Maple Street Press Phillies Annual 2011

With pitchers and catchers due in Clearwater in a week, 2011 season previews will start sprouting up like spring flowers. Not one of them, however, will rival the output of the Maple Street Press Phillies Annual 2011. As you can see on the image to the right, this year’s edition will feature content from some of your favorite Phillies writers, including:

What’s included in the 128 pages of advertisement-free Phillies coverage? Just about everything under the sun:

  • Pitch-level scouting reports revealing the strengths, weaknesses, and tendencies of every key player
  • In-depth looks at all the Phillies’ NL East rivals for 2011
  • Ryan Howard cut down on his strikeouts, but where’s the power?
  • Roy Halladay’s no-hitters, and the best pitching performances of the year
  • Hollywood once again: How Cole Hamels got his groove back
  • Interview: Doug Glanville on life in, and after, baseball
  • The top 30 Phillies prospects and a look at the Sally League champion Lakewood BlueClaws
  • Culture change: The Phillies dynasty, where it ranks with other great teams, and how it has affected the Philly mindset

In my article, I broke down in specific details Roy Halladay’s perfect game and NLDS no-hitter. I had a blast researching and writing the article, and I hope it comes through when you read it. I’m thrilled to have my name alongside an All-Star cast of writers.

If you’re interested, follow this link directly to the Maple Street Press website where you can place an online order for $12.99. They will be shipped beginning on February 17. If you would rather pick it up in person, the Annual will hit newsstands on March 1.

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  1. FanSince09

    February 07, 2011 04:12 PM

    Should of asked me, I would of written an article that proves that Coal Hammel sucks.

  2. Duane

    February 07, 2011 07:03 PM

    Man, where does FS09 find the time? Anyway…

    Bill,
    Just wanted to encourage you on your SweetSpot posts. I thought you did a good job filling blog space and causing discussion, if not ire. While this is not normally the area for this, I too second your feelings on the bad rap Barry Bonds received. The guy was a legitimate HoF-er even without the PEDs. He was really good before he all of a sudden blew up physically. Personally, I think because he always played with a chip on his shoulder, and because he always felt he never received his “due”, his ego ultimately drove him to the PEDs. If you are watching other guys taking PEDs and getting accolades, and you know you are really good, you almost feel propelled to take advantage of the same shortcuts others have, to prove yourself better than them and worthy of the hype in their stead. By no means am I condoning his actions, but like Chris Rock says, “I understand”. Final note on that, I’m sure he can legitimately be a jerk sometimes, but we as Americans, are really a country full of jerks with selective memory. You’d need only read most blogs to realize that. Most people are just waiting to mock and rip into someone else’s statements for their own enjoyment, and to prove someone else’s idiocy. Tough skin is necessary as well as a defensive emotional barrier, I mean its what the internet is all about now. Not to mention media hounds trying to goad him into statements and such. I’m sure Barry is legitimately a nice guy too, so long as you aren’t trying to be a Jerk(or put whatever 4 lettered word you want in there) to him, and if you stroke his ego. Here’s an extra * in case you wanted a 5 lettered word, but its no less than what any of we Alpha Males want. Thanks for the space.

  3. Richard

    February 07, 2011 08:35 PM

    Agreed on the Bonds post. Aside from the double standard, my big problem with talk about him and PEDs is the notion people have that it simply “explains” his late-career explosion, by itself. But it seems to me that he had to have changed his approach to hitting. Always a fairly prolific homerun hitter, it’s as though he looked on the attention McGwire/Sosa got and said, you want homeruns?, I’ll give you effing homeruns. To the point that he seemed to refuse to swing at anything he couldn’t drive (and, really, the most remarkable thing about Bonds in those years is his amazing plate discipline).

    I wish we had batted ball data available for his entire career to compare the various swing percentages and LD % and HR/FB rates, etc. I bet we would find a transformed approach.

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