Cliff Lee: A+
14-8/ 2.87 ERA/ (222.2 IP/ 222 Ks/ 32 BB)
WAR- 7.2/ SO/BB-6.94/ BB/9-1.3
Cliff Lee had one of the best seasons of his 12 year career, next to his 2008 Cy Young & 2011 year. If it was not for Clayton Kershaw, Cliff Lee would be receiving his 2nd Cy Young Award in six seasons. He was top 10 in all the major pitching categories; Wins (10th) ERA (4th) Ks (2nd) Innings (3rd) BB (2nd). He was also tops in WAR (2nd), K/BB (1st) WHIP (4th).
Cliff Lee continues to get better with age, compare his first 5 full seasons to his 5 most recent seasons and you will see how he has improved in every single statistical category.
04-08: (149 G) 73-35, 4.21 ERA, 902.1 IP, 669 Ks, 261 BB
WHIP 1.322 BB/9-2.6, So/9- 6.7, SO/BB- 2.56
09-13: (155 G) 63-47 2.96 ERA, 1110 IP, 1033 Ks, 163 BB
WHIP 1.081 BB/9- 1.3, SO/9- 8.4, SO/BB- 6.34
With 2 years left on his contract Phillies fans hope he can keep it up, but we saw what happened to Roy Halladay once he hit 35-36.
Domonic Brown: A
(139 Games)- .272 AVG, 27 HRs, 83 RBIs, (.342 OBP/.494 SLG)
Dom Brown had a break out season after having 3 short stints in the MLB, he made an impact this year. Batting .272, hitting 27 HRs, and playing good defense in the field he has finally proven why he was an untouchable prospect for the Phillies. The only thing that worries me is he hit his last HR Aug. 14th, and he hit 10 of 27 HRs in a 12 game span (5/25-6/5). With that said I still believed Brown will be a huge part of the Phillies future and as long as he can stay healthy and on the field, Phillies fans will have a smile on their face.
Chase Utley: A-
(131 Games)- .284, 18 Hrs, 69 RBIs, (.348 OBP/.475 SLG) 135 Hits, 25 Doubles, 6 Triples
Utley had a quality season, nothing like his 5 All Star Seasons when he averaged (.299 AVG, 27 HRs, 93 RBIs, .390 OBP/.520 SLG) a year. Utley did play 130+ games for the first time since 2009, and his knee held up all season. What more can you ask from a Second basemen who is going to be 35 at the start of next season.
Ben Revere: B-
(88 Games)- .305 AVG, 96 Hits, 37 Runs, 22 Stolen Bases
Revere was just starting to heat up when he hit a ball off his foot and ended his season. In a small sample size it looks pretty promising. With his speed, and defense he is a monster in the CF, and if he learns to be patient at the plate and get on base he will be a great weapon for the Phillies.
Darin Ruf: B-
(73 Games)- .247 AVG, 14 HRs, 30 RBIs, 11 Doubles (.348 OBP/.458 SLG)
Darin Ruf reached base in 60 of his 73 games played this year, and one point he reached base 24 straight games. Ruf has shown he has power, and can play a decent outfield. Hopefully Ryno will find a spot for him next year so we can see what he can do in a full season.
Cody Asche: C
(50 Games)- .235 AVG, 5 HRs, 22 RBIs, 8 Doubles
Cesar Hernandez: C
(34 Games)- .289 AVG (35 Hits in 34 Games)
Jake Diekman: C
(45 Games) 1-4, 2.58 ERA, 38 IP 41 Ks, 16% Inherited Runners scored (League Average 27%)
Cole Hamels: D
8-14, 3.60 ERA, 220 IP 202 Ks 50 BB
Cole’s year started off terrible, especially in the month of May going 0-6 with a 4.95 ERA. The silver lining of Hamels season is that in the 2nd half he came back strong.
July: 2-2 2.57 ERA
August: 2-0 2.00 ERA
September: 2-1 3.71 ERA
This a good sign for next year when Hamels/Lee will be the head of the rotation.
