the righty wants picked up.
-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: June 29, 2010 1:20 am

Utley suffers thumb injury

Chase Utley It's not easy to get Chase Utley out of a game.

The Phillies second baseman has played in an average of 150 games per season the past five years. He's in his eighth season and has been on the disabled list exactly once, in 2007. It took a broken wrist to do that, and he still only missed a month.

Utley took himself out of Monday night's game against the Reds in the ninth inning, unable to grip the bat after injuring his right thumb on a slide in the fourth inning (pictured). Utley will have an MRI exam on Tuesday.

The renowned tough guy coming out of the game voluntarily caught the attention of teammates.

"For him to leave a game ... that's the last guy that's going to take himself out of a game," Shane Victorino said. "He's obviously hurting. I hope he's not seriously hurt."
-- David Andriesen

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