Phillies move former catching prospect Tommy Joseph to first base

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After suffering several concussions, former Phillies prospect Tommy Joseph is moving out from behind the plate to first base, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly reports. Joseph was one of three players — along with Seth Rosin and Nate Schierholtz — acquired by the Phillies in the Hunter Pence trade with the Giants at the trade deadline in 2012.

Joseph, 23, has struggled when he was able to stay on the field. In 76 plate appearances with Triple-A Lehigh Valley this season, he has a .123/.135/.178 triple-slash line with only four extra-base hits (all doubles) and six RBI. He hasn’t played since May 11 due to his latest concussion.

Both the Phillies and Joseph seem to be in agreement that a position change is best:

“He’s not going to catch going forward,” said Joe Jordan, the team’s director of player development. “We’re not going to expose him to that type…

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Chores of the Childless

The Waiting

I have heard it said before that having a baby changes everything. I knew this was true when I found myself incredibly grateful to be able to sleep in until 7 a.m. on a Saturday morning. Pre-parent me would have died a little inside if someone had told her that there would come a day when she would view a 7 a.m. wake-up call or an unaccompanied trip to Target as major things to look forward to, but three years of parenthood does strange, awful things to our psyches.

Much like war.

We even start to miss some of the household chores we did before we spawned, surely a sign that we’re more foregone than we thought. Right now, if given the choice between mopping my kitchen floor without my three-year-old’s “help” and going to the spa, I’d choose the mop. I don’t even know who I am anymore.

Join me as I…

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EverEnding DevBlog 137: Programmitis

Problem Machine

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Another week on programming this entity’s behavior. A few days in and I was getting close to having it all working when I ran into the dread disease programmitis, bane of programmers everywhere. No I’m not talking about carpal tunnel syndrome. No, I’m not talking about getting a sore butt from sitting in a computer chair all day! I’m talking about the general use case.

Well, to make a long story short, it was pretty easy to create a generalized state machine AI behavior, but it was a lot more difficult to break all of the state code out into individual files, requiring me to separate all the variables used out into each of those classes rather than keeping them all in one central place in a cluttered but easily comprehensible way. It was also a lot of work taking the most general functionality, such as tests to…

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Report: Dodgers, Cubs interested in Jon Niese

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Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports is reporting that both the Dodgers and Cubs have interest in Mets left-hander Jon Niese. It’s been no secret that the Mets would like to move Niese and/or Dillon Gee in the right circumstances as that would relieve the logjam in the starting rotation.

Niese, 28, has the prorated portion of his $7 million salary for the 2015 season remaining, plus $9 million in 2016 and a $500,000 buyout for either the ’17 or ’18 season. He has a 4.12 ERA this year along with a 58/27 K/BB ratio in 83 innings.

Though Jake Arrieta and Jason Hammel have both been excellent in the Cubs’ starting rotation this year, Jon Lester — the club’s big off-season signing — has struggled, as have Kyle Hendricks and Travis Wood. The Dodgers have had dominating starting pitching at the top end with Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw, but…

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Kobe Bryant downplays Larry Nance, Jr.’s “rapist” tweet, says it’s “water under the bridge”

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Shortly after the Lakers drafted Larry Nance, Jr. with the No. 27 overall pick in Thursday’s draft, someone dug up a three-year-old tweet in which Nance called Kobe Bryant a “rapist.” Nance quickly deleted the tweet, but the Internet is forever, so it quickly went viral, creating what could have been a pretty awkward situation once Nance reports to training camp in the fall. But Bryant, in an interview with ESPN’s Jemele Hill ahead of tonight’s BET Awards, said Nance has already addressed the tweet with him and they’ve moved past it.

Here’s a transcript, via Dime Magazine:

Hill: You know another important thing for young players to know is, to watch what they tweet.

Bryant: Yeah, obviously

Hill: You might want to have that conversation with Larry Nance.

Bryant: The kid figured it out himself.

Hill: I would love for you to Periscope, or somebody to Periscope that…

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