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Thursday, December 21, 2006

It's Filson

The Spirit have their man: former Newark Bears pitching coach Pete Filson.

Like Jeff Ware, Filson's a veteran guy. He pitched in the major leagues, then went on to coach in multiple organizations before becoming Newark's pitching coach for 4 years. Now he's on his way to the Spirit.

This seems like a good hire as Filson's a veteran guy and Vic Davilla speaks very confidently about him.

One thing that concerns me: last year Newark's staff went 42-83 with a 5.85 ERA. Still, there's only so much you can do with bad players.

16 comments:

benoit emond said...

My uniform # is 20. I am a utipity player who hit .244 last year with 0 homers in 127 at-bats.

WHO AM I ????

benoit emond said...

utility player -- sorry

benoit emond said...

Filson pitched in the majors -- then he coached for different major league organizations -- then he went to Newark and now he's in Lynn. Sounds like a guy on a downhill slide.
Does anyone know? Did davilla make this choice? I see the usual blah, blah, blah press release on the website and I know that someone wrote that and put Davilla's name on it. Will they let him choose his coaches? He can't be happy with his third base coach.
They shouldn't be hiring coaches like this who are total retreads whose best days are far behind them.

Joe Grav said...

Luis Sabino

Joe Grav said...

And it could be a money thing, Benny- although lately I'd doubt the Spirit are outbidding anyone.

benoit emond said...

Luis Sabino is not correct, although this player was not born in the U.S.

I was thinking that Davilla has played for a long time with a lot of teams and I'm sure that he knows guys from his generation that would love an oppurtunity to coach. I'd rather have these younger guys with a little fire in their bellies and maybe a desire to move up to higher level as a coach. I think that Vic fits this mold and I'd like to see him bring in more guys like this. I don't think that Filson was his choice.
Also, we saw at least 5 times last year when davilla was totally pissed at Donahue (like the rest of us). I have to believe that he would like to have his own guy as third base coach.

SoSayethI2006 said...

I am T.J. Shimizu

SoSayethI2006 said...

I think the advantage(s) Filson, or a guy like him brings to the SPIRIT is the big league "reach". A younger guy may have the fire, as You say B.E., but experience in different Major League organizations, farm & Instructional leagues is invaluable. The number of players that he has seen, or has friends and contacts of perhaps thirty years that have seen or worked with exponentially has to be ENORMOUS.
Think of the potential for player procurement with those kinds of resources.
There still, as far as I know, is no substitute for experience.

Joe Grav said...

player procurement is big but more important is the MLB experience, if only because it gives him instant cache and respect.

TonyTheTiger20 said...

sounds like a good pick to me

benoit emond said...

sparky -- good points, but apparently filson hasn't had much success, so now he's here. My bigger point is that i'm afraid that they might saddling davilla with guys that he doesn't want, especially the third base coach.

YES -- T J SHIMIZU IS CORRECT!!!!!

benoit emond said...

i see that pavlik is back with the jackals- the cubs must have released him - he was getting lit up in venezuela.
stats on the 3 guys that brockton bought - i don't know how good the Golden League is but i think these guys might be good.

Rummonds -- 26 games 1 win 1 loss 13 saves era 2.06

Maloney -- 50 games - .324 7HR 38 RBI slg. .512

Mandel - 75 games also .324 3HR 38RBI 10 SB

the league is getting better. should be some good baseball --- can't wait

SoSayethI2006 said...

I'm thinkin' we may see Vic coaching 3rd himself; he would certainly have the option I would think.
With Filson and the next days' starter tracking the opposing hurler's, why couldn't he be out in the third base box?.

Joe Grav said...

I was going to post numbers on the Brocktonians, but the Golden League is glorified Legion ball

Joe Grav said...

and that's using a very loose definition of Glorified

SoSayethI2006 said...

Holidays got Ya' down?....
Well CHEER UP!.

Only 5 MORE MONTHS 'til baseball begins!