John Lannan: F
3-6 5.33 ERA, 74.1 IP 38 Ks 27 BB
Tyler Cloyd: F
2-7 6.56 ERA, 60.1 IP 41 Ks 25 BB
Phillies Bullpen: F
25-26 4.19 ERA (27th out of 30) 32 Saves (30th out of 30) Opponents OBP .344 (29th out of 30)
The Very No Good
Roy Halladay: F-
4-5 6.82 ERA 62 IP 51 Ks 36 BB 10 HBP
2 years ago Halladay had 35 Walks in 233 Innings/2013 Halladay had 36 walks in 62 Innings
In Halladays first two years as a Phillie he hit 10 batters in 484 Innings/ 2013 Halladay hit 10 batters in 62 Innings
Laynce Nix: F—-
He batted .180 and Struck Out 44 times in only 128 at bats. He also played in 81 games. Biggest waste of $1.3 Million
Only July 24th, The Amash Amendment to the annual defense appropriations bill was voted down 217 to 205. The amendment would of revoked authority “for the blanket collection of records under the Patriot Act. It would also bar the NSA and other agencies from using Section 215 of the Patriot Act to collect records, including telephone call records, that pertain to persons who are not subject to an investigation under Section 215” of the Patriot Act.
A very simple amendment which should of passed by a large margin, but we now live in a time when defense contractors own our elected officials. A report came out late last week by MapLight “voting to continue the NSA’s dragnet surveillance programs received on average 122 percent more money ($41,635) from defense contractors and other defense industry interests than did representatives who voted to end the programs (18,765).”
I live in NJ, so I took a look at the 12 Representatives from my state to see how they voted, and who from the defense industry donated to their campaigns.
Robert Andrews (D) (1st District) voted against The Amash Amendment
Northrop Grumman $11,000, Lockheed Martin $10,200, Honeywell International $10,000, Boeing Co. $8,500, BAE Systems $7,000, Raytheon Co. $6,000
Frank LoBiondo (R) (2nd District) voted against The Amash Amendment
Northrop Grumman $12,000, Boeing Co. $10,000, Honeywell International $10,000, Raytheon Co. $10,000, General Dynamics $9,000, BAE Systems $8,000, Lockheed Martin $8,000
Jon Runyan (R) (3rd District) voted against The Amash Amendment
Northrop Grumman $20,000 , Honeywell International $13,498, Lockheed Martin $10,300, Boeing Co. $10,000, General Dynamics $5,000
Chris Smith (R) (4th District) voted for The Amash Amendment
Lockheed Martin $2,000
Scott Garrett (R) (5th District) voted for The Amash Amendment
Honeywell International $5,000
Frank Pallone (D) (6th District) did not vote
Honeywell International $7,500
Leonard Lance (R) (7th District) voted against The Amash Amendment
Honeywell International $5,000
Albio Sires (D) (8th District) voted against The Amash Amendment
Honeywell International $10,000, Lockheed Martin $2,000
Bill Pascrell Jr. (D) (9th District) voted for The Amash Amendment
BAE Systems $1,000, Boeing Co. $1,000, Honeywell International $1,000
Donald Payne Jr. (D) (10th District) voted against The Amash Amendment
Honeywell International $4,500,
Rodney Frelinghuysen (R) (11th District) voted against The Amash Amendment
Northrup Grumman $20,000, Honeywell International $13,900, BAE Systems $10,500, Boeing Co. $10,000, Lockheed Martin $10,000, Raytheon Co. $10,000, General Atomics $8,500, General Dynamics $8,000, SAIC Inc. $8,000,
Rush Holt (D) (12th District) voted for The Amash Amendment
Honeywell International $12,750, Lockheed Martin $4,000, General Atomics $4,000
In total 7 out of 12 Reps. voted against the Amash Amendment in NJ, four voted for it, and one did not vote. Out of the four who voted to end Unconstitutional NSA program that collects US Citizens Emails, Text, Phones Calls etc. they received a TOTAL of $30,750 from the top defense contractors in the country. That is only 32% of what Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R/NJ-11th) received on his own ($98,900). The seven Reps. who voted against The Amash Amendment received a total of $298,898 from defense contractors, an average of $42,700 for each Representative. The four men who voted for The Amash Amendment received a total of $30,750 from defense contractors, an average of $7,688 for each Representative. Seems pretty clear who these men are looking out for, and it is not their constituents.
In an age when no one’s privacy is safe, even Big Brother has to worry about keeping his secrets.
The debut trailer for The Fifth Estate, a true-life thriller about the hemorrhage of government data in the Wikileaks age, depicts the early years of the clash between the most powerful nation on Earth and a group of well-connected hacker journalists.
Back in March when National Intelligence Director James Clapper appeared before the Senate, he was asked directly, “Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?” Clapper responded, “No, sir. … Not wittingly.” We now know that he was lying under oath to congress and the American people. What actions will you take against James Clapper for committing a serious felony of perjury? Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI3) has already gone on record saying: “It now appears clear that the director of national intelligence, James Clapper, lied under oath to Congress and the American people. Members of Congress can’t make informed decisions on intelligence issues when the head of the intelligence community willfully makes false statements. Perjury is a serious crime. Mr. Clapper should resign immediately.”
