Sunday, October 03, 2004

Let Us Now Praise Bobby Abreu
He took it down to the wire, but the Phillies' right fielder hit his 30th home run of the year in today's season-ending 10-4 win over Florida to notch his second 30/30 campaign, which is also the second in team history. Abreu actually finished with 40 steals, giving him the first 30/40 season in the 122 years the Phils have been at this.

Abreu's final numbers: .301 average, 30 HR, 105 RBI, 40 steals, 118 runs scored, 127 walks, .971 OPS. That should be deserving of at least a few down-ballot MVP votes.

Also deserving of praise is Jimmy Rollins, who hit a grand slam today to finish an outstanding season: .289, 14 HR, 73 RBI (mostly from the leadoff spot), 30 steals, 119 runs scored, .803 OPS and excellent defensive work at shortstop.

Oh yeah: the Phils also made a managerial change over the weekend. I don't have much to add to the discussion here, except that it was at least two months too late--a point underscored by Houston's wild card-clinching win today, as the Astros canned Jimy Williams the day after the all-star game--and that at the least, the spotlight of accountability will finally be trained on Ed Wade and his chronic ineptitude.

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