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Brandon Duckworth is a Phillie again. No, I'm not joking.

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Perhaps the best sentence to describe the Phillies signing Brandon Duckworth  to a minor league contract yesterday were expressed by my good Brandon Duckworth returns to the Phillies. Image: http://www.mlb.com/images/2003/11/03/cJjyuc3H.jpgfriend Mike Golla on Facebook: "How is Duckworth not a tee-ball coach at this point?"

Well Mike, truer words were probably never spoken in regards to Duckworth's career in the year 2010.

Forgive me if I expect a little more from my team which I have bled for my entire life. The Phillies can pass that "Hey, we got Roy Halladay" nonsense on to us for so long before the most dedicated fans in baseball take a step back and say "Yeah, what about the rest of the team that needs improvement?" It's kind of pathetic that right now, there are only three currently healthy members of the Phillies bullpen (Chad Durbin, Ryan Madson, Danys Baez) who are definite locks to start the season there. Add this to the mix, as well: the Phillies are staring at an almost three million dollar difference regarding Joe Blanton's desired 2010 salary in arbitration. Chances are the Phillies will work out a deal, but how ironic would THAT be if Blanton ends up making more money ( a reported$10.50 million) than Cliff Lee does this year? I'm not trying to stir things up, I'm just saying...........

Anyhow, back to Duckworth. Whether the contract is major or minor league, this signing makes no sense whatsoever. He was out of the majors inPeaches and Herb- Photo: http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100114&content_id=7918704&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb 2009, turns 34 on Saturday, and has a career ERA of (GULP!) 5.28. Does the Phillies brass think he is going to improve? When I think of Duckworth, one thing comes to mind: 86-76. This was the Phillies' record in 2001, 2003, and 2004. You know, BEFORE the Phillies learned how to win? (Duckworth wasn't on the '04 squad, but you get the point). The mediocrity that plagued these teams back in the day rears its ugly head again. Remember that last week of '01 when the Phillies were fighting Atlanta for the division title, and all we had in our arsenal was Duckworth? Yeah, me too. I really don't wanna go back there again. For Duckworth's sake, I hope he continues to pitch, but not for us. Send "The Duck Pond" somewhere else. This organization is literally light years away from that era. When I heard the news about Duckworth, I couldn't help but think of the summer of 1996. While major league teams were signing top Dominican prospects, the Phillies signed Mitch Williams to a minor league deal (sorry Mitch). I'm gonna go get my Amaury Telemaco jersey ready, because you know he's coming next. The Phillies and Duckworth are reunited. But unlike Peaches and Herb, it doesn't feel so good. Allegedly there is a nasty rumor that the Phillies are working out Eric Gagne, too.  Really?  Really? 

So while the Yankees get Javier Vazquez and the Red Sox sign John Lackey, the Phillies, arguably one of the top three teams in baseball at this point, sign Brandon Duckworth to a minor league deal.

Now if only Pamela Ewing could open that shower door.............

And, this could also be just a bad dream.

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