Eric will consider it a good year if the Phillies put together 90 wins. Moving the
fences back won't have much effect on their hitters as most are lefty power; may get
1-2 fewer homeruns from righty Pat Burrell. Will mainly help pitchers & their
attitude. Bullpen has questions with a bunch of people being evaluated for setup roles
as well as replacement closer should Tom Gordon get injured. Eric feels they'll get
enough innings from Tom Gordon's rebuilt arm, just needs to stay healthy. On building
the farm system, Phillies got some good young lefties from the White Sox in the Jim
Thome deal. Also worthy in minors are Gavin Floyd & Chris Booker. The team now has a
log jam at 3rd base & needs to get a 5th outfielder. Of general interest, a caller
mentioned fantasy team he'd been happily using for 16 years has closed down, due to its
owner not wishing to pay a license fee to MLB to stay in business. In conversation with
another caller, it appears the fantasy league in question was owned by Bill James. MLB
has been taken to court by fantasy leagues over this issue, but the fallout has begun.
UPDATE---Thanks to an alert expert in the business, the info is the fantasy league that closed down was owned by STATS, Inc., & Bill James isn't known to have been an
owner, but may have had an association with them.