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    Cleveland Cuts 2 Potential Hall of Famers

    I cut two future Hall of Famers this off-season. Their ratings have dipped too low to justify their salaries unfortunately.

    P Mark Phillips - I mentioned him in a recent post, as he had a phenominal season last year, maybe the 2nd best in his 20 year career. I think it was a bit of a fluke, as he was 41 last year and his ratings were relatively low. This flip, they dropped much more, and he is asking for over $3.5M. As much as I'd like to, I can't keep him. His 19-12, 2.91 ERA and 262 IP in 32 games last year will be impossible to replace, so this year's team will not be as good as last year's 111 win campaign.

    For his career, Phillips won 347 games, had a 3.47 ERA, played 20 seasons, threw over 4200 Ks. 10 All-Stars, but no Cy Youngs (his teammate Anthony Swingle has 11 Cy Youngs, so I'm sure he lost some CYA chances to Swingle). Not the surest Hall of Famer, but I think he'll get in. I'll be dissapointed if he doesn't

    SS Chili Witt - Unlike Phillips, who played for me for his entire 20 year career, Chili has only been with my team for 5 seasons. For me, he mainly played DH, but filled in at 2B vs. lefties at times, and other positions as needed. Last year he played 1B, so his final positon will be listed as 1B, unfortunately.

    I signed him 5 years back, before the 2070 season, from free agency. He made $4.6M that year, so I'm not sure how I cleared enough space for him, but I did. He's been worth it. He's mainly batted 2nd for me. In his 5 years with me, his OBP has been .400 3 times, and I'd guess it's been about .390 over all.

    For his career, he has over 3200 hits, 1800 walks, and 450 SBs. His career OBP is .452, and career OPS is .956. So the good seasons he gave me were actually quite a bit less than his best career seasons.

    He made 13 All-Stars in his 18 seasons (the 13 seasons he DIDN'T play for me...I think playing him a DH hurt his chances) and he has 2 MVPs and he was the ROY. I think he'll get into the Hall.

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    Re: Cleveland Cuts 2 Potential Hall of Famers

    Both should be in HOF, I would be surprised if they don't.
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    Re: Cleveland Cuts 2 Potential Hall of Famers

    Oakland has picked up phillips

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    Re: Cleveland Cuts 2 Potential Hall of Famers

    Not a good first outing in Oakland.

    Cleveland at 7-0 to start season is still chugging along but Toronto in division is at 6-0. Could be a great battle to watch.
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    Re: Cleveland Cuts 2 Potential Hall of Famers

    Yeah he is 0 and 2 now with era above 8 so 1 more kick at the can and it could be his last game ever

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    Re: Cleveland Cuts 2 Potential Hall of Famers

    The experiment is over, Phillips has been cut

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    Re: Cleveland Cuts 2 Potential Hall of Famers



    Phillips pitched way above his ratings last year. It was a miracle season, really, based on how much his ratings had fallen. Can't blame you for cutting him. I mean, I cut him, so I really can't blame someone else for doing the same thing. LoL.

    Wish he could have reeled in 2 more wins to get to 350, but oh well.

    Cheers,
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    MONEYBALL: 2035, 36, 37, 39, 54, 82
    Negro League Tribute: 1940, 65, 72, 75, 83, 87
    Lawn Chair: 1990, 91, 92, 96
    Pacific Coast League: 1919, 25, 35, 36, 38, 40, 41
    Peter Gammons Memorial: 2011
    Spring Training: 1994, 97, 99, 10, 23, 27, 37, 39, 57, 63, 64
    Beer League: 1988, 90, 96, 07, 10, 17, 19, 21, 25, 26, 28, 37, 42
    MLB NewSchool: 2006, 11, 13, 14, 15, 34, 39, 42, 57, 62

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    Re: Cleveland Cuts 2 Potential Hall of Famers

    Pick him up for 350, lol
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