Since now we know he has lied, he has come out and apologized saying “Thus my response was clearly erroneous — for which I apologize.” Is that acceptable for committing perjury and lying under oath. If it is acceptable for the National Intelligence Director to lie under oath and just apologize, what kind of precedent are you setting by not taking legal action towards him? Will it be acceptable for future heads of government agencies to lie to Members of Congress and the American people? Will there be an investigation of James Clapper? I hope to hear back from you soon.
On June 18th 2013 The House Intelligence Committee held hearings on the recent leaks by Edward Snowden, a former employee of the defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton. The “point” of this hearing was to get to the bottom of the what was “true’” and “lies” about the leaks. Also Gen. Keith Alexander, the director of the National Security Agency, was going to explain how important it is to have these “tools” to spy and collect data from every American Citizen. I was looking forward to seeing the members of the committee pressing Gen. Alexander on the legality and Constitutionality of these programs. Well, that did not happen, not even close.
The hearing began with Mike Rogers, head of the committee saying the people of the U.S. have heard a “drumbeat” of misinformation about NSA programs. “All of them, wrong. The misperceptions have been great.” along with calleing Snowden’s leaks “fragmentary and distorted illegal disclosures”. But this was a bipartisan attack on Snowden, Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, a Democrat from Maryland said Snowden’s leaks “put our country and our allies in danger.” ”The terrorists now know many of our sources and methods.”.
This continued for the two plus hours, along with each member of the committee slobbing all over Gen. Alexander and his buddies from FBI, DOJ etc. Thanking them for being so open, and explaining the legality behind these spy programs. So I was let down by this whole hearing, So I start wondering, I wonder why these members are being so easy on the NSA, why are they pretty much defending the NSA and all these defense contractors who work for the NSA and U.S. Government. Well I start doing a little research to find out who got these members elected to congress in the first place. Who bankrolled their campaigns and gave them the funds to win their elections. Well once I started digging I start finding a pattern. Here is a list of the 21 members of the House Committee on Intelligence, and contributions they received from defense contractors in the last elections cycle. These are just out of the TOP 100 Donors:
Mike Rogers-Michigan (R) (Chairman) $13,000 Mantech International/$11,250 BAE Systems/ $10,250 Boeing Co./ $10,250 General Dynamics /$10,000 SAIC Inc./$10,000 Northrop Grumman / $10,000 Honeywell International/ $10,000 Lockheed Martin/ Raytheon $10,000
Mac Thornberry-Texas (R) $18,000 Northrop Grumman/$10,250 General Dynamics/$10,000 Boeing Co/$10,000 General Atomics/$10,000 Lockheed Martin/$10,000 Honeywell International/$10,000 Raytheon
Jeff Miller-Florida (R) $15,000 Northrop Grumman/$11,000 BAE Systems/$10,500 Lockheed Martin/$10,000 European Aeronautic Defence & Space/$9,000 General Atomics/$8,000 General Dynamic
Mike Conaway-Texas (R) $15,000 Northrop Grumman/$10,000 General Dynamics/$10,000 Raytheon Co/$9,000 Lockheed Martin
Peter King-New York (R) $13,500 Northrop Grumman/$13,000 General Dynamics/$11,000 Raytheon Co/$10,00 Boeing Co/$10,000 Honeywell International/$10,000 Lockheed Martin/$6,000 BAE Systems
Frank A. LoBiondo- New Jersey (R) $12,000 Northrop Grumman/$10,000 Boeing Co/$10,000 Honeywell International/$10,000 Raytheon Co/$9,000 General Dynamics/$8,000 BAE Systems/$8,000 Lockheed Martin
Devin Nunes- California (R) $8,000 Honeywell International/$7,500 Lockheed Martin/$7,000 Northrop Grumman
Lynn Westmoreland- Georgia (R) $10,000 General Dynamics/$7,000 Raytheon Co/$6,000 Lockheed Martin/$5,500 Honeywell International
Michele Bachmann- Minnesota (R) $6,150 Northrop Grumman
Tom Rooney- Florida (R) $6,000 Northrop Grumman
Joe Heck- Nevada (R) $12,000 Northrop Grumman/$10,000 Boeing Co/$9,999 Honeywell International/$8,000 Lockheed Martin/$5,000 General Atomics
Mike Pompeo- Kansas (R) $3,000 Lockheed Martin/$2,500 Honeywell International
Dutch Ruppersberger- Maryland (D) (Ranking Member) $38,400 Northrop Grumman/$15,000 Mantech International/$10,750 Raytheon Co/$10,500 Boeing Co/$10,500 SAIC Inc/$10,000 General Dynamics/$10,000 Honeywell International/$10,000 Lockheed Martin/$8,000 BAE Systems/$5,000 General Atomics
Mike Thompson- Californa (D) $7,500 Raytheon Co/$7,000 Lockheed Martin
Jan Schakowsky- Illinois (D) $4,000 Lockheed Martin
James Langevin- Rhode Island (D) $24,850 General Dynamics/$15,150 Raytheon Co/$15,000 Northrop Grumman/$10,000 Boeing Co/$10,000 Honeywell International/$10,000 SAIC Inc/$8,000 Lockheed Martin
Adam Schiff- California (D) $12,000 Northrop Grumman/$10,000 Raytheon Co/$8,000 Boeing Co/$7,500 Honeywell International/$7,000 Lockheed Martin
Luis Gutiérrez- Illinois (D) $2,000 Lockheed Martin
Ed Pastor - Arizona (D) $12,500 General Dynamics/$10,000 BAE Systems/$10,000 Boeing/$10,000 Lockheed Martin/$10,000 Raytheon Co
Jim Himes- Connecticut (D) $10,000 Honeywell International
Terri Sewell- Alabama (D) $2,00 0 Lockheed Martin
See any similarities there? According the BusinessInsider.com the Top 5 Defense Contractors in the world are
- Lockheed Martin
- Northrop Grumman
- General Dynamics
All those companies are well accounted for with money invested in members of the oversight committee. War, Spying, and Drones are a big money business, so why would these members question or call out illegal activities of the corporations that got them elected? They won’t, why would they fight the programs that are lining their campaign war chests. They won’t. Don’t even begin to think the Senate Oversight Committee is any better. Here is a list of the members and their donors in the defense contractor industry.
Dianne Feinstein (Chair) California (D)
$56,750 General Atomics/$43,500 General Dynamics/$40,000 BAE Systems/$30,800 Northrop Grumman/$10,000 Boeing Co/$10,000 Honeywell International/$10,000 Lockheed Martin/$10,000 Raytheon Co
Ron Wyden – Oregon (D)
$14,500 Honeywell International/$12,000 Boeing Co/$10,000 Lockheed Martin/$10,000 Raytheon
Barbara Mikulski – Maryland (D)
$47,400 Northrop Grumman/$19,500 SAIC Inc/$16,500 Raytheon Co/$15,000 Lockheed Martin/$13,500 European Aeronautic Defence & Space /$11,000 Boeing Co
Mark Udall – Colorado (D)
$19,000 Lockheed Martin/$18,000 Honeywell International/$15,750 Northrop Grumman/$14,000 Raytheon Co
Mark Warner – Virgina (D)
$64,150 Northrop Grumman/$28,600 SAIC Inc/$20,800 Boeing Co/$16,000 Honeywell International
Martin Heinrich – New Mexico (D)
$23,000 Lockheed Martin/$10,000 Honeywell International/$7,250 Boeing Co
Jay Rockefeller – West Virginia (D) (Retiring in 2014)
$0 from Defense Contractors in TOP 100 Donors
Angus King – Maine (I)
$6,000 Raytheon Co/$5,250 Lockheed Martin/$5,000 Boeing Co/$5,000 Honeywell International
Saxby Chambliss (Vice Chair) Georgia (R)
$59,600 Lockheed Martin/$25,000 Northrop Grumman/$19,750 Honeywell International/$19,300 Raytheon Co/$16,500 Boeing Co/$15,000 General Dynamics
Richard Burr – North Carolina (R)
TOP 100 Donors $0
Jim Risch – Idaho (R) $10,000 Honeywell International/$5,000 Boeing Co
Dan Coats – Indiana (R)
$13,500 SAIC Inc/$13,00 Raytheon Co/$12,500 Lockheed Martin/$12,000 Boeing Co/$11,000 Northrop Grumman/$8,000 European Aeronautic Defence & Space/$7,000 BAE Systems/$6,550 Honeywell International
Marco Rubio – Florida (R)
$11,500 Honeywell International
Susan Collins – Maine (R)
$59,750 General Dynamics/$35,801 Raytheon Co/$18,500 Northrop Grumman/$18,000 Boeing Co/$16,750 Lockheed Martin/$15,550 Honeywell International/$14,500 BAE Systems/$14,000 SAIC Inc
Tom Coburn – Oklahoma (R)
$10,000 Honeywell International/$10,000 Lockheed Martin
Sources BusinessInsider.com OpenSecrets.org